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Pankaew

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  • Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Howard Schultz, Joanne Gordon
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (332)

    In 2008, Howard Schultz, the president and chairman of Starbucks, made the unprecedented decision to return as CEO, eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company to become chairman. Concerned that Starbucks had lost its way, Schultz was determined to help it return to its core values and restore not only its financial health, but also its soul.

    Carla says: "Interesting, but a bit annoying"
    "Stellar Book Into the Mindset of a Top CEO"
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    Ignore the reviews about how Shultz "seems to believe what he says too much." What the heck did you expect - A CEO that doesn't believe in his own company?

    For me, this book gave amazing insight into how a top CEO selects his top executives, the challenges in turning a failing company around, how he instills the right company culture and handles Wall Street all at the same time.

    First class business book, IMO.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Rock
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1544)
    Performance
    (1144)
    Story
    (1123)

    Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

    Lindblad says: "An amazing insight to the brain"
    "Get "Spark" Instead"
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    As many other reviewers have said, the reader is just far too monotone and boring. In addition, the content is very basic - If you know anything about performance psychology at all (if you know what a mnemonic is) then you probably won't get much from this book.

    I'd recommend getting "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain" instead. Much better book on a similar subject.

    38 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2587)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1607)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "The Only Book to Get Me to Exercise"
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    I've never really managed to stick with an exercise routine until I read this book. As an entrepreneur, my productivity is one of the most important things to me. All the evidence presented in this book essentially turned my "yeah I'd like to exercise" to "exercising is a mandatory part of my life."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chocolate Wars: The 150-Year Rivalry Between the World's Greatest Chocolate Makers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Deborah Cadbury
    • Narrated By Deborah Cadbury
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    With a cast of characters that wouldnt be out of place in a Victorian novel, Chocolate Wars tells the story of the great chocolatier dynasties, through the prism of the Cadburys. Chocolate was consumed unrefined and unprocessed as a rather bitter, fatty drink for the wealthy elite until the late 19th century, when the Swiss discovered a way to blend it with milk and unleashed a product that would conquer every market in the world.

    Joseph says: "Wrong Title"
    "Super Informative, Moderately Entertaining"
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    I picked up this book primarily because I wanted to learn about an industry I knew nothing about. I learned a ton about the chocolate industry that I never knew. The book is entertaining at times and not at other times, but it's a great business book in general.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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