The Company Director’s Desktop Guide: book review

Author: David M Martin
Price: £18.99
Publisher: Thorogood Publishing
Pages: 416
ISBN: 1854183176



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Ambitious HR practitioners and those already seated at the top of the organisational pyramid require a desktop guide to advise, warn and limit damage. With true and very broad ‘been there, done it’ experience, David Martin has written a comprehensive text that splendidly fits the bill.


His easy-to-read and comprehensive style enables readers to fully research, understand and appreciate that there is far more to being a company director than ambition fulfilment.


The case study examples, checklists and practical pointers, all clearly marked by margin symbols, help readers to identify key features without needing to scan the text.


While most readers will value being able to dip in and out without absorbing the whole book, it would certainly be wise to read it completely to gain full value. Reactive use alone of such books can be an expensive norm. In this particular volume, proactive and active use will be a time investment well repaid.


Your personal responsibilities for statements, health and safety, illegal employment, discrimination, pollution, wrongful trading, fire prevention management, transport and stress management are identified and explained in detail. It also outlines the many processes and procedures that are advised to help you manage your business effectively and efficiently.


There is even sound advice about leadership and management using the acronym LEADS (Listen, Encourage, Advise, Delegate, Support) – something that we all need to be mindful of.


Martin has produced an up-to-date, invaluable guide that even well-seasoned directors would do well to refer to so they can ensure continuous improvement for their companies and themselves.


Useful? Five out of five stars
Well-written? Five out of five stars
Practical? Five out of five stars
Inspirational? Five out of five stars
Value for money? Five out of five stars


Reviewed by Peter Bailey, deputy head of human resources, Vertex

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