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  1. 4 out of 5

    A T

    A compelling narrative that combines business challenges, fortitude and commitment. Kris Safarova and FC continue to create content that teaches relevant concepts with gripping narratives.

  2. 5 out of 5

    A

    EVEN THOUGH THE STORY IS FICTITIOUS, IT IS BUILD UPON REAL DATA AND INCIDENCES THAT IS HAPPENING TODAY. DO NOT TAKE THIS BOOK NOR THE WORLD WE LIVE IN FOR GRANTED. This book takes you through the lane of where you think deeply about the world we live in, the message the superpowers of the world tries to convey to us, why everyone thinks they are on the right side of a war/dispute, why being analytical does not necessarily mean that you work with a lot of data, why critical-thinking is important a EVEN THOUGH THE STORY IS FICTITIOUS, IT IS BUILD UPON REAL DATA AND INCIDENCES THAT IS HAPPENING TODAY. DO NOT TAKE THIS BOOK NOR THE WORLD WE LIVE IN FOR GRANTED. This book takes you through the lane of where you think deeply about the world we live in, the message the superpowers of the world tries to convey to us, why everyone thinks they are on the right side of a war/dispute, why being analytical does not necessarily mean that you work with a lot of data, why critical-thinking is important and does not require a top degree from a prestigious school/university, and more importantly why you should always go back to the main source of the data. All this is told in a very intriguing and interesting story. Personally, my parents were born and raised very poor in a very unstable country with war and chaos, and living through that you develop a set of characteristics you wouldn’t find in other people not going through that. I was raised with their thinking, therefore it is funny to say that many of the things happening to Mavis is relatable e.g. how Mavis felt she had done something wrong when she first arrived at Primis and drank coffee, ate biscuits, or ate the sandwich - it reminded my of a story my mom once told me: my mom once visited my grandpa’s high profile friend in the morning, and when they arrived to his house, they saw the family eating cake and fruits. My mom thought it was unbelievable to eat cake and fruits in the morning without the day being special - and even though they served cake and fruit for my grandpa and mother, my grandpa told my mother not to eat anything (this is part of our culture - you don’t eat anything they offer you (biscuits, fruits, cake, nuts, etc.), unless you are invited over for a proper dinner). The life of Mavis forces you to remind yourself that your life is a privilege and that you can achieve any bold goal you set in life. It continuously forces you to remind yourself that your life you’re living now is a privilege and not a right, and regardless of the circumstances, your dreams and goals can and will come true if you are truly dedicated to turning around your life.
Besides, the story of Mavis makes you think that being objective is what gets your through in life. No one should share their meaning unless they get asked. I like how Kris and FC weaved characters of themselves into the story (I believe). E.g. that Mavis was really good at math and physics, and less on chemistry- like Michael. That they were close friends with the Russian - like Kris, etc.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeff M

    Mavis is another excellent book by Kris Safarova that disguises advanced learnings in the form of a very entertaining novel. As someone who has read each story from this author, I can say this is the best one yet! Mavis takes the story of a dystopian future and paints a picture so vivid you feel you are actually there as you follow the main character through a journey of self discovery and learning. There are many novels out there that have intricate plots, twists and turns but this book is diff Mavis is another excellent book by Kris Safarova that disguises advanced learnings in the form of a very entertaining novel. As someone who has read each story from this author, I can say this is the best one yet! Mavis takes the story of a dystopian future and paints a picture so vivid you feel you are actually there as you follow the main character through a journey of self discovery and learning. There are many novels out there that have intricate plots, twists and turns but this book is different. What really makes this book stand out for me is how much you learn about business by reading this book. Yes, a dystopian future novel that teaches key business principles that I did not even learn in university. For example, the true definition of productivity is one of the most important things I have learned from this book. I have taken and studied business in university but it has never been described in such an effective way as it is used in this book. Moreover, because you are so entertained while reading the story and turning the pages to see what happens next, you don’t even realize you are learning! That is the highlight of this book. If you want to learn key business principles hidden within a beautiful novel you can’t go wrong with this book. I started it on a 3 hour plane ride and actually looked forward to the way back to continue reading the novel and seeing what happened next. I can’t wait to read what Kris puts out next. As much as I love reading an entertaining novel to have learned something I can use about business for the rest of my life when I am done, that is the icing on top.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nigel

