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Susan

Tucson, AZ, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jim Collins
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (602)
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    (240)
    Story
    (233)

    Decline can be avoided. Decline can be detected. Decline can be reversed. Amidst the desolate landscape of fallen great companies, Jim Collins began to wonder: How do the mighty fall? Can decline be detected early and avoided? How far can a company fall before the path toward doom becomes inevitable and unshakable? How can companies reverse course?

    Roger Smith says: "Collins is always right"
    "Worried about your employer? Read this."
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    As member of a professional staff, I wonder at how our corporate leadership cannibalizes their most successful and productive business in order to finance a manic rate of growth. We, successful and highly profitable for decades before our purchase and designation as "the flagship" of this corporation, paid the bills for numerous ill-considered ventures. Sadly, when our healthy cash-flow was insufficient to cover so many poor risks, carnage ensued.

    Executives outside of our operation dictated layoffs and eliminated key positions. Some responsibilities went unanswered, and others transferred to already over-utilized staff members. When a survey revealed long-term customers' perception (awareness) of the decline in value and service, corporate leaders reacted, cutting more positions and adding more to the load of struggling employees! As organizational memory of extraordinary performance fades, new leadership's acceptance of mediocre as "good enough" is the new norm. In a speech to a hard-working, cash-producing staff from whom leadership has taken many benefits and withheld annual raises or bonuses during years of of healthy earnings, a corporate executive had the audacity to tell a little story about a problem with his wife's new Cadillac! Clearly there's no concern about how the money is earned as long as it keeps coming in. Almost all of our strong leaders have quit or been fired for refusing to dilute quality to enhance bottom line. Executives are insulated from truth now, "they don't want to hear it anyway."

    The original "charge a premium price and then exceed expectations" remains sound, but "discount our price, reduce customary value, and stack the bill with ancillary service charges" prevails. The "exceed expectations" culture is taking root elsewhere, nurtured by our exiled leaders. We know how it's done, why go down with these vultures?

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    Overall
    (3716)
    Performance
    (3315)
    Story
    (3327)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "It is CAValry! NOT Calvary."
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    What did you like best about Killing Lincoln? What did you like least?

    For Pete's sake! It is CAValry. Calvary is where Jesus was crucified. Two plus hours of mispronunciation. So distracting to anyone who knows the difference. How on earth did this get released? Didn't anyone on the production team bother to proof-listen? This isn't the only mispronunciation, but it's endless repitition is the most grating. Come on now; if reading military history please use appropriate vocabulary.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bill O'Reilly’s performances?

    NO!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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