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Superbosses Audiobook

Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent

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Publisher's Summary

Based on years of research, Sydney Finkelstein, professor at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and author of Why Smart Executives Fail, looks at how a select few visionaries develop the most successful talent in every industry

After meeting chef Alice Waters at her legendary restaurant, Chez Panisse, Sydney Finkelstein got to thinking about the dozens of chefs who had come from her establishment to open their own restaurants and gain notoriety as some of the country's most creative culinary figures. Waters, he found, had spawned a family tree of geniuses. Could this pattern exist in other industries?

After years of research, Finkelstein found that similarly powerful mentors did indeed exist across every industry from finance to entertainment to fashion and the arts, and they created a network of superstars in their communities using techniques that are varied and often counterintuitive.

Finkelstein profiles luminaries such as Waters, Lorne Michaels, Miles Davis, Ralph Lauren, Larry Ellison, and Bonnie Fuller. Drawing on fascinating first-person accounts and surprising best practices, Finkelstein explores a phenomenon that has never been researched before and explains how any leader can create a powerful network and nurture extraordinary talent.

©2016 Sydney Finkelstein (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

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    Ben 03-12-16
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    "Interesting, but not helpful"

    Interesting stories about influential people. But, if what you're looking for is instruction/advice on becoming a better boss, this isn't the book for you.

    A lot of the advice is either silly (don't hire good people, hire exceptional people!) or unhelpful (work all day and night and expect your people to work all day and night).

    The performance is very good.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A. Yoshida 05-22-16
    A. Yoshida 05-22-16
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    "First step in understanding Superbosses"

    The gist of the book is that Superbosses are a blend of demanding leaders and excellent teachers. If they were simply demanding, they would be successful leaders. If they only guided younger generations, they would be mentors. They are Superbosses because they have developed a lot of successful proteges during their tenure, many of them moving on to becoming successful leaders themselves. There were a few interesting insights about Superbosses, such hiring individuals for their exceptionality not necessarily qualification for a job or randomly talking to employees in the company and getting a fresh perspective. Superbosses encourage both collaboration and competition among employees. This is analogous to coaching a team - everyone needs to work together to win the game but yet at the same time, each person wants to be the best player on the team. The book is more of a collection of success stories than how to be a Superboss or to pick out a Superboss to work for. Using sports as an analogy again, it is easy to pick out the winning teams, find all the commonalities among the coaches, and say this is what it takes to be a winning coach. If only it was that easy....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christine 03-14-16
    Christine 03-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Better in the second half"

    Could've been shorter, but a great subject. Obvious first few chapters, but picks up in second half.

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    Will H. 02-21-16
    Will H. 02-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Just what I needed"

    As a soon to be owner of a business, I've known how I want to do it and who I want to be for my people. Superbosses has given me clarity and, if you will, "permission" or maybe validation of my ideas around being an owner.
    Thanks for a great book and inspiration!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Lauderdale by the Sea, FL, United States 03-04-16
    Bill Lauderdale by the Sea, FL, United States 03-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Political Hack ruined a good theory"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the author stayed with the title instead of injecting politics it would have been great. I am okay with the assertion that the author feels Donald Trump is not a superboss and Hillary Clinton is. However, when he dedicates an in-ordinate amount of time to describe Donald Trumps ego, when Trump is not even in his list of superbosses, it is apparent that the author simply wants to be political. It would be the equivalent of me writing a book about the top 20 US chefs, but then spend time tearing someone apart who is not on my list just to grind my axe.


    What could Sydney Finkelstein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Give a heads up that his book is a political statement in disguise.


    Have you listened to any of Mel Foster’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The reader was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger because I thought the premise was great and I was looking forward to listening to the whole thing and learning. Keep politics out.


    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    soidsdf 08-10-16
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    "Ordinary"

    The book is on the wrong side of obvious and the only thing I was able to find for myself is the subdivision of superbosses into three categories. Ok, now you know - no point of listening.

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    Juarez Austin, Texas, United States 06-24-16
    Juarez Austin, Texas, United States 06-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "This is a book I wanted to like..."

    Its not bad but...
    Unfortunately I got the feeling that the book never left the preface, there's a lot of great information but the structure just didn't work for me. Every chapter the author goes all over the place mentioning quotes and short stories about what Superbosses do.

    Literally, you could find a thousand times the author says "Superbosses do this, Superbosses do that". I would rather go deeper in the minds of each one of the Superbosses mentioned.

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    Decker 05-06-16
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    "not a super book"

    there are bosses and then there are super bosses, there are books and then there are super books. this is just a book.

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    "GREAT BOOK"

    opened my eyes to a large perspective of how to get more out of myself and the individuals I manage. stay open to new ideas and feedback from above and below you. elevate people and they will in turn elevate me

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    William Whitmore 04-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome and helpful"

    This gave solid examples to use and apply in the everyday. Practical and ideas for everyone.

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