I have been looking for another book on Execution ever since Bossidy's "Execution", but this wasn't it. I admit that the price is right with this oneI have been looking for another book on Execution ever since Bossidy's "Execution", but this wasn't it. I admit that the price is right with this one at $12 and as slim as it is I thought that it had just enough room for meat and minimal fluff. Not so.
Harpst spends more than half the book explaining "what needs" to be done and what kind of goals should be sought. It's the kind of "strategy planning" that you get out of hundreds of business books. Ho hum. I was looking for an action list or a chart to show exactly the best way to execute a strategic plan. You know, how to get something done and measure the results.
If you're looking for the same then read Chapter 9. I wish the whole book had been just a big fat Chapter 9. I'm sure Executive Business Coaches are important to the holistic approach in building a great business, but points like that are made too often in this book. Whereas, Chapter 9 (and part of 10) really list out how to do it and what to look out for....more
I should probably start out with a disclaimer that I was sent this book and asked to review it. I kind of hate to do that because I fear it may taintI should probably start out with a disclaimer that I was sent this book and asked to review it. I kind of hate to do that because I fear it may taint my praise for this fantastic look at American business.
There are waaaaaaay too many business books published each year. Many of them all say the same thing. They want to outline "their way" to success. But this one is different. It paints an honest picture of the ups and downs of running a business in today's world, where we learn from Silverman's mistakes (and some good moves along the way).
Basically, Silverman grew a small typesetting business into a global leader in the publishing industry... and then lost it all.
The author does a great job of connecting all of the little people and day-to-day details so that it's apparent how they add up to the big picture.
I learned a lot.
What was the most fun was I learned a lot while reading about typography, books and some of the biggest names in publishing over the past 2 decades....more
I read this book on a recommendation from the Deep South group. And boy am I glad I picked this book up.
Weighing in at just over 200 pages it's not aI read this book on a recommendation from the Deep South group. And boy am I glad I picked this book up.
Weighing in at just over 200 pages it's not a daunting read at all. And the characters and place descriptions grab you from the get go, or gitgo as Jack Butler may have penned it.
The story takes place in Missippi back in the race-focused 1960's. It centers around a young white man doing his own thing in a colored part of town. His thing happens to Jujitsu and he starts a club that uses Jujitsu to help one come closer to Jesus.
The language throughout the whole book is spot on! Some folks are filled with the "Holy Spurt" and those that aren't may just get called "werfless".
There are a few sex scenes that were a bit graphic for me. I see how they were needed for the characters to develop, but some of the descriptions were a bit distracting and could have been handled differently. But I also know this has more to do with personal taste than Butler's ability as a story teller.
And that's exactly what this is, southern story telling at its best.
There are parts that will have laughing outloud, parts that'll have you so mad you could spit and a part that paints the hottest summer I've ever experienced!
This book isn't exactly brimming with piz-zazz. As utterly fascinating as the subjects are it reads like a scholarly journal for most of it. The best pThis book isn't exactly brimming with piz-zazz. As utterly fascinating as the subjects are it reads like a scholarly journal for most of it. The best parts are where Schiffrin gives personal insights into the lives and personalities of some the great book publishers. There is no doubt in my mind the Schiffrin is someone I'd like to have over for dinner and listen to more stories of publishing's successes and failures. But without that pre-dinner drink in his hand it may all still be a bit dry. It is definately a must read for anyone interested in publishing and books. Schiffrin posses too much personal experience for us to miss out on. But if you're just starting to dip your toe into "books on publishing" I'd recommend Anne Fadiman or Gabriel Zaid first....more
This book is equal parts love story (with small business), biography and economics history. While I could see how some of the biographical details couThis book is equal parts love story (with small business), biography and economics history. While I could see how some of the biographical details could get a little stale and repetitive for some readers, I felt that it really helped frame the nuts and bolts of what it means to be a small shop owner. Spector did a good job of covering small shop owners, in all industries, from across the whole country.
It was interesting to see all of the similarities in all of these family-owned businesses. And how these lessons learned translate into community and a sense of creating a better place. All of the shop owners seemed to share a strong sense of pride in their work their families and for caring for the customer. None of these shop owners are set to take over the world, but you can see how each street is better off for having had that privately owned company there. I don't want to overly-romanticize the impact of all of these small businesses, but they all sure seem to have a clue that the rest of corporate America could use.
Sprinkled throughout all of these family histories and shop stories are economic nuggets and facts. Such as, "shop" is derived from an Old Saxon or German word for "porch", from a time when people sold their wares from the front porches of their homes. It's also fun to read how attitudes towards salesmen and shop owners ebb. Spector quotes Nietzche, "Merchant and pirate were for a long period one and the same person. Even today mercantile morality is really nothing but a refinement of piratical morality."
Even though some of the shop histories and family stories run long and blur in their sameness, this is a book that has stuck with me and one that I will continue to recommend....more
Prose is very good at connecting the big dots. That is, she does a good job at finding great examples of technique, character development, etc. That'sProse is very good at connecting the big dots. That is, she does a good job at finding great examples of technique, character development, etc. That's where I really found some value in this book, it added some new titles to my "to be read" list that I'm very excited about.
If you've ever taken Creative Writing 101 or Journalsim Reporting 101, Prose's concepts will be more of a review (but with GREAT examples) and not much else.
But if you like good writing for writing's sake, then this book will whet your appetite for some of the more classic books you may not have read....more