Anyone who has watched the television programme "Dragons' Den" will be aware how ill-prepared many entrepreneurs are when seeking investment. They often do not seem to understand their market or their business. The New Business Road Test guides would-be founders of start-up businesses through the key questions they need to understand if they are going to maximise their chances of success.
As the book’s subtitle suggests, The New Business Road Test guides those starting new business through the analysis needed to write meaningful business plan. It is divided into two parts.
At last a book on human resource management methods that seeks to eliminate the overly-complex bureaucratic processes used in so many organisations. Managers and staff alike hate them and pay lip service and as a result the performance management and staff development systems do not work as hoped; the response is often to add more complexity and controls to force their application.
In One Page Talent Management Marc Effron and Miriam Ort seek to deal with the challenge of making talent and human resource management usable so that managers and staff will use the leaner processes effectively. They aim to do so by Eliminating Complexity, Adding Value to performance and staff development management whilst still basing it on the same science as the ineffective bureaucratic systems.
As The India Way suggests, India's different business culture could revolutionise multinational management as India enterprises go global and escape their home markets. The four authors are all Professors at the Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania’s renowned business school and are well placed to comment on what they call The India Way. During the research for the book they consulted with most of the top Indian leaders of the businesses that underpin India’s recent and continuing success.
In India, a Portrait Patrick French creates a personal picture to of modern India. It is a very readable addition to a growing collection of works on the history and development of India as its economy emerges to become a major force.
Patrick French structures India, a Portrait ,into three part each of four chapters: Rashtra: Nation, Lakshmi: Wealth and Samaj: Society.
Nation provides an accelerated history of India, the consequences of violence and India’s disputes with its neighbours. It covers the internal conflicts and the role of the family in Indian politics. In particular, the Nehru/Gandhi dynasty and its role in the Congress party that still has a major influence on national politics.
This apparently simple book has big and important ideas that should not be ignored. Mark Gerzon shows how many of the world’s problems are down to a lack of understanding of fellow members of humanity.
Martin Wilson was brought in by one of the junior departments in a sensitive government programme. As a junior partner the department could not be seen to be disruptive but it had serious concerns about the programme scope. Martin explored the issues on an individual basis with the other parties and especially with the programme director. It showed that all were aware of problems with the programme direction, “the elephant in the room”, but felt powerless to deal with it. In just six weeks of sensitive negotiations Martin was able to generate consensus and get the programme redesigned and heading in a more appropriate direction.
Sometimes a programme or project needs fresh thinking to get it running smoothly; it may be that a health check has exposed issues.
Solidus has considerable experience with putting projects and programmes back on track. Usually it is a case of a project team using Solidus to facilitate an exploration of the challenges. Often the team are too close to the issues, Solidus helps them step back to “see the wood for the trees”. The client can then often resolve matters themselves. In extremis Solidus can take over project leadership until it is running smoothly.