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  • Leadership and Self-Deception

  • Getting Out of the Box
  • By: The Arbinger Institute
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 690
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known problem called "self-deception". We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite "out of the box"

  • By Gryphon on 05-16-08

Not quite "out of the box"

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-08

To be kind, I would say that the principles written are sound, relevant, and important. However, the narration and delivery are distracting... bordering on amateurish.

The basic concept of the book is:
1. Treat others as indivual people with individual needs, flaws, and dreams
2. Do the right thing by others, for others
3. Once you recognize the joy to be had in THAT moment, then
4. Re-examine other people in that new light
5. Repeat

I would recommend any book by Patrick Lencioni for a far better read and equally sound principles

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Fighting 69th

  • By: Sean Michael Flynn
  • Narrated by: Erik Steele
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

On the eve of September 11, 2001, New York City's famous National Guard regiment, the fighting 69th Infantry, was not fit for duty. Most of its soldiers were immigrant kids with no prior military experience, and their equipment was derelict. The thought of deploying such a unit was laughable. Sean Flynn, himself a member of the 69th, memorably chronicles the transformation of this motley band of amateur soldiers into a battle-hardened troop at work in one of the most lethal quarters of Baghdad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive and inspiring

  • By Gryphon on 02-23-08

Impressive and inspiring

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-08

War is a complicated affair. Politics and politicians, war-mongers and protestors, soldiers and civilians... each believes in their viewpoints, and we are seldom blessed with an objective author. This book may very well be written by one.

Although the book was long, I couldn't bear to stop listening. There was no over-dramatization, pretentious heroism, or self-righteous preaching. This was a guided tour by an articulate journalist that shared with the audience the transformational journey of the fighting 69th.

If you want to believe that all soldiers are honorable, unselfish, and perfect men, this book will not appease you. If you want to know about the solider as a fallible, yet able to grow then this will be a delight. This book will leave you impressed by the men and the author, and it will inspire you to embrace the U.S. soldiers as the embodiement of what makes America great: spirit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shopportunity!

  • How to Be a Retail Revolutionary
  • By: Kate Newlin
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Schraf
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5

For millions, the daily shopping experience has devolved from the resonant personal ritual of our memories and dreams to the boring zombie-like process we wander through daily. We're wasting our time and money, at the cost of our patience, good will, and joie de vivre. The new entitlement of discount prices has driven out creative, customer-centric thinking, far more than is commonly believed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This opportunity wasted

  • By Gryphon on 02-23-08

This opportunity wasted

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-08

I was hoping that this book would be able to provide a different perspective on the state of business today. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with both the content and the narration, which was distracting. If you enjoy the voice from "Desperate Housewives" this narrator is a dead-ringer. Otherwise, it exacerbates the slow-moving pace of the book's content.

I almost always avoid an abridbed audiobook, but in this case, that would have made it a far more enjoyable listening experience. The concepts are very, very basic, which may very well be the point of the book, but the author does very little to delve any deeper into the subject matter than a cursory glance would afford. In the immortal and never-uttered words of Sherlock Holmes, it was all "Elementary, my Dear Watson."

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

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

Truly applicable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-07

Having listened to "Getting to YES," I was surprisingly pleased with how much better "The Power of a Positive No" was in comparision. This is not to say that the first book was substandard, but rather that this book focused on what so many people struggle with: Understanding how, why, and when to say "NO" in order to get to "YES."

It addresses everything from the struggle within ourselves to say the word, to delivering it with confidently, ethically, and gracefully. You never feel as if the author meanders off course, but rather ties all points back to the central theme of the higher (or deeper) purpose: reaching a consensus and a solution.

This book is well written, the narration is excellent, and the content woven with historical references (biographical and autobiographical) yet never becomes self-aggrandizing.

This book is a must for EVERYONE, regardless of societal position. It will not disappoint.

32 of 32 people found this review helpful