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JAMES W WIEDMAN

Jim Wiedman

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  • 399 titles in library
  • 38 purchased in 2014
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  • Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (53)
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    (53)

    Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? Why does poverty persist? Why do the lonely find it hard to make friends? These questions seem unconnected, yet Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir show that they are all are examples of a mindset produced by scarcity. Drawing on cutting-edge research from behavioral science and economics, Mullainathan and Shafir show that scarcity creates a similar psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need.

    Kevin says: "solid, thoughtful, accessible, interdisciplinary"
    "Can't Wait For the Sequel"
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    This was an enlightening book. My only complaint is that the authors suggested the most interesting question at the very end of the book. I hope they are researching a second book now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Evangelist Marketing: What Apple, Amazon, and Netflix Understand About Their Customers (That Your Company Probably Doesn't)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alex L. Goldfayn
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The technology industry regularly invests billions of dollars into products that will never find mainstream consumer success. They fail because of one simple reason: poor marketing. The industry is leaving billions of dollars on the table because most companies don’t know how to turn their customers into brand evangelists.

    JAMES W WIEDMAN says: "Mostly Opinion"
    "Mostly Opinion"
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    The author is very opinionated, but backs very few of his opinions with facts. He is also horribly repetitive which makes the book much, much, much longer than it needs to be.

    I picked up a few useful ideas, but they were not worth the time invested listening to the rest of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Future of Management

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gary Hamel, Bill Breen
    • Narrated By Gary Hamel
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    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    World renowned business sage Gary Hamel argues that organizations need bold management innovation now more than ever. With incisive analysis and vivid illustrations, he explains how to turn your company into a serial management innovator.

    Kevin says: "Narration Ruins Excellent Book"
    "Thought Provoking"
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    This is a thought provoking book. It was a great challenge to work toward innovative management.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
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    Overall
    (2290)
    Performance
    (1912)
    Story
    (1887)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "Great book: needs a different narrator."
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    Kelly McGonigal covers some of the same information I have read in other books on the brain, but her focus on willpower is practical and I found it useful.

    I found the narration fine, but I do not understand why a man is reading a book written by a woman. This sort of thing should be relegated to medieval theater. I find it distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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