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  • "Lean In, Lead On"

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    Sheryl Sandberg had me at, “I gained 70 lbs!”

    I had heard a lot about this book, but I really wasn’t sure that I could relate to this woman. At all. I expected a book by a carefully made up, wealthy, privileged woman with an excellent education in a token leadership position. I expected someone with a lot of help who could “do it all”, with little – if any – credit to the people who helped her do it.

    I, on the other hand, joined the Army for the college benefits, and I put myself through law school. I don’t aspire to manage a corporation. In fact, indirectly, I work for one of the people she mentions in her book. I am an attorney, and I want to be the best litigator I can be. I am also the proud mother of two teenagers, and I worry that I shouldn’t have worked outside of the home – but that wasn’t a choice I had.

    I was wrong about Sandberg. Like me, and the rest of us, she is real. Sandberg’s a sociologist, a critic, a coach, a realist. Sandberg gives props to important leaders from Warren Buffet to Betty Freidan, and to her administrative assistant and her friends. Bravo! Sandberg, get out your pom-poms - Tip O’Neil is calling from the grave.

    Sandberg doesn’t mention “Games Mother Never Taught You” by Betty Lehan Harrigan (1987), but that is analogous to some of the tactics she recommends. Yes, it would be better if we (women) didn’t have to bend to the (male) rules, but we do. Harrigan’s book is a guidebook, and as helpful as Freidan’s “The Feminine Mystique” in some ways.

    There is a hysterically funny tale involving an eBay corporate jet and an itchy child’s head, but for real fun, skip to Chapter 6 (7 on audible) and listen to the first minute. Sandberg reminds us even while we should do what we would do if we weren't afraid, motherhood keeps us grounded.

    Oh, and did I mention – Sandberg is the COO of Facebook – and she really does know what she’s doing?

    This book is fantastic. Lean In!

    [If you found this review helpful, please click the Helpful button. That’s why I write these reviews!]

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    Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

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    • By Sheryl Sandberg
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    Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

    Claudia says: "Make your life count - no matter what you do"
  • "Give ‘Til it Helps - Your Company"

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    My first reaction to Andrew M. Grant’s “Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Management” was “You’ve got to be kidding! Are you really telling me that if we hold hands, sing ‘Kumbaya’, and share our shovels in the sandbox, everything will be okay at the office?”
    That’s not what Grant was saying - at all – but it took an uncomfortably long time for him to get to that point.

    Grant advances the position that those who give generously, both professionally and personally, are more likely to be successful than “takers” (about 15% of people) or “matchers” ( about 70%). It’s a compelling argument, and Grant backs up his position with widely regarded studies and valid statistics. According to Grant, a business organization is well served by finding and developing givers (sharers), whose collaborative work with other givers often returns far more than the work of takers or matchers.

    Grant also points out an important fault of givers: Statistically, givers are also more likely to be low achievers or failures, if they become “doormats.” Grant has some valuable tips for doormats to recognize takers, and extract themselves from “no sum” or “negative sum” relationships.

    I listened to “Give and Take” on the heels of Sheryl Sandberg’s 2013 “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” I wondered until halfway through the book if Grant was even considering women in the workplace. Many of the “giver” techniques he recommends are the very techniques that, when used by women leaders, erode whatever leadership foundation they have.

    Grant eventually points out that the communication techniques he is recommending will not work for anyone presenting in a leadership role (at a board meeting, for example), although they will work for a leader as a team member.

    Grant has some invaluable tips for how women can effectively negotiate higher salaries and gain respect in an organization, even while they are “givers” (or “sharers”, in my parlance).

    This book didn’t have the impact “Lean In” did for me, but it had some invaluable suggestions I will incorporate into my life. I am now much more confident about being a “giver” and recognizing “takers”.

    I had an unexpected issue with the narration of this book: Brian Keith Davis, the reader, is so smooth, he reminded me of Casey Kasem, the host of American Top 40. I listened to that radio show every Sunday night as a teenager, eagerly waiting to find out what the new Number 1 song was. Several times, after an especially positive anecdote in “Give and Take”, I expected to hear a current pop song. As I write this review, the Number 1 Billboard song Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop.” That is especially apropos for this book.

