From Riots to Civil War – Is This London’s Future?May 31, 2012 | 2:58 pm | Journal: book reviews, guest writers | 0 comment
The riots in London that many people all across the world thought had to do with nothing more than the shooting of twenty-nine year old Mark Duggan, actually likely had multiple additional underlying causes. The shooting actually sparked fury that had been already brewing as a result of political and class tensions that were taking place throughout London, and the rest of England as well. Many individuals who followed the riots feel that the ruling elite in the country are responsible for the riots because so many cuts have been made to benefits provided for the lower class. Others feel that the riots are the direct result of black immigrants being allowed into the country.
The majority of people who followed the London riots that racked the city from August 6th to August 10th, though, simply blame it on criminal behavior. The problem with all of these different views as to how the riots got started is that without knowing the real underlying cause it will be difficult to determine if the violence of the riots can occur again, and ultimately lead to civil war.
While criminal activity has resulted in civil war in other, more unstable nations, it would be more likely to take severe political unrest and financial disparity to spark a civil war in London. Not to say that cannot happen though, because the possibility definitely exists. After watching the riots that spread throughout London it is much clearer to the people of London, and to the rest of the world, that violence can be sparked very quickly, and it can spread even faster. What started in London’s Tottenham district spread to multiple areas throughout the city, including the areas of Brixton, Enfield, Islington, Wood Green, Bromley, Camden, Chingford Mount, Clapham, Croydon, Ealing, East Ham, Hackney, Lewisham, Peckham, Stratford, Waltham Forest, and Woolwhich. In addition, riots popped up in various areas throughout the rest of England as well. With the violence being so widespread the chances of it resulting in civil war are much more likely than would be if the rioting was confined to one small area of London. The recent events that took place in London are sobering evidence of how quickly violence and chaos can be implemented and spread throughout an entire country. And where there is violence there is the possibility for civil war. The question is, who would the civil war be between?
For the most part the rioters seemed to not so much be out to hurt each other, but rather to make a statement regarding the perceived major inequality in London, and in England in general. If rioting were to be sparked again, and if civil war seemed to be in the future, the civil war would likely be between the poor, and the elite and the government, which is often the characteristic of civil war. And unless certain political issues in London, and in England in general, are not addressed the possibility of an approaching civil war will continue to exist.
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8 Best Books on Management Ever WrittenSeptember 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.