A step-by-step, concept-by-concept approach to making corporate endeavors work.



A detailed handbook delivers advice on increasing the focus and efficiency of team projects in the business world.

Alexander’s nonfiction debut concentrates on collective endeavors—on unlocking the hidden potential in the project management tactics that businesses of all sizes use every day. The author likens the idea of conducting business without a clear strategy to driving a car while blindfolded, maintaining that clear operational thinking is vital to getting anything done in the corporate world. The bulk of the book is devoted to the many aspects of creating and implementing business plans—the mistakes that many companies make and the solutions Alexander and other “thought leaders” in the field have developed to avoid those errors and provide maximum results for “stakeholders” and others concerned with project outcomes. The book’s chapters attempt to break down with step-by-step clarity the things that effective project managers do. Business-world readers coming to Alexander’s text, with its neologisms and endless term abbreviations (KPI for key performance indicators, BPI for business process improvements, PMI for Project Management Institute, PMM for project management methodologies, etc.), should appreciate the clear, methodological thinking in these pages. Those readers are clearly the book’s intended audience, as virtually all of the points made throughout are couched in impenetrable business-speak that will be incomprehensible to outsiders. “Great thought leaders should always strive toward having advance awareness and multiple options as well as being as abundantly prepared to adopt project strategies that fully align with company-wide strategies,” readers are told, for example, and “Process breakdowns and delivery deficiencies can become a reality if effective change management is not factored into project outcomes.” Such gibberish walls off works like this one from entry-level, nonbusiness readers. But those in its target demographic should find plenty here to interest them, particularly the emphasis the author places on planning and on the crucial role of project managers in building the right teams to carry proposals to completion. “Not every project is a need,” Alexander writes, “some will just be wants.” This is a short, pointed book about telling the difference.

A step-by-step, concept-by-concept approach to making corporate endeavors work.

Pub Date: Nov. 4, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-692-77681-0

Page Count: 216

Publisher: Lead-Her-Ship Group

Review Posted Online: Dec. 9, 2016

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This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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