    The story draws you into the life of the protagonist, Mavis, from the first page as the author takes painstaking effort to describe the world this selfless hero lives in, and her thought-life. Mavis carries herself with mature discipline and innocence, and you are shown how she makes sense of her world and approaches challenges. And without knowing, you are taken through repetitions of lessons on how to apply management consultancy skills. Examples include making sense of a new situation by firs The story draws you into the life of the protagonist, Mavis, from the first page as the author takes painstaking effort to describe the world this selfless hero lives in, and her thought-life. Mavis carries herself with mature discipline and innocence, and you are shown how she makes sense of her world and approaches challenges. And without knowing, you are taken through repetitions of lessons on how to apply management consultancy skills. Examples include making sense of a new situation by first quickly developing hypotheses and testing them while you gather more information and gradually develop your analysis and storyboard. The story is also built around the concept of productivity and how to makes sense of this seemingly simple concept and takes you through a journey with the other characters as they learn that there is more than meets the eye. Different parts of the story introduce new themes of consultancy skills with repetition cleverly woven into the story. I recommend this book be read twice, thrice, or more. Perhaps once, and then reading the other books like 'The Strategy Journal' before returning to the story again to identify how different skills are applied by Mavis. A masterful attempt at making business education engaging, with a twist at the end of the story that demonstrates another more human side of Mavis. I look forward to knowing what happens next!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hyun Joo

    I highly commend this book. I think it allows readers to relate to someone living in poverty who is driven by a desire to help others. That said, this is a captivating story told through the eyes of Mavis, a young character determined to give her sister a better life. I really enjoyed how business problem solving was weaved into the story. I was engaged throughout the process, trying to connect the dots and figure out the big picture together with Mavis. Her proactive questioning and critical th I highly commend this book. I think it allows readers to relate to someone living in poverty who is driven by a desire to help others. That said, this is a captivating story told through the eyes of Mavis, a young character determined to give her sister a better life. I really enjoyed how business problem solving was weaved into the story. I was engaged throughout the process, trying to connect the dots and figure out the big picture together with Mavis. Her proactive questioning and critical thinking skills leads her to uncover the bigger picture. Much like the author's other book, Turquoise Eyes, this book is full of learning and golden nuggets of wisdom. (spoiler) When I finished the book, I could feel Mavis' anger. "This is not about the climate. This is about weapons and power..." How will Mavis choose to live, knowing this? There is a proverb in Korea which goes: "Shrimp lamp bursts in a whale fight". What will Mavis do to save the people (a.k.a the shrimps)? I'm looking forward to the next book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    BC

    Mavis is a story about a young woman living in a Soviet Union style republic.  The first part of the story centers on her life and the poverty with which she lives. Her life changes when she passes a selection exam. Mavis ends up in an elite unit tasked with finding out why the productivity of the main chemical plant that provides fuel to the nation and the outside world is losing its productivity.  To pass the exam and solve the problem, she makes use of consulting tools like estimation, decisi Mavis is a story about a young woman living in a Soviet Union style republic.  The first part of the story centers on her life and the poverty with which she lives. Her life changes when she passes a selection exam. Mavis ends up in an elite unit tasked with finding out why the productivity of the main chemical plant that provides fuel to the nation and the outside world is losing its productivity.  To pass the exam and solve the problem, she makes use of consulting tools like estimation, decision trees and brainstorming.  You can see how someone equipped with these basic thinking tools can solve a problem even in an area that they are not familiar with.  If you are going into consulting, it is reassuring to see that the thinking skills work.  Even if you are not going into consulting, seeing how the thinking tools consultants use can help solve a process engineering problem shows how useful they are.  Useful enough to learn.

  7. 5 out of 5

    V L

    Mavis is story about a young lady overcoming her situation to improve her life, family, and country by observing her surroundings and using business judgements to infer why decisions are made. The main business goal is improving productivity of a plant, but you are exposed to the whole economic situation that led to this goal in the first place such as: trade, government controls, resource scarcity, etc. By the time you finish the book, you will become more aware of how to observe your current s Mavis is story about a young lady overcoming her situation to improve her life, family, and country by observing her surroundings and using business judgements to infer why decisions are made. The main business goal is improving productivity of a plant, but you are exposed to the whole economic situation that led to this goal in the first place such as: trade, government controls, resource scarcity, etc. By the time you finish the book, you will become more aware of how to observe your current situation and how you can start building skills to make yourself more competitive in this global economy. I recommend this book for any profession, not just consulting. In the end, everyone has personal, career, and corporate goals and this book will get you to start thinking beyond your scope so you can be more valuable to your company and profession.

