I stress the point of idea's because unless you are building company from the ground up as Tim did it will be nearly impossible to shift a large business (or medium size one for that mater) to a business run this way.
With that I give the book 4 stars as it is brilliant and inspiring. As others stated, the reading is poor which is why I give it 4 instead of 5.
The story telling is good. If you are reading this to get a feel for how it will be thru-hiking the AT then read AWOL instead. Bill Bryson is great at telling a story and through his memory of hiking he did just that. For me though, I am a Bill Bryson hater....
If you are looking to understand the science and history around innovation grounded in facts that span the life of Ford, 3M, and Apple then this is the book for you.
Steven does a good job beating (read repetitive) into the science behind what makes innovation so special and albeit hard to manufacture.
This book applies a basic principal of asking yourself in every decision you are making in your professional career and personal life 'Why?' The good thing is it does not stop there, it continues on to support you (and its theory) with facts for exactly the reason you should be asking 'Why' in that particular scenario.
To many business books today provide a topical overview without any depth to support you or a theory. This book provides all of that and also is incredibly easy to listen to.
A rel treat is that this book sounds more natural reading it on 1.5x speed bump.
I finished this week reading (listening) to President George W. Bush???s memoir ???Decision Points.??? This book was one I had been anticipating for quite some time and after finishing it I must say I was not disappointed.
The book is put together completely different then other memoir as President Bush talks about not his life but the decision???s he had to make that shaped his presidency. Topics ranging from Iraq, Afghanistan, Stem Cell Research, 9/11, Staff Issues, Katrina, and the financial crisis you get an inside look into what went into his decision???s as well as a selfless look at how difficult of a time he had during situations.
The bigger topics (9/11, Iraq, Katrina) were quite fulfilling and intriguing the chapter he spoke on his work with AIDS victims in Africa was a side to this President I had never seen or read about it. His desire to combat the spread throughout Africa reveals the softer side of this war time President and something the US Media Outlets failed to reveal. President Bush wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post just today (12/1) talking about his ongoing policy to help fight AIDS.
Most like me will read this book to hear about how/why he dealt with certain situations the way he did (be prepared with a tissue when reading the 9/11 chapter, just warning you) but I hope as I did, others will see a softer side of the President Bush.
First off, this is a book not about Politics but about the viewpoint of a very smart and intelligent First Lady.
I expected more politics but was pleasantly surprised to get a full picture being painted of the life of Laura Bush.
I am a big time politco and was eager to read this book based off my love for politics and it lived up to the test, if you love UK politics. For me, I just did not know much of the back stories on the topics Blair covered.
I give it 4 stars because listening to the former PM is tough to do for 16 hours :)
This book was absolutely great and exactly what you would expect from Dan Brown.
The ending of the book did take somewhat of a Sci-Fi turn to me.
With that - I have zero desire to see the movie as the book is all I needed and more!
If you are looking for facts that are presented by an Atheist to debunk any religious theology then this book is for you.
Dawkins does what he does best and blast you with fact after fact of historical reference material of why [Fill in Religion] is wrong.
One thing I could not get past was his immediate dismissal of hope and faith from the human behavior.
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