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Monday, July 24, 2006

GERONIMO STONE by Craig Stevens

Llumina Press
PO Box 772246, Coral Springs, FL 33077
www.llumina.com
www.westbrookstevens.com
Genre: Fiction/Business
Rating: Good
ISBN: 1595265716, $12.95, 188 pp
Publication date: August 2006


Quoting from the back cover:

""In this searing drama, learn the seven attributes of "The Mobile of Excellent Management." This, the first story in the Geronimo Stone Series, takes place at an independent record label in Nashville, Tennessee. The once-prosperous company is in chaos when its patriarch, Robert "Geronimo" Stone becomes ill and dies. His family survives the profound personal loss only to face a hostile business war. They encounter so many challenges, so quickly, that it never occurs to them there may have been something peculiar about Geronimo’s death.

The family and remaining junior employees struggle against the compounding challenges of their deteriorating business. Together they attempt to stabilize their downward-spiraling blues record label, once the envy of the entire music industry. They face major organizational change and restructuring, a hostile takeover attempt, subversive senior employees, and more.

See for yourself how they handle this impossible situation with the help of unusual "mobile" and insightful message left by Geronimo. Hold on as you race headlong from tragedy to threat, to surprise solution and glorious celebrations. All the while, learn to handle the most perplexing problems of the 21st Century.""

Craig A. Stevens originally developed the concept of "The Mobile of Excellent Management" based on the earlier works on Quality Management by Dr. Jerry Westbrook. Dr. Westbrook discovered the six attributes of Total Quality Management (TQM): culture, customer focus, team building, problem-solving, continuous improvements and performance measure. Craig Stevens added the concept of the mobile, the logic of balance, the seventh attribute of Leadership, and updated the definitions of the other six attributes. Craig has shared this mobile with several universities, large companies, and governmental organizations (including, NASA, DOD, Vanderbilt University, etc). He believes that the mobile and the seven attributes provide a framework on which to build and/or improve any company's management. The mobile creates a step-by-step plan and an easy way to communicate these ideas to employees and others. Co-author Michael Moore (a music business expert) provided much of the music business insight, color and realism.

Geronimo Stone is certainly an innovative way of presenting a business management model for consideration. Craig Stevens has written a suspenseful fiction novel, incorporating his educational, professional and Christian background. The book is well-written and well-edited.

Reviewed by Kaye Trout - July 24, 2006 - Copyright


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