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Learning with Lean: Unleashing the Potential for Sustainable Competitive Advantage
Learning with Lean: Unleashing the Potential for Sustainable Competitive Advantage
by James Zurn
Edition: Paperback
Price: $40.97
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4.0 out of 5 stars A tool book for organisational change and learning management good for engineers, October 16, 2014
Sorry that after I finished reading it, I still am not able to give a precise definition of what lean management is. Yet I assure potential readers that with the tons of well selected and presented charts, tables, question sets, quotes, definitions etc., it is quite a useful, well written and organised general management book. If it had not tried a little bit too hard to introduce jargons like "applied rate of learning" etc., I might have rated it a five star. Anyway, recommended!

p.s. Below please find some of my favorite passages for your reference.
Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive. - Andrew Grove pg14
Minimalism is the focus of work set to expose the esence, or esseentials, of an action through eliminating all non essential forms, features, or concepts. pg20
It's not the will to win - everyone has that, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference. - Bear Bryant pg121
Reward those who do, train those who cant, replace those who dont. - Kevin Henn pg123
The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind. - Napoleon Bonaparte pg143
Dont look with your eyes, look with your feet. Dont think with your head, think with your hands. - Taiichi Ohno pg156
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failures. - Colin Powell pg229


The Practical Drucker: Applying the Wisdom of the World's Greatest Management Thinker
The Practical Drucker: Applying the Wisdom of the World's Greatest Management Thinker
by William Alan Cohen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.09
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4.0 out of 5 stars Practical management advice from perhaps the closest associate of Drucker, October 15, 2014
Unlike most of the "Whatsoever" Drucker books in the market quoting tons of Drucker's sayings, the objective of the author, in his own words, was "to mine Drucker's vast body of work to explain forty of his most important concepts and truths: keys for solving real world problems and fundamentals for today's effective management and keen leadership.....and also how to go about doing this implementation." IMHO, the author had done his job well with good writing and organisation skills. In short, if you want to read a practical general management book, this is it. However, if you want to quote frequently and fluently of the guru, please give this a pass.

p.s. Below please find some of my favorite passages for your reference.
"Being incompehensible has become a virtue in academia," Drucker complained in the mid80's. By contrast, he added, "I have a deep horror of obscurity and arrogance" - a trait that constantly pushed him to present his work "in a form that people could apply."....He stressed the need to put ideas into action. "Dont tell me you had a wonderful meeting with me, "he'd say. "Telll me what you're going to do on Monday that's different." pgvii
Knowledgeable executives are plentiful. But executives are not being paid for knowing. They are being paid for getting the right things done. pgix
As a junior engineer at GE, Jack Welch was almost fired. He had failed by mismanaging a project that blew the roof off a building. Warren Buffet's first independent investment was a Sinclar Texaco gas station. It went bankrupt. pg35
Because the purpose of business is to create a customer, the business enterprise has two - and only two - basic functions: marketing and innovation. Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are costs. pg215


The Art of Pop Up: The Magical World of Three-Dimensional Books
The Art of Pop Up: The Magical World of Three-Dimensional Books
by Jean-Charles Trebbi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $29.11
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Fascinating!, October 14, 2014
A common person with little artistic sense, me, came across this book in the apartment of a designer friend of mine. The photos fascinated me and I borrowed it, of which my praise is beyond words.

So, to express my appreciation and to help potential readers of their purchase decision when there is no table of content here on Amazon (which is rare), I copy the only words on the back cover as follows for your reference:-

"The world of pop up books, movable books, flip books and mechanical cards is a magical one. But who are the pioneers of their paper mechanisms? What are the techniques used to make these books? How do you make 3D, cause scenes to appear and disappear and suggest movement? This book presents a selection of both classic works and contemporary designers and artists who have appropriated tradiiontal techniques to revitalise the is world with their astonishing book creations."


Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality
Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality
by Edward Frenkel
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.26
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable. Reads like a novel yet gives readers a glimpse of the pure maths universe, October 13, 2014
Honestly, I understand very little of the maths "covered". However, the author told his story so well that I did read its 243 pages of content through, nearly word by word. The passages on how how the talented Jewish author, with the support of his dad and many great hearted mathematicians, fought against anti-semitism in Moscow in the 80's and earned his Harvard Associate Professorship in the age of 21 is so captivating. Also, this book did reduce my ignorance of what maths is, and how mathematicians work. Quite readable, and definitely eye opening. Recommended!

p.s. Below please find one of my favorite passages for your reference.
Being a mathematician means that you dont take obvious things for granted but try to reason. Very often you'll be surprised that the most obvious answer is actually wrong. pg16


