It's a top-shelf book. I read more okay books than really good ones, more really good than great. This book is great.
The story about reducing accidental deaths in hospitals and the first grade teacher who inspired ill-prepared students to achieve 3rd grade performance. Well done.
I think it was the same narrator who read the last few books by the Heath brothers. I read all three within about a month or two of each other, so the consistency was nice.
feeding Vietnamese children a healthier diet with the same resources.
This book is a great pick for anyone who wants to be current with a modern approach to management, teaching, parenting and just living.
Some people have expressed disappointment with the narrator. I guess it's in the eye of the beholder, because I really enjoyed him. To me, his clipped and steady movement forward was a good match for the book itself.
Self-help books are one of my guilty pleasures. This one is more helpful than most: it's based on research and bulging with real-life examples. Many of the examples are drawn from business and economics, many are quite serious - serious, as in life-or-death - and all clearly illustrate the point being made. I found many of the ideas immediately applicable at work and in my personal life as well. This is one I plan to listen to again and again.
Tremendous insight into creating habits that can transform your life. Build systems to do anything you want to do, and learn how to make them "stick" (unlike many of our "New Year's Resolutions.")
I really enjoyed this book and got a lot out of it both on a personal level and on a professional level. All the things in the book seem to make sense to me and I know look at ways I can adopt their suggestions to help manage change. I nearly didn't buy the book because of all the comments about the poor narration but although he wasn't the best narrator I didn't find it detracted at all from the book. I would definitely recommend reading this book.
Marty Jacobs consults in the areas of strategic planning, board governance, leadership development, and community engagement.
The latest statistic on organizational change efforts states that 80% of all change efforts fail. In this book, the authors offer a framework for approaching change that is both comprehensive and simple at the same time. That’s not to say that it’s easy – just simple – and its simplicity is what gives hope that organizations (and individuals, for that matter) might just be able to start improving that statistic. The authors describe three aspects of change – emotional, rational, and environmental – using the metaphor of the elephant (emotion), the rider (reason), and the path (the environment). The main thesis throughout the book is that all three must be addressed and integrated in order for change to be successful. The authors weave in elements of Appreciative Inquiry (bright spots), visioning (destination postcards), and systems thinking (tweak the environment), to name a few, and offer many ideas for how to improve your chances that the change you seek will be sustainable.
Switch was one of the best books I have read this year and it delivers on its title. Easy to read, entertaining and packed with useful information. One idea I found very interesting was that action triggers can have the same effect as a habits but take very little time to develop. If you loved their previous book Made to Stick you will love this one too.
I'm about 1/2 way through this listen right now, and although the material is quite interesting, as others have said, it's really hard to get past the voice. The narrator's voice is so low and monotonous that you find it hard to stay focused on listening. It is also annoying that it doesn't flow and you can tell where edits were made. This one should be re-recorded. Giving 4 stars for the book, -1 for the narrator.
I listened to this over a one week period on the subway to and from work. A good basic work. Made me think about motivation of myself and others from a diff angle. I agree with other posters comments about the poor sound quality.
Narration was awful
Too many boring examples
no idea, but not that guy
disappointed, could get past the first 2 chapters….