||May 15, 2009
A business improvement book that blends Churchill, WW2, fascinating stories and modern business into a compelling book that helps the reader improve at work
This book is so much more than just another business improvement book.
Churchill published his memoirs of WWII in 1947, all 8000 pages of them including the appendices. I discovered them by accident, started reading Vol 1. Every so often Churchill would describe a situation from the war and offer the reader some advice, in the 5th volume he gave another piece of advice that really chimed with a business issue I recalled.
It seemed a shame that his advice and secret skills learned over decades would never be passed on. This book captures Churchill's advice for a new audience. Each chapter describes the war situation the advice or skill emanates from and then places it into a business context. Unlike most business books, each chapter is full of surprising war stories.
Once people start reading it they don't want to put it down. Everyone takes something away that enhances the way they work. It is a great read, improves business performance and provides lots of information about the war.
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All's Fair in Business and War - Anglo Addict Blog
The book Churchill's Secret Skills by Binden Shovel has a unique point of view: it takes examples of Churchill's expertise in leading Britain through the horrors of World War II, and applies them to the modern business world. In addition to providing real-world examples of business situations, the book is also a wealth of information about how Churchill skillfully dealt with very difficult people and problems. The subtitle of the book, "Keeping the Nazis off the beaches required more than fine speeches" is a humorous indication of the way the book delves behind the public persona of Churchill and examines his more subtle skills.
The chapter titles of the book indicate some of the advice that can be gleaned from observing Churchill's actions: The Weapon of Courtesy and Consideration; Tell it Like it is, Nicely!; Success is Hidden in Details; Focus on the Payoff and Put on a Show are some of the 21 chapters in the book.
The author, Binden Shovel, spent a great deal of time reading and analyzing Churchill's writings. Some of Churchill's memos and letters are included to help to illustrate particular points. The author also has a great deal of experience in the business world, and has dealt with superiors and subordinates who provide ample material for both what to do and what NOT to do!
Anyone who enjoys World War II and history will get a kick out of reading this book, and people who work in the modern business world can also pick up lots of useful tips and examples for becoming more effective in the workplace.
Final Verdict for Churchill's Secret Skills: Four Gherkins, out of five for being a modern business novel with interesting historical roots!
Strategists Personal Review
Churchill's Secret Skills: It Took More Than Fine Speeches to Defeat the Nazi's by Binden Shovel
Churchill's Secret Skills: It Took More Than Fine Speeches to Defeat the Nazi's by Binden Shovel is a business book that gives examples on what managers can learn from churchill's leadership during the Second World War. The book is divided into thematic chapters on different topics like dealing with difficult people [using the Soviets as the example], micromanagement, honesty and standing firm. I can quibble with some of the historical analysis but you wouldn't be reading this book for that so I'll let it go. The stories from Shovel's career are interesting and help link the wider themes to a business level.
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