Tag: Repetitive

Srdja Popovic and Matthew Miller – Blueprint for Revolution | Review

Title: Blueprint for Revolution

Author: Srdja Popovic and Matthew Miller

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 288

Rating: 3.75/5



This book reads more like a series of individual essays than a cohesive whole, but that doesn’t make it a bad book. In fact, if you’re interested in the modern history of civil disobedience and peaceful protests, this is a pretty good place to start, in part because Popovic led one of them himself.

It gets a little repetitive from time to time and the writing is occasionally clunky, such as when the authors say “I don’t know if you’ve heard about so-and-so” about twenty pages after talking about them. The little niggles like that here and there just pulled me out of the book and contributed to the way it felt more like a series of essays than a comprehensive non-fiction book.

I’m also not actually about to go and start a revolution, as tempting as it is. Still, it was interesting enough to read and I’m sure there are a few bits and bobs that I can use in my writing. Sure, it’d be a good idea to read this if you’re planning on organising protests or starting a movement, but it’s also not a bad little read if you just want something a little different and if you like learning.

It’ll also help if you have a reasonably understanding of recent history. The book takes us all over the world, and it was interesting to read about events that I remembered happening or that were otherwise somehow relevant to me. For example, the stuff about the Tiananmen Square protests was interesting because that happened around the time I was born.



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Tracy Maylett and Matthew Wride – The Employee Experience

Title: The Employee Experience

Author: Tracy Maylett and Matthew Wride

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 222

Rating: 3/5



This is another of the non-fiction books that I’ve been reading so that I can write a spark notes style summary for one of my clients. The issue here is that this is the first one that I’ve actually struggled to stretch out to fill the word count.

The reason for that is that a lot of the information here is repetitive, and I feel like there was only enough material to fill half the book. That material itself was pretty good though, even if at times it does seem a little basic. The central tenet is that if you want to thrill your customers, you must first concentrate on the employee experience and making sure that the people who work for you are happy in the jobs that they’re doing.

The main highlights for me were the idea of employee contracts, which don’t always have to be written out and signed. Verbal contracts count, and we also often arrive at assumptions that we then judge the company on. If you want to retain staff for as long as possible and to promote from within, you need to provide an employee experience to be proud of.




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