Book Review : What the CEO wants you to know, by Ram Charan

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The book, from Amazon

The book explains the universal laws of business, the set of fundamentals that business people successful apply everyday in every business situation.

The CEO and the street vendor

The assumption from Ram Charam is that a CEO shares the same business language and thinking with a street vendor: they need to figure out what to buy based on what they think they can sell, what prices to charge and be able to adjust the prices as needed.

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Book Review: Peopleware by DeMarco and Lister – Part 3: the right people

This is the third in a series of articles providing a chapter-by-chapter in-depth “book club” reading of Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister’s book “Peopleware”, 2nd edition.

Part 3 is dedicated to find and nurture the right people.

Common mistakes

One common mistake is to hire people who can uniform with the team or the company (I experienced this in several interviews) but the person who matters most is the one who doesn’t think like all the rest.

“The need for uniformity is a sign of insecurity on the part of management “.

Another common mistake is to require standards of dress, therefore removing considerable discretion from the individual. The message is clear: people are not appreciated for their real worth and their contribution is not as important as their haircut and neckties. Continue reading “Book Review: Peopleware by DeMarco and Lister – Part 3: the right people”