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A Peek at William's Bookshelf

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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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Lynn BEAUMONT, TX, United States 09-09-11 Member Since 2005
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  • "Don't Miss this Book"

    13 of 14 helpful votes

    I read about everything I can get my hands on related to neuroplasticity. David Rock in Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long applies what we have learned so far about the brain in that context and applies it to the world of work. This is one practical, easy to follow, informative guide. Rock is particularly strong at presenting the most recent research and applying it to every day practice. He not only tells us what is known, but how to use that knowledge to advantage. This is just an excellent volume. Don’t miss it. The reading of Bob Walter is very good.

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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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  • Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day

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    Most of us live with the stubborn idea that we'll always have tomorrow to do our most important and valuable work. We fill our days with frantic activity, bouncing from task to task, scrambling to make deadlines and chase the next promotion. But by the end of each day we're often left asking ourselves "did the work I do today really matter?" We feel the ticking of the clock, but we're stuck in first gear, unsure of the path forward and without a road map to guide us.

    Oliver says: "Deeeeep sigh. And a tired one at that."
  • The Art of War: The Strategy of Sun Tzu

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    This timeless text is required listening for any business person or athlete interested in strategy. It includes a soundtrack entitled "The Mysterious Sound of Wind In the Bamboo", a 43-minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by the Matsu Take Ensemble.

    Kwinsee says: "Surprise change"
  • 60-Minute CEO: Mastering Leadership an Hour at a Time

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    • By Dick Cross
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    Looking toward the C-suite? Take heed. Author and serial CEO Dick Cross pulls back the curtain on this top leadership role, explaining in his new audiobook that being a successful leader, running a business, and doing it extraordinarily well isn’t a full-time job. In 60-Minute CEO: The Fast Track to Top Leadership, Cross makes the case that the single greatest determinant of business success revolves around the job at the top.

  • The Curriculum: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master of Business Arts

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    From the mind of the ultimate corporate gunslinger comes this no-nonsense, real-world Curriculum, designed to augment - if not replace - the more traditional path to achieving mastery of the business universe. Conquer this sharp, practical and often amusing course of study and save $250,000 of wasted business school tuition. The Curriculum is dedicated to the study of business, how it works, and how it can be used against those who don’t know how it works.

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

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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".

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    On television, Coffey is known for using tough love to overhaul failing businesses and help owners take charge of their future. In Own It!, Coffey takes her trademark no-nonsense style and business expertise to provide small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and anyone looking to “own their lives” with the keys to success. Combining her own experiences with those of everyday people who have faced challenging transitions, Own It! will help listeners reach their goals.

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  • Coaching the Toxic Leader (Harvard Business Review)

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    Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries, a professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change at Insead, reports on how bosses who suffer from narcissism, manic depression, and other serious disorders can make organizations miserable.

  • Making Business Personal (Harvard Business Review)

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    Robert Kagan, Lisa Lahey, and Matthew Miller, of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Andy Fleming, CEO of Way to Grow, Inc, report on how a close examination of two very different companies suggests that melding business excellence with personal development can create a new kind of competitive advantage.

  • The Inclusion Dividend: Why Investing in Diversity & Inclusion Pays Off

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    In today's increasingly diverse, global, interconnected business world, diversity and inclusion is no longer just the right thing to do, it is a core leadership competency and central to the success of business. Working effectively across differences such as gender, culture, generational, race, and sexual orientation not only leads to a more productive, innovative corporate culture, but also to a better engagement with customers and clients.

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  • The Limits of Scale (Harvard Business Review)

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    Hanna Halaburda, an economist at the Bank of Canada, and Felix Oberholzer-Gee, a Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, write about how the well-known strategic rules of markets with network effects – move first and get big – are often dead wrong.

  • The Wawa Way: How a Funny Name and Six Core Values Revolutionized Convenience

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    Grahame Wood opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for Wawa dairy products. Since then, the convenience store has grown into a well-known company that competes against the biggest industry players in the world in three areas: fuel, convenience, and food, all while maintaining their personal approach and small business mentality. Now, almost 50 years later, Wawa has opened its first store in Florida and begun to play on the national field. How did it happen?