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BOOK: “THE PERFECT PASS”

 

THE PERFECT PASS

A trainer has to win games. A manager has to meet corporate objectives. Neither of them can do it alone, they need their teams.

So far, Ed’s first management book was published in Dutch, Spanish and English. The book is titled:

“The Perfect Pass: what the manager can learn from the footbal trainer”

In The perfect pass, Ed Weenk uses football as a metaphor for the job of the manager and the way their organizations work. The book goes beyond the typical examples of motivation and teambuilding, as it addresses a large number of concepts which are relevant for companies and their competitiveness. The world of football enables doing this in a very accessible and entertaining way.

Success is achieved with lots and lots of hard work, aligned and coherent with the overall strategic vision. This might seem very simple, but as Johan Cruyff already said long ago: «simple is the most difficult».

The Perfect Pass deals with the importance of

* Seeing the BIG PICTURE,

* Having good internal and external ALIGNMENT and

* Achieving COHERENCE at all levels.

The objective of the book is to provide some simple and easy to understand reflections that anyone in an organisation can apply in a reasonably short timeframe, allowing them quickly to get a good understanding of the big picture of an organisation and the direction it wants to go. Having established this broader vision, we can then evaluate if it’s actually fit for getting there in the best possible way, in terms of internal alignment and coherence of people, infrastructure and processes.

 
The Perfect Pass is available in English on Amazon, in Dutch on Managementboek.nl and in Spanish on Libros de Cabecera. You can also contact us to know about availability.
 

What do readers find of the book? Please see the reviews below:

 

  • About "Mastering the Supply Chain":

    «Supply chain scholars continually get bombarded with new/re-branded theories and concepts in this, (still relatively new) field of study. What is often sadly lacking is a blended learning approach with appropriate material and mechanisms for the learner to try/apply/test these theories and concepts in different dynamic business scenarios within a safe experimental environment revealing all the supply chain complexities to be managed in the future. Together with The Fresh Connection's experiential learning environment, this new book, Mastering the Supply Chain, provides the supporting material in a condensed, progressive and aligned style. It further fills the gap in serving industry's current critical need towards assisting both instructors and learners to establish the appropriate onboarding knowledge and skills that can enable businesses in achieve their multi-dimensional business strategies with implementable supply chain plans. »

    - Johan Louw, Associate Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

  • About "The Perfect Pass":
    «The perfect pass is a manual for management which, on the basis of the very healthy foundations of reflecting and questioning, forms an excellent tool for introspection for those managers who are willing to think in a structured and ambitious way about the challenges they face when carrying out their job of taking decisions in the world of business and companies». - Carmelo Canales, Management Consultant and Vice-President from 2001-2004 of Athletic Club de Bilbao
  • About "The Perfect Pass":
    "In writing The Perfect Pass, Ed has found a nice and practical way for readers to validate if they are still on the 'right' track. It gives inspiration to incorporate new insights into your plans.” - Venlo: Wilbert Tholhuysen, Senior VP Global Accounts, DSV Road
  • About "The Perfect Pass":
    "The Perfect Pass is a refresher course, a wake up call, for managers who in the midst of everyday hectic crazyness want to see the Big Picture again. At breakneck speed many well known as well as lesser known management concepts come by with the game of football as guiding principle. [...] What makes his approach so refreshing is the connection between theoretical management concepts and down-to-earth realism, like the sketch on the board in the locker-room is followed by the gameplay on the field. Recommended reading for every manager who wants to look in the mirror before going back into the Arena…" - Maastricht: Bart de Rijke, Senior VP SCM, Helly Hansen
  • About "The Perfect Pass":
    "The Perfect Pass makes you think in a very original and fun way about all of the aspects of running your company and the connection between them. It leads to practically applicable insights. Highly recommendable!" - Rotterdam: Wim Vis, Partner, Expansion
  • About "Mastering the Supply Chain":

    «Supply Chain is a broad area that requires many different managerial, technical and leadership skills, as well as knowledge and a holistic view of different areas, from purchasing to operations, finance and sales. Consequently, learning Supply Chain concepts and putting them into practice is a challenging mission, particularly for those in the early and intermediate stages of their careers. In such context, Mastering the Supply Chain offers a unique approach that blends a comprehensive review of the main concepts of supply chain, with plenty of additional references for a more in-depth learning of specific topics. It fills a much-needed gap that effectively allows the integration of such concepts to an experiential learning approach using the excellent business simulation game called The Fresh Connection.»

    - Claudio Barbieri da Cunha, Associate Professor, Head of Dept of Transportation Engineering, Director of Center for Innovation in Logistics Systems Engineering (CISLOG), University of São Paulo, Brazil

  • About "The Perfect Pass":
    "I saw a clear example of many areas of improvement within my own company and I recommended various managers to read it as well, because it’s about seeing many things from a different angle. What I appreciated most was the metaphor with football, I think there is no better way of explaining the behaviour of a manager or the different stages one lives in a company.” - Mexico City: Santiago Alanis, former GM Yogurtland
  • About "The Perfect Pass":
    “The opening quote by Cruijff defines it very sharply: ‘simple is the most difficult’. Weenk has certainly taken this quote into account and has succeeded in bringing the complexity of running a business back to understandable concepts. In many occasions he holds a mirror in front of the reader, inviting to reflection about the own situation. Recommendable reading for keeping one’s managerial skills sharp. And to close with another quote by Johan Cruijff: ‘if you don’t win, you lose’!” - London: Wim van Roekel, former Senior VP & General Manager SFI EMEA, Tate & Lyle; entrepreneur
  • About "Mastering the Supply Chain":

    «Building on his extensive training experience, Ed Weenk has written a very valuable and accessible book.»

    - Finn Wynstra, NEVI Professor of Purchasing and Supply Management, Rotterdam School of Management

  • About "Mastering the Supply Chain":

    «Mastering the Supply Chain deals with how to manage a supply chain from multiple perspectives, including business, technology, performance and optimization. It contains many templates for analysis, thus giving the reader a quick guide to supply chain management. The author shows people the most relevant principles, analysis process and decision-making frameworks using one interactive case throughout the book. Mastering the Supply Chain is kindly recommended as a textbook for both students and practitioners.»

    - Ms. Wang Xiaofang, Director of Lab, Department of Industrial Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing (China)

 

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