Hi Craig, thanks for the demo links, I did get logged in and edited the password and tried out the content from VMEdu, it is well organized from the brief tour I took: I watched a few videos, read some flashcards and viewed some chapter study guides. The case studies and the bubbleman app are a neat way to practice the material before taking the tests and then overall content test…
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. Then 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 deterioration 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 an unusual piece of art (a mobile) and insightful messages 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 Stevens has incorporated an entertaining read with intrigue and some great principles. These principles are good to live by and to operate a business with. ‘Geronimo’ will hold your attention while you learn.”
“I found Geronimo Stone very engaging and easy to read. The authors did a great job of weaving the novel around the business principles. I felt like the conclusion came quite fast and furious once it started to unfold.”
“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.”
“I’ve been in the corporate business world more years than I want to admit. I quit reading “Business Management” books years ago. They were either too warm and fuzzy for my tastes or were retreads of the same tools and techniques under a new buzz word. After the first chapter of fancy color charts and the same old models in new clothes I was bored.
Geronimo Stone is different. I won’t give any secrets away, but if you are a leader, think you are a leader, or want to be a leader, you must read this creative delivery of management strategy. If you are an excellent leader, it will reinforce your efforts. If you want to be an excellent leader, you will find the “mobile” to benchmark where you are against where you need to be. Read the book and prove me wrong.
I really enjoyed reading this book. Very creative approach.
“A unique and creative look at contemporary management principles surrounded by a tale of mystery and suspense.”
“I found the book ‘Geronimo Stone’ to be Business Informative, placed in an enjoyable read.”
“‘Geronimo Stone’ is a unique blend of fictional mystery written as a life drama. Craig Stevens uses real business models entwined to hold the business executive as well as the non-business reader captivated. Through each chapter my interest was peaked and I could not wait to find out what happens next. This book will make a great addition to anyone’s business or personal library.”
“Being an avid music lover, the Geronimo Stone story line caught my attention and held it until the end. I was impressed with the writers’ style. They bound together the “mobile of excellent management” and challenged the company’s employees to work as a team to find a way to bring about change. The authors did this without losing the focus on the company’s employees, values, or credibility. The book is creative, mysterious, and fun to read. Can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!”
“The tale of Geronimo Stone is very riveting. The progression of the story unravels the underlying business principles. The principles are applicable in everyday life as well. The story is well thought out, inspirational, and educates one in the process.”
“I did enjoy your book. I found it to be “entertaining and informative” which is a nice combination after a long day at work. It was easy to read not dry and sleep inducing as I have found most management books. I think you have a winner here. I look forward to the second installment.”
“A well-written, easy-to-read, and engaging piece. I found it easy to identify with the characters and found the pages going by very quickly!”
“Geronimo Stone is an inventive way of incorporating the realistic issues business owners face today with an innovative business management model. The book holds the reader’s attention by integrating a fictional novel-type story. Kudos to Craig Stevens for a job well done.”
“Geronimo Stone is a very entertaining as well as educational book. Craig Stevens has written an educational book that reads like a mystery. I found the book very well written. The strategies listed in Mr. Stevens Mobile are very common in the manufacturing world, but he has found a way to put them together in a very understandable and memorable way. I would, and have, recommended this book to others.
“I was fortunate enough to read the story of Geronimo Stone and his Mobile of Excellent Management. I say this only to complement the mobile, which is simple in its design but seems to fit into any situation and give a stable model of an effective organization. I will be able to compare back to that no matter what field I end up pursuing. The writing was not bad, either.”
“Geronimo Stone pulled out the emotion as I felt the frustration with Tommy, the sadness, strength, and humor of Aunt Brenda, and the courage to face the destructive forces of greed from the competition. The heroism of Geronimo in the midst of war made me cry. Then, at the end of the drama, I realized I had learned some vital business techniques without feeling the pain. I believe this is the best way to learn…relating to others’ losses and triumphs makes you feel a part of the whole. This great work of fiction introduced vital principles of everyday work ethics and productivity. A must read for anyone who is striving for integrity in the workplace!”
“The Geronimo Stone Series outlines innovative business transition concepts. The books, workshops, and models found here establish a stage for implementing and managing the leadership strategies that create partnership and a service attitude. The focus is building and reinventing the global business enterprise. The models are a fresh approach to transforming any organization’s visions and energies into a systemically successful approach to business.”
Leaders call on their experiences. Their personal convictions and their beliefs will influence them. If a leader has no moral convictions then those under his command will question the decisions he attempts to enforce.
The book Geronimo Stone simply explains how culture has to precede the manager’s position and “stress the importance of solving problems ethically and with honor. Doing what is right…for the organization, and the country as a whole.” This statement uses the basis of Christian values to make decisions from the employees, up to top executives. Decisions enforced by leaders will reflect their world view and character issues. The environment is best for everyone involved if the leader has high moral values, such as those based on true Christian beliefs. Thus, helping to create a culture based on strong Christian values.