The Flirting Bible: Your Ultimate Photo Guide to Reading Body Language, Getting Noticed, and Meeting More People Than You Ever Thought Possible
The Flirting Bible: Your Ultimate Photo Guide to Reading Body Language, Getting Noticed, and Meeting More People Than You Ever Thought Possible
by Fran Greene
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.41
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3.0 out of 5 stars Marginally useful for starting a conversation, thus at most the first 20% of the game, unless you are exceptionally gorgeous, September 15, 2014
Whilst I do appreciate the author's emphasis on the right mindset, attitude and body language, there are several issues she should have addressed better. First, the heavy use of photos did not bring together the right dose of illustration. Second, the very little on how to "connect" with the target failed to make this book complete. For men who want to sharpen their edge, I would strongly recommend "How to Make Anyone Fall in Love with You by Leil Lowndes", "The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene" and "How to Succeed with Women by Ron Louis".

p.s. Below please find some of my favorite passages for your reference.
Flirting is less about what you say and more about the energy you create with your flirting interest. Playful banter, intense eye contact, curiosity, and undivided attention will create stimulating and exciting flirting energy. To do this, focus on the other person and do whatever you can to make him/her feel special. Block out the rest of the world to establish a bond between you. Pg34
Look at the person for approximately two to four seconds, smile, look away, and then continue on your way. This activity puts you more at ease smiling at strangers so it becomes your second nature. Pg46
Eye contact is the soul of flirtation. It establishes trust and intimacy. Making eye contact is a great way to introduce yourself to your interest. It should last two to four seconds. Anything longer will cause the other person to feel uncomfortable. Pg48
Acting self-confident can boost your self-confidence for real. Fake it until you make it! It really works. Pg50
How to do the male flirtatious handshake? 1) Smile 2) Look directly into her eyes 3) Move in toward her and extend your right hand to initiate a handshake 4) With your right hand, shake her right hand as you normally would. Simultaneously, bring your left hand into the shake and give an extra squeeze to the back of her hand (the one you are holding). Think of your hands as the bread of a sandwich, with her hand as the filling. 5) Say hello and state how nice it is to meet her. Pg66


Simply Managing: What Managers Do  -  and Can Do Better
Simply Managing: What Managers Do - and Can Do Better
by Henry Mintzberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.23
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, September 15, 2014
When it comes to popularized management/leadership wisdom, there are a lot of balloons of ignorance out there, many of them reinforced by self interest and self confidence. Fortunately Henry Mintzberg is also out there, popping those balloons with intelligence, style and wit. You can learn a great deal, about management and otherwise, by reading this masterpiece.

p.s. Below please find some of my favorite passages for your reference.
How you would like to be managed by someone who doesn't lead? That would be dispiriting. Well, then, why would you want to be led by someone who doesn't manage? That could be disengaging; how are such leaders to know what is going on? Pg7
Today we should be more worried about macroleading from people in senior positions who try to manage by remote control, disconnected from everything except the big picture. It has become popular to talk about us being overmanaged and underled. I believe we are now overled and undermanaged. Instead of distinguishing leaders from managers, we should be seeing managers as leaders, and leadership as management practiced well. Pg7
Managing - Put together a good deal of craft with the right touch of art alongside some use of science, and you end up with a job that is above all a practice, learned through experience and rooted in context. Pg9
To succeed, manages have to become proficient at their superficiality. It has been said that an expert is someone who knows more and more about less and less until finally he or she knows everything about nothing. The manager's problem is the opposite: knowing less and less about more and more until finally he or she knows nothing about everything. Pg21
Thinking is heavy - too much of it can wear a manager down - while acting is light - too much of that and the manager cannot stay put. Moreover, too much leading can result in a job free of content - aimless, frameless, and actionless - while too much linking can produce a job detached from its roots - it becomes public relations. The manager who only communicates never gets anything done, while the manager who only does ends up doing it all alone. And the manager who only control risks controlling an empty shell of yes men and women....The manger has to practice a well-rounded job. Pg66
Effective managers do not exhibit perfect balance among the roles, but rather a dynamic balance across them, as they tilt back and forth between them. Pg70
It has been said of great athletes that they see the game just a little bit slower than the other players, and so they can make that last second maneuver. Perhaps this is also a characteristics of effective managers; faced with great pressure, they can cool it, sometimes just for a moment, to make that thoughtful maneuver. Pg110
All alone, the managers have to convey the impression that they know where they are going, even when they are not sure, so that others feel safe to follow. In other words, managers often have to feign confidence. For modest managers, this can be difficult enough; for the supremely confident, it may be not difficult at all, just catastrophic. Pg131
Events are always unfolding. And major events usually unfold unpredictably. So the trick is to know when to wait, despite the cost of the delay, and when to act, despite unforeseeable consequences. Pg134
These paradoxes, predicaments, labyrinths, riddles and others are built into managerial work - they are managing - and there they shall remain. To repeat a key point, they can be alleviated but never eliminated, reconciled but never resolved. Pg138
Managers certainly think in order to act, but they also act in order to think - to discover what works. And above all, they think while they act. Pg161


Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges
Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges
by Steven M. Southwick
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.44
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well researched with solid scientific reference and plenty of real stories, September 15, 2014
My review title says it all. Good for readers who need resources to strengthen their own resilience and great for professionals who need resources to help the needy in that regard.

p.s. Below please find the ten resilience factors prescribed by the M.D. authors for your reference.
Fostering optimism
Facing fear
Solidifying moral compass
Practicing religion and spirituality
Attracting and giving social support
Imitating resilient role models
Physical training
Mental and emotional training
Enhancing cognitive and emotional flexibility
Finding meaning, purpose and growth


Brand Romance: Using the Power of High Design to Build a Lifelong Relationship with Your Audience
Brand Romance: Using the Power of High Design to Build a Lifelong Relationship with Your Audience
by Yasushi Kusume
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $40.38
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull! Marketing basics! The only bright spot is the catchy title, September 14, 2014
My rating and review title seem very negative. Nevertheless, I really want to deter potential readers from wasting their money and time on this. I know it's hard to trust a stranger. So, first of all, I would like to suggest potential buyers to check the "look inside section" here on Amazon and go through the table of content. Second, please think about the four principles of High Design:- people focused; business integrated; research based; multi-disciplinary. Third, your kind consideration of my review record, that I rarely rated a book a two star, is much appreciated. It's just that the writing and organisation of the book is as bad as its content/ideas. In short, not recommended.

p.s. For those who want to read about branding, "22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Al Ries", "Made to Stick by Chip Heath" and "The Brand Gap: How to Bridge the Distance Between Business Strategy and Design by Marty Neumeier" are much better choices.


The Complete TurtleTrader: How 23 Novice Investors Became Overnight Millionaires
The Complete TurtleTrader: How 23 Novice Investors Became Overnight Millionaires
by Michael Covel
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.85
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good account of a legendary trading squad. Helpful or not? Depends, September 14, 2014
Honestly I had certain difficulty rating and reviewing this book. It's a mixed bag of history and trading skills. Despite the author's expertise in both trading and writing, as a pragmatic trader/reader who read primarily to sharpen my edge, I was not fully satisfied. Readable for sure, but not good enough to be on its target audience' priority list.

p.s. Below please find some of my favorite passages (all trading skills oriented) for your reference.
Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better start running. - African proverb
Instead of employing a statistical thinking toward market decisions, the general public keeps investing based on impulsive feelings, letting an assortment of emotional biases rule their lives. In the end, in their detriment, people are always risk adverse toward gains, but risk seeking toward losses. They are stuck. Pgxv
Great investors conceptualize problems differently than other investors. These investors don't succeed by accessing better information; they succeed by using the information differently than others. - Michael J. Mauboussin pg9
The Turtle's core axioms were the same ones practiced by the great speculators from one hundred years earlier:
Do not let emotions fluctuate with the up and down of your capital.
Be consistent and even tempered.
Judge yourself not by the outcome, but by your process.
Know what you are going to do when the market does what is going to do.
Every now and then the impossible can and will happen.
Know each day what your plan and your contingencies are for the next day.
What can I win and what can I lose? What are probabilities of either happening?
However, there was precision behind the familiar sounding euphemisms. From the first day of training, William Eckhardt outlined five questions that were relevant to what he called an optimal trade. The Turtles had to be able to answer these questions at all times:
1. What is the state of the market?
2. What is the volatility of the market?
3. What is the equity being traded?
4. What is the system or the trading orientation?
5. What is the risk aversion of the trader or client? Pg55-6


Compete Smarter, Not Harder: A Process for Developing the Right Priorities Through Strategic Thinking
Compete Smarter, Not Harder: A Process for Developing the Right Priorities Through Strategic Thinking
by William Putsis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.33
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A highly practical and helpful blueprint for any business/marketing practitioner, September 13, 2014
Seldom can I read such a complete yet concise, strategic yet tactical work, by a scholar and consultant, which is so practical and helpful. Solid framework built upon well researched cases peppered with well selected quotes. In short, recommended!

p.s. Below please find some of my favorite passages for your reference.
The art of the wise is knowing what to overlook. - William Blake pg3
Thinking out of the box without having a box in the first place can be dangerous. - Phil Rizzuto pg15
Rizzutoism: the use of convoluted logic in business. Cost plus pricing, product based segmentation and distributional asymmetric incentive structures are all serious examples. Pg19
Focus on attributes, not core competencies - develop core competencies to meet the needed attributes in the market. Pg35


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