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PC Los Altos Hills, CA Member Since 2012
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  • "Good read for LEGO fans"

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    This book shared interesting insider story of how the company turned around from the downturn in the 90s to revival in the 2000s. As the author tried to criss-cross the history in various cuts, the story was repetitive to significant degree, but as a LEGO enthusiast, it was tolerable. I would not recommend this book to people who just wants to understand the cause and effect of how the turnaround occurred, as the author could not crystallize it himself either.

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    Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Robertson, Bill Breen
    • Narrated By Thomas Vincent Kelly
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    Brick by Brick takes you inside the LEGO you've never seen. By following the teams that are inventing some of the world's best-loved toys, it spotlights the company's disciplined approach to harnessing creativity and recounts one of the most remarkable business transformations in recent memory.

    Patrick says: "Okay read but gets long near the end"
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A Peek at Sam Motes's Bookshelf

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  • 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.

  • IT Survival Guide: Conquering Information Technology in Your Organization

    "Survival through consulting"

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    IT Survival Guide gives a decent overview of leading the IT organization to ensure the highest corporate impact. Good advise but seems to focus more on engaging consultants rather than building internal expertise.

  • 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.

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Catherine TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2013
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  • "Useful ideas, just don't take it to..."

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    The author has a lot of really good ideas and really makes the point that time is a valuable resource. She tends to overdo it sometimes about the idea that every minute of your time has to be precisely planned. I don't believe that, and I don't believe that approach is always useful.

    The narrator read too slowly for me, so I had to speed it up to double time to stay awake. The book is good, the narrator is just too slow.

    Overall, you will get some really great ideas about time management from this book as long as you don't let the concept of overly planned time drive you insane.

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    What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: And Two Other Short Guides to Achieving More at Work and at Home

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laura Vanderkam
    • Narrated By Laura Vanderkam
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    Laura Vanderkam has combined her three popular mini auidobooks into one comprehensive guide, with a new introduction. It will help listeners build habits that lead to happier, more productive lives, despite the pressures of their busy schedules. Through interviews and anecdotes, she reveals...What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast - to jump-start the day productively. What the Most Successful People Do On the Weekend - to recharge and prepare for a great week. What the Most Successful People Do at Work - to accomplish more in less time.

    Cynthia says: "Annoying, but worth the listen"

What's Trending in Management:

  • 4.4 (2098 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 (1791 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 (1511 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 (761 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 (313 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"
  • 4.4 (261 ratings)

    The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Patrick Lencioni
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    This is the promise of The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni’s bold manifesto about the most unexploited opportunity in modern business. In his immensely readable and accessible style, Lencioni makes the case that there is no better way to achieve profound improvement in an organization than by attacking the root causes of dysfunction, politics, and confusion.

    Optimize the Balance says: "More please"
  • 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

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • 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"
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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"
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ben Horowitz
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Ben Horowitz offers essential advice on building and running a startup - practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

    Thomas says: "For large company managers, not startups"
  • Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Simon Sinek
    • Narrated By Simon Sinek
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    Why do only a few people get to say "I love my job?" It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong. Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

    Mark says: "Absolutely great"
  • 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
    Overall
    (1791)
    Performance
    (1117)
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    (1108)

    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"
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  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael E. Gerber
    • Narrated By Michael E. Gerber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this audio edition of the totally revised underground best seller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business, from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.

    Christopher Burbridge says: "Life Changing, I Gotta Say"
  • Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tony Hsieh
    • Narrated By Tony Hsieh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2098)
    Performance
    (1189)
    Story
    (1206)

    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"
  • 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.

  • The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
    • Narrated By Timothy Miller, Claire Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
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    (53)
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    (54)

    This is an audiobook for busy people. If you want less on your plate and more for your life and career, tune in to the #1 Wall Street Journal best seller, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. The ONE Thing will bring your life and your work into focus. Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan teach you the tricks to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, dial down stress, and master what matters to you.

    Michael Williams says: "Do this and you have the answer."
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  • The Magic of Thinking Big

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David J. Schwartz
    • Narrated By David J. Schwartz
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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.

    Thomas says: "There is allot here"
  • The Richest Man in Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George S. Clason
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (99)
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    (93)
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    A modern day classic, The Richest Man in Babylon dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. These famous "Babylonian parables" offer an understanding of - and solution to - a lifetime's worth of personal financial problems, and hold the secrets to acquiring money, keeping money, and earning more money.

    Heidi says: "Pure propaganda and lies"
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
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    (1816)
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    (731)
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    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"
  • Great by Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (638)
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    (637)

    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!!"
  • Lean Office: Key to Reducing Costs and Improving Profitability

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ade Asefeso MCIPS MBA
    • Narrated By Richard A. Lange
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    Are you losing money due to wasted effort and low productivity of your knowledge workers? Is your office inefficiency leading to low worker morale and high workforce turnover? Are you losing customers or irritated due to disorganized office practices? Applying Lean principles to your office operations can solve these problems and create efficient knowledge workers that are a real competitive advantage.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Mark Kaplan, Mason Donovan
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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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.