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  • Tribe

  • On Homecoming and Belonging
  • By: Sebastian Junger
  • Narrated by: Sebastian Junger
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,194

Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians - but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most profound book on the subject

  • By joseph on 05-26-16

Thought-provoking

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

Junger may have captured some of what ails us as a society by looking at our bravest patriots upon their return home. Their suffering -- whether they saw "action" or not -- is profound and produces a staggering number of suicides. Then he draws parallels to the survivors of war. For many there is a nostalgia for the togetherness of wartime communities. This book underscores the need for human connection and community. It's powerful -- and might catch you off-guard.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Inner Game of Selling

  • Mastering the Hidden Forces That Determine Your Success
  • By: Ron Willingham
  • Narrated by: Ron Willingham
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Forget everything you've been taught about selling: forget the hard sell, forget negotiation strategies, forget those closing techniques. In The Inner Game of Selling, Ron Willingham debunks the familiar myths about "sales skills", showing that those tired methods are too shallow and manipulative to do anything but alienate potential customers and drain you of energy and dignity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uplifting

  • By Alexis Dee on 11-07-17

Great short sales book

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

Reviewed: 06-21-15

This is a really good one and I plan to read it again -- I found myself agreeing with him aloud a LOT.

  • Mindset

  • The New Psychology of Success
  • By: Carol Dweck
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,734

Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gems sparsely scattered throughout a desert

  • By Peter on 12-24-10

Powerful!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-15

As a business coach, I occasionally run into people who are stuck. I also, at times, work with people who aren't fulfilling their potential. This book has given me great insight into why and how to help them convert to a growth mindset.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Drive

  • The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
  • By: Daniel H. Pink
  • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,402

From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking best seller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as A Whole New Mind

  • By Michael on 04-30-10

It is fascinating to learn what motivates people

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

Reviewed: 08-18-13

What did you like best about this story?

This can be very helpful for managers and other leaders. I have found much of what was discussed to be true in my life.

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

No. Too long.

  • Delivering Happiness

  • A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
  • By: Tony Hsieh
  • Narrated by: Tony Hsieh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,691

In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Do one thing exceptionally

  • By Ben on 09-07-10

A truly unique company culture

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

Reviewed: 08-18-13

Would you listen to Delivering Happiness again? Why?

Yes. It was nice to hear how Tony and his colleagues value culture.

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

No - too long

Any additional comments?

Very good book if you are looking at how culture can contribute to a company's success or failure.

  • The No Complaining Rule

  • Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work
  • By: Jon Gordon
  • Narrated by: Jon Gordon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632

In the spirit of his international best seller, The Energy Bus, Jon Gordon once again shares an inspiring and enlightening story that reveals a powerful way to tackle the biggest problem in business and life - the negativity that costs organizations billions of dollars and impacts the morale, productivity, and health of individuals and teams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Message!

  • By morton on 12-17-08

Cute story about turning your life around

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

Reviewed: 08-18-13

Would you listen to The No Complaining Rule again? Why?

This book brings home what it means to be positive and to create success through positive thinking. Solution-focused people (instead of problem-focused) tend to succeed more often. They are also a lot nicer to be around.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The No Complaining Rule?

Watching the turn around in her relationships. I also liked how her desire to learn gave her energy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Go-Giver

  • A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea
  • By: Bob Burg, John David Mann
  • Narrated by: Bob Burg, John David Mann
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,331

The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. And so one day, desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees simply as the Chairman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It will win you over!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-26-08

Tips for creating success, in novel format

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

Reviewed: 08-18-13

What made the experience of listening to The Go-Giver the most enjoyable?

Business books can be painfully dry. This one is written as a story, is brief and is memorable. It will be particularly helpful for those in the midst or beginning of a sales career.

What other book might you compare The Go-Giver to and why?

The 7 Levels of Communication - another business book in novel format.

Have you listened to any of Bob Burg and John David Mann ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Happiness Advantage

  • The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
  • By: Shawn Achor
  • Narrated by: Shawn Achor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,693

Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Putting Positive Thinking To Work

  • By Sara on 10-29-14

Amazing info you can use every day

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

Reviewed: 05-19-13

Where does The Happiness Advantage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best - he delivers really helpful information that I feel is actionable in my management goals.

What does Shawn Achor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He has a very gentle way about him.