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Diane

ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (87)

    "Silos" are organizations' vertical structures, but the word has become synonymous with barriers to workplace effectiveness and connotes deep political infighting. Silos devastate organizations, kill productivity, push good people out the door, and jeopardize the achievement of corporate goals. They cause stress, exasperation, and disappointment by forcing employees to fight bloody, unwinnable battles with people who should be teammates.

    Marty says: "Simplistic Solutions to Complex Problems"
    "He does it again"
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    The fable format isn't everyone's favorite - it does work though. Another good story from Mr. Lencioni, highlighting silos of excellence (e.g., stovepipes). If you haven't read his stuff before, you can certainly start here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Signs of a Miserable Job

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (90)

    In his sixth fable, best-selling author Patrick Lencioni takes on a topic that almost everyone can relate to: the causes of a miserable job. Millions of workers, even those who have carefully chosen careers based on true passions and interests, dread going to work, suffering each day as they trudge to jobs that make them cynical, weary, and frustrated. It is a simple fact of business life that any job, from investment banker to dishwasher, can become miserable.

    John says: "Insightful, simple look at all employee's needs"
    "Another gem"
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    Would you listen to The Three Signs of a Miserable Job again? Why?

    Yes - The fable format works for me, making the concepts memorable.


    What other book might you compare The Three Signs of a Miserable Job to and why?

    Anything else by Patrick Lencioni. Everything he writes has some gems. He simplifies complex issues and yet keeps focused on organizational health.


    Any additional comments?

    The three signs are anonymity, irrelevance and lack of measurement. In other words, to enjoy a job, we must feel a personal connection, know that our work has meaning and know how to measure it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First 90 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michael Watkins
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Norris
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    You've just been promoted to a new leadership position. You're not yet sure of the challenges ahead or how you will meet them. All you know is that you have three months to get on top of the job and move forward, or fail.

    Eric Levos says: "A Must Read & Re-Read"
    "Good content, mediocre narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Good content. Many of his ideas on speeding transitions are not ground-breaking. Perhaps, given time, I would have thought of them myself (e.g., have an explicit conversation with your new boss about what her expectations are). But now I don't have to think of them myself.

    The narrator, at times, sounded bored which made those sections tougher. The content made it worth it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First 90 Days?

    Not that kind of book - outline of nine competencies to transition quickly.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Mostly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - and because it wasn't good. The rich content and lack of repetition (a good thing) made it something that I paused and considered relevancy and took notes.


    Any additional comments?

    The PDF with diagrams and questions should be downloaded before you listen. Easy to get to on the site.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable about Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Jack Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (206)

    In his latest engrossing work of business fiction, best-selling author Patrick Lencioni provides a cure for the most painful yet underestimated problem of modern business: bad meetings. And what he suggests is both simple and revolutionary.

    Jim Hill says: "Comprehensive and not too academic"
    "Not his best, but still very good"
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    What made the experience of listening to Death by Meeting the most enjoyable?

    The fable method of story-telling works, but seemed strained in this itieration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not that kind of book.


    What about Jack Arthur’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The analogy of meetings to entertainment works well.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Africa Trek I

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alexandre Poussin, Sonia Poussin
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Alexandre and Sonia Poussin undertake to walk the length of Africa entirely on foot, from the Cape of Good Hope to the Sea of Galilee. In a three-year trek along the Great Rift Valley of East Africa, their goal is to symbolically retrace the passage of early Man, from Australopithecus to Modern Man.

    Michael Moore says: "A Unique Book and Story"
    "Interesting story - difficult narration"
    Overall

    The couple walked across Africa - the long way. This amazing feat was documented by them in daily journals and photos, resulting in this interesting story. Unfortunately, the narrator seems to consider every sentence as suspenseful and ground-shaking. The dramatic pauses over the most mundane details rendered the story unlistenable. I stopped listening before they even left South Africa.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • South

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ernest Shackleton
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    His destination Antarctica, his expectations high, veteran explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton set out, on the eve of the First World War, in pursuit of his goal to lead the first expedition across the last unknown continent. Instead, his ship, the Endurance, became locked in sea ice, and for nine months Shackleton fought a losing battle with the elements before the drifting ship was crushed and his crew marooned.

    Matthew says: "Gripping, moving, brilliant story"
    "Best part is by Sir Ernest"
    Overall

    The first 2/3 of the book focus on Shackelton's trek. The book loses some appeal after he switches to the Ross Sea party efforts. The narrator, while wonderful in general, does a poor job of identifying either through pauses or other effects, when Shackelton is quoting from diaries.

    For readers not familiar with the story, Sir Ernest (the Boss) was one of the true leaders of the modern era. His expedition to cross Antarctica went horribly wrong, but his amazing leadership and vision brought the 27 men under his command out of the ice into safety with only minor injuries.

    His description of the events are at the same time scientific and lyrical. He is equally at home discussing the pressure ridges of the ice as he is describing the amazing sunsets and twilights.

    A great listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lee Cockerell
    • Narrated By Lee Cockerell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (116)

    The secret for creating magic in our careers, our organizations, and our lives is simple: outstanding leadership, the kind that inspires employees, delights customers, and achieves extraordinary business results. No one knows more about this kind of leadership than Lee Cockerell, the man who ran Walt Disney World Resort operations for over a decade.

    Garrett says: "Brilliant, simple, lessons on leadership"
    "Enjoyable, not much new"
    Overall

    Lee Cockerell is at his best when talking about some key themes, telling personal stories and giving Disney examples. Experienced managers may not get much new out of this - take care of your people, keep learning, know the details, trust your employees - but the stories are enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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