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“A must-have for all dealing with projects and operations of any nature. Happy reading!”
Armed forces is undoubtedly the best institution for management training. One learns to be a leader, constantly facing challenging situations in a hostile environment, often with inadequate resources, and coming out a winner. This experience when applied to the corporate world can work wonders. And that is what this book is all about, inspiring managers to take charge of VUCA situations during planning and execution. The numerous examples taken from military life make for an interesting read.
Conflict and corporate environment are characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity in a highly dynamic and competitive context. The author has hands-on experience of conflicts and corporate culture. He correlates military and corporate life artfully in this book, offering a rich, pragmatic, and fascinating account. His style is innovative, refreshing, lucid, and captivating. His deep insights not only make the book an interesting read but also serve as a guide to leadership and skill development for achieving competitive success.
A thorough book for all aspiring managers endeavoring for an indepth understanding of each stage of the project life cycle. The author has sequentially crafted the chapters with perfect understanding of what is expected in planning and execution so that each stage is devoid of a VUCA issue. This book will ensure that new generation managers are conscious of the waste and losses and become the future force multipliers in their respective companies.
It is often said, “plan for uncertainty and hope for certainty.” The essence of this profound thought is well captured by the book. He distils years of experience from the armed forces and synthesizes it with his focused and penetrative analysis of life in the corporate world. In doing so, the book attempts to break the shackles that we as leaders and managers at times tend to create around ourselves. It outlines in an easy-to-understand language, with a cross-pollination of examples, the means to stay ahead of the curve.
This is a book targeted at armed forces veterans who aspire for a second career in the corporate world. The book will also serve as a guide for managers in the corporate world to dealing with VUCA effectively. The book imbibes best practices of the armed forces as applicable in the corporate world which they can relate to easily. It is highly recommended that all officers and other ranks who are retiring read this book to understand how various departments work and function. The experience we gain in the armed forces is immense and our skill sets are unique.
Compliments to the author for bringing out a book that highlights the dilemma and challenges faced by professionals who are involved in managing or executing projects. Effective project management is a key capability for any organization that is trying to grow in these uncertain times. This book has been able to draw upon the techniques and real-time stories about the Indian Army and connect them aptly to the real-time challenges being faced currently by many organizations.
My compliments to the author on publishing a coveted book on project sustenance in the dynamic scenario. Strategically thinking, endogenous and exogenous factors are responsible for any company to become a growing entity. Research and development is a critical factor for the ever-changing market dynamics. Let us not forget that well-established companies such as Kodak and Nokia are losing market share in no time.
What is your plan B? Executives at all levels are learning the importance of this question as they steer their organizations through the challenges posed by the VUCA world. This book by Col. Bakshi illustrates in a simple and effective manner the what and how of plan B. Focused execution is at the core of ensuring success and a refined approach, same as presented in the book, will surely help the professionals reach their goals in a definitive and effective manner.
The parallels between military and management thinking have long been known, with frequent allusions to strategies, tactics, and campaign. Col. Bakshi hammers these home with examples from his own career and their implications for management in an easy, howto manual. This will be a useful compendium for fresh entrants to management careers.
The thought itself of writing a book on this subject is laudable and on top of it to make it an interesting read is a great effort of immense dedication. The book is infused with experience, knowledge, and wisdom. The basic principles of success are the same in all projects with the core requirement being the speedy and timely completion of the task with high quality standards delivered at least cost.
Very useful compendium of time tested techniques in project management and troubleshooting. A must read for all project managers. The book is a simple and easy to follow step-by-step guide to success for every project manager.