If you can, listen to the audio version. Listening to Bill narrate his own book truly gets across his wry humour and self deprecating stories.
One of the few audio books I've listened to multiple times. Brilliant.
Good insights from the oval office as key events played out.
Interesting way of portraying Bush's perspective as events played out during his tenure as President. Not a chronological autobiography, which occasionally was jarring as it is 2005 in one moment, then back to 2001 in another.. but this was explained in the book summary so was as promised.
Whether you like or dislike George W. Bush, you can't discount that President of the USA is one heck of a tough job and you don't get any
With 3124 on my new SUV's odometer, I was laughing so hard listening to Tina that I clipped a cement highway divider driving to work.
That's not the funny part.
I kept on laughing.. Tina Fey is like comedic Oxytocin.
Buy this book. Keep both hands on the wheel.
I found the observations in this book to be very accurate, from my personal experience with a great company that is experiencing many of these bad habits.
A pleasant surprize was the very useful suggestions for determining if a bad habit is forming, and many practical recommendations for working to break these habits.
Also, the organization of this book is very good, with key points being revisited in summary at different times throughout the audiobook.
I would highly recommend this book both for those who realize their company had some bad habits, but also for those in growing companies to help stop these behaviors from occuring in the first place.
I have listened to this book several times. It is entertaining and inspirational, filled with many useful and practical insights into business management and leadership.
Jacks Welsh reads the book himself and this conveys the emotion of the events he describes so much better than a professional narrator ever could. It's almost like being in the boardroom with him, understanding his thought process and how he works complex business problems towards a solution.
This book is so much more than an autobiography of Jack's time running GE.. it shines light on what goes on behind the closed doors of the boardrooms of billion dollar companies and shows that the difficulties and business decisions being made are no different than you are making in your own job today - - there are just a few more commas and bigger dollar signs attached.
For those who disagree with Jack's hard-hitting management style, there is a lot to learn whether you agree with his decisions or oppose them. As you listen to Jack explain some of the difficult situations he was faced with, you can decide how you would have handled the situation.
Overall a very useful and entertaining management and leadership workbook.
This audiobook begins with Donald and Robert praising each other's wealth, then moved into a series of questions that each answers independently of each other. There are small morsels of business insight, but very few. Most commentary is of a "think big, and be big" nature, with many platitudes and little substance.
The most dangerous aspect of their message is to denounce the "Richest Man in Babylon" and "Wealthy Barber" theory of saving, investing, diversifying, and living within your means. Instead we are told to live beyond our means, and leverage ourselves into wealth.
Without providing any specific insights or details. There is a caveat provided that if you cannot do this successfully, then you shouldn't do it at all.
Overall their messages are contradictory, trite, and self serving.
For non-sophisticated investors and the average salaried worker, more practical and useable books are the two mentioned above (Babylon, and Barber). For business insight, any of Jack Welsh's books (GE CEO) are inspirational and provide tons of useable business knowledge.
The premise of this audiobook was intriguing; unfortunately, only a small percentage of the text (2% ?) directly speaks to this premise. The remaining 98% consists of painfully long, drawn-out analogies and tenuous examples.
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