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Supervising in the Public Service, 2nd Edition: A Handbook for Success
Supervising in the Public Service, 2nd Edition: A Handbook for Success
by Brett Johnson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.01
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, practical handbook, July 11 2013
Brett Johnson draws from his experience in public service in both Australia and Canada and summarizes the basics of supervision and management in this readable, practical guide. It includes several tools and frameworks to simplify the transition from front-line public servant to supervisor. Supervision in the public service, much as it has similarities with private sector management, has its own pitfalls. Johnson does an excellent job of highlighting these. In particular, his focus on knowing your "head of power" (statutory mandate) was a key learning for me.

This book should be mandatory reading for any new supervisors or public servants who aspire to become supervisors.

Early Retirement Extreme: A Philosophical and Practical Guide to Financial Independence
Early Retirement Extreme: A Philosophical and Practical Guide to Financial Independence
by Jacob Lund Fisker
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.42
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deeper than the title lets on, Oct. 22 2010
Jacob Fisker, the 'extreme' blogger behind [...], has taken his philosophies and advice and compiled them into a lengthy treatise on systems thinking, economics, and independent thought reminiscent of Thoreau's Walden. This book actually has very little to do with early retirement - in many ways it's about learning to think independently, challenge conventional wisdom, and live life as you desire without worrying about confirming to societal expectations. Jacob lives in an RV and retired in his early 30s, having spent five years amassing a small nest egg. Rather than pursuing a huge fortune, Jacob retired by keeping his expenses low and learning to solve problems without buying his solutions.

The book's subtitle describes it as both a philosophical and practical guide to financial independence, but the book is about 75% philosophy and 25% practice, and this is perhaps the book's weak point - it doesn't provide much in the way of practical examples. If you're looking for specific ways to walk away from the rat race, you won't find them in this book. What you will find are the thought processes that will allow you to critically evaluate your relationship with money and the world, and decide consciously how you'd like to live your life.

This isn't your average money book.

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