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Jonny

Jonny Liverpool, United Kingdom Member Since 2011
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  • "Not an MBA, But A Damn Decent Exper..."

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    If you're expecting this to be a substitute for an MBA course, you'll be disappointed, and rightly so. If, however, you are looking for an excellent summary of a great deal of critical business, psychology and marketing concepts, that any aspiring entrepreneur or successful business owner should know, then this is the audiobook to get your hands on.
    It's 13 hours, but i'll still be giving it another listen in a few months or so, a testament to it's quality. Highly recommended.

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    The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

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    • By Josh Kaufman
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    Josh Kaufman founded PersonalMBA.com as an alternative to the business school boondoggle. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. Now, he shares the essentials of entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, negotiation, operations, productivity, systems design, and much more, in one comprehensive volume. The Personal MBA distills the most valuable business lessons into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges.

    M. R. says: "Good Business Education"
  • "Good but forced"

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    I enjoyed the book. Some great inspiration and an inside look at Apple and Jobs. However, the writer tended to crowbar in his achievements and thinking in a way that appeared too forced when I really just wanted to hear about Jobs.

    Very much worth a listen though.

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    The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation

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    • By Jay Elliot, William L. Simon
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    In iLeadership, Jay Elliot gives the listener the opportunity of seeing Steve Jobs as only his closest associates have ever seen him, and to learn what has made him - and the mystique of his management style - capable of creating tools so extraordinary that they have remade three industries and have transformed the way we create, consume, and communicate with each other.

    David says: "a man who actually worked with Jobs"
  • "Some good points, somewhat annoying..."

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    I found the book helpful and covered some powerful concepts however I struggled with the complete lack of enthusiasm in narration and inconsistent tonal inflections. You will know what I mean if you listen to it.

    Though the science was good, the stories to highlight the point tended to follow the somewhat annoying format

    1. Person has the worst day possible imaginable
    2. You learn how the brain works
    3. Person uses knowledge and has the greatest possible day known to man and everything just works out.

    I understand why the author has done this but it can get repetitive.

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    Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long

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    Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

    Lindblad says: "An amazing insight to the brain"
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A Peek at G. Fisher's Bookshelf

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G. Fisher's greatest hits:
  • Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

    "Great research conveyed through compelling stories"

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    If you could sum up Give and Take in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling interesting research


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adam Grant as the author and primary researcher behind the thesis of this book.


    What did you learn from Give and Take that you would use in your daily life?

    Good guys don't need to come second.
    Ones reciprocity style has broad and meaningful implications.


    Any additional comments?

    Great stories that convey empirically sound research.

  • Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

    "Practical wisdom backed by sound research"

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    Where does Decisive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What other book might you compare Decisive to and why?

    Contagious by Jonathan Berger
    Give and Take by Adam Grant
    Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
    Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful framework to ensure that you don't get trapped in making decisions.
    Practical and empirically sound advice.

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E. Smakman Netherlands 01-03-13 Member Since 2007
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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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