Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2011
After enjoying each of Isaacson's Einstein, Jobs and Franklin biographies, I decided to get this audiobook. I was concerned there would be a lot of repeat material, but there is not much really.
This is an enjoyable book. It is told as a story, you don't feel like you are listening to chapters of discrete information. The stories are interesting, relevant and educational.
The last third of the book includes a random interview with Woody Allen about his affair with his stepdaughter and then a section on the future of publishing. Both chapters feel out of place completely, I have no idea why the author or the published would include them here. But, since the first two thirds were excellent, I will give them this one chance.
This is a book aimed at someone who has an idea for a product and is looking for a checklist and some knowledge on how to bring your idea to market.
On the good side, I love the caboodles story and it is a very comprehensive book.
On the negative side, I think it is a bit outdated and rigid in its recommendations. Let me illustrate with an example: the book suggest PhotoShop as the most important tool for product design.
Instead I was hoping to get a more human story about Caboodles, what were the strategies, the challenges, the failures. Honestly I skipped the second half of the book.
It is hard to dispute Michael Porter is the master of strategy theory.
For most, his books are dense and hard to read. not because they are poorly written, but because they intellectually profound and full of knowledge. Jon Magretta has succeeded in creating a 'Porter for the rest of us' that makes the teachings of Michael Porter accesible and easy to understand. It is not really 'Strategy for dummies' as the book assumes a good level of business acumen.
While I was already familiar with most of Michael Porter's thoughts I found this book to be entertaining and enlightening. This is not a book I want to listen to during my commute as it would make it impossible or dangerous to take notes. And I took plenty.
The book is well organized and well summarized. I particularly liked the summary at the end and and the FAQs.
Absolutely must read for anyone leading a business.
It reads like an interesting book about game theory with a number of interesting examples but I found this 'game theory' to be common sense or basic strategy applied using complex-sounding logic.
The examples are lengthy and go off topic for long periods of time. I think one chapter spends thirty minutes talking about bacteria and viruses with no relation to game theory in an example that is way too complicated and has little to do with the topic.
Would you take life advice from a comedian?
Well, you should. I really enjoyed this audio book. It is one of those you don't want to end. It is enjoyable and funny. More importantly, it tells a rich story with tons of practical advice for your life, no matter your profession or life stage.
Like me, you probably won't agree with everything. But even on those few points I did not agree with, I enjoyed listening to the story and it made me think. Not bad for a comedian. I have a lot more respect for Scott Adams and might buy more of his books.
This could be a great gift book too. Recommended
It seems this is part of an 'unauthorized' book summaries. (i got two) At the beginning the book recommends you get the full book first and use this as a guide, which is ridiculous IMO.
The bigger problem is that it is repetitive, shallow and soulless. Everything is repeated twice. A summary of a chapter and then a summary of the summary. There is not enough detail, there is no flow. The focus is in summarizing each chapter, not to tell the story in a brief form, or to share the key learnings from the book.
Most importantly, there is no emotion. I got the gist of what the full book is about. but now it is ruined for me. I don't have any interest in the full book or in watching the TV series.
Don't waste your time
It seems this is part of an 'unauthorized' book summaries. At the beginning the book recommends you get the full book first and use this as a guide, which is ridiculous IMO.
The bigger problem is that it is repetitive, shallow and soulless. Everything is repeated twice. A summary of a chapter and then a summary of the summary. There is not enough detail, there is no flow in the story.
Most importantly, there is no emotion. I got the gist of what the full book is about. but now it is ruined for me. I don't have any interest in the full book.
Don't waste your time
It's a long book, but it is enjoyable and full of practical knowledge for anyone who gives speeches, leads teams, presents in front of large audiences, is a spokesperson or is a master of ceremonies.
Every key point in the book is illustrated with plenty of examples from recognized leaders. You may have heard about some of these skills before, but you will surely learn a trick or two that will make worth your investment (time and money) in this book.
There are many leadership books that have lots of great quotations, thoughts and intellectually rich thoughts with a few examples.
This book is different. It is told as a story. A real world-story that illustrates the challenges, the tension between the old and the new ways of doing things, the risks, the necessary managing up , and the results of 'leader-leader' leadership style.
It is a fun book to read, full of practical knowledge. Almost like a real-world fable.
If you manage teams or if you aspire to be a great leader, this is the book you should get first. It has the power of changing an entire organization.
This is a great book for anyone who owns a small business. It should be required reading before you incorporate. It is very complete and yet very easy to digest and very practical. Full of value.
If you are an experienced marketer, this book is not for you. The concepts described in this book are what I would expect any good marketer to dominate: Lifetime Customer Value, conversion rates, testimonials, etc. So I did not learn much (if anything) from this book.
However, if you are a business owner and don't have a marketer on staff, this book does a pretty good job at explaining the basics of marketing in a very clear and practical way. Any business owner should be apple to apply lessons in this book to improve his or her business and do a better job in buying customers, therefore growing his or her company.
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