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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":

    «This excellent book not only covers core supply chain management principles, buts adds a guided approach to mastering them. It will be of great value to both students and lecturers.»

    - Tom Van Woensel, Professor of Operations Management and Logistics, Eindhoven University of Technology and Antwerp Management School

  • 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 "Mastering the Supply Chain":

    «Mastering the Supply Chain provides an invaluable guide for understanding how decisions are made when managing the supply chain strategically. The emphasis of the book is on practical learning and hence the book is written around 'The Fresh Connection' supply chain game. Having used this game in my courses over several years, this book would be an excellent companion. The book will provide value for UG, PG and MBA courses with a focus on supply chain management»

    - Professor Samir Dani, Head of Logistics, Marketing, Hospitality and Analytics, University of Huddersfield, UK

  • About "Mastering the Supply Chain":

    «Mastering the Supply Chain profoundly reveals the core of supply chain management: strategy, collaboration, technology and leadership. Through 'The Fresh Connection' simulation game, which is used as an interactive case in the book, readers can experience the challenge and charm of supply chain management, and truly understand that the competition between modern enterprises is the competition between supply chains. To win in the competition, we need to deeply realize that supply chain management is not alone and isolated, but that each department should strengthen mutual communication, understanding and trust. On this basis, through information sharing, responsibility allocation, common decision-making and other ways, one can achieve the collaboration and unity of the whole operational process of the company.»

    - Professor Gao Junjun, Managing Director of Demand Chain Institute, Founder & CEO of oIBP. SHU-UTS SILC Business School, Shanghai (China)

  • About "Mastering the Supply Chain":

    «Mastering the Supply Chain presents a systematic approach to understanding current supply chains and value networks. This book offers a theoretical and practical support that will help organizations as well as students understand supply chains, and the potential impact of trends in business and society on company competitiveness. Ed Weenk´s take on the underlying fundamentals delivers a pragmatic approach to enhancing the learner's understanding of fundamentals and beyond. His approach is a major step towards understanding Supply Chain basics and potential disruptions to the growth of the business.»

    - Dr Mario Chong, Vice dean of Business Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universidad del Pacífico, Lima, Peru

  • About "Mastering the Supply Chain":

    «Mastering the Supply Chain is one of the few Supply Chain Management books that describes the explanation about the fundamentals of Supply Chain Management as well as how to apply these fundamentals concretely to the level of organization, management and operations.»

    - Mohamed el Ouasghiri, Senior lecturer Supply Chain Management, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

  • About "Mastering the Supply Chain":

    « This book is a real breakthrough for the learning and teaching of supply chain management.»

    - Christian van Delft, Associate Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management, HEC Paris

  • About "Mastering the Supply Chain":

    «One of the major challenges in either learning or teaching Supply Chain Management is the creation of the bridge between the theory and practice. The non-experienced learnings remain abstract until they are applied in real life. Mastering the Supply Chain is closing the gap by providing a solid theoretical base as well as an immediate practical application through a business simulation in a very experimental and playful way. It's an absolute reference on Supply Chain Management for students, professionals, and leaders.»

    - Nicolai Rassolov MSc, Lecturer, School of Continuing Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

  • About "Mastering the Supply Chain":

    «So far there has not been a well-suited textbook to support and foster this excellent learning experience with the general concepts of supply chain management. I have been integrating 'The Fresh Connection' simulation with great success in my supply chain management courses for several years. The experimental environment of the simulation brings a real-world sensation into the classroom. Mastering the Supply Chain provides the essential learning needed to bridge the gap between The Fresh Connection and the fundamentals of supply chain management.»

    - Michael Lustenberger, Research Associate, Center of Strategy & Operations, ZHAW School of Management and Law, Winterthur, Switzerland

  • 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

 

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