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  • Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader

  • By: Herminia Ibarra
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

You aspire to lead with greater impact. The problem is you're busy executing on today's demands. You know you have to carve out time from your day job to build your leadership skills, but it's easy to let immediate problems and old mind-sets get in the way. Herminia Ibarra - an expert on professional leadership and development and a renowned professor at INSEAD, a leading international business school - shows how managers and executives at all levels can step up to leadership by making small but crucial changes in their jobs, their networks, and themselves.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good information, but not as an audio book

  • By C. Harley on 10-01-16

Flips traditional leadership training in its head

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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: 10-13-17

Excellent book for creating change in your career or role. Ibarra's primary lesson is that changing your behaviour will be far more impactful in helping you change your thinking, than trying to change your behaviour based on thinking differently. Our actions are more often driven by our experiences, not our knowledge, so the best way to grow is to get new experiences, not by reading books (besides this one I guess).

The book has some great examples, stories and some actionable steps to help you on this new journey.

  • The Advantage

  • Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business
  • By: Patrick Lencioni
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lencioni
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,012

This is the promise of The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni’s bold manifesto about the most unexploited opportunity in modern business. In his immensely readable and accessible style, Lencioni makes the case that there is no better way to achieve profound improvement in an organization than by attacking the root causes of dysfunction, politics, and confusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Advantage

  • By ALWALEED on 05-07-15

Highly efficient and impactful

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

I took an exceptional number of simple and actionable ideas out of this book to improve processes within my team. I'd very much like to implement the full system described in the book, and will try to implement it in stages at my company.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone on a leadership team within an organization, or anyone that leads a team of people.

  • Influence

  • The Psychology of Persuasion
  • By: Robert B. Cialdini
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,182

Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say yes - and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His 35 years of rigorous, evidence-based research, along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior, has resulted in this highly acclaimed book. You'll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader - and how to defend yourself against them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dated but relevant

  • By Rosanne on 12-10-17

Exceptional collection of persuasion techniques

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

This book is filled with dozens of fascinating, and occasionally shocking, techniques used by compliance practitioners (sales people, marketers, social leaders, scam artists, etc) to increase the likelihood of us agreeing to their requests.

Through interesting stories, each confirmed and explained through thoughtful experiments, Cialdini has created a book that is equally as educational as entertaining.

This is the type of book that can be read multiple times, as each pass will surface new information relevant to your current situation.

  • Busy

  • How to Thrive in a World of Too Much
  • By: Tony Crabbe
  • Narrated by: Tony Crabbe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Business psychologist Tony Crabbe outlines a unique four-step approach to combating one of modern life's great problems: being too busy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing!

  • By DC on 01-10-16

Essential lessons

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

Cheaper 1 is based on one of the most valuable and important lessons that can be taught to people in the workforce today. Getting past busy is one of the most critical factors in achieving success in the modern world.

The rest of the book is interesting and occasionally useful, but the core lesson and value of the book, in my opinion, is contained in chapter 1.

  • 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 8,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,665

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

Exceptional book with many story lines and lessons

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

Reviewed: 02-09-16

This book is about:
- an eager person chasing a dream to make a movie with computers
- a lost soul looking for a new purpose after fulfilling their (until that point) lifelong dream
- a story of the making of one of the greatest companies ever made
- a leader's passionate ideas and struggles to create an enduring culture of creativity (twice!)
- a master class in leadership and management
- an intriguing glimpse into life at both Pixar and Disney

As I was finishing this book, I was thinking that it was an enjoyable read that had provided some interesting things to ponder throughout the book. But then, in the final pages, Ed sums up a few of the takeaways, and it dawned on me just how much it had covered. Because the story lines were so interesting, I hadn't realized it had addressed so many important lessons. As I reflected on the book after reading it, I realized just how impressive it actually was.

