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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 "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":
    "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":

    «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)

  • About "Mastering the Supply Chain":

    « Mastering the Supply Chain is an excellent work that gives us the opportunity to review the concepts of the Supply Chain from a perspective that achieves a perfect balance between the methodology and the practical approach. In the text, Ed Weenk manages to capture with great skill the complex relationships that arise in the world of business without falling into excessive simplification, while allowing the reader to understand concepts from a practical perspective. My most sincere congratulations to Prof. Weenk. I am sure that Mastering the Supply Chain will be of great interest to practitioners, as well as academics and students.»

    - - Dr. Luis E. Herrera – Associate Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico City

  • 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 "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":

    «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":

    «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":

    «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 "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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