Review: Not For Bread Alone by Konosuke Matushita

Not For Bread Alone

 

From one of the century’s most accomplished business leaders comes a unique and profoundly thoughtful approach to financial and personal achievement. “Not for Bread Alone” is the blueprint for the unparalleled success of Konosuke Matsushita, pioneering leader of Japanese and world industry. His philosophy of business is simple, even idealistic; his principles of success are timeless. He adopts a people-oriented approach that gives new meaning to the word ‘success.’ An understanding of human nature that embraces new values of responsibility and generosity. A management ethic that relies on fairness, harmony and gratitude to inspire a sense of accomplishment — and that goes far beyond the quest for profit alone. (From Goodreads)

 

Personal Take: This is one of those books you think you’ll never pick up, let alone find at a bookstore because of the plethora of management and leadership books out there. It was only luck that I saw it being referenced in an article, and thought, why not?

Right now, it made it to my very slim list of favorite non-fiction books. Matsushita shares his people and business management experiences in such a sincere and lovely way. It truly opens your mind to the idea that there isn’t just one way when it comes to management styles, and you can be idealistic and optimistic in your approach.

That’s not to say that Matsushita is all frou-frou and fluff. Through his voice (and the translation was really good in conveying this) you can sense the steel and rationale behind his decisions. What he expected of himself, of his employees, and of his business– just reading about it made me reevaluate myself and my surroundings.

The man himself is impressive, and his backstory of how he started his company at a young age (Matsushita Electric, now known as Panasonic) was truly inspiring.

I have to admit though that I did glaze over on a few sections when it came to manufacturing specifics (swept under things I couldn’t grasp), but it was still engaging, and even in those examples, there was a lesson.

This is a must read, if not for management purposes, then just to get to know about this phenomenal human being.

Audience: Anyone and everyone. The book is divided into short sections, and it’s quick to get through.

Rating: 

4stars

Other recommendations: This is my first book around the topic of management and business, but because it’s so useful and inspiring, something close to it would be Think Like A Freak by Stephen Dubner and Steve Levitt.

Review: The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories (Volume 1) by Joseph Gordon Levitt and wirrow

From hitRECord, the immensely popular open collaborative production company, and its founder, Golden Globe-nominated actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, comes The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1.
The universe is not made of atoms; it’s made of tiny stories.
To create The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known within the hitRECord community as RegularJOE–directed thousands of collaborators to tell tiny stories through words and art. With the help of the entire creative collective, Gordon-Levitt culled, edited and curated over 8,500 contributions into this finely tuned collection of original art from 67 contributors. Reminiscent of the 6-Word Memoir series, The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1 brings together art and voices from around the world to unite and tell stories that defy size. (from Goodreads)

Personal Take: I bought this as a gift for a few of my friends: birthdays or as a token to cheer them up, and they’ve raved about it so much that I had to get a copy of it myself. And gosh, did I love the stories. It’s a whole combination of sorrow, happiness, hopefulness, witticism , comedy and more– all the human thoughts and emotions woven together in a string of words and art.
If you love illustrations and and small sentences that pack an emotional punch, this is the book for you. It’s a must.
Audience: There are a few stories that are geared towards adult understanding, so I would definitely say older teens and adults.
Rating: 
5stars
Other recommendations: The awesome thing about this book, or series– is that it’s serialized. So I have about two other volumes to get through!