An inspiring yet practical guide for transforming limitations into opportunities, A Beautiful Constraint: How to Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages and Why It's Everyone's Business is a book about everyday, practical inventiveness, designed for the constrained times in which we live. It describes how to take the kinds of issues that all of us face today - lack of time, money, resources, attention, know-how - and see in them the opportunity for transformation of oneself and one's organization's fortunes. The ideas in the book are based on the authors' extensive work as business consultants and are brought to life in 35 personal interviews from such varied sources as Nike, IKEA, Unilever, the US Navy, Formula One racecar engineers, public school teachers in California, and barley farmers in South Africa. Underpinned by scientific research into the psychology of breakthrough, the book is a practical handbook full of tools and tips for how to make more from less. Highly accessible, A Beautiful Constraint will appeal beyond its core business audience to anyone who needs to find the opportunity in constraint. The book takes the listener on a journey through the mind-set, method and motivation required to move from the initial "victim" stage into the transformation stage.
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The content – the ideas themselves, and the framework – is very interesting. Sadly, the message is buried in far too many case stories and anecdotes. They're examples, yes, but I wish I could press a "skip this anecdote"-button, to FFWD to the next useful piece of information.
Additionally, the author reads to softly. I like his voice, but when he speaks every other sentence at a lower volume, the compressor/limiter/gate/expander (voice processing) kicks in too hard, making the problem even worse, than if no processing had been used. It's as if the audio engineer asked him to do a sound test, and the author narrated that test loud and clear, the audio guy then called it a day, went home, leaving the author narrating all evening and night, with the result that the author drifts into low volume/level sentences, etc.
Bottom line: it made it impossible to hear the words clearly when out and about, in traffic and such.
All in all, I'd recommend you get the print copy, as it's also a very beautifully laid-out book, graphically speaking. And then you can skip the anecdotes:)
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