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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 "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":

    «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 "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":

    «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

  • 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 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 "The Perfect Pass":
    “Ed has done the management ranks a big favour with his book. Not only is it short and sweet – it is incredibly easy to understand given the analogy he uses with sports. You can read it quickly and remember and use the key messages for a long time. What more do you want from a book?” - Sydney: Vivek Sood, CEO Global Supply Chain Group
  • 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

 

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