  8. 4 out of 5

    TJ

    --- Thought Provoking. Moving. A Masterclass in Problem Solving. Get It! --- Mavis will elevate your thinking and problem solving in unexpected ways. For starters you will come away thinking about productivity in an entirely different and much deeper way than I've ever come across anywhere else (A huge benefit in itself.) You will sharpen your skills on how to tackle tough problems, see how dots are connected to ask penetrating questions and pick up several excellent problem-solving practices al --- Thought Provoking. Moving. A Masterclass in Problem Solving. Get It! --- Mavis will elevate your thinking and problem solving in unexpected ways. For starters you will come away thinking about productivity in an entirely different and much deeper way than I've ever come across anywhere else (A huge benefit in itself.) You will sharpen your skills on how to tackle tough problems, see how dots are connected to ask penetrating questions and pick up several excellent problem-solving practices along the way. Through a gripping story, set against the backdrop of a dystopian future, the main character 'Mavis' looks beyond the story being presented to uncover the truth behind her country's productivity problem and in the process solves a page turning mystery. Highly recommended. Can't wait to read what happens for Mavis next!

  9. 5 out of 5

    jeeves

    A book not to miss if you aspire for more than what society has intended for you! I always say, "If you find firmsconsulting content through a recommendation, you must have done something exceptional or rare to earn it...and if you find it by accident, you are lucky and privileged!" This work once again confirms my belief. I think what's unique and special about this particular work is that it takes one a journey allowing them to experience an entirely new level of understanding of the seemingly A book not to miss if you aspire for more than what society has intended for you! I always say, "If you find firmsconsulting content through a recommendation, you must have done something exceptional or rare to earn it...and if you find it by accident, you are lucky and privileged!" This work once again confirms my belief. I think what's unique and special about this particular work is that it takes one a journey allowing them to experience an entirely new level of understanding of the seemingly simple concept of 'productivity' subconsciously. And if you follow FC and have heard of Denis Diderot, you might see that another beauty of this work is that this is a story book but "this is not a story"... and if even it's so, this is not just about productivity, it's about life...maybe everyone's life.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    An enticing story colored with explicit lessons about success in life and business In a dsytopian future reminiscent of that in George Orwell's "1984", Mavis must apply fundamental principles of organizational efficiency to salvage a life of poverty for herself and her family. Her story captures attention with page-turning effectiveness, but readers are left both educated and entertained. The FIRMSconsulting team, led by author Kris, is known for its business and educational services, but their ab An enticing story colored with explicit lessons about success in life and business In a dsytopian future reminiscent of that in George Orwell's "1984", Mavis must apply fundamental principles of organizational efficiency to salvage a life of poverty for herself and her family. Her story captures attention with page-turning effectiveness, but readers are left both educated and entertained. The FIRMSconsulting team, led by author Kris, is known for its business and educational services, but their ability to embed those services within enticing narratives is, so far, unmatched. This book is a great read for someone looking to add some personal growth to their personal enterntainment or someone hoping to imbue their young ones with a dramatic narrative that can inspire and teach them.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bruno Freire

    A real page-turner packed with valuable lessons Mavis raised the bar once again for books that aim to teach valuable lessons about business while still being exciting to read. At first I thought I wouldn't learn much about the business world, but I got that and more through a very engaging narrative, that really had me at the edge of my seat, eager to find out what would happen next. Not only that, I would also say it teaches a lot about society and human behavior, which is a big plus for me. I bel A real page-turner packed with valuable lessons Mavis raised the bar once again for books that aim to teach valuable lessons about business while still being exciting to read. At first I thought I wouldn't learn much about the business world, but I got that and more through a very engaging narrative, that really had me at the edge of my seat, eager to find out what would happen next. Not only that, I would also say it teaches a lot about society and human behavior, which is a big plus for me. I believe fiction is a great way to teach concepts, as it is not constrained by what was, but by what could be, and this book is a great example of that.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Luis Cordeiro

    PRODUCTIVITY IS KING! DON´T MISS IT Like 1984, like Brave new world, Mavis is a novel from the dystopian class that warns us of great dangers we are not fully envisioning yet. As the story unfolds, you realize this is a magnificent novel about the strategy for raising productivity of a chemical plant. As I consider productivity the only ethical way to beat competition and improve the livelihoods of people, this book became an enlightening framework for thinking about this subject of major importan PRODUCTIVITY IS KING! DON´T MISS IT Like 1984, like Brave new world, Mavis is a novel from the dystopian class that warns us of great dangers we are not fully envisioning yet. As the story unfolds, you realize this is a magnificent novel about the strategy for raising productivity of a chemical plant. As I consider productivity the only ethical way to beat competition and improve the livelihoods of people, this book became an enlightening framework for thinking about this subject of major importance. You should not miss it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Tam

    Kris and the team at firmsconsulting are constantly improving in many ways. In the case of Mavis, it is their most advanced narrative and story telling that they have done to date. The real surprise in this case is that Kris is effective able to describe settings and actions while conveying meaning and lessons to apply in a career. It gives you enough to think about how you would fill in and act as the protagonist. Even without the business and consulting insights, its a good read!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Omair Bin

