Book Review – Pocket Mentor: Managing Teams

Managing TeamsHarvard Business Review’s (HBR) Pocket Mentor series provides pocket sized books on various topics for management and leadership. Overall there are aout 40 books in the series covering topics such as, coaching people, creating a business plan, delegating work and leading people

Over the next couple of weeks I will be reviewing ten of these books so get ready. The first one I’m reviewing in this post is titled, Managing Teams. This book written by Anne Donnellon is a mini 91 paged book with quick tools and tips around managing teams. As it is with the pocket mentor series, the book doesn’t have chapters, but rather topics which provide quick content that is easy to grasp and I believe apply. Tere is no in depth or mind bending stuff here, just simple information that you can start using. Continue reading


Book Review – Quick Team-Building Activities for Busy Managers By Brian Cole Miller

Quick Team-Building Activities For Busy Managers


Nowadays the rave is all about technology-assisted learning, but good old face-to-face learning still has its place, especially if it is short, quick and focused. Quick Team-Building Activities for Busy Managers meets the criteria for having learning activities that are short, quick and focused. The book contains fifty team building activities with each one ideally taking no more than fifteen minutes to run with a team using little or no resources other than those readily available. This is not a new book, it was written back in 2004, but that in no way decreases it’s relevance to today’s context.

Written by Brian Miller Cole, he starts off the book with the first chapter concentrating on how to run a successful team building activity and the second chapter on what could go wrong in a team building activity. These two chapters help prepare one to use the activities which start off in chapter three. The book is divided into two parts. Part one titled Getting Ready consists of the first two chapter, while part two titled The Activities has the fifty team building activities split across six chapters. Continue reading