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Alexandra

Alexandra Gainesville, VA, United States Member Since 2009
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  • "Well-written, unclear how actionable"

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    I enjoyed listening to The Confidence Code, but afterwards when I tried to think of what I'd do differently, I came up empty-handed. This may be because I'm not quite the right audience. While I found the parts of the book that painted lack of confidence as a real issue very compelling, I didn't take away too many next steps for my own life, except perhaps "Call out women you see doing these things." Since I can't change my genes, and can't get a different mother, I'd have liked more clear-cut To Do's for the already-adult. It's possible they were there and I missed them, but I listened to the book twice to be sure, and nothing jumped out at me on the second runthrough. That said, I'm very grateful they wrote the book because it does such a good job of drawing attention to the very real issue.

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    The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance - What Women Should Know

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    • By Katty Kay, Claire Shipman
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    Working women today are better educated and more well-qualified than ever before. Yet men still predominate in the corporate world. In The Confidence Code, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay argue that the key reason is confidence.

    Combining cutting-edge research in genetics, gender, behavior, and cognition - with examples from their own lives and those of other successful women in politics, media, and business - Kay and Shipman go beyond admonishing women to "lean in".

    Alexandra says: "Well-written, unclear how actionable"
  • "Enjoyable and informative"

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    I found this to be a useful new lens with which to examine actions. Although I'm not quite sure whether I'm a giver, taker, or matcher, now I can ask myself in a particular situation which I'm acting like, and whether that's optimal. The anecdotes chosen to illustrate each chapter were distinctive and memorable. Definite recommend.

    The one thing that truly distracted from my enjoyment of this book was the narrator's attempt to imitate voices. Sorry, dude- your Australian sounds like he's from Boston.

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    Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

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    For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

    Julia says: "A few real surprises"
  • "Great ideas, meh execution"

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    The ideas in this book are dynamite. They make sense; when I'm listening, I want to get up and go and implement them. I've listened to it a few times, and I'll continue to relisten to it whenever I feel I need a reminder on how to set goals and achieve them. I've recommended it to colleagues at work. The reason I don't give it five stars is I don't care for all the readers on it, and because it's a little too much of an advertisement for the company that wrote it. Still, it's definitely worth listening to despite its performance shortcomings.

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    An insightful new work from the multimillion-copy best-selling author Sean Covey and the FranklinCovey organization, based on their work with hundreds of thousands of employees and large companies. It unveils the essential disciplines proven to help businesses and individuals realize their most important goals.

    William says: "Excellent information"
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    This book is a terrible listen. The narrator emphasises every 4-6 syllables for no reason. It is DIFF-icult to FOL-low a-LONG when the NAR-rator TALKS like THIS for the en-TI-re BOOK. If im-POR-tant THOU-ghts were EM-phasised, or if he RE-ad it like a NOR-mal PER-son, I think I would have en-JOY-ed it much MO-re.

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    I've listened to several other books from Audible and have enjoyed them very much - Getting Things Done, Making Things Stick, The Tipping Point - but this book was just such a difficult listen that I have had a hard time finishing it, let alone trying to extract any usable information from it.

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  • "Fantastic framework for strategy + ..."

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    A book that sounds a bit 'dorky' like this one I normally leave alone for fear of empty words. But I am very happy to have picked this one up!

    Rummelt is a very senior strategist to big and smaller firms, and have seen where they can go wrong: confusing objectives with strategy ("our strategy is to grow revenue"), strategy with excel sheets or (worst of all, and very hot right now) confusing leadership ("a will to succeed") with strategy.

    Instead, he outlines a simple yet powerful method of building a strategy:
    1. diagnose the situation and determine the key challenge for the organisation/firm
    2. develop/create a guiding policy (Porter would say, competitive strategy) to overcome the challenge or reap the opportunity
    3. develop and execute a coherent action plan.

    He goes on the enrich each of these parts, which to a certain extent have been discussed elsewhere (Porter, Ansoff, Hamel, Kaplan) but not in such a concise and easy to follow way.

    The strength of the book is not only in how strategies should be build and executed, but also how many companies go wrong: e.g. that your strategy needs commitment from the organization is ruthlessly attacked: if the entire organisation agrees with the strategy, there is no 'hard' choice involved. A strategy that pleases all in the end does not deliver. Though provoking and pragmatic at the same time.

    What I personally found most pleasing is that Rummelt does not say that planning is better than execution, or leadership is superior or not, but that all are parts in a chain that need to fit together. You need strategy AND execution AND leaderhip AND creativity/innovation AND ...while simultaneously focusing your energy.

    If you are in a leadership or management position in any organisation, private or public, I highly recommend this book for its framework, coherence and ease of understanding, combined with its focus on the essential elements and pitfalls.

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    Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters

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    Developing and implementing a strategy is the central task of a leader, whether the CEO at a Fortune 100 company, an entrepreneur, a church pastor, the head of a school, or a government official. Richard Rumelt argues that the heart of a good strategy is insight - into the true nature of the situation, into the hidden power in a situation, and into an appropriate response. He shows you how insight can be cultivated with a wide variety of tools for guiding your own thinking.

    E. Smakman says: "Fantastic framework for strategy + how to fail"

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