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“Chock full of practical, straightforward advice on successfully navigating through the business world.”

“The real-life examples and anecdotes are entertaining but, more importantly, will be helpful whether you work in a small or large company or wherever you stand on the corporate ladder.”


-Ellen Marram

 Former CEO of Nabisco Biscuits and Tropicana


“This little gem is a primer on how to get things done.”


-Mike Mardy

Executive VP, Tumi Holdings and Director, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters


News-Leader review for 'The Case for Wasting Time and Other Management Heresies'

News-Leader review for ‘The Case for Wasting Time and Other Management Heresies’

“Howard, I finished your book this week and was sorry when it ended.  I enjoyed it immensely.  If you are still offering the “special”, I will send you my son’s address and daughter’s and ask for a hard copy/signed.  They know your  name and who you are and what you did for me.

When Ben Merker lost the Dayton plant (paid little or not attention) and I had to develop a whole new relationship with Frank Minichelli, it was starting from ground zero.  Frank’s wife, who had been ill for some time, passed away, and the service was to be in NY on a Sunday.  I decided to go and Linda asked me “why would I waste a good Sunday with my family for a labor leader’s wife whom you don’t even know?”  I responded with, “Maybe it might help build my relationship with the new union.”

When I arrived at the service, Frank left the people he was with and gave me a big hug and said, “I’m shocked that a company guy would come to this, and you realize you will be the only person here that is not union related.”  He then walked me up to the front and had me sit with his family.

He told me several times after that how much that meant to him.

We did get (despite By Hawkins) an easy, free first contract successful negotiation.  I have always attributed that to wasting that time on that Sunday.  Don’t think I would have done it if I had not worked for and observed you.”

                                                                                                                                               –  Chuck Durney


“All my life I have been a voracious reader.  For a long time now, I average two books per week, plus current periodicals regarding my long time interests in cosmology and astronomy.  I rarely get into fiction, instead generating growing interest in global economics.  Then comes along a little book by Howard Pines!

I had a really good time with that book.  There are a few jewels among the chapters: “On Assumptions,” “On Evaluating Future Leaders,” “On Communications” and “On Leaving When It is Time to Go,” resonated particularly well with me.

During my thirty years in “corporate life,” I might have written a book on How Not To Have Unions (except in Italy and France where national unions are universal.)  But that, like much of Howard’s book deserves more lengthy “wasting time” than I can put into this email

                                                                                                                                               –  Dick Dempster