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  • The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clayton M. Christensen, Michael E. Raynor
    • Narrated By Joel Leffert
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (131)

    Clayton M. Christensen is a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. Michael E. Raynor is a director at Deloitte Research. Together, they outline an innovative plan that urges businesses to create disruption rather than fleeing from it. Named one of 2003's Best Business Books by Business Week, this book is a Wall Street Journal and New York Times best seller.

    Amazon Customer says: "A must-read for technologists"
    "Perplexed..."
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    This book is like a labyrinth of tips and solutions to innovation.

    It starts off like this "In case you meet condition A and condition B, while condition C is avoidable, you should do action X to expect outcome Z".

    Now, this starts to get super annoying when the list goes beyond handful.

    As the situation can be assessed differently from a person to another person, this book stands far from its original intention: to provide a solution for people at loss on innovation

    Maybe it was too much to ask Professor Christensen to come up with a solution. His issue raising with innovator's dilemma is maybe where the series should have stopped at.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David A. Price
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (351)
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    (355)

    The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the "fraternity of geeks" who shaped it. With the help of visionary businessman Steve Jobs and animating genius John Lasseter, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot made at Lucasfilm in 1982 all the way up through the landmark films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and others.

    Cameron says: "If you like Disney, Pixar, or Apple..."
    "Very engaging"
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    This is an amazing book on Pixar and its history. This is far different from company books that I have read on Apple or Amazon, which were mostly compilation of what was available on the press, not actual interviews conducted on people who worked there. This book gives good view on how things went at Pixar, so I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested on learning about Pixar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Robertson, Bill Breen
    • Narrated By Thomas Vincent Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
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    (26)

    Brick by Brick takes you inside the LEGO you've never seen. By following the teams that are inventing some of the world's best-loved toys, it spotlights the company's disciplined approach to harnessing creativity and recounts one of the most remarkable business transformations in recent memory.

    Patrick says: "Okay read but gets long near the end"
    "Good read for LEGO fans"
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    This book shared interesting insider story of how the company turned around from the downturn in the 90s to revival in the 2000s. As the author tried to criss-cross the history in various cuts, the story was repetitive to significant degree, but as a LEGO enthusiast, it was tolerable. I would not recommend this book to people who just wants to understand the cause and effect of how the turnaround occurred, as the author could not crystallize it himself either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Watkins
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (72)
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    (61)
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    (59)

    The world’s most trusted guide for leaders in transition. Transitions are a critical time for leaders. In fact, most agree that moving into a new role is the biggest challenge a manager will face. While transitions offer a chance to start fresh and make needed changes in an organization, they also place leaders in a position of acute vulnerability. Missteps made during the crucial first three months in a new role can jeopardize or even derail your success.

    R. Lewis says: "Excellent Content, But...."
    "Not worth the time`"
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    I am genuinely struck by the content of this book, as it tries to codify all the procedures that one needs to take in order to soft land into a new organization.

    Let's assume you are a newcomer to a school in a new neighborhood. The book tells you to go make good friends with peers, build relationship with teacher, and if there's someone who tries to bully you, you need to make allies to help you through the hardships.

    I bet one can actually make a gigantic flow chart out of this book, as it has endless list of
    - if A do X
    - if B do Y
    - if C do Z
    and so on..

    Granted human interaction is difficult to learn through book, I wonder how senior managers, the intended audience of this book, would have managed to reach their current level had they not known these simple rules and guidance upon joining an organization fresh out of school.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (608)
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    (244)
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    (237)

    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"
    "So how should they re-bounce?"
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    Long and tedious excuses on previous book. Not sure if extrapolating inferences from a handful number of examples should be considered a scientific or systematic approach. Should definitely have hired a professional narrator. Although I had long admiration for the author, his tone did not come across as enjoyable for audio books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2332)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1354)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "Very interesting personal memoire"
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    Despite negative reviews, I thought I would give this book a try and really enjoyed it. For people interested in what went on in the Silicon Valley during the late 70s to 80s, this book will give you a flavor of it from "Woz's" standpoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nate Silver
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1133)
    Performance
    (945)
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    (944)

    Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

    Grant says: "Hot"
    "Waste of time. Should launch abridged version"
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    This book emphasizes how data should be addressed as the title says. Distinguishing between the signal and the noise that comes along. Though the author involves many endless examples along his personal interest, not many gives concise illustration of how interpretations should be made and how people failed in avoiding them. The poker, baseball, basketball, weather, and other topics give little or no insight on what the reader should be doing, which is not productive after 15+ hours of listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, Robert B. Cialdini
    • Narrated By Blair Hardman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (167)

    Whether you are in advertising, marketing, management, on sales, or just curious about how to be more influential in everyday life, Yes! shows how making small, scientifically proven changes to your approach can have a dramatic effect on your persuasive powers.

    00doc says: "Interesting and useful."
    "Not impressed"
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    Expecting this book to be on the continuum of Cialdini's Influence, this rather turned out to be a sales tactics book, which some salesperson can (and already does) apply to their daily work. This book covers more about influential tactics that are effective for transaction-based situation, rather than long-term relationship.

    For those who were looking for ways to be more persuasive in their daily negotiation, this book is not for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired - and Secretive - Company Really Works

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Lashinsky
    • Narrated By Adam Lashinsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (234)
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    (234)

    If Apple is Silicon Valley's answer to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, then author Adam Lashinsky provides listeners with a golden ticket to step inside. This primer on leadership and innovation, offers exclusive new information about how Apple innovates. It should appeal to anyone hoping to bring some of that Apple magic to their own company, career, or creative endeavor.

    PC says: "Outside Apple?"
    "Outside Apple?"
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    Although the title is Inside Apple, I did not get a good sense of which part of the contents were the inside story of Apple.

    Most of them to me sounded like a compilation of vast media materials that covered this company over the past 15 or so years.

    In the same sense, this book is super helpful for people who are new to Apple and want to learn the company in relatively short time (as the author already carefully categorized the press coverage to great degree in chapters).

    I must mention that the pace of reading was too slow. Perhaps a professional narrator would have been better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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