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Salley

Leadership Communications Coach

Albuquerque, NM, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Design Like Apple: Seven Principles for Creating Insanely Great Products, Services, and Experiences

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Edson
    • Narrated By John Edson, Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Design Like Apple uncovers the lessons from Apple's singular approach to product creation, manufacturing, delivery, and customer experience. Learn how design can create a competitive advantage by delivering beauty, ingenuity, and charisma. Get guidance on how to nurture taste, talent, and a design culture at every level of your organization.

    Matt says: "Hard to Listen To"
    "self serving"
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    What would have made Design Like Apple better?

    Read by someone else it might have been palatable. As read by the author it doesn't play well. He couldn't seem to keep his tone from being superior and condescending, especially regarding those who failed to heed his advice. It made the content painful to take in.


    Has Design Like Apple turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Too many good books out there to let this one determine everything.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Edson and Erik Synnestvedt ?

    Don't know narrator voices well enough to give an opinion.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Design Like Apple?

    I would not have cut. I would have added design concepts that focus on designing the customer interaction.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carrots and Sticks Don't Work: Build a Culture of Employee Engagement with the Principles of RESPECT

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paul L. Marciano
    • Narrated By Richard Broski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Reward and recognition programs can be costly and inefficient, and they primarily reward employees who are already highly engaged and productive performers. Worse still, these programs actually decrease employee motivation because they can make individual recognition, rather than the overall success of the team, the goal. Yet many businesses turn to these measures first-unaware of a better alternative. So, when it comes to changing your organizational culture, carrots and sticks don't work!

    Paul says: "Breathe!"
    "Good ideas, awful narrator"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator


    What other book might you compare Carrots and Sticks Don't Work to and why?

    Dan Pink's Drive because it offers a simpler approach to the same issue of engagement. The two are good together. Not opposing viewpoints but different ways of getting to the same end.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Slightly cynical or condescending inflection, way too rapid reading, mispronunciation of words all of which highly detracted from the kind, thoughtful content.


    Do you think Carrots and Sticks Don't Work needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I think he gets his point across.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let Richard Broski read any other books until he learns how to pronounce words like concomitant, Appomattox, and subsequent correctly, SLOW DOWN and drop that tone. I wanted the info but I found myself getting angry at the delivery. It was a struggle not to go buy the book so that I didn't have to listen to this reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina
    Overall
    (1605)
    Performance
    (905)
    Story
    (907)

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "Useful but tedious"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Information is valuable, but sometimes seems off on the science. Author's voice gets a bit annoying and uninteresting at times despite his obvious enjoyment of the material.


    What didn’t you like about John J. Medina’s performance?

    His voice grates at times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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