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Martin

Ile-Bizard, Quebec, Canada

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  • Extraordinary Leadership

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Robin Sharma
    Overall
    (1318)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (682)

    In a constantly changing, hyper-competitive world, leadership is more important than ever. Yet few people have what it takes to inspire, develop, and guide others. In this presentation, Robin Sharma shares the leadership lessons that he gives to clients such as Nike, Microsoft, and NASA.

    Mrs says: "Di's point of view"
    "Don't bother"
    Overall

    What a bad audio book. The author put together self-promoting material with very little content. The pointers are shallow without much content. Although I got this audio book for free, it was not worth the hour spent listening to it. Save yourself an hour...

    22 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Rom Brafman, Ori Brafman
    • Narrated By John Apicella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (120)

    A Harvard Business School student pays over $200 for a $20 bill. Washington, D.C., commuters ignore a free subway concert by a violin prodigy. A veteran airline pilot attempts to take off without control-tower clearance and collides with another plane on the runway. Why do we do the wildly irrational things we sometimes do?

    Martin says: "Disappointing book"
    "Disappointing book"
    Overall

    If you want to understand the reasons behind irrational behaviour, "Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely" is a much better choice.

    The authors of "Sway" preferred storytelling to detailed explanation to explain irrational behaviours. Although their stories are mildly entertaining, they lack the depth and details of Ariely's book. Unless you are looking for superficial answers to irrational behaviours, I would recommend you invest a few more hours in reading Ariely's book and get a much better understanding.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Crowdsourcing: The Coming Big Bang of Business and How It Will Change Your World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jeff Howe
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    "Crowdsourcing" describes the process by which the power of the many can be used to accomplish feats that were once the province of the specialized few. Crowdsourcing activates the transformative power of today's technology, liberating the potential within us all. It's a perfect meritocracy, where age, education, and job history no longer matter. If you can perform the service, design the product, or solve the problem, you've got the job.

    Martin says: "A repeat from other books"
    "A repeat from other books"
    Overall

    If you have read Groundswell, Wikinomics, and the Wisdom of Crowds, this book repeats some of the concepts that were well described in those books. Crowdsourcing is a good book and provides plenty of background and detailed explanations around some of the well known "crowdsourced" companies such as threadless.com, topcoder.com, istockphoto.com, and a few others.

    The basic concepts are as follows:
    - there are 1 billion internet users with anywhere between 2 to 6 hours to spend per day;
    - there is a large portion of the population that is over-qualified for their day job and as such are looking for ways to use their skills;
    - combine these facts with a drastic decrease of the cost of technology and increased power of technology and the possibilities are endless;
    - most importantly 'amateurs' can now compete on the same ground as professionals in many fields;
    - as an organization, you cannot control what the crowd will do - the crowd decides what it will work on. The community will work on project of their interest;
    - you should start a crowdsourcing project with the intend to make money BUT you may end up making money as a consequence of collaborating with the crowd.

    Overall, we are only seeing the beginning of crowsourcing.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8922)
    Performance
    (3530)
    Story
    (3536)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Yet another good book from Malcolm Gladwell!"
    Overall

    It is commonly believed that people become successful after "working hard" for a long time and then success happens! Although hard work is a success factor, there are many other variables that have much more influence on success. Gladwell presents real life stories and much background to demonstrate that success mostly come from factors such as: when someone is born, their "ethnicity", their family heritage, their geographic location, and circumstances (i.e. luck). Some or all of these factors combined with hard work made individuals or groups of people highly successful. His examples are great and support his key message.

    Although the book doesn't tell what someone needs to do to become successful, it certainly shows that after the fact there are some obvious trends that explain why people were indeed successful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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