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The Pilot Fountain Pen is a great writing instrument. The nib delivers clear, consistent and smooth writing. It is one of the most precise "medium" fountain point lines I have experienced. Rather than being a crayon, this writes with precision. The pen's balance is good and comfortable in your hand, light weight but also sturdy and substantial. This pen will not get lost in your briefcase.
My only complaint is the Animal design and coloration. It is as appropriate for business as other pens. The appearance seems more geared to women which is fine but something to consider. Overall a great pen from the writing perspective and recommended.
I have a collection of earbuds and micro speakers as it never seems like you have have enough or enough good ones. The Polk Nue Era Headphones deliver well above average sound making them good value for money. The sound quality shows not only in terms of the speaker performance but almost as importantly in the range of ear bud covers (silicon, memory foam, etc) that let you get the exact fit you need. Other earbuds just come with a Small, Medium and Large set which never quite fit well, that is one aspect that sets these earbuds apart. The phone control buttons are good and work well with my equipment, most iStuff.
Overal the sound is good, rich and pays attention to the low and midrange of the sound spectrum. A welcome relief from others that are more tinny. Its hard to deliver rich bass tones in an earbud vs and over the ear phone, but these Polks deliver. One drawback is the quality of their materials and manufacturing. These are decidedly plastic phones without great finish -- edges a little rough, paint finish slightly blistered, they just are not the same materials as you find on other similarly priced earbuds. The cloth bag that accompanies the product is basically worthless storing the phones in a way that guarantees a tangle. I have put these in a hard zipper case that works great. These are the reasons why this is not a five star review.
Operations management is a complex topic but one that every enterprise needs to become proficient to be successful. Complexity often leads to dry and academic treatments that read more like a laundry list of 'must do's' than a discussion that builds understanding about what operations management really is and how the reader can become an operations management
This book treats operations management clearly, concisely and in a structured approach. Anderson has done a good job balancing the breadth of operations management with the depth of operations management techniques. This is a great reference that may be a bit of drag to read cover to cover, but is essential to refer to afterward.
I would suggest reading the first part (Part 1: Getting Started with Operations Management) in depth to get a sense of operations management with its richness and diversity. Then it makes sense to focus on specific parts that deal with specific aspects of operations management including:
- Managing Variability and Risk
- Improving Operations
- Managing Operations
- Scaling and Globalizing Your Operations
Overall a great reference that should be a core element of every executives book case and tool kit.
This book is singular in its coverage of an important business topic by telling a compelling personal story that never the less is able to impart meaningful advice and insight. The book is based on the experiences of Scott Berkun and his year working as a team lead at WordPress. Scott provides a unique perspective being a former Project Manager at Microsoft, a published author and now a lead in an digital start-up. This enables the author to compare working at traditional and non-traditional companies (Microsoft and WordPress) with the analytical skill and story telling of a journalist.
This is one of the few books that was both enlightening and entertaining to read. My copy has more than enough dogeared pages, underlines and highlights -- always a sign of a book that has something to say. Berkun covers the range from culture, to the nature of management, to the challenges of starting a new job. The book is organized into 24 highly accessible and readable chapters. Each chapter covers both a central idea and a team experience in their various projects.
The book is written about a software company and software developers so not every part of the story applies, but Berkun's observations are food for thought about the future of work.
Again recommended as a rare business book that is an enjoyable read.
Pundits, professors and journalists espouse the criticality of the Internet into the future. But few of these people have directly created that future through their start-ups, mentoring and actions. Alexis Oharian is the exception and this book is both the story of the past and an expression of the internet's future.
The book is an interesting combination of personal biography and professional manifesto for the future. The book is personal, accessible, clear and engaging. A recommended read that provides both a first hand account building the modern web and concerns about its future. As the co funder of Reddit, Alexis shares an insiders view. The book gives you a familiarity with the author that you can call him Alexis.
Recommended reading to get a readily accessible view of the web in the future.
This is an honest look at one of a company creating one of the best know products in the world. Most business books are filled with hyperbole, god like executives and laser like decision making that make the company look like an unstoppable firm only to crash and burn. Brick by brick is an honest, highly readable narrative of the challenges, ups, downs and decisions of a well run company.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED both as a good read and a great business book.
Robertson does more than report on what happened to Lego, he explores the context, culture and options they faced. The positive and negative decisions are equally treated in this compelling book. We all know LEGO the brick but few of us know LEGO the company and how it operates.
Every book written about a company should be as balanced, complete and clear as this one. It stands as an example of what compelling business writing can be, one that attracts both business students as well as the public.
It is one of the best books I have read in a long time and perhaps one of the best books focusing on a specific company ever.
