The MECE Muse

The MECE Muse ISBN: 9780998673080 SDP Publishing, e-book edition by Christie Lindor.

The author quite exhaustively has examined the entire range of philosophical, psychological and practical activities entailed in pursuing and establishing a successful career in Consulting. A career that she describes as one that must be lived “in a constant state of Adaptive Execution in order to survive and thrive in the performance”. Her sub-title accurately describes the content as containing “100+ Selected Practices, Unwritten Rules and Habits of Great Consultants”, all of which are copiously supplied. Perhaps even more importantly is the manner of presentation. Following a preface that explains her reason for writing, her Introduction sets the Context on Consulting Basics. Then, the material is provided in 3 sections: 1. The Mindset of Great Consultants that contains 8 chapters of their basic concepts and actions; 2. Performance and Conditioning of Great Consultants with 10 exploratory and explanatory sections; 3. Reflections of a Consulting Career with 5 thoughtfully composed chapters. Then follows: a Conclusion (MECE muse Manifesto of Great Consultants); very interesting Acknowledgements; an Appendix A: Consultant Toolkit Starter Pack and Appendix B that provides a recap Summary of 100+ Selected Practices, Unwritten Rules, and Habits by Chapter.

Upon reading this book, one is immediately struck with it’s highly enlightening title. The term MECE translates into The Mutually Exclusive and Collectively Exhaustive and Muse, of course, is “a woman who is the inspiration for a creative artist.” Thus we have the story by the author who was ‘inspired’ to set forth her personal journey as it gradually developed and matured to production of a substantive and satisfying career. It is a tale of accomplishments, frustrations, changes of thought patterns and extensive and never-ending research. The author has emphasized throughout her presentation the importance of simple politeness, honesty, integrity, consideration for others and has stressed the importance of being able to equate with others and of being able to be a ‘team player’ as well as perhaps the most basic need – an ability to build a situation of ‘trust’. For specific emphasis, each chapter, as well as including the author’s comments, feature’s relevant activity of a noteworthy successful consultant through ‘an interview’ and their reaction to specific situation(s). A considerable amount of the material is repetitive, but often verbalized differently and/or applicable to a somewhat different situation and/or circumstances. Thus, making it more acceptable in this somewhat ruminative presentation.

Conclusion: Undoubtedly a gem for the would-be and/or newly conceived consultant or even perhaps for the more mature who is having ‘second thoughts’. Interesting material, but perhaps a little ‘heavy’ for other readers.

4* 5* for listed audience; 3* interesting but ‘heavy’ for other readers.

PRACTICAL TIPS to Live or Travel in CHINA

PRACTICAL TIPS to Live or Travel in CHINA, an e-book by Ani Right.

Following a Legal & Disclaimer section, the author sets forth a very extensive Table of Contents of material that quite literally covers all aspects of preparing to travel and/or move to, as well as to leave, China. Much of the preparatory material is routine but such items as useful apps to download and Sim cards in China are particularly thoughtful, as is the idea of keeping your hotel room card with you whenever you go out. The name/address are on the card and useful for a taxi or other to have directions so you can get back in case you do not encounter English speaking persons. Parenthetically this is a practical suggestion for any foreign country, and her suggestion to have at least a minimal ability to understand/speak the language is most practical. The rest of the book is devoted to quite extensive descriptions of the principle airports, cities, top hotels, best budget hotels, special hotels, motels and prominent places to see, all with distances from one point to another. Comparative bus, taxi, bikes, scooters, rental cars, high-speed trains, and air fares, time in route, and more also are provided. Also presented are activities in which to indulge that include explanations if new and/or different. Top western, Chinese and special restaurants of note, spas, housing, hiring of house employees/babysitters and still more, all with attendant costs and how best to acquire them are described at length. Especially important dos and don’ts of social activities are thoughtfully explained, as are the availability of organic food, home delivery, where to shop for what, scams of which to be wary, smoking and even a section detailing what to expect of toilets in China.

Conclusion: This book is a treasure trove of information that the prospective traveler definitely should read thoroughly before leaving and be retained as a constant companion while in China. Parenthetically, it contains some fascinating nuggets of information for the casual reader, if he/she does not mind skipping through the pages of copious factual material.

5* Must read travel guide if China is your destination; nuggets for casual readers.