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CharlieSeymourJr

Charlie Seymour Jr

Wallingford, PA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Collins
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (2315)
    Performance
    (1572)
    Story
    (1569)

    Built To Last, the defining management study of the 90s, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

    Anaxamaxan says: "Good info, over-the-top narration"
    "Stick it out even if you don't run a large company"
    Overall

    I'd heard SO much about this book but KNEW almost nothing. When it started, I worried that it was only for big business - but it's WAY more than that.

    It's for entrepreneurs and nonprofits. It's for people who want to turn around their business life and kick it up several notches. It's for getting the right people on the bus first and always asking if what you're doing fits in the intersection of something you're passionate about, can be the best in the world at, and drives your economic engine.

    I'll listen again... lots to gain from this very popular book.

    Charlie Seymour Jr

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (5321)
    Performance
    (4504)
    Story
    (4476)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "Must Buy For People Who Need To Understand Buyers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Power of Habit in three words, what would they be?

    Eye-opening magical information


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power of Habit?

    It's all about how our brains work, whether we want them to or not. We, as people who sell to other people, need to understand what makes people's brains work if we're going to impact them.

    Another: How the new President of ALCOA improved SO much about his business by focusing on ONE core habit and modifying it. And don't think it only works for people dealing with molten metal: his idea will work for ALL of us.


    What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

    Nicely phrased and good diction.


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

    I lost my Dad in April, 2012, at the age of 90. I wish I had listened to this book before he died: there were so many eye-opening moments in this book. NOT that the book was designed to help that part of my life, but listening to the studies on a few brain-damaged people, I saw what had been going wrong with Dad the last few months of his life.

    I kept saying, "but that's where he is" when I'd get frustrated that he was so agitated or he repeated the same phrase over and over. This book showed me why that happened.

    Now that Mom is starting down that same dementia path, I'll be better prepared for what's in store.

    I LOVED this book for what it helps me see as a business person who works a lot with video as one of the video marketing guys, but I'm Most Grateful for what it showed me about my parents and their mental capacities late in life.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was "assigned" to us as part of a business book Meetup - I'm so glad it was.

    Charlie Seymour Jr


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ultimate Sales Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chet Holmes
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (224)

    The only lasting way to enhance your productivity and growth is to focus on a handful of basic concepts and repeat them week after week - and teach your staff to do the same. This audiobook explains how to tune up virtually every area of your business systematically, with just a little disciplined focus. Spend an hour per week on each "impact area" of your business, and you will be astonished at how much you can accomplish.

    Sandy says: "Ok if you are selling carpet cleaning services."
    "Do You Want Sales - Read This Book NOW!"
    Overall

    This is a terrific book!

    As a salesman, I sold $247,368,657.97 in personal real estate sales and more than $1 Billion through my marketing leadership skills. I'm a marketer at heart and a salesman by training.

    This book opened my eyes to some ground-breaking ideas that Chet has proven to work. Just wait until you learn about his Dream 100 - that idea alone is worth many times the price of what you'll pay to get this information.

    He's sharp, focused, and has great ideas no matter what size company you have or business you're in. This goes to the top of my recommended list. Immediately!


    PS: Be prepared to listen/read this several times: there's just WAY too much to capture the first time through.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Facebook Effect (excerpt)

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By David Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated By David Kirkpatrick
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (856)

    In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

    DJ Hellion says: "Bloatware"
    "Go Behind The Scenes With This Book"
    Overall

    I'm an early adopter of Facebook, use it several times a day, market through it, and enjoy displaying videos and photographs. In short: I'm a fan.

    This preview includes an interview with author David Kirkpatrick (conducted by the sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg) and you gain even more insight to the powerfully creative mind of Mr. Zuckerberg.

    I've seen the movie Social Network, Read articles in several magazine, read posts on line, and thoroughly enjoyed this first chapter and interview.

    If you like Facebook (or think it's terrible), you should listen to this.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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