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By: Richard May

Secrets of a Maverick Manager

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Discover the secret to successful projects with Richard May’s insightful guide. Despite receiving approval, projects can still face unexpected turbulence. This often stems from not asking the right questions at the beginning. Drawing on his vast business and procurement expertise, May takes readers through revealing case studies, personal experiences, and anecdotes to shed light on the crucial “cornerstone questions.” Business professionals, whether in the private or public sector, will benefit from May’s practical approaches, which apply to all levels of project management and activities where external resources are critical to success. Learn how to implement these vital questions into your executive thinking, avoiding turbulence and ensuring project success.


“Anybody can ask questions, but not quite in the way Richard May does.” Dr. Richard Russill, author of Purchasing Power and Route 42.

Richard May is a ‘Kiwi’, i.e., a New Zealander, though he has lived close to 35 years outside of New Zealand, including almost 20 years in Hong Kong. His international career, firstly in the field of chemical engineering and later in business procurement, has enabled him to fully appreciate the challenges faced when organisations need external resources to achieve desired outcomes, and especially where those external resources and the accompanying supply chains and networks are critical towards a successful project outcome. This book is written from the all-seeing perspective of hindsight. Richard is now ‘retired’ and lives in New Zealand with his family, spending time writing, involved with masters rowing, playing golf and travelling around beautiful New Zealand and other parts of the world.

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  • Bill Kennedy, Ottawa, Canada

    A particularly interesting and compelling read from an international professional who has demonstrated passion for his subject. He encourages a comprehensive understanding the corporate needs and provides tools and examples to guide the way. Taken as a whole, the audience is invited to expand their understanding of both the procurement cycle and the players as being critical business components. The book differentiates itself by Mr. May personalizing the message and permitting his audience to have an understanding of the man.

  • Sarah Bradley

    A fun and informative read, well told by an interesting man. Despite having very little prior knowledge of the topic I found the explanations sufficient for my understanding. Finished feeling quite inspired by the author's story and his approach to work and life.

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