8 Best Books on Management Ever Written

September 14, 2011 | 7:27 pm | Journal: book reviews, guest writers |    0 comment

There are literally hundreds and hundreds of book on management out there. Which ones are worth purchasing and which ones aren’t? Here are 8 best books on management ever written.

The Principles of Scientific Management
by Frederick Winslow Taylor

This book gets right to the heart of good management; a manager needs to be able to get his/her team to systematically work as one in order to achieve success. Management isn’t a one-man show. It’s a compilation of a leader who can lead a team to perform at their best. Each part of a project requires different actions. This book explores how a manager can get all those actions working as one to accomplish the desired result. This book on management is an oldie but a goodie.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
By: Stephen R. Covey
This book definitely has a spot on the list of best books on management ever written. Want to avoid bad managerial decision making? Want to know how the professional and personal are interlinked? The author takes you through a series of angles that will show you how the world of management and your personal world can compliment or insult each other without you even realizing it. This is a great book for managers of any business.

Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators
By: Patrick M. Lencioni
This book makes the list of best books on management ever written because it address that old adage…If you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. This book helps both you and your team to make better decisions both in life and in business.

The One Minute Manager
By: Kenneth Blanchard, Ph. D. and Spencer Johnson, M.D.
Want to know why this book made it on the list of best books on management ever written? Well, it’s sold thirteen million copies, and is still considered by many to be THE best book ever written on management. Among other things, this book shows how important doing “one minute” tasks are as a means to inspire, motivate, and encourage people to do their best under any circumstances.

First Break all The Rules
By: Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
This book shows the result of an in-depth study by the authors of great managers, and how they were able to develop the specific talents of their team members, thus leading them to become top performers. Of course, there is a little bit of rule breaking going on along the way.

Business: The Ultimate Resource
By: Daniel Goleman
This book made the list of best books on management ever written because it’s a treasure chest of information including a management library, management checklists, profiles of top managers and much, much more.

Communicate with Confidence
By: Dianna Booher
The title pretty much sums up what this book is all about. Learn how to communicate with others and why it is so important to your management duties.

It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy
By: D. Michael Abrashoff
“The most important thing a captain can do is to see the ship from the eyes of the crew.” The importance of walking in the shoes of your team members and seeing things from their vantage point should never be underestimated, and that’s why this book made it to the list of best books on management ever written.

Mary Trudi commonly blogs about the costs associated with studying a PhD management online.


Writing Tips – How To Harness Personal Experiences

September 12, 2011 | 4:34 pm | Journal: guest writers, on writing |    1 comment

I’ll bet when Proust was dipping his pastries in his tea that morning the last thing he expected was his whole life to flash before his eyes.

Yet this goes to show just how many memories there are in each of us, a vast tidal wave of experience that could break at any time and flood back into our present consciousness. These memories – these stories – are what give us the power to write realistically and evocatively. The key is learning how to harness them.  


All your troubles seemed so far away. And not just your troubles either. Memory is like that: how are you supposed to recapture events or conversations that now exist only in the murky depths of your mind? I don’t know about you, but my memory is hopeless. I find it hard to remember what I was doing last week, let alone last year (and unfortunately this has nothing to do with alcohol). But my memory, or more precisely my history, is the foundation of who I am. When Wordsworth said that the child was the father of the man, he was emphasising that the sum of your past experience, including your childhood, is what makes you uniquely you.


I compensate for my fuzzy mind by keeping diaries. They’re nothing special. Most entries are random observations from events or meetings rather than detailed accounts of treasured moments. These scraps of text only mention the odd scent, like Charlie Red on a date, or a tune, like ‘Abide With Me’ from a funeral. But I don’t need any more than that to remember the event. The senses are the key to unlocking your memories. How many times has a taste or smell dragged you back to a precise moment in your past, often so unexpectedly that you have to gasp for breath? Powerful fiction is based on thoughtful use of all of the senses and the emotional memories they evoke.


These sudden, immensely powerful flashbacks are an essential part of writing, and can be miracle cures for a text that is lacking in emotional or descriptive depth. Of course a piece of writing that only features your memories is autobiography, and won’t always interest a reader, but they will enable you to paint a much more vivid picture of your characters and their setting.  

Your memories enable to you to construct an image that is unique to you, that resonates with your own history, even if ostensibly the plot you’re working on seems a million miles away. This attention to detail, this engagement with elements from your past, can be transplanted from your mind to that of your characters, creating a much stronger illusion of real people. Incorporating the memorable sights, smells, tastes, sounds and touches that mean so much to you will create a tangible atmosphere in your work, one that might feel like a real memory to everybody that reads it, as well as to you. Building memories into writing is a key to writing powerfully, it is why something that isn’t real can have the strength of something that is.


It’s always fascinating to look at what the mind remembers when asked to do so spontaneously. What about your five senses: which seems most important? Visual, most likely, but what other sensory reminders come into play? And how do you express your emotional experience of an event? Look for the strings of associations in your mind that help memories flood back to the present. When they do, make notes, capture the salient details, and allow your mind to follow along the path the memories lead: where were you, what were you doing, how were you feeling? Expand and write a little about yourself and the people you knew back then. What’s changed? These ‘oh yeah, I’d forgotten about that!’ moments are the details that can be inserted into your work to make it that much more convincing.  

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Kindle Kash Contest – I won 3rd prize!

September 6, 2011 | 9:59 pm | Journal: contests, short stories |    1 comment

Incredible, but true: my <1,000 words short story Soul Healers won 3rd prize at the Kindle Kash Contest held by MyWritersCircle.com!

If you’re interested in reading the story, here’s the link: Soul Healers by Luana Spinetti.

Contest Judge’s Comments

I enjoyed reading this story, with an unexpected upbeat twist to the end of the tale.
While finding Aliens is far from original, it was well done.
It was well written  but there were a few minor punctuation issues.
The word “Kindle” was seamlessly incorporated in the story. So much so I didn’t spot it at first.
The SciFi aspect was good.