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Christopher

Holland, PA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Breakthrough Ideas for 2007 (Harvard Business Review)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Duncan Watts, Yoshito Hiro, Michael Schrage, and others
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Harvard Business Review's annual survey of twenty emerging ideas considers how nanotechnology will affect commerce, what role hope plays in leadership, and why, in an age that practically enshrines accountability, we need to beware of "accountabalism."

    From the February 2007 issue of Harvard Business Review.

    Christopher says: "great ideas"
    "great ideas"
    Overall

    Most all of the ideas in this HBR article are great. They are extremely stimulating and I have already urged many others to listen or read this article. As a new product designer, breakthrough ideas in any area are important. This article speaks of new ideas within marketing and pshychology which have huge impact on product design. Understanding where our customer's desires are when the customer doesn't even know is the hardest part of our jobs. Some of the ideas in this article help in detailing out tools and concepts that will make products more profitable and better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking
    • Narrated By Michael Jackson
    Overall
    (1292)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (521)

    This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Its author, Stephen W. Hawking, is arguably the greatest mind since Einstein. From the vantage point of the wheelchair, where he has spent the last 20 years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. A Brief History of Time is Hawking's classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas.

    Jeff Parent says: "Great book, but...."
    "Hawkings best"
    Overall

    This is one of Hawking's best because it is simple and easy for anyone to understand. It is also written with a good sense of humor as he speaks of how the unfortunate observer always is either torn apart or crushed by the universe. It is an unfortunate reality that man kind will hopefully have the fortune of never seeing for a few billion years.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (325)

    In an audiobook that challenges everything you thought you knew, W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne assert that tomorrow's leading companies will succeed, not by battling their rivals for market share in the bloody "red ocean" of a shrinking profit pool, but by creating "blue oceans" of untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.

    Robert says: "Get the actual book"
    "must listen"
    Overall

    This books is a must listen. The blue ocean concept is well explained and is something all managers and engineers should understand. The concept of finding blue oceans away from just competing within a red ocean that makes everyone bleed is important to anyone who adds value. We all desire to add value where we will profit most, Blue Ocean Strategy provides concrete methods to help move our businesses into calm blue waters that are profitable and enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Preparing the Perfect Product Launch (Harvard Business Review)

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By James P. Hackett
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Shortly after Jim Hackett became CEO of Steelcase in 1994, the office-furniture manufacturer introduced two products. The Leap chair was a great success. But the Pathways office cubicle system ran into trouble from the start, plagued by R&D disputes, distribution misunderstandings, and product recalls. In this first-person account, Hackett explains how a company could fail as well as succeed.

    Christopher says: "not the best, but worth a listen"
    "not the best, but worth a listen"
    Overall

    Compared to the many full length books on product launches and process, this article is lacking much. It is certainly worth the 1/3 credit though. It is more valuable to make others listen to the issues the author faced during his product release. All too many products are released lacking what the author causes an adequate 'think phase'. Not enough people realize that implementation of ideas is easy when the ideas are well thought out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ten Faces of Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tom Kelley, Jonathan Littman
    • Narrated By Stow Lovejoy
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (68)

    Tom Kelley, author of The Art of Innovation and the general manager of IDEO, the world-famous design firm, illuminates the strategies IDEO used to beat the devil's advocate and drive creativity throughout the organization.

    Damon says: "Great book!!!"
    "engineer's must read"
    Overall

    This is a must read for any engineer or engineering manager. It is written extremely well at outlining innovative personalities. The more everyone makes effort to take on the different faces of innovation the better the result of any product will be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2902)
    Performance
    (1700)
    Story
    (1701)

    Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

    William says: "Highly Recommended"
    "great for singles too!"
    Overall

    This is still a great for those in the dating phase of life, not just those married for years. This book allowed me to learn the 'love language' of my girlfriend and has enhanced how we feel towards eachother. I think this will help even a single man or woman become a better partner not just after years of marriage, but much earlier than that.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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