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"Profound...engaging...packed with insight. I couldn't recommend it more highly." (Stephen R. Covey)
I have both the paper and audio. The audio is superior to print. The print seems to put people to sleep but the audio is much better.
Be a better you!
I have listened to this twice and will listen to it again. I actually read one bad review of this before I bought it. I am glad I didn't listen to that one bad report. I highly recommend this book.
The material in this book is very thoughtful and enlightening. It needs a re-read and refresher as you try to apply these principles. The effort is worth it, it will have positive and lasting effects on your success.
As one of the other reviewers pointed out, little in this book is novel. However, I do think this book has made a difference for me. As a manager I find it challenging to remain truly open to all the people I work with, and the central metaphor of the book has proven a useful way for me to monitor how I'm interacting with people.
That said, I would recommend the print version rather than this audio version. This is a book that deserves to be SCANNED, not read, certainly not listened to. I was offended by the story telling format in which the "lessons" are delivered by wise elder executives to a young manager. The the characters are absurdly shallow. An adult listener will have trouble identifying with the young manager, who is very immature. The pace is excruciatingly slow, made worse by chit-chat among the characters and the repeated reading, from the top, of the lists that the characters write on a board.
Right up there with "The Art of Profitability".
I was amazed and changed forever.
If you do not understand this book, play it again.
If you still don't get it, don't be suprised
when your hard work is all for nothing.
As I read this piece, I cringe. I cringe because I thought I was doing part to help those that needed it, and I was, but I have distanced myself and justified my negative actions. O was in the box most of the time.
A very reflecting read.
Love the narrator. May be a favorite too
The correlation to family business to corporate settings.
I really felt like part of a meeting
The recaps of what was learned at the end
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