Joe and Wanda on Management

Joe Kerr and Wanda B. Goode, two characters from Nick McCormick’s book, “Lead Well and Prosper,” dispense their management wisdom

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Kicking The Recession’s Butt

23 February, 2009 (22:18) | Book Review, Leadership, Management | By: Administrator

Jack Hayhow recently released an ebook entitled, Kicking The Recession’s Butt. As the title suggests, it’s all about how to succeed in these trying times. Actually, the pointers apply to any time, but the recession has definitely created a heightened sense of urgency to act.

Hayhow presents sound fundamental principles for achieving success in business. First, confront reality by ensuring the right strategy and the right people are doing the right work to deliver the company’s product(s) or service(s). The author provides practical tips and examples to take the reader through this important process.

The next step is to stimulate sales! After all, sales are the key. No revenue, no cash. No cash, no business. How do companies sell more when customers are tightening their belts? They create “wildly enthusiastic customers” by inventing new satisfaction, improving product design, and making sure customers know they care about them.

The author provides additional tips and directions for how true leaders succeed within the confines of the present reality of doing more with less. Lot’s of good advice in this short, easily digestible read. It’s available for free download at

Here’s a related post on Innovating during a recession.

… and one on Helping employees during a recession

Managing Change in the Workplace

17 February, 2009 (00:08) | Book Review, Management | By: Administrator

After doing a post on change management a while back I got introduced to Leslie Allan’s ebook titled, Managing Change in the Workplace: A Practical Guide. True to its title, it is indeed a practical guide. The author provides step-by-step actions to guide the reader through the change process. Although quite short (I love short books!), it is extremely comprehensive.

Allan describes the aspects of the change management process and how to implement change successfully. In doing so, not only does the reader get introduced to the 5 principles guiding successful change programs and the author’s CHANGE implementation approach, but there are also primers on goal setting, project management, and forming teams – all necessary components for implementing change successfully.

Care to comment, Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: I have not read the book. As you are well aware, I learn by doing, not by burying my nose in paper and ink. I will say that I’m not sure why people make such a fuss over change. Some say they embrace change. I take it a step further – a big step. I’m addicted to change. I just can’t get enough of it. In fact, when there’s not enough, I manufacture my own. I need my change fix. Makes me feel alive. Keeps my guys on their toes too.

Wanda B. Goode: I enjoyed the book. Not surprisingly, much of the focus is on preparation and planning. Some may look to short-cut these activities. Those that do will continue to flounder. This book is for those that want to succeed. It’s a fine roadmap for implementing change successfully.

As for the change addict, ask him about the time housekeeping switched the toilet paper from two ply to one ply. I hear he still brings in his own roll.

Joe Kerr: Now Wanda, that’s not fair. One of these days, and I hope that day comes soon, you will learn that some things are sacred, and T.P. is one of those things.

Wanda B. Goode: O brother!

For additional information on change management check out Leslie Allan’s website –

Here are a few other posts as well.

This one gives a good reason for improving your change management capability.
Effective Change Management: Building Your Internal Change Capability.

This one points out the importance of Engaging the People in the change management process.
Change Management Life Cycle Phase II: Engage the People.

The 10 Habits of Highly effective IT Professionals

30 January, 2009 (00:23) | Book Review, Personal Development | By: Administrator

Recently I came across an ebook entitled, The 10 Habits of Highly Effective IT Professionals, by Simon Stapleton. It peaked my interest because I happen to be in the IT field, and also happen to have a keen interest in improving my effectiveness.

Before going further, I wanted to mention that Joe and Wanda are sitting this post out. Hopefully that’s not too much of a let down to our readership. If you are a frequent visitor to this blog you are probably aware that Joe doesn’t read books, which tends to limit his contribution to book reviews. Further, Wanda just hasn’t gotten around to reading this one yet, although I’m sure she will eventually.

I will forge on without them…

Simon has put together an insightful list. There is no denying that embracing the habits described in the book will make an IT professional more effective. In fact, I think doing so would make anyone in any field/industry more effective. My favorites are the first two. 1) Openly Share Knowledge and 2) Coach Others. Wouldn’t it be nice if more people embraced these habits?

To read and learn more about the habits and get on the path to increased effectiveness, go to Simon Stapleton’s website, subscribe to his newsletter, and download a free copy of the ebook.

I’m looking forward to the author’s future companion title, The 10 Habits of Highly Effective IT Leaders.

Book Review: 10 Ways to Make it Great

19 June, 2007 (03:01) | Book Review, Personal Development | By: Administrator

– We have another book review. It’s Phil Gerbyshak’s 10 Ways to Make it Great. This time we’re not going to even solicit Joe Kerr’s input since we know he hasn’t read it. He made it clear that he has not read a book in quite some time. Interestingly enough, Phil has a reference in his book to a study done by Jerrold Jenkins of the Jenkins Group that says that 58 % of the total adult population has not read another book since high school. I guess Joe Kerr is in the majority on this count.

We will, however, check in with Wanda. Wanda, what are your thoughts?

Wanda B. Goode: I enjoyed the book quite a bit. It outlined a process for goal achievement with practical tips and instruction. I read version 2.0 which includes a bonus 11th Way, “Go the Extra Mile.” In it, Phil urges the reader to learn more about her/his life, job, and future dream job, than the next guy, and similarly to get to know more people… those that do what you want to do better than you do. Tough to argue with that! It’s practical advice that when practiced can have significant benefits.

Joe Kerr and Wanda B. Goode review “I Wanna Tell You a Story” by Trevor Gay

6 June, 2007 (03:31) | Book Review, Leadership, Management | By: Administrator

– Recently Joe and Wanda were both given a copy of Trevor Gay’s book, I Wanna Tell You a Story. Their comments are below.

Joe Kerr: I’ll give you a story… I’ve done nothing but work my b%lls off for 20 years, putting up with chronic miscreants and incompetent fools. I made my own way honing my craft at the school of hard knocks. I work hard and play even harder. I’m a wily, rough and tumble spitfire and I don’t need any cheese moving, one minute management mumbo jumbo. Now that’s my story!

Wanda B. Goode: I really enjoy a good story, and this book has 16 memorable ones. The real life stories and their lessons reinforced the importance of certain leadership traits that I hold dear. They also made me realize some areas where I need to improve.