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  • "How Jack did it and how he thinks."

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    ...is basically how he writes this book. It's very interesting since I was quite young in the 80s and don't remember some of the situations back then.

    Jack Welch stresses the culture that he tried to breeds into GE. He explains how he was willing to make changes if it bettered the company later on in life.

    Overall, great book, probably a one or two time listen though, but well worth the listen if you are interested in business culture and dealing with management.

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    Jack: Straight from the Gut

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Jack Welch, John A. Byrne
    • Narrated By Mike Barnicle
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    Jack Welch lifted GE from a conglomerate with a market value of about $12 billion to one of the world's largest and most widely-admired companies, with a market value of more than $500 billion. In Jack, the author reveals the strategies and philosophies that put him at the top.

    Plato777 says: "Truly inspiring!"
  • "Absolutely brilliant."

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    I've listened to this book three times and its worth every second. The authors break down almost in an entertaining classroom style lesson. They profile why some companies are really worlds apart in success and culture.

    The best part is that they go into good detail so a business owner like my self can impliment immediately.

    You can easily appreciately the cleaverness and work that went into this book. If you are a business owner or thinking about it, this is a must read.

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    Great by Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
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    The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

    K. Donath says: "Real Insight!!"
  1. Jack: Straight from the Gut
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A Peek at Sam Motes's Bookshelf

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Sam Motes's greatest hits:
  • Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters

    "Great book on strategy with real life examples"

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    "Good Strategy / Bad Strategy" was the most interesting book on strategy I have read so far. Cuts through the leadership consult fluff speak that use template strategy that leads no where to actionable steps that drive visions to values to goals to strategy. The key according to the author is to start by determining what is going on and then building strategy around that reality based on where the company wants to go. The author's discussion on company's with hundreds of supposed strategies leading to stagnation via divide and conquer was very interesting. The author backs up his concepts with real life examples from the class room, corporate world and military campaigns.

  • Great by Choice

    "Same comparison method with a new twist"

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    Collins uses a similar comparison technique he used in his Built to Last, Good to Great, and How the Mighty Fall books however the focus is now comparison of companies during times of great turmoil. The discussion around how companies deal with good and bad luck and how the great companies are prepared ahead of time to gain from both good and bad luck was very eye opening idea. Very similar to the other books but still a very worthwhile read.

  • The Lords of Strategy: The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World

    "History of strategy"

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    A good summary of the fathers of strategy such as Ducker who lead to thinkers such as Porter and others. The big consulting agencies such as Boston Consulting Group, Mckenzie, Bayne and others built on the Strategy momentum by pulling in the top tier MBA programs high flyers to change how business is done. Kiechel does a great job of giving a good historical look at how the industry was built and how the cut throat high octane day in the life takes place.

  • The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

    "Leading on the tech edge"

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    The Innovators Dilemma looks at why many big companies struggle to introduce new disruptive technologies. The slow turn around in seeing substantial profits and the small percentages that the new venture may show on the books often leads to failure if not addressed through acquisition.

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Carla Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 06-13-11 Member Since 2010
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  • "Interesting, but a bit annoying"

    8 of 8 helpful votes

    Here's what I liked about the book:
    - Written by Howard Schultz (CEO) which gives a really cool inside perspective
    - Gives a really cool inside look into a well known consumer brand
    - Gives a lot of insight into HS's leadership style and some of his leadership habits
    - A lot of choices they made with the brand were very fascinating (closing stores, getting back to the core competency, investing in training and development, etc).

    Here's what I didn't like
    - I don't think it was 100% genuine. I thought it was kind of a sales job, in that CEO sales job kind of way. I'd say it seemed 75% genuine.
    - Telling the results of a turnaround story before time has run it's course is ridiculous, as is the general timing of the "turnaround." Hello, we were in a major rebound after a recession.
    - HS comes across as annoying - sounds to me like he believes a lot of his on BS.
    - I found the book to be a couple of hours too long.

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    Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul

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    • By Howard Schultz, Joanne Gordon
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
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    In 2008, Howard Schultz, the president and chairman of Starbucks, made the unprecedented decision to return as CEO, eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company to become chairman. Concerned that Starbucks had lost its way, Schultz was determined to help it return to its core values and restore not only its financial health, but also its soul.

