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Joseph Ivy

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USA | Member Since 2012

  • 9 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 62 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used, Third Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Peter Block
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When the landmark best-seller Flawless Consulting was first published more than three decades ago, it was quickly adopted as the "consultant's bible." With his legendary warmth and passion, Peter Block explained how to deal effectively with clients, peers, and others. The book continues to speak to people in a support function inside organizations as well as to external consultants. This thoroughly revised and updated third edition of Peter Block's groundbreaking book explores the latest thinking on consultation.

    Chris says: "TERRIBLE NARRATION - But great info so far!"
    "Brilliant content. Easy listen."
    If you could sum up Flawless Consulting in three words, what would they be?

    Modular, candid, actionable

    What did you like best about this story?

    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.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.

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

    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.

    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By John C. Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow? John Maxwell says the answer is yes. He has been passionate about personal development for over 50 years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential. In the way that only he can communicate, John teaches The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself, The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself, and much more.

    Kimberly says: "What's Your Growth Plan?"
    "A Good Growth Plan"
    If you could sum up The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth in three words, what would they be?

    Practical, convenient, concise

    What did you like best about this story?

    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.

    What does John C. Maxwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.

    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intellectuals and Race

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean

    Intellectuals and Race is a radical book in the original sense - one that goes to the root of the problem. The role of intellectuals in racial strife is explored in an international context that puts the American experience in a wholly new light. The book explores the incentives, the visions, and the rationales that drive intellectuals at the highest levels to conclusions that have often turned out to be counterproductive and even disastrous, not only for particular racial or ethnic groups but for societies as a whole.

    Joseph Ivy says: "Simply superb"
    "Simply superb"
    Would you listen to Intellectuals and Race again? Why?

    Yes. It is an excellent book with a lot of information. Robertson Dean did an excellent job of narration.

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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.

    What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't know and I don't know why this question is asked.

    Any additional comments?

    This book is an expansion of some information from Sowell's Intellectuals and Society. I highly recommend each.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams and Why People Follow

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tom Rath
    • Narrated By Barry Conchie

    In Strengths Based Leadership, best-selling author Tom Rath and renowned leadership consultant Barry Conchie reveal the results of their research. Based on their discoveries, the book identifies three keys to being a more effective leader: knowing your strengths and investing in others' strengths, getting people with the right strengths on your team, and understanding and meeting the four basic needs of those who look to you for leadership.

    Rick says: "Does not work in audio form"
    "The second have of the money is at"
    Would you listen to Strengths Based Leadership again? Why?

    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.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.

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

    Not really. the 'moment' is really the bulk of the book where they describe how to work in each strength.

    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations, Fifth Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Barry Z. Posner, James M. Kouzes
    • Narrated By Barry Posner, James Kouzes, Sean Pratt

    The 25th anniversary edition of the best-selling business classic, revised and updated. For more than 25 years, The Leadership Challenge has been the most trusted source on becoming a better leader, selling more than two million copies in over 20 languages since its first publication. Based on Kouzes and Posner’s extensive research, this all-new edition casts their enduring work in context for today’s world, proving how leadership is a relationship that must be nurtured, and most importantly, learned.

    Joseph Ivy says: "Great book, too many stories"
    "Great book, too many stories"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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.

    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to these narrators before, but I enjoyed it.

    Was The Leadership Challenge worth the listening time?

    Yes. I think that it was a huge help to me and would be a great must-read book for existing managers.

    Any additional comments?

    Personally, I approach stories with a strong skepticism. Leadership books tend to be heavy too on the narratives. This book has that same trait.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Simon Sinek
    • Narrated By Simon Sinek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

    A. Yoshida says: "Inspire to find why you do what you do"
    "Great book with lots of actionable information"
    Would you listen to Start with Why again? Why?

    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.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Start with Why?

    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.

    What three words best describe Simon Sinek’s voice?

    nasal, intentional, boring

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

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leadership & Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Arbinger Institute
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known phenomenon called "self-deception". We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed. This audiobook explains what self-deception is, how people get trapped in it, how it undermines relationships and organizational achievement, and - most importantly - the surprising way to solve it.

    Amazon Customer says: "Shut up and listen already"
    "Good content, great presentation"
    Where does Leadership & Self-Deception rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has been my favorite. Now, that is only out of four books, but I liked it a lot.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't have a favorite Character.

    What does Peter Berkrot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gives a particular voice and personality to the characters that I wouldn't have given them while reading the book.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were parts that tugged at my heart strings.

    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On Becoming a Leader: The Leadership Classic Revised and Updated

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Warren Bennis
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon

    For many years, Warren Bennis has persuasively argued that leaders are not born - they are made. And for countless readers, On Becoming a Leader has served as a beacon of insight, delving into the qualities that define leadership, the people who exemplify it, and the strategies that anyone can apply to achieve it. In a world increasingly defined by turbulence and uncertainty, the call to leadership is more urgent than ever.

    Miyuki Ketchum says: "Excellent Leadership eye opener!"
    "Misleading title, irrelevant content"
    Would you try another book from Warren Bennis and/or Walter Dixon?

    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.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Leadership and Self Deception by the Arbinger Institute

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Sometimes, he blends words together a bit much. I listen to books at an accelerated rate, so enunciation is very important.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It was boring and overly political (liberal bent). I particularly disliked his narrow definition of leader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey

    Daniel Goleman's international best seller Emotional Intelligence forever changed our concept of "being smart," showing how emotional intelligence (EI) - how we handle ourselves and our relationships - can determine life success more than IQ. Now Goleman and company apply that knowledge to leadership in a must-hear presentation.

    Lee says: "Buy this one..."
    "Okay, but nothing earth-shattering."
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Arthur Morey?

    Yes. This was a decent book and I learned a bit.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Start With Why by Simon Sinek

    What three words best describe Arthur Morey’s voice?

    Paced, clear, and flat

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, but I have horrible taste in movies.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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