I would highly recommend this book to any business leader, anyone interested in working with people, anyone interested in creating or building businesses (particularly startups), anyone interested in Pixar and Disney, and anyone looking for an inspiring story. That's an impressive list of people that this book does a great job of satisfying!

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  • Traction

  • A Startup Guide to Getting Customers
  • By: Gabriel Weinberg, Justin Mares
  • Narrated by: Drew Cuthbertson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 304

Traction is a guide to getting customers, written for startup founders, marketers, and those interested in how today's startups grow and get traction. This book shows you how the founders of several of the biggest companies and organizations in the world like Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), Alexis Ohanian (Reddit), Paul English (Kayak.com) and Alex Pachikov (Evernote) have built and grown their startups.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent book ruined by bad narrator

  • By Zach on 12-05-14

Excellent for anyone growing a customer base

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

This book dives into 18 different traction channels, each with detailed descriptions, useful tips, common pitfalls to avoid and great examples. It's almost guaranteed to spark at least a few useful ideas in several channels to help you find new ways to find customers.

The narration of the book was also very lively and easy to listen to.

This is going on my must read list for new entrepreneurs.

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  • Trust Me, I'm Lying

  • Confessions of a Media Manipulator
  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,805
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588

"You’ve seen it all before. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like me. I’m a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs—as much as any one person can."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Trust me, it's worth the listen, and I'm not lying

  • By topsales21 on 09-10-12

Fantastic insights into online media manipulation

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

You will get two things out of this book:
1) understand the corruption and insanity of online media, and how it ends up influencing real world events.
2) learn to harness the corruption and use it to your own advantage (if you're so inclined).

I believe the online world would be a better place if everyone read this book. Understanding the manipulations and misaligned incentives of online media is the first step to improving it. I'm sick of seeing the garbage headlines and outlandish content of the majority of articles today, and I hope we see a day where integrity is an attribute of online journalism.

  • Startup Boards

  • Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors
  • By: Mahendra Ramsinghani, Brad Feld
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Let's face it, as founders and entrepreneurs, you have a lot on your plate - getting to your minimum viable product, developing customer interaction, hiring team members, and managing the accounts/books. Sooner or later, you have a board of directors, three to five (or even seven) Type A personalities who seek your attention and at times will tell you what to do. While you might be hesitant to form a board, establishing an objective outside group is essential for startups.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great startup book

  • By LJC on 03-29-18

Great intro to Corporate Boards

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

Reviewed: 01-30-15

Excellent info about forming, working with and getting the most out of a board of directors. This book is very useful for entrepreneurs as well as future or current board members.

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  • Enchanted Objects

  • Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things
  • By: David Rose
  • Narrated by: Corey Brill
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

We are now standing at the precipice of the next transformative development: The Internet of Things. Soon, connected technology will be embedded in hundreds of everyday objects we already use: our cars, wallets, watches, umbrellas, even our trash cans. These objects will respond to our needs, come to know us, and learn to think on our behalf. David Rose calls these devices - which are just beginning to creep into the marketplace - Enchanted Objects.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well done

  • By Robert on 04-21-15

Thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 01-21-15

A great book for spurring ideas for new technologies and thinking about how the future may look.

  • The Launch Pad

  • Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's Most Exclusive School for Startups
  • By: Randall Stross
  • Narrated by: René Ruiz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726

Twice a year in the heart of Silicon Valley, a small investment firm called Y Combinator selects an elite group of young entrepreneurs from around the world for three months of intense work and instruction. Their brand-new two- or three-person start-ups are given a seemingly impossible challenge: to turn a raw idea into a viable business, fast.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Soothing

  • By Andrew on 12-30-15

Inspiring, enlightening and highly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 09-24-14

If you're interested in software or start-up tech, this is an incredible read. The book is packed with invaluable insights, interesting problems to contemplate, and inspiring stories.

It is very well written, with a smooth flow of events through one summer session at YC. I honestly can't recall a single boring moment through the entire book. I wish there was a book for every YC session.