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Chris

SAN JOSE, CA, United States

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  • Everything Is Obvious: Once You Know the Answer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Duncan J. Watts
    • Narrated By Duncan J. Watts
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    Why is the Mona Lisa the most famous painting in the world? Why did Facebook succeed when other social networking sites failed? Did the surge in Iraq really lead to less violence? How much can CEO’s impact the performance of their companies? And does higher pay incentivize people to work hard? If you think the answers to these questions are a matter of common sense, think again.

    Stephen says: "Thought provoking"
    "We don't think how we think we think"
    Overall

    "Everything is Obvious" dives into how we interpret the world, make decisions, and how we are unknowingly influenced. Watts makes us reexamine simple decision making scenarios, and then with references to Gladwell's "The Tipping Point," add's additional layers of social or group of complexity. The controllable variables set out in lab tests often become irrelevant when we try to sell into our markets containing millions of other influences. Although some questions may be reproduced many times (batting hit averages for example), others simply cannot (such as invading a country). The information collected from our social networks adds new possibilities for understanding our target market which has been previously unavailable. A thought provoking & recommended read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Great by Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
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    (718)
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    The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

    K. Donath says: "Real Insight!!"
    "A long read, but with a handful of gems"
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    What did you like best about Great by Choice? What did you like least?

    Great by Choice was a difficult & long read where the authors felt that iterating through full lists opposed to summarizing their conclusions would help emphasise points -- it does not. Although having facts to frame & support a statement does help, running through absolutely every redundant figure opposed to using an appendix quickly took away from valuable statements and watered it down with unnecessary filler. You can however tell that a lot of research went behind Collins book, analysis with comparison companies over decades, finding similar characteristics between the winners while also challenging those concepts with competing companies to vet why something works in once scenario but not when applied to another. I do support his findings & therefore recommend "Great by Choice" (although I'd prefer a summary book if it existed). Having a consistent pace through bad times while not overexerting your self through the good, keeping cash on hand for those unforeseen situations, and what I feel is of most value: productive paranoia -- making quick, but well educated decisions with many supporting "what if" scenarios already thought through. A long read, but there are a handful of gems in here.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Ries
    • Narrated By Eric Ries
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    Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

    Zed says: "Great book, fascinating ideas"
    "Highly Recommended!"
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    From those in marketing, project management, product design, engineering, etc. The Lean Startup is a brilliantly written book which reinforces how iterative Agile type development, from concept through to creation, deployment, user feedback & analysis may be achieved, potential downfalls to be aware of and avoid, and examples on many of the challenges businesses face. For both startup organizations to larger corporations looking to introduce or better improve the value their product changes can offer, Eric Ries walks us through examples, techniques, and continually reinforces the message & value that Agile thinking brings with it. The Lean Startup goes beyond explaining Agile (for which there's little or no new revolutions identified in this book), and instead brings strong value as it ventures into execution, introduction of methodologies, and moving from simple strategy into actual results.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Chabris, Daniel Simons
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (753)
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    (287)
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    Reading this book will make you less sure of yourself - and thats a good thing. In The Invisible Gorilla, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, creators of one of psychology's most famous experiments, use remarkable stories and counterintuitive scientific findings to demonstrate an important truth: Our minds dont work the way we think they do. We think we see ourselves and the world as they really are, but were actually missing a whole lot.

    Joseph says: "Great Overview over Hygiene of Perception"
    "It’s right there in front of you…"
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    Captivating topic, perfect examples & study dives, and excellent delivery – The Invisible Gorilla had my attention on page one and maintained it while Chabris & Simpons challenged my perception on how our minds capture & recall memories.

    Right at the onset of an event, it’s remarkable how some artifacts one would assume to be obvious may be completely oblivious & never recorded. How we fill in the blanks (such as assuming a bookshelf was full of books), or don’t capture elements that you wouldn’t expect to be there (such as a giant red gorilla beating it’s chest on a basketball court). The Invisible Gorilla highlights how our minds deceive us, and leaves me with the takeaway to recognize that, as must as we want to believe that our memories are sound, we all have illusions. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (4286)
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    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Gladwell continues to keep us captured"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I read Outliers after Gladwell's previously published The Tipping Point and found many of the talking points & examples similar among the two books. I can recommend either as a fascinating read that pushes us to look deeper into trends or reasoning behind abnormalities in data; however taking on both books may be redundant. Gladwell's masterful storytelling and capturing information points makes this difficult to put down, and sparks conversation among those whom have read it.

