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M. Cohen

La Jolla, CA
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  • Topgrading, 3rd Edition

  • The Proven Hiring and Promoting Method That Turbocharges Company Performance
  • By: Bradford D. Smart Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 115

Great companies, large and small, rise or fall because of their talent: The more high performers on your team, the more successful your organization will be. Of course, that’s easier said than done. Research shows that only about 25% of all new hires turn out to be high performers. But companies that have used Brad Smart’s Topgrading system over the past two decades have boosted their hiring success rates dramatically - sometimes even to 90%.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very self serving

  • By Timothy on 06-18-15

Infomercial!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book has some hidden gems of knowledge for sure, but it is overly laden with blatant sales pitches for the Topgrading consulting program. The voice of the reader is annoyingly arrogant, as well. He sounds like an infomercial. I recommend buying the paper book, so you can skim to your pleasure...and be ready to pay for some online tools to actually implement the recommendations.

What could Bradford D. Smart have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

To make this book more enjoyable, Bradford Smart could have stepped off his high horse and spoken in a more relatable tone, providing information about what Topgrading is all about before touting the benefits of his program for hours.

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

Nothing - just an annoying tone of voice.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

NO!

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  • The Habit Factor

  • An Innovative Method to Align Habits with Goals to Achieve Success
  • By: Martin Grunburg
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce, Roz Savage, Martin Grunburg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Everyone desires to achieve their goals and realize success, yet few do. The Habit Factor encapsulates nearly 3,000 years of philosophy and success literature to reveal the most elemental and profound truth governing all personal achievement: HABIT is the single-greatest factor in a person's ability to realize a life of success and achievement. For the first time ever, The Habit Factor reveals its proven step-by-step methodology - a process that has received acclaim from top success coaches, personal trainers and PhD's around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must-read for any goal driven person!

  • By M. Cohen on 10-27-14

A must-read for any goal driven person!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Habit Factor to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version, but I loved the audio book. The narrator does a great job of bringing the authors voice to life and making the book engaging from start to finish.

What other book might you compare The Habit Factor to and why?

The One Thing is another book I have recently read that is similar to The Habit Factor in clearly outlining basic principles of successful individuals and providing practical action steps for making positive changes in your life. Both books address personal, spiritual, family, and business goals.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

The most salience idea in this book is that reaching any goal is a matter of creating and maintaining positive habits that will help you get to the desired outcome. Martin Grunberg makes an excellent point that it's not enough to keep a To Do list when you want to make something big happen in.your life; you have to establish the behaviors that will encourage you to keep chipping away at your goals and never give up. He explains this in his habit tracking approach that helps you reinforce the behaviors that will bring about your ultimate success.

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