Management in 10 Words

  • by Terry Leahy
  • Narrated by Rupert Holliday Evans
  • 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In his 14 years as CEO of Tesco, Sir Terry Leahy not only turned the company into the largest supermarket chain in the UK, but also transformed it into a global enterprise. As a result, Sir Terry is now one of the world's most admired business leaders, widely acclaimed for his drive, flair, and no-nonsense approach.
In Management in 10 Words, he draws on his experience and expertise to pinpoint the ten vital attributes that make successful managers and underpin great organisations. He tackles the challenges that every manager faces in a series of insights that are personal, provocative, and down to earth.
Additionally, he explains:

Why initial failure often leads to ultimate success;
Why profits stem from a company's values, not its day-to-day business;
Why competition should always be welcomed;
Why simplicity leads to innovation; and
Why trust is the bedrock of effective leadership.
The result is an inspiring, thoughtful, and supremely practical guide that will prove invaluable to all managers in all types of organisations.


What the Critics Say

"Sir Terry's nailed it. I think everyone should read this book." (Chris Evans, Radio 2 Breakfast Show)
"The most inspiring autobiography you will read this year" ( Daily Mail)
"Should be required reading for anyone running a business, or indeed any organisation" (Chris Blackhurst Evening Standard)
"An insight into Sir Terry's influences, his management style, the techniques he used to deliver results and his recollections on the genesis of some of his numerous achievements - Management in 10 Words is a revelation" ( The Grocer)
"This is the authentic voice of the man ... the nearest any outsider is likely to get to understanding what motivated one of Britain's most successful businesspeople" ( Financial Times)
"One's heart usually sinks at management books by famous managers. They tend to be boastful, un-illuminating and loaded with jargon and cliché. Leahy is conscious of these traps, and rarely falls into them. His prose is as simple as his precepts, and although he is clearly proud of what he has achieved, this really is a book about what a great business should be, rather than about what a great man its author is." (Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph)
"A veritable management page turner that has interesting things to say about everything from the evolution of British society to the art of transforming huge organisations." ( The Economist)
"This book by the recently retired chief executive of Tesco is worth reviewing simply because he is among the most successful leaders of his generation." ( Management Today)
"I was sent a book a little while ago written by Terry Leahy to review. I have been too busy with Parliament in session to read it. Today I picked it up, and could not put it down until I had finished it. It says so much so well about how to lead large organisations. If its simple messages were adopted by public sector leaders, we could have so much better public services at less cost." (John Redwood, MP)
"This book is proof that anything is possible if you put your mind to it... it is a book that is powerful in its simplicity, like the man himself. For the class of 2012, Leahy should be an inspiration that starting on the shop floor is as good a way as any to achieve one's hopes." ( Management Today)
"It is little wonder that this book is number 1 in the charts. Sir Terry has written a book that is light and readable, but also insightful and knowledgeable." ( PQ magazine)
"in a complex world having some simplicity to build a management framework around is exactly whatis needed...It is hard to argue with Sir Terry's choice of watchwords." ( Developing Leaders Magazine)
"An inspiring thoughtful and supremely practical guide" ( Retail Systems)
"As a guide for practitioners, this is one of the best books on management I have read in years." ( FT Adviser)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Far better than expected

Wow, what common sense and wise advice without arrogance. Each chapter has a clear message & is transferable to a range of businesses. A good holiday or car journey listen though possibly better studied in print.
Procurement, especially of IT, is never easy - this book needs to be read by Civil Servants & politicians before the country makes more expensive mistakes ...BDUK?
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- Penelope

Excellent management insights

This book is like a leadership and management course in 8 hours, as well as being extremely interesting and inspiring. Terry Leahy puts across his personal experiences of leading a large company with tips that will help anyone whose work involves leading others, in any organisation, large or small, in the private or public sector.

My one gripe about this book is the narration. Very often the narrator puts emphasis on the wrong words in a sentence, causing the meaning of the sentence to be difficult to understand. Worse, when the book includes a quote, the narrator will attempt a poor imitation of the accent of the original speaker. This happens often, from the inaccurate American twang of Henry Ford to an excruciating attempt at the Czech voice of Václav Havel. This is very distracting and makes it difficult to concentrate on the words actually being spoken.

Nevertheless, despite the narration, an excellent book and a must-listen for anyone with an interest in leadership, management, business, or modern day responsible capitalism.
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- AA

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-06-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks