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Sioux Falls, SD, USA | Member Since 2005

  • 18 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 115 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014

  • Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life)

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cathie Black
    • Narrated By Cathie Black

    No matter where you are in your career, Basic Black offers invaluable lessons that will help you land the job, promotion, or project you're vying for. Throughout the audiobook, Cathie offers fascinating glimpses of media and business personalities, but at the core of it are her candid, personal stories. Basic Black provides a close-up look at the keen judgment, perseverance, and optimism that have propelled Cathie Black to the top of her game.

    Ivy says: "Great Read/Good Tips"
    "Great Read/Good Tips"

    I have long been a fan of Cathy Black, so I eagerly awaited her book. I don't think she provided anything new, but I loved hearing her version, and the tips she had to offer for women coming of age in executive corporate leadership. Throughout the book, she reveals the rules she has followed to achieve her successes -- again, this is great advice. I loved hearing the various stories about her days with USA Today and with the Hearst Corporation, and how the rules enabled her in different situations.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: What to Really Ask Yourself to Eliminate Blame

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By John G. Miller
    • Narrated By John G. Miller

    The lack of personal accountability is a problem that has resulted in an epidemic of blame, complaining, and procrastination. No organization, or individual, can achieve goals, compete in the marketplace, fulfill a vision, or develop people and teams without personal accountability.

    Ed Stuteville says: "Absolutely profound ideas!"
    "Short, Sweet, & Compelling"
    What made the experience of listening to QBQ! The Question Behind the Question the most enjoyable?

    The fact that while I was reading it, I could reflect on situations that i had recently encountered that I cold have changed, just by asking different questions of myself. The stories were interesting and easy to follow.

    What other book might you compare QBQ! The Question Behind the Question to and why?

    John Maxwell -- Today Matters, 25 Ways to Win with People, the Success Journey; Brian Tracy "Eat that Frog" , and are just a few select titles l would compare this with.

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

    Yes, and i listened to it twice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Peter Block
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    For over 15 years, consultants, both internal and external, have relied on Peter Block's landmark best seller, Flawless Consulting, to learn how to deal effectively with clients, peers, and others. Using illustrative examples, case studies, and exercises, the author, one of the most important and well known in his field, offers his legendary warmth and insight throughout this much-awaited second edition.

    John says: "Brutally abridged"
    "Good Refresher, But Could Cover More"

    I enjoyed this refresher of the original edition of Flawless Consulting. Mr. Block reiterates some of the good advice for having authenticity as a consulting and building relationships with integrity. I did, however, want a little more than what was included in the audio version because I found the original edition so helpful, for example -- overcoming resistance, dealing with potential objections, and engaging with senior executives. It was definitely a good return on the time invested -- it was very valuable, but I think I could have used the unabridged version on audio!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal Efficiency Program: How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed and Win Back Control of Your Work!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Kerry Gleeson
    • Narrated By Erik Synnesvetd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Find out how to get organized, navigate technologies like portable communication devices and e-mail, run a no-nonsense meeting, juggle all the players in the new global business environment, and carve out more time to do what you really want to do. We all struggle to balance work life and personal life; this audiobook will help you work more quickly and efficiently, freeing time for you to fulfill your other duties as a parent, a spouse, or a friend.

    L'Aura says: "Good Points, But Just A Sales Pitch"
    "Good Tips For Leveraging Today's Technology"

    Mr. Gleeson covers some tried and true approaches, and isn't afraid to mention the other authors whose work is consistent with his perspective. I like this, and I like his references to those similarities. What I like most, however, is the fact that he as updated his recommendations with approaches that describe how today's technologies -- e.g., PDA's, PIMs, web based tools -- can be used to help you be more effective. He has a chapter focused on how not to be overwhelmed by email! And another on using electronic task lists and journals. I have read many many books on prioritizing and organizing work so that I can be more effective, but this is the first one that has really talked about how to use the technology to help, and it doesn't require that you buy a tool developed by them.

    The book is well organized and comprehensive. Mr. Gleeson provides easy to follow lists of instructions for how to implement the suggestions. There is also a very short executive summary of the book, and an overview of each chapter to describe what will discussed.

    One point that I found slightly irritating -- the author starts out pumping his service,and descriptions of he work they have done with companies are peppered unnecessarily throughout the book.

    Overall -- good book, good tips, love the technology focus!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War for Women: Sun Tzu's Ancient Strategies and Wisdom for Winning at Work

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Chin-Ning Chu
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This brilliant adaptation of the ancient masterpiece The Art of War shows women how to use Sun Tzu's philosophy to win in every aspect of life. In the West, when we think of war, we imagine battle, casualties, brutality. But Sun Tsu, who wrote The Art of War 2,500 years ago, was Chinese, and their view of war is not about fighting. It is about determining the most efficient way of gaining victory with the least amount of conflict.

    Ivy says: "Not for Women Only"
    "Not for Women Only"

    Methodical and comprehensive approach to Sun Tzu's rules. She reviews each one, and provides substantive recommendations on how to apply them to everyday working life. Good rules that can apply to all -- not for women only.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Toobin
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Based on exclusive interviews with justices themselves, The Nine tells the story of the Supreme Court through personalities, from Anthony Kennedy's overwhelming sense of self-importance to Clarence Thomas' well-tended grievances against his critics to David Souter's odd 19th-century lifestyle. There is also, for the first time, the full behind-the-scenes story of Bush v. Gore and Sandra Day O'Connor's fateful breach with George W. Bush, the president she helped place in office.

    Stephen says: "Fascinating"
    "Well Researched and Captivating"

    This is a well researched and captivating read. Mr. Tobin really pulled together a host of information about the individual justices, their relationships with each other, key historical rulings, and the feeder system that allowed them to happen. The language is easy for the layperson to understand, and provides a host of insight into the political workings of the Bush administration. Ought to be required reading for political science majors, or those interested in politics!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 25 Ways to Win with People: How to Make Others Feel Like a Million Bucks

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell, Les Parrott
    • Narrated By Wayne Shepherd

    25 Ways to Win With People is ideal for any leader, salesperson, parent, or volunteer who wants a quick refresher course on interpersonal relationships.

    Jes says: "A great reminder of how to help people"
    "Consistently John Maxwell"

    John Maxwell is a leadership guru whose rules provide great advice every time. This book is consistent with his other books, and shows why Maxwell is the sage that he is. I especially like the rule to say something positive about people whenever you can.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fat Flush Plan

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Louise Gittleman
    • Narrated By Anna Fields

    The Fat Flush Plan is a groundbreaking low carb/detox diet and fitness program. Fat Flush is known as the only diet program that gets rid of bloat, supports the liver, cleans up the lymph, and helps to eliminate the appearance of cellulite...for good.

    Ivy says: "Verry Technical"
    "Verry Technical"

    Good information and approach. But this book has a lot of hard to keep up with technical information that makes it more difficult to follow throughout the book -- focusing on chemical reaction, physiological impact of different foods, etc. I have a friend who has lost weight using the approach, so I know it works. I just wish this was easier to learn and adopt (maybe I should have gotten the abridged version!).

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to Performance and Personal Renewal

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jim Loehr, Tony Schwartz
    • Narrated By Jim Loehr, Tony Schwartz

    We live in digital time. Our pace is rushed, rapid-fire, and relentless. Facing crushing workloads, we try to cram as much as possible into every day. We're wired up, but we're melting down. Time management is no longer a viable solution. Managing energy, not time, is the key to enduring high performance as well as to health, happiness, and life balance. The Power of Full Engagement provides a powerful, step-by-step program that will show you how.

    David says: "Buzzword Soup"
    "Workaholics Beware!"

    The power of Full engagement is for you. It really helps to recognize the value of replenishing our souls and ourselves in order to bring out our best. We tend to overlook the role that this plays. Loehr/Schwartz not only emphasizes this, but really gives pointers on how to manage your life so that you can optimize your energies, producing even better results than you would see from just working harder. I had heard about this book for a few years before I actually read it. I am sorry that it took me so long to getting around to reading it. It was a powerful book, and will continue to be in my re-read list in the future.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The 60 Second Procrastinator

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Davidson
    • Narrated By Jeff Davidson

    Are you frustrated by your own tendency to put things off until they become major issues? Kick that procrastination habit in one minute flat! There is no better time than the present to get motivated and get organized! The 60 Second Procrastinator is a simple, effective, hands-on guide that you can use to dismantle habits and mindsets that are barriers to productivity.

    Dawn says: "My most listened to management book"
    "Only Way to Eat an Elephant..."

    ... Is one bite at a time. This book is good, in that it gives you the approaches to addressing things in bite size pieces. In this day and time when we are so easily overwhelmed by the mountain of things we have to do (for me, that is what causes my procrastination), bite sized approaches are priceless. I have listened to this several times just to have a refresher, and will do so in the future.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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