I first heard Sir ray Avery speak at a function held by Waikato University a month or two ago. He wasn’t someone I had heard greatly about or even knew that he had a book. I was pleasantly surprised when I heard him speak to find out he had a wicked sense of humour and an impeccable understanding of human need, economic process all underpinned by a heart full of compassion.
I won’t say too much about the book or what covers in this blog post. What I will do is share my thoughts and reflections and what I thought of it.
- Detail. There isn’t much of it. In fact there is very little detail at all if you are looking for some lessons about business and management as a science. What the book does cover though is the art and personality of management and leadership.
- Smarts. There is one key factor that Ray shares with the reader that underpinned his success – the SOP. Standard Operating Procedure.
- Can do. The book is all about people with a ‘can do’ attitude and spirit. The book is full of anecdotes and stories that exemplify both the ability of the author and the spirit of the country that he chooses to live in.
I really enjoyed this book. It was simple to read, kept moving quickly through the authors life and had just enough in it for the reader to take away and think – yes, I can do something with that. Or I can use that in my life or my place of work to make things better.
That is all.