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  • Nine Minutes on Monday

  • The Quick and Easy Way to Go from Manager to Leader
  • By: James Robbins
  • Narrated by: A.T. Chandler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

In Nine Minutes on Monday, leadership guru James Robbins argues that employee engagement comes down to one thing: a constant dedication to meeting the universal needs that drive performance excellence. In today's chaotic, high-stakes business environment, it is easy to get distracted from leadership responsibilities by focusing on tasks at hand instead of on strategy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what I needed to hear!

  • By Tracy on 02-27-15

A guru with lacking substance

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

What would have made Nine Minutes on Monday better?

A ‘guru’ shares personal and other anecdotal stories then maps these to manager behaviors. Are the behaviors helpful? Probably but I can’t say for certain because it’s just this gurus personal beliefs. There are better books that propose systems that have been proven out by organizations and teams.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Your Brain at Work

  • Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long
  • By: David Rock
  • Narrated by: Bob Walter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,036
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,364

Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Insights into the Brain

  • By Tom Johnson on 11-28-12

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-11

The details are based on research. The research is then presented to give the listener an understanding why some activities are difficult, and then provides examples how to change the situation to make increase the liklihood of success by simple techniques to work the way your brain works best.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Zombie Economics

  • How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us
  • By: John Quiggin
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

In the graveyard of economic ideology, dead ideas still stalk the land. The recent financial crisis laid bare many of the assumptions behind market liberalism--the theory that market-based solutions are always best, regardless of the problem. For decades, their advocates dominated mainstream economics, and their influence created a system where an unthinking faith in markets led many to view speculative investments as fundamentally safe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Against recent increases in inequality

  • By Philo on 11-21-15

Mediocre

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-11

Great concept. Mediocre execution. The tie-in with Zombies could have made this an accessible, humorous book on economics, if you are looking for humor laced with facts then give Al Franken a listen. As it stands this Zombie tie-in was a stretch at best, adding little to no entertainment value, leaving the book to stand solely on the facts and research which are present in great depth.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Intelligent Entrepreneur

  • By: Bill Murphy Jr.
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 643
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 644

In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates - two men and one woman - turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their 10-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs and left their mark on the world. The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders did it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Mark on 11-04-10

Verbose

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-10

The book very closely follows the Harvard Business School (HBS) case study method. At one point the author describes HBS' (you will hear this acronym countless times) case study method as filled with details that students need to sort through to find the essence of the case. This book felt just like that, a lot of unnecessary detail. There are other more succinct books that teach similar principles.

  • You, Inc.

  • The Art of Selling Yourself
  • By: Harry Beckwith, Christine Clifford Beckwith
  • Narrated by: Martin Ruben, Lisa DeSimone
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75

Written in a personable and homespun style, You, Inc. offers doses of humor and pithy knowledge to anyone who wants to thrive in the increasingly competitive business world. What veteran sales and marketing experts Harry and Christine Beckwith understand is that, to succeed in life, the most important thing you need to be able to sell is you.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • worthy

  • By Rudy F. Ochoa on 06-26-07

For avid business book readers this one is a pass

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-08

I found this book to be little more than a series of suggestions that I could have heard from any one of my peers. Very little seemed to be from hard research and much came across as common sense. If you only read one business book a year then you may find this broad approach of suggestions valuable. However if you, like me, listen to several business books a year then this one comes across as amateurish and does not drill deep enough into any one subject to provide the depth you are likely after.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Overthrow

  • America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq
  • By: Stephen Kinzer
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

"Regime change" did not begin with the administration of George W. Bush, but has been an integral part of U.S. foreign policy for more than one hundred years. Starting with the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 and continuing through the Spanish-American War and the Cold War and into our own time, the United States has not hesitated to overthrow governments that stood in the way of its political and economic goals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great read.

  • By John E on 12-28-11

Should be required reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-08

An excellent historical review of America's foreign policy. This should be required reading for every American, as this covers material that is not a part of the public conscience but most certainly should be.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Linked

  • The New Science of Networks
  • By: Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 991
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 242

Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Network theory for beginners

  • By Alex on 05-22-03

A good listen

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-07

The book is a great listen if you are an academic. For general interest readers I found "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell an easier and more insightful read.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful