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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.
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.
This is book is necessary read for everyone. It is very insightful with great examples and applicable approach. I have learned so much from it and started applying it the next day.
The performance could be enhanced by having multiple reads especially for male and female performance rather than one person imitating the female voice.
I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".
A great lecture told in story fashion about a guy who pins his problems on everyone around him and blows up at people, including his own wife and kids. It is a story on how to own up to your own actions and how to view things from multiple fascets BEFORE opening your fat mouth. Quite often someone else's mistakes are the result of your own. It's about thinking "outside the box", where the box is your selfish point of view. William Dufris presents this story in a fashion that has you feeling like you're being given a very important life lession by your grandfather. The book is designed for managers, and I've actually used it with some fellow employees who seem to refuse to see things from less selfish angles. Some things said in this little story will really hit home.
The concept in this book is very useful, and the whole world would run a lot more peacefully, if people would learn to look at themselves, when tension or conflict arises. In fact, many people credit this book and it's companion, Anatomy of Peace, with saving their families, or even their lives. It certainly did open avenues of conversation in my family. The book is written as a story, though, and is overly simplistic and really dumbed down. This may help it to reach a broader audience, but it was even too annoyingly patronizing for my teenagers. Nobody I know likes being talked down to.
You certainly do NOT have to read/listen to both books. The concept is simple enough, though it takes the authors half the book to spin it out. The second half hammers the point home--and hammers and hammers... The performance was a little cloying--and the portrayal of women's voices was absolutely simpering and cartoonish, almost mocking.
If I had read this book, I would have skimmed it, at best. Listening takes much too long.
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