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donny epp

Fayetteville, AR | Member Since 2010

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  • 75 titles in library
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  • Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1109)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (540)

    Tribes are groups of people aligned around an idea, connected to a leader and to each other. Tribes make our world work, and always have. The new opportunity is that it's easier than ever to find, organize, and lead a tribe. The Web has enabled an explosion of all kinds of tribes - and created shortage of people to lead them. This is the growth industry of our time. Tribes will help you understand exactly what's at stake, and why YOU can and should lead a tribe of your own.

    April says: "Leadership"
    "Seemed like the rough draft for Linchpin."
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    I love Seth Godin and his work but in my opinion this book seemed like the under developed step little brother to Linchpin. I would highly recommend reading Linchpin instead - it encompasses a lot of the same ideas with more compelling content in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (4652)
    Performance
    (4107)
    Story
    (4133)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "This book affected me deeply. And is awesome."
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    Would you listen to David and Goliath again? Why?

    Absolutely will listen to this book again. The stories are well articulated and support deep ideas that change the way I'm looking at disadvantages. Honestly, apart from the content, I felt like Gladwell took his story-telling ability to another level in this book - another learning apart from the content itself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book put me in a deeply thoughtful state each time I listened to another part. It spurred several really meaningful conversations with friends and family about real, gritty life realities.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Gladwell's past work, you'll love this one. I imagine some folks will dislike the religious undertones, but don't let it take away from the stellar content and ideas that are captured in this work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Idea: How to Execute Innovation in Any Organization

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Vijay Govindarajan, Chris Trimble
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Companies stumble when they imagine that innovation is mostly about ideas. The reality is that ideas are only beginnings. Indeed, even a company with the world’s best idea still faces a devilish challenge: it must build the business of tomorrow without endangering the business of today. Beyond the Idea is an essential book for any business that recognizes that innovation always has been, and always will be, the key to long term growth and vitality.

    donny epp says: "Not good as an audio book."
    "Not good as an audio book."
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    What disappointed you about Beyond the Idea?

    The content reads as academic work by people who've consulted on business but never lived and died by it. As an audio book, it's next to worthless - 30% is just the reader describing tables that are impossible to track in your head.

    They talk about their intentionality in keeping it short and digestible so even an executive would have time to read it, but I don't think I could get anyone to finish it - the content is really dry. It desperately needs an accompanying .pdf to articulate the visuals.


    What could Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Adding an accompanying .pdf would make the audio version infinitely more useful.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It offers a framework for evaluating innovation in a large organization, which is useful for continuing a healthy conversation about how to do it better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rework

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1695)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (715)

    With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who's ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs who want to get out, and artists who don't want to starve anymore will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages. It's time to rework work.

    Paul says: "Simple, Quick, Timely, Contrarian Advice"
    "Great Book - mainly motivational"
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    I love 37signals and a lot of what they stand for. This book is consistent with their brand and positioning... and I appreciate that. It's a motivational huzzah for being reasonable in how you work. It's confirmation that you CAN just make a great product and do good business and be profitable. It speaks plainly and cuts through a lot of the crap in our start up environment today.

    It's absolutely worth a listen, but you might not come out on the other end having experienced some sort of cathartic epiphany about work either.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (1394)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (570)

    Lawyers. Accountants. Software Engineers. That what Mom and Dad encouraged us to become. They were wrong. Gone is the age of "left-brain" dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers - creative and emphatic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

    Frank says: "On the precipice of genius (not quite)..."
    "This book switched the light on."
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    I'm a graphic designer, marketer and brand specialist - this book made me realize how far behind I've been in my thinking. Even though it's a few years old, Pink is way out there ahead of the pack. I don't agree with all of his points, and it's very specifically applicable for people living in developed or developing nations, but overall it deeply challenges the way I approach work, life and the way I think about my future. Great read...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Bob Burg, John David Mann
    • Narrated By Bob Burg, John David Mann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (264)

    The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. And so one day, desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees simply as the Chairman.

    Dan Clements says: "Wow!"
    "This book actually changed my mind."
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    It's not often that I read a book in novel form such as this and come away really thinking differently. I would put this book in the same category as "The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team" - but the story itself is really interesting in and of itself. The principles within are solidified through it - it has a parable-like impact. Great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crowdsourcing: The Coming Big Bang of Business and How It Will Change Your World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jeff Howe
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    "Crowdsourcing" describes the process by which the power of the many can be used to accomplish feats that were once the province of the specialized few. Crowdsourcing activates the transformative power of today's technology, liberating the potential within us all. It's a perfect meritocracy, where age, education, and job history no longer matter. If you can perform the service, design the product, or solve the problem, you've got the job.

    Martin says: "A repeat from other books"
    "Read if you don't know what Crowdsourcing means"
    Overall

    If you don't know what crowd sourcing means, by all means pick up this book- it's a great introduction with some fantastic examples. That said, I can't stand this authors repeated marvel at the power of crowd sourcing. He all but says sourcing the masses will solve the world's problems, but fails to realize that a crowdsourcing model can only exist over the framework of gainful employment. All of the passionate members of the "crowd" couldn't set up their own home shops with the meager earnings the receive from participating in this type of work. Interesting listen at first but hard to make it all the way through.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (3622)
    Performance
    (1149)
    Story
    (1152)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "Fantastic Marriage of Science and Sense"
    Overall

    This book was really eye opening for me in understanding how people think. Wasn't a huge fan of the reader, however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Evolution of Marketing: Connect with Your Customers by Marketing with Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Bob Gilbreath
    • Narrated By Bruce Reizen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    This groundbreaking audiobook takes you beyond relationship marketing and permission marketing and into the realm of the next big thing - meaningful marketing. This new concept addresses the modern consumer's desire for 1) fewer intrusive, hard-sell marketing messages and 2) more value-focused messages, independent of calls for purchase.

    Olaf says: "Great marketing insights and valuable takeaways"
    "Great Case Studies and Examples"
    Overall

    This book is a great introduction to a new era in marketing with value. It was a timely read for me, and I used several of the case studies from this as ammunition at work, so that was fantastic.

    I enjoyed Reizen's reading as well-

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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