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Patrick Lencioni delivers another easy to read business fable full of insights and lessons.
This time, it is about humility, vulnerability and doing the right things for customers. While it is intended as a playbook for consultants, the principles it teaches are valuable for all kinds of business and personal life.
This is a super interesting read (or listen). The book is very well written and very well read. It is enjoyable.
The stories are very inspirational. The message is crisp. The principles are valid and valuable. I just don't think it is a book that makes it easy to put them into practice. The stories are based on ultra successful people, some that started at the bottom, and how they rose to success - but there is little advice that one can get into practice at the end of the book.
It is not one of those books that leaves me with a dozen post-it notes and a couple action items. And yet, I have to recommend this book. It delivers on its promise of success hacking.
I am a fan of Chris Ewan's Good Thief series. The first two were the best, I would start with those: Amsterdam and Paris, in that order.
While not as good as the others, it does not disappoint.
The crazy situations Charlie gets into become less plausible after three books in a row, especially getting into awkward situations that are quite similar.
In the end,a good listen.
Ryan makes an important point: web-based media today is not very professional and optimized for pageviews not for accuracy. Therefore, it can be manipulated. The examples and recommendations could be written in a blog post, or in a chapter or two.
But Ryan goes chapter after chapter ranting on this point, giving more examples and elaborating on the same thoughts without much to offer.
My suggestion is not to waste your time.
After reading all of Walter Isaacson's biographies, I was looking forward to learn about the life of Lincoln. Water has a unique gift in making a long story entertaining, useful, and engaging. This book just shows how hard it is to do it right.
Listening to Team of Rivals feels more like listening to a researcher that wanted to communicate all the knowledge they have on a subject, rather than walking you through a story, the interesting facts, and the nuggets of wisdom we should learn from it.
Honestly, I was unable to listen to the entire audiobook. This is not a book for me.
I usually listen to audiobooks to learn. Sometimes I listen to be entertained. Other times I listen to get inspired. This book does all three.
I learned about Africa, life in modern day tribes, how a game reserve operates, the challenges they live, etc.
I was inspired by Lawrence Anthony's story, his humanity, his love for animals, his connection with God's creation. Also inspired by the Elephant's love, loyalty and profound knowledge.
I was entertained with the stories. This is one of those books where you ant to keep driving or stay in your car to keep listening to the story. The book is long, but it does not feel that way.
Lawrence (rest in peace) is an example, a great human that leaves us with great legacy in this book and great example with his actions.
George Carlin is a master of stand up comedy. This, however is a book READ by Carlin, and he does not seem to be a good book writer. I listened to about 20% of the audiobook and skipped ahead to other chapters and did not find a single funny bit. It feels like a written rant about life. Buy a Carlin DVD instead.
Like all marketers, I love Seth Godin. He is an incredible writer and thinker and has some of the best marketing books ever. This is clearly not his best book.
The whole premise of the book is that the world has evolved from an era of mass products and limited choice to a world of mass customization and uniqueness.
Seth is right, to an extent. As i write this, the majority of the US population uses the exact same smart phone, and iPhone, most companies run their email on MS Exchange, everyone drinks Starbucks and most women on the street carry LV or MK handbags.
So the premise is somewhat flawed. We live in a world of mass products AND mass customization. Seth could have spent more time explaining the implications for marketers than making the case for the theory of mass. Try another of Seth's books instead, there are some true gems. My favorite All marketers are Storytellers.
The book is right in the middle of being an academic document on procrastination and a practical guide to help common people deal with it - and it fails at both.
It is not rich enough to be a scientific or an academic document for psychologists and it is too academic for the layman. Instead of giving practical advice it uses a couple chapters defining, describing and analyzing procrastination itself.
The content is good, but it needs to be re-written to make it more useful.
The book is organized into 50 chapters - each one includes a small nugget of surprising human behavior followed by a very long description. The nuggets vary from the boring to the interesting, with mostly limited practical value. After a few chapters I decided to listen to the central idea of the chapter and skip to the next.
Clialdini is the authority on the science of influence but this is not his best book. For behavioral psychology I like Ariely's Predictably Irrational much better
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