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Doug

Entrepreneur, marketer, Zen Buddhist.

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  • The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement: Revised Third Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox
    • Narrated By Ensemble Cast
    Overall
    (842)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (421)

    In this business parable, Alex Rogo is the manager of a failing manufacturing plant who receives an ultimatum from corporate headquarters: turn the situation around in three months or the plant will be scrapped. With help from a mysterious mentor, Rogo discovers a revolutionary new way to do business - a way for people in any field of endeavor to increase productivity, profitability, and personal fulfillment.

    Douglas C. Bates says: "A Novel Based on Operations Research"
    "A Novel Based on Operations Research"
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    If operations research, cost accounting, business metrics, manufacturing, and asset utilization are interesting topics for you, you're in for a treat with The Goal. It's a novel.

    The audiobook uses different readers for each role. The feel is like a radio play. It's a 100% first-class audio production.

    As a novel, it's not great literature. But it's great as a spoonful of sugar to cover topics most people would not find interesting. The novel format makes the technical material interesting, making it a brilliant execution for a business book.

    It's not really all that technical, but the Theory of Constraints is counter-intuitive to a lot of people. Common and traditional measures of efficiency often give rise to bad decisions. I've seen this first hand. The Theory of Constraints is a model for avoiding those bad decisions. Everyone with any responsibility for cost accounting or running operations needs to be familiar with the Theory of Constraints. There's no more pleasant way of doing that than reading The Goal.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • It's Not Just Who You Know

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tommy Spaulding, Ken Blanchard (foreword)
    • Narrated By Dustin Rubin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In It’s Not Just Who You Know, Tommy Spaulding—the former CEO of Up With People—has written the new How to Win Friends and Influence People for the 21st century. Success—in business and in life—is all about relationships. In this powerful guide to reaching out to others, Spaulding takes Dale Carnegie’s classic philosophy to the next level—how to create lasting relationships that go well beyond mere superficial contacts and “second floor” relationships.

    Glenn says: "Another networking book"
    "Tommy Spaulding Talking about Tommy Spaulding"
    Overall

    This book desperately needs editing down. Far too many words for too little content.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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