My Read of the Month:

Title: The Code of the Executive: Forty-Seven Ancient Samurai Principles Essential for Twenty-First Century Leadership Success
Author: Don Schminke
Published: 2000
Genre: Leadership & Management- Personal Development
Ratings: 2.0 out of 5 stars

The author, management advisor Don Schmincke presents principles and a set of moral code developed by samurai warriors in ninth-century Japan, but updating them as The Code of the Executive which he points out parallels between past and present and suggests this connection in our modern corporate world.

He divides fundamentals into categories such as “Personal Principles,” “Roles and Responsibilities, and “Education and Development,” and he shows how ancient wisdom on cooperation, integrity, accountability, sacrifice, power, and so on can apply to contemporary situations. It was a reasonably insightful.

The shortcoming of this book was though a short and useful read, it was actually a struggle to finish as it was written in a not-so-palatable manner; attempting to mimick the tradional japanese way of communicating which fell flat.

Who should read it: Working professionals who are keen to improve their standing in their workplace.

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