Tuesday, February 28, 2012



The Book

TITLE: The Essential Management Toolbox: Tools, Models and Notes for Managers and Consultants
AUTHOR: Simon Burtonshaw-Gunn
Published by John Wiley and Sons Ltd (England) 2008
ISBN 978-0-470-51837-3

Book Review

Whenever I am tempted to use a new, fancy, intricate or sophisticated tool, I remind myself of The Law of the Hammer: “Give a child a hammer, and the child will use it on everything encountered.”

Tools can be very useful only if the user knows how and when to use the tool properly. A tool in the hands of an untrained, unqualified, unskilled novice can be a disaster, like a small mischievous child with a hammer in the hands to whom everything will seem like a nail to be hammered!

It’s the same with Management Tools; like all other “tools” Management Tools too are vulnerable to falling victim to the Law of the Hammer.

The Essential Management Toolbox: Tools, Models and Notes for Managers and Consultants by Simon Burtonshaw-Gunn is a fascinating book – comprising a concise yet comprehensive repertoire of theoretical and practical tools, models and techniques extremely valuable in the practice of various facets of management science.

The wide range of tools in this “toolbox”, the breathtaking simplicity of explanation, the superb lucidity of presentation and appealing get-up captivate the reader, facilitate ease of understanding and make it a delightful reading experience.

I commend this book – it is an excellent reference companion for all management professionals and a must for reference libraries; and indeed a valuable addition to your own personal collection.

Do use these “management tools” dear reader, and see their utility and efficacy for yourself; but before you plunge into this wonderful toolbox make sure you have the requisite a priori knowledge – take care not to fall victim to The Law of the Hammer!

Copyright © Vikram Karve 2012
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About Vikram Karve

A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and he is currently working on his novel. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles in magazines and journals for many years before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts. 

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