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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"
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  • Warren Buffett Speaks: Wit and Wisdom from the World's Greatest Investor

    "Not for someone that is familiar with Buffett"

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No... I have read and/or listened to all that I can on Warren Buffett. This book was ultra-basic, provided nothing new, and was not well organized at all. The narrator was particularly disappointing... while his voice was pleasant and he would make a good narrator for a lot of books, his vocal delivery lacked an understanding of Warren Buffett's quotes. For example, there are times when Buffett makes a point with an irony or sarcasm in his voice... the narrator would read the quote like it was meant as profound wisdom. The narrator lacked a read on Buffett's tone in the quotes, and on some (certainly not all) gave a false read on Buffett's thinking.


    What could Janet Lowe have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Organized the material into a more coherent manner... it is broken into sections, but there is no clear reasoning for why the ordering of the quotes was used, or why this selection of quotes were used. There was also too much time spent on topics that really are not about Buffett, weren't quotes from him, or about business.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Pratt?

    Mr. Pratt has a pleasant voice, but the reading REALLY should have been done by someone familiar with Warren Buffett. The fellow that narrated the unabridged biography on Buffett (Snowball) would be a good choice for this.


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to Warren Buffett Speaks?

    Someone just interested in a basic introduction, that will focus on the words and not the reading...? This book would not be my recommendation tho... Snowball, the interviews with Mr. Buffett available from Charlie Rose here on Audible would be better, etc.


  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

    "One of the best books on self improvement ever"

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    What did you love best about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

    The information is fairly intuitive when one thinks about it, but this book helps you see it clearly and how to apply it to your life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

    The gap between stimulus and response (what changed Mr. Covey's life when he found that realization) as being the determinant of our power over our life, the four quadrants and the story of the rambunctious kids (Mr. Covey had thought that the dad was just not supervising them very well, but then came to find out that their mom had just passed away--Lesson, consider other circumstances that may be causing people to act a certain way, rather than immediately judging them for it). The use of the personal mission statement, and ensuring that it is aligned with your goals and that of the organization.


    What three words best describe Stephen R. Covey’s performance?

    Slow, low-energy


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

    I already apply a lot of the principles and insights from this work to my life. In particular, staying conscious about the gap, the four quadrants, and aligning my mission statement to what I am trying to accomplish.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't recommend this book highly enough... I gave it overall a 5 stars only because I can't give it more...:)

  • Zig Ziglar’s Leadership & Success Series

    "Lessons from a Master motivator"

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    What made the experience of listening to Zig Ziglar’s Leadership & Success Series the most enjoyable?

    The use of humor to get his point across; insights into hard and smart work. Mr. Ziglar shares stories from his own past and the examples of others to help illustrate the points he makes.


    Would you recommend Zig Ziglar’s Leadership & Success Series to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to my friends. Now, some of my friends see 'success' as a matter of luck or fate--and surely there is an element of luck/fate that plays a role. However, "fate favors the prepared mind"... as one famous golfer put it (I think it was Lee Trevino, but not sure) "Golf is a game of luck... the harder I work, the luckier I get." Mr. Ziglar talks about the mental attitude and habits that you can adopt that can greatly improve your chances at success (whether 'success' financially, socially, personally, or however the listener would define 'success').


    What does Zig Ziglar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has good timing, rate, and vocal inflection that helps communicate his point. I also enjoyed the energy that he brings to his delivery... his sincerity and enthusiasm helps communicate the message more than just reading the words. I also liked that I could listen to it while out hiking or in my car during the commute...:)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was... it is a long book. I listened to much of it during a long hike... and the rest during my commute one day. I will listen to it again... of that I have no doubt.


    Any additional comments?

    I have often heard of Zig Ziglar. After listening to this book, I would consider him to be a cross between the traditionalist beliefs and examples of Napoleon Hill, and the energy and personalized delivery of Anthony Robbins...:) I plan on getting some more of his books to listen to in the future...:)

  • Winning

    "Very good start, but began to get LONG"

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    If you could sum up Winning in three words, what would they be?

