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  • Creativity, Inc.

  • Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
  • By: Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,985

Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation - into the meetings, postmortems, and "Braintrust" sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture - but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, "an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen... If you speed up the player

  • By andrea gini on 10-06-15

Great advice weaved into a capturing story

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

Reviewed: 11-20-15

I listened to this book assuming I'd be listening to a great story more than learning something new but this book as some great advice in it especially surrounding sealing with buyouts and mergers.

  • 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 8,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,727

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

Short, succinct, capturing and informative.

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

Reviewed: 10-21-15

What made the experience of listening to The Five Dysfunctions of a Team the most enjoyable?

The nature of storytelling in the book combined very nicely with driving the principles.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team?

For me, it was a repeating moment throughout the book. The CEO continuous paused before making responses to rather serious statements/questions.

  • Joy, Inc.

  • How We Built a Workplace People Love
  • By: Richard Sheridan
  • Narrated by: Tim Andres Pabon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Joy, Inc. offers an inside look at how Sheridan and Menlo created a joyful culture, and shows how any organization can follow their methods for a more passionate team and sustainable, profitable results. Sheridan also shows how to run smarter meetings and build cultural training into your hiring process. Joy, Inc. offers an inspirational blueprint for listeners in any field who want a committed, energizing atmosphere at work - leading to sustainable business results.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hey Menlo.

  • By Stacey Colón on 03-25-16

Think differently, think effectively.

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

Reviewed: 10-09-15

Would you listen to Joy, Inc. again? Why?

No, a lot of these ideas are pushed out already across multiple readings I've done. It's not that I didn't like the book, it's just that in 2015 I've heard a lot of this before. THAT BEING SAID it's a must read for corporate engineers.

What did you like best about this story?

Solid examples to sit behind every recommendation.

  • Work Rules!

  • Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
  • By: Laszlo Bock
  • Narrated by: Laszlo Bock
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,703

"We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It's not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing." So says Laszlo Bock, head of People Operations at the company that transformed how the world interacts with knowledge. This insight is the heart of Work Rules!, a compelling and surprisingly playful manifesto with the potential to change how we work and live.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Multifaceted

  • By jeremiah on 04-07-15

Solid Advice

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

Great examples paired with sound advice about some out of the box ideas. From paying unfairly when its unfair to do otherwise to gathering as much data to support decisions and reducing the amount of times you go on gut feel.

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