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Michael Williams

Michael Williams St. Croix, Virgin Islands United States Member Since 2012
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  • "Do this and you have the answer."

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    If you could sum up The ONE Thing in three words, what would they be?

    Where do I start talking about a book so transformative it leaves you in awe of the potential in yourself. I have been a lifelong student of business and life and I am awash with new vigor after listening to the book. I also own the hard copy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The One Thing. So simple, so unbelievably profound.


    What does Timothy Miller and Claire Hamilton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really like Claire's voice outlining and reinforcing core elements. Nice touch. I liked Tim too all excellent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. A few laughs yes. No crying.


    Any additional comments?

    Do this. Get the book and do what they lay out. In my life I've achieved really cool milestones but still feel like it's not enough. Family, relationships, business, spiritually, all benefit from the strategy for better living in this book.

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    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
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    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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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.

  • 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.

Carla

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"

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    • By Lisa Newton
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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.

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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 Limits of Scale (Harvard Business Review)

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    • 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.