Yes. And I have, because it's full of great information.
"Delivering Happiness" from Tony Hsieh and "Good to Great" from Jim Collins.
While the book is full of time saving advice, the key takeaway for me is that the focus on company culture, because in spite of Paul's efforts to trim a 2 seconds here and there, he spends more than an hour each day NOT building products, but building better people, who in turn become more efficient at build better products.
His philosophy reminds me of the old story of the lumberjack who entered a contest to see how fast he could cut down a tree. Everyone was half way through before he even started, yet he won the race. He was sharpening his axe.
I have listened to over 450 audiobooks, including some that were way too long to get to the point. Paul delivers his message without wasting any words, so the book itself is a great example of efficiency.
Even though the chapters and the book itself are short, he makes it a point to summarize each chapter to make sure the key points stand out. This underscores the message and insures you absorbed it.
Lastly, this is not a Harvard Business School textbook on the merits of bean counting. Paul Akers lives and breathes this lifestyle and his magnetic personality comes through with flying colors.
If you've never seen or heard Paul Akers in action, check out some of his videos online. His energy is contagious.
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The really nice thing about 2 Second LEAN is Paul boils the complicated LEAN TPS system down to simple things any person can use to LEAN their life, business and world.
Paul was amazing and passionate about LEAN...and that really comes through in his reading and discussing the LEAN princples.
LEAN is not complicated...fix what bugs you!
If I could only recomend one LEAN book to read this would be THE book. Paul makes it so easy...anyone can do it. Read this book!!! It is life changing...
Not an audio book.
Not as an audio book. I bought this because it was cheap and I hoped to get some fun examples of "2 minute lean". The book repeatedly referenced videos on the web and this was an integral part of his message. He'd talk about a simple concept and then say "watch this video". He was constantly saying watch this video and that video. If I am listening to a book I am at the gym or in the car and I am not going to write down or remember where to go to see videos. It might have been a completely fine book to be read at home with a computer but I listed at the gym and felt I wasted $5.
change your life.
I always listen to Paul's radio show. His book is just as inspiring.
A must read.
Akers understanding of what it takes to promote lean concepts within the business environment is truly admirable.
Realizing that the small improvements can make all the difference.
Wonderful lean book. Worth listening!
Paul, the author, made it fun and easy to listen to. This is a down to earth, no stuffy MBA type of Lean book.
This is an informational book, not a story so there really no character unless you want to say it's Paul Akers himself.
He brought the excitement. He truly believes and lives what he writes/speaks. He follows every chapter with a video (go to his website).
There are so many different points but I guess I'll start in the bathroom. Read/listen to the book and you'll understand.
Paul is very generous by uploading numerous videos and documents on his website to help any who wants to go lean to start their journey. He even gives out his personal email if you want to ask him a question directly. Yes, this may also be viewed as an elaborate marketing campaign for his company, Fast Cap; however, he is living what he is preaching and what better way to show that he is doing so than to bring you into his world. I would recommend this book if you are looking for a quick kick in the pants way to approach lean. Great book.
This is the best book on lean I've listened to.
It gave plenty of real world examples in such an entertaining way. Most people roll their eyes when management announces that they want to kick off a an initiative like Lean. Have them listen to this book first and they'll be chomping at the bit to get started.
Yes, I finished it in 2 days after buying it.
This book is pretty light on actual content related to "Lean" and heavy on info about the author, his company and his travels etc. Given the other rave reviews - this clearly hits the mark for other but not for me. It came across too much like an infomercial to me.
Paul has this ability to sound really "authentic" and he really is into this in a big way. He is genuine and tells a great story...good takeaways...
I liked the concepts. But much of what was shared was more for the manufacturing industry and less for a general corporate environment. There were good nuggets but wasn't really what I was looking for.
I suppose it would be motivating if I were in a similar environment to the speaker.
Could, but not necessary.