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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":

    «The title says it all: Mastering the Supply Chain - Not only in theory, but also in practice. This book covers the fundamentals of supply chain management with a strong emphasis on practical application. A clear structure guides you through mastering the multiple dimensions of the supply chain management: the business, technical and leadership dimensions. There are plenty of useful exercises throughout the book which challenge you to explore, analyse and imagine key supply chain management concepts or scenarios, thus ensuring a holistic understanding. The highlight is the learning experience through 'The Fresh Connection' business simulation - a game environment allowing you to study the effects of key supply chain decisions on the example of a fruit juice supply chain. All in all, a well-written book on supply chain management that prepares you to master the supply chain challenges of the future.»

    - Dr. Stanislav Chankov, Lecturer in Supply Chain Management, Department of Mathematics and Logistics, Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany

  • 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 "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 "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":

    «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":
    "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 "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 "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":

    «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 "Mastering the Supply Chain":

    «Ingeniously incorporates knowledge and practice of the fundamentals. The diagrams are especially descriptive, and the combination of theory with experiential learning is a game-changer in the quest to educate students and professionals how to manage supply chains in an ever-changing world.»

    - Laura M Meade, Director of International Programs and Professor of Supply Chain Practice, Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth

 

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