The book has some good insights, but information can certainly be combined into a 2 hours presentation max. The author uses too many fancy words that ultimately describe the same thing and tends to loose the reader with its ambiguity. After every couple of chapters you kind of get that, aha useful moment and then it tend to go back to the wordy description of events. I'm giving it 3 stars since it has some good insights, but the presentation needs significant improvement
Certainly good read, some facts felt one sided
Yes, though it shouldn't be the only material to make conclusions
In disclosure, I'm not a doctor and I do not have kids, I'm however affiliated with education industry through past administrative experience and through current board of trustees involvement in the charter school, I'm an emigrant and I was one of those kids who had a hard time sitting in one place. One part that I strongly agree with an author that people should try to avoid ADHD medication unless it is absolutely necessary and the disorder is diagnosed by a professional. I think there are some valid concerns about drinking from plastic bottles and I also agree that in many instances changing schools, environment (including changing teachers), adjusting how lessons are thought (standing vs sitting) etc... is certainly worth exploration. I also agree that college education might not be for everyone and learning a trade might be viable option for many man as well as women. At the same time, author makes, what felt like, a strong suggestion that the reason boys do not succeed in this country is due to medication they took as kids and suggests boys only schools as a solution since it will give boys an opportunity to be who they really are and brings examples from an Alaskan village where spending time with adult males as a role models in the past helped boys learn the trade of hunting sea lions... Although it was clear author used it as a metaphoric example to make a point boys need role models, still many people don't hunt sea lions these days and not all live in remote locations. Although, it is certainly evident that boys are currently on the declining streak compared to girls when it comes to college education and career success, it didn't fell author made compelling enough argument backed by a research that comes from correct sampling, rather an opinion.
We have experienced cultural transformation, particularly in US, in the past several decades and as a result women, in many cases, are competing for the same opportunities as men and that will undoubtedly affect ratios of men/women in the workforce etc..., it will probably level off at some point. Author also makes suggestions that other cultures might be more respectful and although I'm sure many will agree with this, many will also agree that in US parents' level of education, zip codes, income levels and other socioeconomic statuses of the boys, girls and their families are probably important driving factors in many cases.
In short, I think it is certainly worth reading this book, however one should keep an open mind as some of the remarks author makes in reference to cultural development and other religions are rather an opinion than a hard proven scientific fact and feels like bears a political agenda vs fact finding, hence 3 stars.
Great in the category of biography
Although, I'm sure after listening to this book everyone's experience will be different, I thought the author was able to truly capture and deliver the personal essence of Warren Buffet. To avoid repetition, I think, the summary of this book greatly summarizes the content and gives an accurate preview of what's expected in the book. Bottom line, if a person admires Warren Buffet or just curious about how he accomplished the status of one of the most influential people in the world, especially within the investment world, one SHOULD NOT SKIP this book.
Great conceptual approach to balanced management.
Although my initial motivation to listen to this book was to learn more about Whole Foods and about John Mackey from investment standpoint in the company's stock, this book could be closely compared to "Good to Great", in fact John Mackey references it at some point, particularly the time aspect and how long it takes to build a conscious company. Similar to many other books including "Good to Great", it is hard to ignore the fact that the theories presented are not bulletproof and still subject to many other economic, regulatory and industry headwinds, the book, nevertheless portrays a very well structured approach to balanced management. Although based on Whole Foods example, it doesn't overly fixate on Whole Foods rather uses Whole Foods as an example to support the conceptual theories that should be considered as a part of balanced management approach by leaders in general. The book addresses important key elements of culture, employee relations, transparency, strategic initiatives and more. Certainly one of the best Leadership and Management books I've come across as well as an easy read.
Book is for advanced sellers, who's familiar with other selling techniques, who most likely know it already. A lot of theory, not many practical examples. It is always better to learn from examples used in context, not in this book though.
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