The HP Way: David Packard

Read about Dave Packard’s “11 Simple Rules”

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Made In Japan : Akio Morita

  This  story of Sony and its founder Akio Morita. Certainly different from most of the American  business stories we get to read.  The book is a 1998 edition and Sony, Japan and the world had undergone a sea change since. But most of what Akio discusses in this book had remained intact.

He starts the with the world war era followed by US occupation and how it changed Japan during those days. It was in these days that Akio, son of a prominent business man started with the idea of a company. He had developed a solid technical foundation  in engineering and sciences working for the imperial army that later helped in setting the Sony company. The book has vivid stories of how the first tape recorder takes shape and many of the now defunct transistor radio, VCR and walk man. The book gives insight about the world before the transistors when the vacuum tube ruled the world.

Details of how Sony was established in America and Europe is quite interesting. The books delves into the psyche of a Japanese business as opposed to the American way of business.

Written in the 80s , the book has little reference to the business world as we know today with WTO . Its surprising to note that the book has very little information about the technology we know today with the Internet and the personal computers and mp3 players and cell phones.

What’s more relevant  to note in the recession ridden world of today is the the frugal lifestyles of Japanese businessman.  While US CEO earn millions in pay and perks, Japanese CEOs  earn many order less than the Americans. Interesting to note that Akio mocks the US culture to sue. Millions spend by US corporations to save their back from frivolous lawsuits could be used for in R&D and adding value to the customers.

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

Nuts! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success

 It took me relatively a very long time to complete this book. I’d bought it this march and started reading it them. However during this period, I happened to read few other books.

Its been a long time since I wanted to read about southwest. An airline that could withstand all the turmoils faced by the airline industry. A lot has been discussed and written about southwest in the web and all over.

This one is a well written book and speaks volumes about the “Positively Outrageous Service”  and what keeps southwest apart from a regular airline.

Another book on airline industry and customer service is Moment of Truth

Working with Emotional Intelligence

EI

This book by author Daniel Goleman  is a classic and a must-read for every employee. The book specifically looks into the emotional competencies required at workplace. As a manager I’ve often seem non technical employees excels in their work where as technical and many of the intelligent employees fail. All of these skills are definitely attributed to emotional intelligence.

I follow the blog ‘http://www.manager-tools.com/’. This blog/podcast refers to the concepts referred to in this book and is an excellent resource for budding managers.

One of the noteworthy subject in this book is about reference to Amyglada. A little gland in your brain controlling emotions such as rage, fear, anxiety. This is a really interesting read, where the author in details talks about the way this organ controls the emotions.

Starfish And Spider

Winning – by Jack Welsh

For a long time, all that I’d in this blog post is just a picture of cover of the this book. I’ve been late to realize, I’m not doing justice to  my readers by just having  the cover of this book. This post is one of the most highly viewed of my blogposts;  So  I decided to pen down something on today (dec 21st 2008)

Its been a while ago since I’ve read this book, and still quite a while ago since I’ve read Jack Welch’s biography. 

I liked Jack’s original work better than this one.  It covers many of the management Jack is believed to have practiced and developed in GE. Given the kind of audience this book is intended for, my belief is they’d already be aware of these, although it may be questionable how many of then actually practices these management philosophies.

Its one thing to be actually be aware of the right and workable management approaches, and its a different thing to actually practice it.  That’s what keeps Jack Welch apart from other managers. The book does explains you the management practices and philosophies in GE, but GE has been around for long before Jack was heading it and the management policies in GE would have been as old as GE itself. What makes Jack different from others was Jack’s zealous pursuit to put these philosophies to practice.  If you have the innate qualities of  “Jack Welch type manager’, you’d not need this book, you’d anyway be practicing what’s there in this book!

Would I certainly recommend this book as it stands for the no nnonsense approach to management. A good read for a budding manager or a beginner to management. But then,  search the web, and you’d find pretty much all the management books and consultants parroting the same things!.  And do read Jack’s first book, “Straight from the gut” if you’d need a real insight into Jack’s management approach.