    Organized, informative, Boring-at-parts/long


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Jack Welch is full of energy, and fun to listen to (even when I disagree with him on some things... such as his rather extreme adherence to rigid rules and political ideology.


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    Very good foundation for the literature. The style is a little dated, but Kennedy has done a good job of making the content current.

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    Since its publication in 1960, Dr. Maltz's seminal text has inspired more than 30 million readers to enhance their lives and achieve life-changing goals - from losing weight to excelling in sports to dramatically increasing their income. Now revised for a new millennium, The New Psycho-Cybernetics remains true to Dr. Maltz's visionary approach and proven groundbreaking techniques.

    Janie says: "Better than a 5!"

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    Ben says: "Do one thing exceptionally"
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  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (






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    Mark says: "Clear Headed Guidance on Building Teams"
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    Thomas says: "For large company managers, not startups"
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    Millions of people throughout the world have improved their lives using The Magic of Thinking Big. Dr. David J. Schwartz, long regarded as one of the foremost experts on motivation, will help you sell better, manage better, earn more money, and - most important of all - find greater happiness and peace of mind.

    Brittany says: "Life-changing literature."
  • The Art of Seduction: An Indispensible Primer on the Ultimate Form of Power (






ABRIDGED) by Robert Greene Narrated by Jeff David

    The Art of Seduction: An Indispensible Primer on the Ultimate Form of Power

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    • By Robert Greene
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    Robert says: "Great narration, interesting material"
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UNABRIDGED) by Kevin Allen Narrated by Kevin Allen

    The Case of the Missing Cutlery: A Leadership Course for the Rising Star

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    As a young manager at an airline catering facility, Kevin had to find out why silverware was disappearing at a rapid clip. The route to solving this mystery of The Case of the Missing Cutlery results in Kevin learning to rise to the occasion, to become a leader who inspires followers and is able to rely on their hard work and support. For those who might find listening about leadership success at the Fortune 50 level inspiring but too far removed from their experience, the author offers up this down-to-earth story of an everyday employee turned rising star.

  • Bill George on Leadership Values  by Dave Summers Narrated by Dave Summers, Bill George

    Bill George on Leadership Values

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    Stephen M. R. Covey on How to Build, Keep, and Repair Trust

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    Stephen M. R. Covey is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership development company in the world. A Harvard MBA, he joined Covey Leadership Center as a client developer and later became national sales manager and then president & CEO.

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  • Agile Decisions: Driving Effective Agile Decisions in Business: Agile Business Leadership, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Nir Narrated by Barbara H. Scott

    Agile Decisions: Driving Effective Agile Decisions in Business: Agile Business Leadership, Book 3

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    • By Michael Nir
    • Narrated By Barbara H. Scott
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    We think that we fail in decisions because of our own faults. In Business Decisions: D - Side Practical Decision Making Business Guide, we see this is not the case. Many recent popular science books have gleefully shown how irrational we are in making decisions. However, that is not the main reason why we fail in our decisions. The real challenge is our failure to grasp the complexity in most everyday life problems.

  • Influence and Leadership: Building Rapport in Teams (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Nir Narrated by Barbara H. Scott

    Influence and Leadership: Building Rapport in Teams

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    • By Michael Nir
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    Project Management: Influence and Leadership includes three proven fundamentals to unlock the secrets of leadership, influence, and stakeholder communication management! Imagine that you master the magic of influence and are able to successfully lead and manage stakeholders. Imagine that you have a clear path of how to accomplish it.

  • The Idea-Driven Organization: Unlocking the Power in Bottom-Up Ideas (






UNABRIDGED) by Alan G. Robinson, Dean M. Schroeder Narrated by Walter Dixon

    The Idea-Driven Organization: Unlocking the Power in Bottom-Up Ideas

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    • By Alan G. Robinson, Dean M. Schroeder
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    Using numerous examples, Robinson and Schroeder argue that the employees who interact directly with your customers, make your products, and provide your services are in the best position to see where problems exist and what improvements and new offerings would have the most impact.