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Chesapeake, VA, United States | Member Since 2006

  • 5 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 441 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2015

  • The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership: Achieving and Sustaining Excellence Through Leadership Development

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Liker, Gary L. Convis
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The missing link to long-term Lean success! Despite the fact that companies worldwide have adopted Lean production, none has sustained the same levels of excellence as Toyota. Why? Leadership. In The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership, Jeffrey Liker and Gary L. Convis, a former executive V.P. and managing officer of Toyota, help executives and senior managers get employees to refocus their efforts - from simply performing their singular function to continuously improving in collaboration across the organization.

    Tamara says: "ONLY leaders should read, bean counters shouldn't"
    "ONLY leaders should read, bean counters shouldn't"

    Good book on the origins of Lean Methodology and the Toyota system. Too bad most who practice Lean, Six Sigma, etc do not take in the whole education; as Americans we seem to short cut everything. Due to these short cuts, we have a lot of businesses that after recent economic circumstances are finding themselves at a point where they may not survive as a company. The recession was only the catalyst; shortsighted leadership was the true cause as most companies raced to the bottom in cutting costs to the point I fear a large number will not be able to recover. A tool is only as good as the craftsman that wields it. Needless to say Lean Leadership is all about leadership and has nothing to do with cutting costs. I would have recommended this book, but it is like handing a loaded handgun to a toddler."

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Winner's Brain: 8 Strategies Great Minds Use to Achieve Success

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jeff Brown, Mark Fenske, Liz Neporent
    • Narrated By Don Hagen

    Developed by two Harvard brain experts-a scientific, accessible approach to achieving success by retraining your brain to win. Ever wonder why some people seem blessed with success? In fact, everyone is capable of winning in life-you just need to develop the right brain for it.

    Roy says: "Elementary"
    "Still don't know what the story is about"

    I have downloaded several times and still can only listen to the first section of the book, but at the end of the first clip it stops playing and appears there is nothing past it even though it is as large a file as my other audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Collins
    • Narrated By Jim Collins

    Built To Last, the defining management study of the 90s, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

    CharlieSeymourJr says: "Stick it out even if you don't run a large company"
    "Good to Great, To Bust!"

    Depressing to know some of the touted companies in this book no longer exist; I guess that is the next book, "Good to Great, To Bust!" All in all it was another attempt to categorize techniques and environment to predict the future outcome of corporations. I strongly suggest reading "Black Swan" and "Outliers" before you buy into this BS. Even with the best leadership and business model, tomorrow is never promised. While you are in a leadership position, you should strive to derive knowledge and increase your natural abilities to lead the organization. If luck and timing are on your side, you and the corporation will do well; if not, you’re both screwed. You have to develop the wisdom to navigate rough seas in order for you and the corporation to sail another day.

    8 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming China Wars: Where They Will Be Fought and How They Can Be Won

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Peter Navarro
    • Narrated By Stow Lovejoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    China's breakneck industrialization is placing it on a collision course with the entire world. Tomorrow's China Wars will be fought over everything from decent jobs, livable wages, and leading-edge technologies to strategic resources such as oil, copper, and steel, even food, water, and air.

    Joe says: "Good Narration, Book Flawed"
    "No Worries"

    The title should be the "The Coming China Civil Wars." This could have been a short lecture true, but the depth of the detail shows the instability of a Communist country built on the backs of rural peasants that are obviously at a breaking point. The only worries we as American should have of China are the same as those we have of Russia which is their inability to control their nuclear capabilities/stockpiles as their society falls into ruin.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    Marian Hanganu says: "Exceptional!"
    "Little things"

    Very interesting to see how little things tip the scale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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