Torn (Book Review)

Title: Torn Author: Chris Jordan Verdict: Fast-paced action. A perfect travelling companion to help pass the time. Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ Similar to, but not as good as: Harlan Coben novels. See which libraries in New Zealand have Torn and Harlan Coben novels. A school held hostage. A young boy missing. A journey into a sinister cult….

The Leader Who Had No Title (Book Review)

Title: The Leader Who Had No Title… Author: Robin Sharma Verdict: One of the better personal development/leadership fables I have read. Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ Much Better Than: Who Moved My Cheese? See which libraries in New Zealand have The Leader Who Had No Title and Who Moved My Cheese? I’m not a fan of business fables….

Room (Book Review)

Title: Room Author: Emma Donoghue Verdict: Vivid descriptions. Heart-wrenching. I haven’t read anything like it. Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ If you like vivid descriptions try: the classic The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel. See which libraries in New Zealand have Room and The Clan of the Cave Bear. “Today I’m five. I was four last…

The Art of Non-Conformity (Book Review)

Title: The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want… Author: Chris Guillebeau Verdict: Inspirational lessons for life. Buy it. Dare to do different. Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ See which libraries in New Zealand have The Art of Non-Conformity. The Art of Non-Conformity is a journey of adventure, memorable moments and serendipity. But first and…

Promise And Deliver

Stephen Covey says in his book “The Speed of Trust” that distrust doubles the cost of doing business effectively and triples the time it takes to get things done.  The number one behaviour that creates trust, according to Covey, is to keep commitments. In other words, to promise AND deliver.  To always do what you say…

What Makes a Boss Great?

I came across an  HBR post by Robert Sutton, 12 Things Good Bosses Believe, and  thought it was a good companion to my previous post Employees Don’t Leave Bad Companies, They Leave Bad Bosses. Here are 12 key beliefs of great bosses. I have a flawed and incomplete understanding of what it feels like to work for…

Toyota, Telecom and Trust

It doesn’t matter how good you think your product is. It doesn’t matter how much time you’ve spent developing it. Nor does it matter how much money you’ve spent getting it to market and building its brand profile. The only thing that matters is the current public perception of your brand and product. When the…