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  • Get a Grip on Your Business
  • By: Gino Wickman
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158

Do you have a grip on your business, or does your business have a grip on you? All entrepreneurs and business leaders face similar frustrations: personnel conflict, profit woes, and inadequate growth. Decisions never seem to get made, or once made, fail to be properly implemented. But there is a solution. It’s not complicated or theoretical.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome system for running a business

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-29-17

The great book to run your business organization

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-12-19

What separates this book from others is the holistic, actionable and tested approach described. Not only that, but the author takes the extra steps to such as describing requirements on your side (such as showing your vulnerability) and explaining the process in a different order than he recommends for implementation to make it as smooth as possible for you to understand the concepts, evaluate them in your setup, deploy it and hence turn your company into organized, well oiled machine.

  • It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work

  • By: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

In this timely manifesto, the authors of the New York Times best-seller Rework broadly reject the prevailing notion that long hours, aggressive hustle, and "whatever it takes" are required to run a successful business today. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good to listen. Hard to implement.

  • By aayushvarora on 10-07-18

Antidote to "work harder"

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Reviewed: 02-07-19

Author of the book asks many questions regarding the way businesses are run. Such as: Do you really want to grow? Or do you really want to have full calendar?

His own views may be coined as idealistic, but nevertheless it is in my opinion worth realizing and deciding on what side of the barricade you want to stand.

I liked the structure of the book - many short chapters with simple messages and very relatable. Many times I even stopped and started thinking about how does it relate to me. Throughout the book I have shared chapters with colleagues that were in situations author discusses, with great feedback. I believe I will re-listen to some chapters when the topic comes up in my own life. The only downside is that the chapters only have numbers and not names, so it will be difficult to find the right one quickly.

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,827
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,107
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,076

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By 🔧Eugene on 05-29-18

Scary and captivating

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-26-19

It would not surprise me if many companies did similar things to what is outlined in this book. Which means, you can during your own career encounter such actions, which makes this book strangely personal - where would you draw your line? What would you do if tasked with a task that crosses it?

  • Mini Habits

  • Smaller Habits, Bigger Results
  • By: Stephen Guise
  • Narrated by: Daniel Penz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378

One afternoon - after another failed attempt to get motivated to exercise - I (accidentally) started my first mini habit. I initially committed to do one push-up, and it turned into a full workout. I was shocked. This "stupid idea" wasn't supposed to work. I was shocked again when my success with this strategy continued for months (and to this day). I had to consider that maybe I wasn't the problem in those 10 years of mediocre results. Maybe it was my prior strategies that were ineffective, despite being oft-repeated as "the way to change" in countless books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breaks Things Down Into Tiny Do-able Bits

  • By Sara on 11-26-14

Interesting, a bit too repetitive

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-18

There is something deeply interesting about the idea of mini habits, and after trying it out I feel like it may work. Therefore, there is definitely a value in listening to this book.

However, the book shows typical signs of someone overly trying to sell you their idea - attacking it and describing it from different angles, using different examples and stories. Nonetheless, its core could be compressed into several pages. The book hence feels longer than in probably needs to be, and it is already quite short.

Audio performance is inordinate thought. It helps convey the message and keeps going through the repetitive stories mentioned above manageable.