We are delighted to welcome Peter Cook to the Cultured Llama stable of writers. Peter has long been a supporter of Cultured Llama, helping us to develop our business practices, and particularly encouraging us to take on more non-fiction titles, which are now gathered under Curious Things. Now Peter Cook’s Punk Rock People Management is one of our Curious Things!
Here’s what you need to know:
Punk Rock People Management strips down HR to the bare essentials for busy people and those who are sick of HR jargon getting in the way of running a business. In the spirit of punk, each chapter is just one page long, which means that you can read a chapter in less time than it takes to pogo to a Sex Pistols or Linkin Park song! Punk Rock People Management is organised using the classic Life, Sex and Death HR cycle, in other words Hiring, Inspiring and Firing. If you have to get things done with people and can’t get no satisfaction from an HR textbook, try Punk Rock People Management for a refreshing difference.
The book can be ordered for £7.99 plus p&p here: Punk Rock People Management
Peter is a prolific blogger on the lessons that music has for business, and his journey from the frustrations of dealing with Amazon to the pleasures of being published by Cultured Llama are detailed in his blog on Virgin.com: Stay nimble: How can a David avoid turning into a Goliath?
Cultured Llama is an entrepreneurial micro business, which publishes poetry, literature, cultural interest books and “curiosities”. They approached me after noticing that I was experiencing difficulties in sourcing copies of my own books from Amazon Create Space who manufacture them. Create Space manufactures all its books in one US location and this adds considerable cost in terms of international postage costs and time delays, it can take several months to obtain books.
I’d written to Amazon four times in as many years asking them to simplify, by using a printer in the UK who would fulfill the order locally at local postage costs in less than three months. I was told that this was difficult due to the size and complexity of their operations. Like James Dyson, I became frustrated and posted a message on social media to see if there was another way.
There was! Cultured Llama work with a large but also nimble POD (Print On Demand) company. The partnership of David and Goliath enables me to get small runs of books that I need for events and personal use, whilst also preserving all the advantages of the larger sellers, as the books remain on Amazon and all major outlets. Both Amazon and the small enterprise prevail in this arrangement, but Cultured Llama also supports small entrepreneurial businesses that would otherwise be unable to trade effectively via Amazon.
Read the full article at Virgin.com: Stay nimble: How can a David avoid turning into a Goliath?
A further title by Peter Cook is to follow, The Music of Business.