Wacom Intuos tablet and pen are something I have been looking at for some time. The ability to draw digitally has been missing from my PC and iPad and this device fits the bill in several ways. First the device connects and reconnects easily without requiring set up. The tablet device becomes an extended touchpad when not being used in a drawing program. Its not a full function touchpad for MAC as it does not support all gestures, but it does not get in the way of using multiple programs on the MAC.
I do occasional sketches on my iPad with Paper 53 which is a fine product, but this tablet gives me greater control and a wider array of software and media to work with. Its entirely constant to need both.
I am a novice graphic drawer so the companion programs provided with the Wacom help make the device instantly applicable. This is a good thing, but it will take time for novices to get the hang of these drawing programs. Something to consider. The tablet surface is responsive and the stylus comfortable to use. I have only been using it for a few weeks not and expect that as i gain familiarity and skill it will make my presentations more graphical, personal and engaging. I will never be an artist, but with this tablet I can clearly stand out in the corporate crowd.
Several people walking down the aisle of the airplane asked me if this book was good and I had to tell you that this was a step down from his prior works. If your a fan you will buy the book regardless of this or other reviews. But if you are picking up your first Gladwell book, I would suggest selecting "What the Dog Saw" rather than this one.
Malcolm Gladwell covers the topic of how the weak overcome the strong and the fundamental weakness in strength. Gladwell repeats his prior method of telling different stories to illustrate this point, starting with the titular David and Goliath and extending to the civil rights movement. The approach is familiar, but insight is lacking as the author rehashes much of what we already know about how underdogs win over incredible odds. He tries to bring a personal touch to the topic focusing each chapter around a person and a unique situation. I found the books nine chapters somewhat distorted and while Gladwell tries to weave the pieces together he never quite accomplishes a narrative the way he has with his other books. I think that the topic of weakness and strength is not strong enough for this type of treatment.
There are a few conventional twisting parts that make the book worth reading, but not one to put at the top of your list. Like all Gladwell books, he describes research performed by others, placing it in the context of the book. The story of Caroline Sacks was illuminating in exploring the differences between being a small fish in a large pond or a large fish in a small one. The story revolves around college choices and the impact of one great student joining other great students versus a great student going to a college where there are fewer other great students.
Overall, this book is OK, particularly compared with Gladwell's other books, good just not great.
The Wolf in CIO Clothing provides a distinctly different view of the CIO,one that will shed new light on the challenges facing the CIO. Tina Nunno's book delivers a realpolitik view of the CIO their personalities and practices. It is well worth the read and recommended for CIOs or any executive who needs to regroup themselves and reassess the portfolio of behaviors required for sustained success.
Nunno organizes the book around two competing concepts the observations of Niccolo Machiavelli in his three books on Power Manipulation and Warfare. These provide the basis for the book. Nunno then organizes these ideas into an actionable framework based on a zodiac of behaviors and traits that structure the book's three sections and 19 chapters. Nunno assigns each an animal according to Machiavelli's three major themes:
Part 1 - Power exemplified by the Lion and the Lamb
Part 2 - Manipulation described using the Snake and the Dove
Part 3 - Warfare illustrated by the Shark and the Dolphin
It is a clever idea and one that will make it easy for CIOs to recognize and apply. According to Nunno, the effective CIO is the one that strikes the right blend of all six behaviors in the right situation, which personifies the Grey Wolf and therefore the title of the book.
Nunno uses this construct to great effect in demonstrating how the different behaviors apply in various CIO situations. Each of the crisply written chapters features short anonymous examples of CIOs and their practice of there's behaviors. The chapter ends with a summary set of actions and reminders - a 'wolf pack'.
Nunno's unconventional view of the CIO as political animal provides clear compelling and engaging analysis and advice that you will not find anywhere else. Nunno overlooks, ignores and overturns conventional wisdom in order to recognize the reality of what it takes in a leader who gets things done. The resulting advice at first seems a bit heretical and counter intuitive with what CIOs have been told but makes perfect sense when thinking about it in terms of the different behaviors.
There are some challenges with the book. The examples concentrate on traditional budget, scope, sponsorship and leadership challenges and have little to say about new challenges facing the CIO. The examples illustrate the ideas in the chapter rather than reflect data and an analysis of CIOs success. This is a strength as well as sticking to conventional analysis would have led to a repeat of conventional CIO wisdom which is not the focus of this book.
Nunno provides advice that every executive should consider and refer to whenever they feel they are in a difficult position or facing a challenge. That is the reasons why this book is something you will come back to time and time again. Recommended for the CIO and any executive.