A good friend of mine recommended that I read, ‘Strategy and the Fat Smoker’ by David Maister, while we were discussing business management issues one day. Intrigued by the title, I “googled” it and became more interested in the book. It’s available on Kindle, so I got a copy straight away and started to read. Once I started, I could not put it down.
Strategy and the Fat Smoker is easy to read and engaging, unlike most business books. It’s about setting goals and priorities, sucking up your chest and then moving forward with those plans. It’s about owning up to your own barriers and faults in implementing those business strategies, and learning how to overcome them. It’s a book for everyone, not just high level executives, but any manager or professional who feels the need to “pop up for air” and gain some perspective on their work environment. It is not a work book or a “how-to” book, but rather an inspiration from someone who is not Steve Jobs, but just like you and me.
In our current economic environment, and under cautious management and corporate direction, a lot of us may find it difficult to see beyond the next 6 months or 1 year. This is exactly the kind of short-term thinking that David Maister addresses. I highly recommend it.
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Heidi Adick is a Consultant and Director with
Dew-Point International Ltd.