CAREERS: Worth a Look..

JOHN BURNELL, director, Personnel Solutions

In this volume, Harris attempts what many would consider the impossible - to summarise all the key elements of effective management in less than 200 pages.

Given that most of us believe that managing in the voluntary sector is even tougher than elsewhere, he has set himself an ambitious target.

This is not, nor does it pretend to be, a complete management manual.

It would serve as a good introductory read for someone about to embark on formal charity management training, but inevitably it leaves as many questions unanswered as it addresses.

The book's particular strength is that it has been specifically written with voluntary-sector managers in mind. All the more pity then that it barely touches on the unique aspects of charity management - working with trustees and motivating people who are either volunteers or paid less than their counterparts in other sectors.

It does, however, very helpfully base its eminently practical approach on a number of consistent case studies that thread their way through the book.

A reasonable introduction, then, but readers may not feel that at £25 they have got good value for money. The book is nearly twice the cost and half the length of similar publications available in other series.

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