Well, at 304 pages, it hardly seemed to be Management in Ten Words. Of course, those ten words refer to the chapter headings of the book. They are Truth, Loyalty, Courage, Values, Act, Balance, Simple, Lean, Compete and Trust. Developed into a book from a series of talks by the past CEO of Tesco, Terry Leahy, each chapter is illustrated by examples, not just from the author’s time at Tesco, but by other examples, to give greater relevance to a wider readership.
There are plenty of other books about management. What makes this one stand out is the thought that appears to have gone into articulating a vision of leadership/management. This thought has been developed from his experiences at Tesco, and other organisations, from when he first joined the company in 1979, being promoted to the board in 1992, to becoming its CEO in 1997. During this time, he has propelled Tesco from a small, struggling, grocery chain to the third largest retailer in the world. He was behind many innovations, such as the Value range, Clubcard, and taking Tesco away from just grocery retail into many other sectors, such as financial services.