    Thought-provoking and innovative! Following the format of Firmsconsulting's previous educational novel, Turqoise Eyes, Kris and co., have created another great piece of literature that simultaneously applies meaning insights to your career. This style of narration is a breathe of fresh air compared to most educational content that is out there, and is a great break from those experience textbook fatigue. Regardless of the business and consulting insights, its a good read! Thought-provoking and innovative! Following the format of Firmsconsulting's previous educational novel, Turqoise Eyes, Kris and co., have created another great piece of literature that simultaneously applies meaning insights to your career. This style of narration is a breathe of fresh air compared to most educational content that is out there, and is a great break from those experience textbook fatigue. Regardless of the business and consulting insights, its a good read!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sola Lawal

    I highly recommend and enjoyed reading this book. The plot is fascinating with unexpected twists and turns that make it a thrilling page-turner - I found myself reading the book whenever I had a spare moment. There are valuable business insights in the book that are quite helpful for anyone who is looking to do better at work. It reminds me a bit of The Goal, with a modern-day twist and a better storyline.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Reynald Michael

    I like how they defined productivity here and how can make or destroy capital and value in the long term. Reminds me of multiple in each a company tries to squeeze more productivity for an employee which then led to sickness or resignation. This then led to multiple lawsuits. Great book to read for those who are interested on thinking like an big corporate executive.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stevien

    One of the rare business novels that manages to be both captivating and deliver insightful lessons at the same time. I'm a firm believer in the illustrative power of stories and parables to teach enduring lessons, and this book is a clear winner in that regard. Looking forward to the next book in the series that ties this book with Turquoise Eyes. One of the rare business novels that manages to be both captivating and deliver insightful lessons at the same time. I'm a firm believer in the illustrative power of stories and parables to teach enduring lessons, and this book is a clear winner in that regard. Looking forward to the next book in the series that ties this book with Turquoise Eyes.

  18. 5 out of 5

    C

    A very interesting take on productivity-related issues... If the topic of productivity is of interest to you, Mavis is an entertaining and very instructional read. Just like "Turquoise Eyes" from the same author, it will effortlessly teach you a lot about important business concepts through a captivating story. A very interesting take on productivity-related issues... If the topic of productivity is of interest to you, Mavis is an entertaining and very instructional read. Just like "Turquoise Eyes" from the same author, it will effortlessly teach you a lot about important business concepts through a captivating story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Florian Zimmer

    A unique book which takes the reader through the story of a young woman who tries to save her world by solving a problem. The dystopian setting and highly contrasting visuals and emotions are all there to drive across the need to take productivity seriously, as it impacts lives in a very real way.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tim Femmer

    A perfect combination of a great storyline and critical thinking methodology teaching. The story is interesting at ever stage of the book. The decision process in a darker set of scenes is fascinating.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mr Bailey

    An immersive and compelling story with genuine guidance for those looking to develop critical thinking skills. With each new release, the author has improved the depth of character and plot. Now a great read whether interested in the business skills contained or not!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Somdeb Banerjee

    Through good storytelling that involves critical thinking juxtaposed against the backdrop of a chemical plant, a thorny business problem and the protagonist who goes through the 'hero's journey', this novel piques the reader's interest on the critical concept of Productivity in business. Through good storytelling that involves critical thinking juxtaposed against the backdrop of a chemical plant, a thorny business problem and the protagonist who goes through the 'hero's journey', this novel piques the reader's interest on the critical concept of Productivity in business.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Beckett Thomsen

    This problem-solving adventure is a captivating story that keeps you engaged throughout, with some surprising twists and turns, to illustrate important business concepts around productivity and how it is measured.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Abib

    Faithful To FC Identity A book I have just started to read, and appear once again, to be consistent with FC identity : Deep, Practical-Oriented, and Encouraging to Further Thinking. I recommend.

  25. 5 out of 5

    A Sim

    Great book for analyst, consultants, executives. Every student of strategy should read this book. It changes ones view on productivity and applying the concept of productivity to solve daily issues.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Edoardo

    if you are looking for a book that can teach you important business lessons while describing a compelling story that makes those lessons stick.... well, you found one!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shirshen

    Amazing book. One of the best I read in years. Not just the business problem solving, it is a gripping novel that is difficult to put down once started.

  28. 4 out of 5

    MT

    Learning, or just refreshing management and business concepts unconsciously, by reading a novel is an absolutely enjoyable approach that deserves credit.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Charles Acheampong

    How I wish I'd had a business book like this earlier. This book shows and teaches you what it means to be a critical thinker and I look forward to practicing it with more discipline. How I wish I'd had a business book like this earlier. This book shows and teaches you what it means to be a critical thinker and I look forward to practicing it with more discipline.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Steffan

    The first book I have come across that marries problem-solving skills with an engaging fictitious story. Very well written and engaging.

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