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  • The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Edward B. Burger, Michael Starbird
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (686)
    Story
    (682)

    The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their minds differently.

    Jose says: "Thinking that could leads to change"
    "Great principles to help you map opportunity gaps."
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    Where does The Five Elements of Effective Thinking rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a solid book and I recommend it for those that would like to get into ideation mode. Our lack of knowledge on basic subject matters creates blind spots. This book helps you identify the gaps, mitigate them and see opportunities.


    25 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ben Horowitz
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (338)

    Ben Horowitz offers essential advice on building and running a startup - practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

    Jimmy says: "Based in Reality--Not New Age Hocus Pocus:"
    "Great book - surprised by all the vitriol"
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    Any additional comments?

    Those who focus their review on the fact that there's hip hop references or the fact that the author is so raw in his language are clearly missing the f*cking point (since the book is full of expletives). This book explained the agony and euphoria I saw on many of my own CEOs, going from tiny companies to being acquired for millions of dollars. Of course, a good counter part to this book is Lean Start Up by Eric Ries (and that book is dry, boring, methodical, lean on interest yet good since it's the strategy to being a lean, agile start up). Horowitz doesn't mince his words and speaks sincerely about the realities of tech start ups. As Mitch Joel says so eloquently in CTRL-ALT-DELETE - the business world is in a state of purgatory. I'll add that technology is the extreme game of survival of the fittest. A must read for anyone working in tech. And leave your pearls at home. Business is cutthroat, it won't say please and thank you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Real Influence: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mark Goulston, M.D., Dr. John Ullmen
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    People won't put up with being "sold" anymore. If they sense they are being pushed, their guard goes up - and even if they do comply, lingering resentment undermines the relationship...maybe forever. Yet, most books on influence still portray it as something you "do to" someone else to get your way. That out-of-date approach invites resistance or cynicism from those who recognize the techniques. Manipulative tactics might occasionally wear down a colleague's or client's resistance, but they fail to produce the mutual trust that sustains successful relationships.

    T C says: "Insightful Read"
    "Good until the religious nonesense comes up"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    You know that awful feeling you get when you are listening to a great book about influence with some pretty good advice that sudden goes south on you. Because the two last chapters turn out being bullshit stories about how an atheist turned into a god fearing person to become a better leader, and then another non-believer became changed and spiritual after being in contact with religious folks. Yeah, that just made a decent book garbage. Don't bother. You can get the same awesome content sans the religious garbage with Crucial Conversations.


    Has Real Influence turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, there are other good books about leadership without religion in them.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother, there are a bunch of great books about Influence and Leadership that don't weave in god in there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1657)
    Performance
    (1500)
    Story
    (1500)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"
    "What an interesting life and point of view"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of God, No!?

    His misadventure with his ex-girlfriend's roommate hair dryer made me laugh to tears. His atheist baptism stories are worth the money. Here's a guy that really has no hang ups with so-called judeo-christian repressed values.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Ries
    • Narrated By Eric Ries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1930)
    Performance
    (1609)
    Story
    (1597)

    Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

    Taufiq says: "A great read!"
    "An important read/listen but so dry"
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    If you could sum up The Lean Startup in three words, what would they be?

    The new way to do business


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    His stories ring true for the tech business. This is highly relevant.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is an important read. I switched to audio because it was infinitely dry and tough not to have your mind wander as you listen to him ramble on. But his points are very valid. An abridged version would be awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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