    Carla says: "Interesting, but a bit annoying"

What's Trending in Management:

  • 4.4 (2082 ratings)

    Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tony Hsieh
    • Narrated By Tony Hsieh
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    In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

    Ben says: "Do one thing exceptionally"
  • 4.3 (1776 ratings)

    Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Collins
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
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    Built To Last, the defining management study of the 90s, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

    Anaxamaxan says: "Good info, over-the-top narration"
  • 4.3 (1497 ratings)

    The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Ries
    • Narrated By Eric Ries
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    Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

    Zed says: "Great book, fascinating ideas"
  • 4.3 (754 ratings)

    Great by Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
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    The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

    K. Donath says: "Real Insight!!"
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  • 4.3 (311 ratings)

    It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By D. Michael Abrashoff
    • Narrated By D. Michael Abrashoff
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    The story of Captain D. Michael Abrashoff and his command of U.S.S. Benfold has become legendary inside and outside the Navy. Now Abrashoff offers this fascinating tale of top-down change for anyone trying to navigate today's uncertain business seas.

    David says: "All Ahead Full"
  • 4.3 (162 ratings)

    Leadership & Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Arbinger Institute
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
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    Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known phenomenon called "self-deception". We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed. This audiobook explains what self-deception is, how people get trapped in it, how it undermines relationships and organizational achievement, and - most importantly - the surprising way to solve it.

    Joseph Ivy says: "Good content, great presentation"
  • 4.4 (162 ratings)

    The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

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    • By Sean Covey
    • Narrated By Sean Covey
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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"
  • 4.3 (156 ratings)

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Richard P. Rumelt
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
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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"
  • Critical Chain: Project Management and the Theory of Constraints

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eliyahu M. Goldratt
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese, Rick Adamson, Tavia Gilbert
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    A young, untested team of problem solvers challenged with saving their company moves from board room to classroom in search of answers - and finds them through lively, open discourse with their innovative professor. This gripping, fast-paced business novel does for project management what Eliyahu M. Goldratt's other novels have done for production and marketing.

  • The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sean Covey, Chris McChesney, Jim Huling
    • Narrated By Sean Covey, Chris McChesney, Jim Huling
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    The 4 Disciplines of Execution provides a simple, proven formula for achieving the goals that every individual or organization needs to reach. From Marriott to the U.S. Navy, Covey and his team have worked with more than 200,000 people in hundreds of organizations to improve performance, identifying and honing four secrets of perfect execution: Focus on the Wildly Important; Act on the Lead Measures; Keep a Compelling Scoreboard; and Create a Cadence of Accountability.

  • Think Bigger: Developing a Successful Big Data Strategy for Your Business

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mark Van Rijmenam
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
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    Big data - the enormous amount of data that is created as virtually every movement, transaction, and choice we make becomes digitized - is revolutionizing business. Offering real-world insight and explanations, this audiobook provides a roadmap for organizations looking to develop a profitable big data strategy...and reveals why it's not something they can leave to the I.T. department. Think Bigger is an essential resource for anyone who wants to ensure that their company isn't left in the dust.

  • Impact Your Business: An Allegory of an Entrepreneur's Journey to Clarity, Cash, Profit, Family, and Success

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ken Kaufman
    • Narrated By Spencer Cannon
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    Steve Loveland, the owner of a software firm, has hit bottom. He's about to lose his company and family, and he's desperate to turn things around. Jennifer Silverstone, a finance-savvy consultant, helps him implement the six essential dashboards every business needs. This transition to running a business with numbers, which every entrepreneur must eventually make, gives him the clarity required to save his business.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stanley Bing
    • Narrated By Stanley Bing
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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.

  • Own It!: Be the Boss of Your Life - at Home and in the Workplace

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tabatha Coffey
    • Narrated By Tabatha Coffey
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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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  • Make the Most of Your Money: How to Budget, Save and Manage Your Finances

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lisa Newton
    • Narrated By Lisa Newton
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    This audiobook is for people who want to make the most of their money. Are you working hard yet have little to show for it? Do you ever get to the end of the month, only to discover that there is more month left than money? Does your bank balance seem to hang around the same amount (perhaps a big fat zero?) no matter what you try? Have you noticed that whenever you have money you seem to lose it or are forced to spend it on an emergency?

  • Making Business Personal (Harvard Business Review)

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Robert Kegan, Lisa Lahey, Matthew Miller, and others
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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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.

  • Coaching the Toxic Leader (Harvard Business Review)

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    • By Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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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.

  • Harvard Business Review, April 2014

    • HIGHLIGHTS (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Harvard Business Review
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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    "Creating a Culture of Quality" by Ashwin Srinivasan and Bryan Kurey. "Making Business Personal" by Robert Kagan, Lisa Lahey, Matthew Miller, and Andy Fleming. "The Limits of Scale" by Hanna Halaburda and Felix Oberholzer-Gee. "Coaching the Toxic Leader" by Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries.

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  • The Limits of Scale (Harvard Business Review)

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    • By Robert Kagan, Lisa Lahey, Matthew Miller, and others
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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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.