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  • The Carrot Principle

  • By: Adrian Gostick, Chester Elton
  • Narrated by: Adrian Gostick, Chester Elton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

The Carrot Principle reveals the groundbreaking results of one of the most in-depth management studies ever undertaken, showing definitively that the most successful managers provide their employees with frequent and effective recognition. Best-selling authors Gostick and Elton show how the transformative power of purpose-based recognition produces astonishing results. And they show how great managers motivate employees to excel by offering constructive praise and meaningful rewards.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • mostly just opinions

  • By Harlan on 02-02-19

Real Recognition, Not Cheap Tricks

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-19

The book uses an evidenced based approach to support the use of recognition as a strategic advantage. Some of the ideas for recognition are a bit over the top, like hiring a barista to fix your team coffee as they come in or a singer to sing someone their favorite song at work, but most of the examples are not only doable, but needed!

  • Crusader One

  • Tier One Thrillers, Book 3
  • By: Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,986
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,761

Nothing stops former Navy SEAL and Tier One operator John Dempsey from answering the call of duty - including a mission with the highest stakes he's ever faced. When one of the most brazen and lethal acts of terrorism rocks American and Israeli intelligence forces at the highest levels, Dempsey's ultracovert antiterror unit, Ember, mobilizes. But this operation isn't just a retaliatory strike by Ember; it's a mission of vengeance for Dempsey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Andrews & Wilson wrote another WINNER!!

  • By shelley on 12-08-17

Great End to the Trilogy

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-19

Action packed, full of deception, and stuffed with your favorite frog man. A conclusive ending with only a couple hanging threads.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,816
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,710

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

Typical “Second of the Trilogy”

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-18

Ray Porter is an amazing narrator and I’ve bought books knowing only that he narrated them.

This book suffered from the typical middle book syndrome. They tried to address some loose ends from book 1, expand the Bobiverse, and have its own story, but the focus is mostly setting the stage for book 3.

It’s got some good bits here and there so if you liked the first one, you’ll love this one. If you haven’t read the first one, go read that first. It was entertaining enough that I’ll listen to the third book, but left a little to be desired.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Goal

  • A Process of Ongoing Improvement - 30th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,100

In this intriguing business novel, which illustrates state-of-the-art economic theory, Alex Rogo is a UniCo plant manager whose factory and marriage are failing. To revitalize the plant, he follows piecemeal advice from an elusive former college professor who teaches, for example, that reduction in the efficiency of some plant operations may make the entire operation more productive. Alex's attempts to find the path to profitability and to engage his employees in the struggle involve the listener; and thankfully the authors' economic models.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Goal - still relevant today

  • By Wooden Nichols on 05-03-15

The Industry Standard!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-18

The book puts many operational concepts into an easy to digest journey of discovery. This book is the industry standard for anyone in Operations Management or manufacturing. An absolute must read!
#SelfDevelopment #TheoryOfConstraints #MustRead #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The Fifth Discipline

  • The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization
  • By: Peter M. Senge
  • Narrated by: Peter M. Senge
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727

Peter Senge's groundbreaking ideas on building organizations have made him a household name among corporate managers. His theories help businesses to clarify their goals, to defy the odds, to more clearly understand threats, and to recognize new opportunities. He introduces managers to a new source of competitive advantage, and offers a marvelously empowering approach to work.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged books are inadequate

  • By Greg on 02-26-08

Must Read!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

The more I listen, the more I learn and apply! The depth of information the book has requires multiple reads to get it all and the wonderful job narrating makes it easy for repeat listens. I'm already past re-listen number 6.
#SelfDevelopment #Professional #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • How to Catch a Russian Spy

  • The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Self-Taught Double Agent
  • By: Naveed Jamali, Ellis Henican
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 178

For three nerve-wracking years, Naveed Jamali spied on America for the Russians, trading thumb drives of sensitive technical data for envelopes of cash, selling out his own beloved country across noisy restaurant tables and in quiet parking lots. Or so the Russians believed. In fact this young American civilian was a covert double agent working with the FBI. The Cold War wasn't really over. It had just gone high tech.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pretentious egotism

  • By David on 07-24-15

Entertaining if curious

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

It's definitely a bit of an ego stroking book, but entertaining! I just wish the ending was more conclusive and clear. That's the spy world for ya!
#Spy #DoubleAgent #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The Big Short

  • Inside the Doomsday Machine
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,934

Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative and Engaging

  • By Jay on 03-23-10

Insightful and Entertaining

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I binged a bit on this book. The story is told in a building way that becomes more and more baffling as to how it happened as it goes. I found myself taking a couple extra laps around the block as I listened intensely to what would happen next. Great read!
#GreatRead #Movie #Finance #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Thinking in Systems

  • A Primer
  • By: Donella H. Meadows
  • Narrated by: Tia Rider Sorensen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

In the years following her role as the lead author of the international best seller, Limits to Growth - the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet - Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social analysis until her untimely death in 2001. Thinking in Systems is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem-solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute's Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • systems allow us to better understand the world

  • By Dan Gottesman on 12-14-18

Must Read for Management

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This was a required reading book for one of my MBA classes. The narration is a bit dry and it drones on a little bit, but the material is so comprehensive and useful that it's worth pushing through. Awesome book to help you see the bigger picture and how to avoid common circular traps!
#SelfDevelopment #Systems #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Making Work Visible: Exposing Time Theft to Optimize Work & flow

  • By: Dominica Degrandis
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

In this timely book, IT time management expert Dominica DeGrandis reveals the real crime of the century - time theft, one of the most costly factors impacting enterprises in their day-to-day operations. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Six Stars

  • By Rancher on 12-01-17

Visible Software Status

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

The book is a great intro for anyone looking to make software projects more visible. If you are already experienced with Agile methodologies, you may want to skip it.
#Agile #VisualManagement #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Gemba Walks, Expanded 2nd Edition

  • By: Jim Womack
  • Narrated by: Jim Womack
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

In 12 new essays ranging from the provocative to the practical, and written specially for the second edition of Gemba Walks, author and management expert Jim Womack reflects on the past 30 years of lean and assesses the current state of lean today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great story, a great teacher, a great human been

  • By KFV on 07-28-16

Great insight!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

As a Lean Practitioner, the insights from the book help bring Jim's extensive experience to the less practiced. Key points I haven't yet had to consider bring up real world challenges; like getting a bank loan with a company that is so lean, it doesn't have a whole lot of physical assets! Though it's a collection of essays and thus, a little scattered, it's a must read for anyone serious about lean.
#Lean #SelfDevelopment #Excellence #tagsgiving #sweepstakes