Archive for October 22nd, 2009

Management books part 1

Management books part 1

The Management Gurus. Lessons from the best management books of all time. Chris Lauer. 2008. ISBN 9781591842088. A good one from Portfolio books. Includes summaries of such works as Peter Drucker‘s Managing for the Future, Ken Blanchard‘s Mission Possible, and Tom Peters‘s Liberation Management. Useful for your reference shelf. See more at

Beyond Booked Solid. Michael Port. 2008. ISBN 9780470174364. Getting things done meets the four hour workweek. A good grow your business guide- useful pragmatic and practical.

Saving the World at Work : What Companies and Individuals Can Do to Go Beyond Making a Profit to Making a Difference. Tim Sanders. 2008. ISBN. Using extensive interviews with hundreds of employees and CEOs, plus countless stories of people who are making a difference in the workplace and in the world, Sanders offers practical advice every individual and company can use to make the world a better place–now and in the future. Well written and good for a four hour planbe ride, you will come away with some actions steps to follow.

Chasing the Rabbit: How Market Leaders Outdistance the

Competition and How Great Companies can Catch Up and Win. Steven J. Spear. 2009. ISBN 9780071499880. Clayton M. Christensen says this is no silver bullet full of f luff book. Spears finds the causes of high performance companies by going beyond the artifacst such as lean manufacturing to dig deeper. He looks at Toyota, Alcoa, Pratt & Whitney, the US Navy’s Nuclear Power Program, and top tier teaching hospitals. He finds they share an ability to skillfully manage complex internal systems to generates constant, almost automatic self-improvement at rates faster, durations longer, and breadths wider than anyone else does.

81 Challenges Smart Managers Face. How to oversomce the biggest challenges facing managers & leaders today. Tim Conner. 2007. ISBN 9781402209024. Thorough! He collects the 81 challenges under a eight recognizable threads, like planning, hiring, delegating, feedback and so on. Take the quiz at the front of the book – you will come face to face with your own issues. The author is a very seasoned writer, so this one just flows- but it is not a trivial book.

Somewhere in the south of Thailand

Coconut Tree
Image by reg_nordman via Flickr

October 21 – Thailand

Here we are at last on the final leg of our journey. Got off the ship just after 9:00 am this morning and were met by Rob Scarr of Image Limousine ( A very organized limo service and his driver got us to our destination in about 6 hours with a couple of stops along the way. Even though it was a long drive down to the south end of Thailand, it gave us a chance to experience a lot of the countryside. We finally, after a few wrong turns, pulled into this beautiful resort in Ban Krud (thank you Kyle).
We are not supposed to divulge this location therefore name of this resort will be withheld at the present time but if you ply us with unreasonable amount of wine and a great meal, our tongues might be loosened! We were escorted to our lovely beach bungalow which overlooks a 12 km long beach on the Gulf of Thailand. After getting ourselves settled, we took a quick stroll along the beach, then parked ourselves in one of the hammocks tied up between the many coconut trees along the beach and listened to the lapping of the waves. Ahhhhh….this is pure heaven!
A quick dip in the resort’s pool and a shower in our “honeymoon” shower a little later got us refreshed and ready to tackle dinner. Dinner was wonderful. They started us with their specialty for new guests – very lightly deep fried Frangipani flowers (the national flower) accompanied with a light plum sauce. The next 2 dishes were a lovely local fish (eagle fish) steamed with ginger, garlic, lemon grass and onion and lightly spiced, a stir fried vegetable dish and a green chicken curried dish. Wonderful blend of flavours in all dishes. Dessert was fresh sliced pineapple to clean the palate. A great end to a long day.