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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adding an accompanying .pdf would make the audio version infinitely more useful.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
This book was really eye opening for me in understanding how people think. Wasn't a huge fan of the reader, however.
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-
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