Modular, candid, actionable
What I liked best is that it wasn't so much of a story. There were narrative examples, but Peter really delivered a way of thinking and acting as a consultant in a context that I found very applicable in my role and organization.
My favorite part of the book, not really a scene, is the explanation of why and how to express concern or frustration with a manager who is working against the consultation process.
No. This book is modular so there are clean breaks at the chapters. This is a book where you'll likely want to finish a chapter clean before stopping.
I think that this is an excellent book for those who have a secondary role as a consultant. This might include information technology, financial, human resources and other professionals. When you have a technical job and know the technical job, learning how to be a strong consultant can position you as a potential manager.
Practical, convenient, concise
Many of the books that I've read have been vary narrowly tailored. They have been focused on a more particular outcome such as getting promoted at work or hired or having a great marriage. This seems to be the first, or maybe second, that focuses on becoming growing your value as an individual.
I would have read the book like it was an instruction manual. Maxwell reads it like it is a mentoring session. There is a texture to his reading it that I would not have gotten reading it myself.
The Law of The Rubber Band, 'Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You Are and Where You Could Be.' Honestly, this idea isn't new to me but it gives a positive context to a trait that I kind-of felt guilty about. I like that feeling of stretching toward a goal and sometimes feel that my stretching makes other people feel uncomfortable.
Yes. It is an excellent book with a lot of information. Robertson Dean did an excellent job of narration.
Viewing history from an economic perspective is absolutely fascinating. Personally, I have had a sporadic interest in history as a matter of race. Consequently, this book took a lot of I had learned in a sporadic fashion and bound it in a deeper context.
I don't know. I just like Robertson's voice. I think that is partly because he and Sowell each have deep voices so it is more like hearing Sowell talk, though the rhythm of their speech is drastically different.
I don't know and I don't know why this question is asked.
This book is an expansion of some information from Sowell's Intellectuals and Society. I highly recommend each.
Yes. I'm in a strengths based organization and work in the human resources division. I have to know it and use it beyond my team when I am consulting with other teams.
I'm thinking of this book as a reference book. The great content in the book are the sections on each strength where the authors descibe how to lead from that strength and how to lead other's who have that strength. The one glaring thing that is missing is how to work with a leader who has that strength. I would add a section from the followers perspective on each strength.
The think that I liked most about the performance was the conversational style. I really felt as though Barry could have been sitting next to me in my car, doing yard work, or eating breakfast while I listed.
Not really. the 'moment' is really the bulk of the book where they describe how to work in each strength.
This is simply, really excellent content. I'm thinking they should write a book for strengths based following... though they should probably have a better name than that.
Yes. I'm currently in my first management position and have historically been a stellar worker with excellent technical knowledge. My low-level management experience has made me aware that I need to improve in the areas of leadership and management.
This book includes principles and stories that are applicable and analogous to leadership opportunities in my profession and in my personal life.
The ending was simply the end. There were some strong points in the middle of the book. I don't think the ending of the book stood out. It was kind-of boring.
I haven't listened to these narrators before, but I enjoyed it.
Yes. I think that it was a huge help to me and would be a great must-read book for existing managers.
Personally, I approach stories with a strong skepticism. Leadership books tend to be heavy too on the narratives. This book has that same trait.
Yes. The concepts in this book are useful enough that using them is something that I am actually excited to do while being subtle enough that I'll need an occasional refresher to do them effectively.
The moments in the book didn't interest me. I mean to say that the I found the stories annoying. I'd actually prefer an abridged version that didn't include all the examples.
nasal, intentional, boring
Not really. The big deal was when the concept clicked for me and I realized how much time that I spend working against what excites me.
This has been my favorite. Now, that is only out of four books, but I liked it a lot.
I didn't have a favorite Character.
He gives a particular voice and personality to the characters that I wouldn't have given them while reading the book.
There were parts that tugged at my heart strings.
I would recommend this book for people who have negative attitudes about coworkers. I might even require it if I had that kind of power.
Yes. This is the first one I've heard from Bennis. I think that it'd be a bit premature to cut him off. Walter did a good job of reading it.
Leadership and Self Deception by the Arbinger Institute
Sometimes, he blends words together a bit much. I listen to books at an accelerated rate, so enunciation is very important.
It was boring and overly political (liberal bent). I particularly disliked his narrow definition of leader.
Yes. This was a decent book and I learned a bit.
Start With Why by Simon Sinek
Paced, clear, and flat
Yes, but I have horrible taste in movies.
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