    Recommending Outliers -- The Story of Success.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeff Jarvis
    • Narrated By Jeff Jarvis
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    Overall
    (380)
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    (329)
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    A visionary and optimistic thinker examines the tension between privacy and publicness that is transforming how we form communities, create identities, do business, and live our lives. The Internet, he argues, will change business, society, and life as profoundly as Gutenberg’s invention, shifting power from old institutions to us all.

    Simon H. Morris says: "An important read"
    "An excellent counter-argument for public controls"
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    Where does Public Parts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Public parts is an excellent counter-argument to the strong privacy advocates surrounding the internet, social networks, facial recognition, and other challenges within today's society. Jarvis presents his points of view in well written, non-emotional (often found in privacy articles) and factual manors, both challenging as well as complementing privacy concerns. He takes the perspectives from many cultures, looking at their history & diving into why different countries are pro or against various elements of the digital age.

    As we're constantly bombarded with the negatives of these technologies, Javris' Public Parts is a recommended read to help broaden our understandings & talking points.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline for Success in Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    Overall
    (949)
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    (552)
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    Most people think success comes from good luck or enormous talent, but many successful people achieve their accomplishments in a simpler way: through self-discipline. Brian Tracy knows this firsthand. He didn’t graduate from high school, and after working for a few years as a laborer, he realized he had limited skills and a limited future. But through the power of self-discipline, he changed his life.

    Steve says: "Highly Motivational!"
    "Stretched out & thin"
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    Would you try another book from Brian Tracy and/or Brian Tracy?

    While understanding the motive behind this book, I believe it's delivery was stretched out with more-than-obvious and unnecessary examples. I didn't find that profound realizations or new concepts were being presented; although I'll give credit that it's repetitive nature may help sink in for those needing a boost in motivation. High level and common sense guidelines from which (in my opinion) came from a narrowed view of the world. I would have to recommend that your


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jay Elliot, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
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    (750)
    Story
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    In iLeadership, Jay Elliot gives the listener the opportunity of seeing Steve Jobs as only his closest associates have ever seen him, and to learn what has made him - and the mystique of his management style - capable of creating tools so extraordinary that they have remade three industries and have transformed the way we create, consume, and communicate with each other.

    David says: "a man who actually worked with Jobs"
    "A glimpse into the man behind the Mac"
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    Would you listen to The Steve Jobs Way again? Why?

    Written and based on Steve's life before his passing, this insiders, colleague written view of his morals, practices, and often stubborn-for-the-best-user-experience attitude is an excellent observational based reading on the work life of Steve Jobs. Given the explosion of since-released biographies, I'm interested in


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Geoff Colvin
    • Narrated By David Drummond
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    Overall
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    (1209)
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    (1217)

    One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

    Sasha L. Stowers says: "An Even-Handed Look At Talent"
    "Forced, deliberate practice leads to success"
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    If you could sum up Talent Is Overrated in three words, what would they be?

    A brilliant book which challenges the notion of talent and allows us to re-look at the possibility that maybe,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doing Business in 21st-Century India: How to Profit Today in Tomorrow's Most Exciting Market

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Gunjan Bagla
    • Narrated By Bob Craig
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (4)
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    (4)

    India is a vast country with a rapidly expanding middle class that is eager to acquire Western conveniences in a culture that has never known such luxuries before. But with great opportunity comes great challenge: significant cultural differences and a number of other hurdles combine to create a unique and demanding business landscape for Western companies and individuals to overcome.

    Chris says: "An Expatriates User Guide"
    "An Expatriates User Guide"
    Overall

    A well written quick reference guide to social & business etiquette for North American business persons traveling to India. As it references India as a whole opposed to focusing in on specific regions, I recommend taking the time to work with and appreciate the customs & culture from your colleagues directly - although a great book to help prevent obvious faux pas, nothing replaces learning a different environment through experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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