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Novi, MI, USA
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  • The Practicing Mind

  • Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life
  • By: Thomas M. Sterner
  • Narrated by: Thomas M. Sterner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,586
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,449

Present moment awareness is an essential ingredient in life if one expects to experience any degree of authentic peace and contentment. It has been acknowledged for centuries as the cornerstone of spiritual awakening in all traditions of Eastern thought. In the West, however, it is still a relatively unrecognized concept for living. The Western mind is always restless, never content with the moment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some great takeaways despite the robotic narration

  • By azmom on 04-04-15

Practical techniques to learn and live without stress and anxiety

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

I have ready several boom on the importance of “Living in the present moment”. Most books do not provide practical and logical techniques on how to do that. Moreover living in present moment always seemed to be out of compulsion of getting rid of stress and anxiety. In this book author articulates very beautifully how and why we could benefit from doing it. I highly recommend it. You may initially find the story to be little scattered but with some patience, you will love it.

  • Never Split the Difference

  • Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
  • By: Chris Voss
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,299
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,282
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,134

After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI's lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss' head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Needs PDF companion file

  • By John L. Pinkowski on 03-07-17

Best negotiation lessons till date

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

It was one of the best books I have listened to. It is not just about negotiation, it is about how to influence human behaviour which includes negotiation as well. Best thing about the book is it is full of real world examples. The lessons taught are backed by experience and practise rather then intellectually born. Highly recommended.

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  • Creating Behavior That Lasts - Becoming the Person You Want to Be
  • By: Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
  • Narrated by: Marshall Goldsmith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,471

In business, the right behaviors matter. But getting it right is tricky. Even when we acknowledge the need to change what we do and how we do it, life has a habit of getting in the way, upsetting even the best-laid plans. And just how do we manage those situations that can provoke even the most rational among us into behaving in ways we would rather forget?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He Doesn't Disappoint

  • By Catherine S. Read on 08-18-15

This book will make you a better person

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

....not only more productive and successful. I am glad I purchased this one. I read lot of behaviour change books. I will put this in top 3. Unlike many other texts, the author doesn't tell you which behaviour to change. Rather he provides a very practical and implementable techniques on ho to change and how to sustain it. I highly recommend it.

  • Ego Is the Enemy

  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,911

"While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their images with sheer, almost irrational force, I've found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition." (From the prologue)

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good content, tedious performance

  • By Jefferson Lam on 07-28-16

Helped me in sweeping the dust off my ego

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

There are very few booms which I find myself finish in one go. This was one of them.

Many of the things Ryan talks about are already know to ones inner self however because we accumulate so much on the top (dust) - biases, pride, jealousy etc etc that we need a reminder once in a while so that we can dust it off.

Ryan does that very well with historic and contemporary examples.

I definitely recommend it to all those who tend to think THEY HAVE ARRIVED

  • Beyond Reason

  • Using Emotions as You Negotiate
  • By: Roger Fisher, Daniel Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Roger Fisher, Daniel Shapiro
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Emotions matter. Whether negotiating with an angry boss or an outraged teenager, emotions can derail you. Properly treated, however, they can help you achieve the results you want. This book shows you how.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific

  • By George on 04-16-06

Not as good as other booth by the same author. More for starters.

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

Book didn't really do justice to the reputation of the author. It has lot of tips which I already knew having read other books on the same subject.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Alchemist

  • A Fable About Following Your Dream
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,518
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,828

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Timeless Tale

  • By Judi on 01-07-07

One of the greatest books ever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-10

This book is a must listen. No matter what are looking for, this will help. If you are looking for a good fable, it is that. If you are looking for a spiritual book, it is that. Just relax and listen. Don't over analyze. Before you even realize, it would have made a difference.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Leading with Questions

  • How Leaders Find the Right Solutions by Knowing What to Ask
  • By: Michael Marquardt
  • Narrated by: Michael Marquardt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55

In Leading with Questions, internationally acclaimed management consultant Michael Marquardt shows how you can learn to ask the powerful questions that will generate short-term results and long-term learning and success. Throughout the book, he demonstrates how effective leaders use questions to encourage participation and teamwork, foster outside-the-box thinking, empower others, build relationships with customers, solve problems, and much more.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Less than impressive

  • By Anshum on 05-14-10

Less than impressive

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-10

I had very high expectations from this book. I had hoped to learn some useful techniques in improving my technique of posing questions. I was disappointed to find out that 90% of book only talks about the importance of asking questions. It would not be an overstatement that this 6 hour book can be summarized in less than 20 minutes.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Our Iceberg is Melting

  • Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions
  • By: John Kotter, Holger Rathgeber
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

Our Iceberg is Melting is a simple fable about doing well in an ever-changing world. Based on the award-winning Eight Steps work of Harvard's John Kotter, it is a story that has been used to help thousands of people and organizations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very good, but similar to other books

  • By Stacy R on 11-29-09

A must read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-10

This is a good read to understand Kotter's change theory with the help of a fable.

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

  • A Leadership Fable
  • By: Patrick Lencioni
  • Narrated by: Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,274

In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good concepts and great medium to convey them...

  • By Niket Parikh on 10-27-05

It is worth reading

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-10

The best thing about the book is that it is not boring. It is written like a fable which makes it easier to follow. I however got the feeling that the story stressed on two dysfunctions (trust and conflict) more than the others. Don't expect to know how to build effective teams after reading this book but view this as more of a thought starter.

  • The Power of a Positive No

  • How to Say No and Still Get to Yes
  • By: William Ury
  • Narrated by: William Ury
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

No is perhaps the most important and certainly the most powerful word in the language. Every day we find ourselves in situations where we need to say no: to people at work, at home, and in our communities; because no is the word we must use to protect ourselves and to stand up for everything and everyone that matters to us. This indispensable audiobook will give you a simple three-step method for saying a Positive No.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly applicable

  • By Gryphon on 04-19-07

Don't underestimate the title

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-10

This is an excellent book. A must read for everyone. Don't think this is just about how to say NO firmly. It is much more than that.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful