Book Review – Innocent, our story & somethings we’ve learned.


I have read a couple of business biographies and this is one of the most enjoyable ones. Written by the founders of the healthy food company, Innocent, it is all about the business,how it started, grew and what it stands for. And no, you won’t learn about their mum, dad, how much sport they played or their dog called Andy. More to the point this book is all about Innocent as a business and perhaps you will learn one or two lessons about starting a business. If I were to recommend books about learning to start a business, this one would definitely make the list. The book itself is an easy one to read because it is very attractive and easy on the eyes, littered with very interesting images and pictures. Also it’s not a bulky book with just 201 pages. It is structured into ten chapters, each one focusing on a key aspect of the company. I checked Amazon uk for views about the book. After 25 reviews it had a 4.5 rating, not bad. Some criticism aimed at the book is it does not contain enough details about the operations of the business. Others also felt the book was just a marketing spin. But all that in no way takes away from the quality of the book.

Following is a review of each chapter in the book. Continue reading

One Idea Group Session from Leadership and The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard, Patricia Zigarmi and Drea Zigarmi



This resource will help you to facilitate a short group session to learn from the One Idea Summary on Situational Leadership II.


  • Be able to describe the four situational leadership styles.
  • Be able to explain who each leadership style is appropriate for.


Send a copy of the One Idea Summary on Situational Leadership II to the session’s participants one week before the session. They are to read it before the session. Continue reading

Quick Review -Leadership and The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard, Patricia Zigarmi and Drea Zigarmi

Leadership and The One Minute ManagerSituational Leadership was first explored by Paul Hersey (late) and Ken Blanchard in 1969. Leadership and The One Minute Manager discusses an updated version of the theory called Situational Leadership II, with two new writers but through a story. The story follows an entrepreneur struggling with managing her time and team and learning situational leadership from the one minute manager.

The core tenets of the book are:

  • There is not one single way of managing people.
  • You need to manage differently depending on the development level of the person and the situation
  • The four leadership styles discussed are Directing, Coaching, Supporting and Delegating
  • Managers must be ready to spend time understanding and diagnosing the competence and commitment levels of their team members in order to decide how best to manage them

In my next post I will share a One Page Summary that gives a top level overview of each leadership style and when to use it.



Book Review – Frugal InnovationBy Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu

Frugal InnovationFrugal innovation according to Radjou and Prabhu is the ability to do more with less, they define it as – to create significantly more business and social value while minimising the use of diminishing resources such as energy, capital and time. This book based on research carried out by the two authors across the US, Europe and Japan is based on the premise that in a world that is becoming more and more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) organisations can no more do business as usual because while the resources available to deliver high quality services and products are diminishing, the rate at which things change is so rapid that no more can organisations spend inordinate amount of time bringing new products and services to market. Continue reading