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2 Second Lean | [Paul A. Akers]

2 Second Lean

2 Second Lean will flip your world right-side up. It's a practical way to improve your life every day by making a simple 2 second improvement. Join author, business expert, radio show host, and international speaker, Paul A. Akers, as he takes you on a LEAN journey that will transform every aspect your life... from your home to the office.
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2 Second Lean will flip your world right-side up. It's a practical way to improve your life every day by making a simple 2 second improvement. Join author, business expert, radio show host, and international speaker, Paul A. Akers, as he takes you on a LEAN journey that will transform every aspect your life... from your home to the office.

©2011 Paul A Akers (P)2011 Paul A Akers

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    Texfiddler 12-18-12
    Texfiddler 12-18-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Simply AMAZING - the ONE LEAN book to read!!!"
    What did you love best about 2 Second Lean?

    The really nice thing about 2 Second LEAN is Paul boils the complicated LEAN TPS system down to simple things any person can use to LEAN their life, business and world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paul was amazing and passionate about LEAN...and that really comes through in his reading and discussing the LEAN princples.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    LEAN is not complicated...fix what bugs you!


    Any additional comments?

    If I could only recomend one LEAN book to read this would be THE book. Paul makes it so easy...anyone can do it. Read this book!!! It is life changing...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Prettyfuzzy Boston 04-14-12
    Prettyfuzzy Boston 04-14-12
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    "Shouldn't be an audio book"
    Would you try another book from Paul A. Akers and/or Paul A Akers?

    Not an audio book.


    Would you recommend 2 Second Lean to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not as an audio book. I bought this because it was cheap and I hoped to get some fun examples of "2 minute lean". The book repeatedly referenced videos on the web and this was an integral part of his message. He'd talk about a simple concept and then say "watch this video". He was constantly saying watch this video and that video. If I am listening to a book I am at the gym or in the car and I am not going to write down or remember where to go to see videos. It might have been a completely fine book to be read at home with a computer but I listed at the gym and felt I wasted $5.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy bellingham, WA, United States 03-21-12
    Cathy bellingham, WA, United States 03-21-12
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    "Lean is Amazing!"
    If you could sum up 2 Second Lean in three words, what would they be?

    change your life.


    Have you listened to any of Paul A Akers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I always listen to Paul's radio show. His book is just as inspiring.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Medeiros 08-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    What made the experience of listening to 2 Second Lean the most enjoyable?

    Paul, the author, made it fun and easy to listen to. This is a down to earth, no stuffy MBA type of Lean book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is an informational book, not a story so there really no character unless you want to say it's Paul Akers himself.


    What does Paul A Akers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought the excitement. He truly believes and lives what he writes/speaks. He follows every chapter with a video (go to his website).


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from 2 Second Lean?

    There are so many different points but I guess I'll start in the bathroom. Read/listen to the book and you'll understand.


    Any additional comments?

    Paul is very generous by uploading numerous videos and documents on his website to help any who wants to go lean to start their journey. He even gives out his personal email if you want to ask him a question directly. Yes, this may also be viewed as an elaborate marketing campaign for his company, Fast Cap; however, he is living what he is preaching and what better way to show that he is doing so than to bring you into his world. I would recommend this book if you are looking for a quick kick in the pants way to approach lean. Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Russ 05-19-15
    Russ 05-19-15 Member Since 2008
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    "A great way to kickoff lean in any company!"
    Where does 2 Second Lean rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best book on lean I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It gave plenty of real world examples in such an entertaining way. Most people roll their eyes when management announces that they want to kick off a an initiative like Lean. Have them listen to this book first and they'll be chomping at the bit to get started.


    Have you listened to any of Paul A Akers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I finished it in 2 days after buying it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry Thornton, CO, United States 03-29-15
    Jerry Thornton, CO, United States 03-29-15
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    "Too fluffy for me"

    This book is pretty light on actual content related to "Lean" and heavy on info about the author, his company and his travels etc. Given the other rave reviews - this clearly hits the mark for other but not for me. It came across too much like an infomercial to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Crescenzi Staten Island, NY USA 04-26-13
    Joe Crescenzi Staten Island, NY USA 04-26-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Even the book is Lean!"
    Would you listen to 2 Second Lean again? Why?

    Yes. And I have, because it's full of great information.


    What other book might you compare 2 Second Lean to and why?

    "Delivering Happiness" from Tony Hsieh and "Good to Great" from Jim Collins.

    While the book is full of time saving advice, the key takeaway for me is that the focus on company culture, because in spite of Paul's efforts to trim a 2 seconds here and there, he spends more than an hour each day NOT building products, but building better people, who in turn become more efficient at build better products.

    His philosophy reminds me of the old story of the lumberjack who entered a contest to see how fast he could cut down a tree. Everyone was half way through before he even started, yet he won the race. He was sharpening his axe.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to over 450 audiobooks, including some that were way too long to get to the point. Paul delivers his message without wasting any words, so the book itself is a great example of efficiency.

    Even though the chapters and the book itself are short, he makes it a point to summarize each chapter to make sure the key points stand out. This underscores the message and insures you absorbed it.

    Lastly, this is not a Harvard Business School textbook on the merits of bean counting. Paul Akers lives and breathes this lifestyle and his magnetic personality comes through with flying colors.

    If you've never seen or heard Paul Akers in action, check out some of his videos online. His energy is contagious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ramakrishna SOUTHINGTON, CT USA 01-30-13
    Ramakrishna SOUTHINGTON, CT USA 01-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Story...."

    Paul has this ability to sound really "authentic" and he really is into this in a big way. He is genuine and tells a great story...good takeaways...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs L from Atl Georgia 09-12-12
    Mrs L from Atl Georgia 09-12-12 Listener Since 2009

    MrsLfromATL

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    "More applicable to mfg industry"
    Would you listen to 2 Second Lean again? Why?

    I liked the concepts. But much of what was shared was more for the manufacturing industry and less for a general corporate environment. There were good nuggets but wasn't really what I was looking for.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I suppose it would be motivating if I were in a similar environment to the speaker.


    What about Paul A Akers’s performance did you like?

    Energetic, engaging.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Could, but not necessary.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer New York, New York 06-05-12
    Amazon Customer New York, New York 06-05-12 Member Since 2014

    Mr Humph

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    "Think Lean!"

    Very good introduction to lean thinking. The book is short which makes it an ideal introduction. I had a look at the Fast Cap website which also has some more relevant information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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