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eric olszewski

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  • The Meaning Revolution

  • The Power of Transcendent Leadership
  • By: Fred Kofman, Reid Hoffman - foreword
  • Narrated by: Fred Kofman, Arthur Morey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Fred Kofman's approach to leadership has little to do with the standard practices taught in business school and traditional books. Bringing together economics and business theroy, communications and conflict resolution, family counseling and mindfulness mediation, Kofman argues in The Meaning Revolution that our most deep-seated, unspoken and universal anxiety stems from our fear that our life is being wasted - that the end of life will overtake us when our song is still unsung. Material incentives - salary and benefits - account for perhaps 15% of employees' motivation at work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • validating

  • By eric olszewski on 12-25-18

validating

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

the points made are pretty straightforward, but it's nice to have them validated by someone with so much experience in implementing them

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  • Recovery

  • Freedom from Our Addictions
  • By: Russell Brand
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,609
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,339

With a rare mix of honesty, humor, and compassion, comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his 14 years of recovery. Brand speaks to those suffering along the full spectrum of addiction - from drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar addictions to addictions to work, stress, bad relationships, digital media, and fame. Brand understands that addiction can take many shapes and sizes and how the process of staying clean, sane, and unhooked is a daily activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for hardcore alcohol & drug addicts...

  • By Magen on 10-06-17

repetitive

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I was recommended this book by someone and decided to give it a read. the whole thing was absurdly repetitive and filled with a lot of fluff, I would recommend foregoing purchase and just reading the twelve steps to recovery.

  • The Bitcoin Standard

  • The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking
  • By: Saifedean Ammous
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597

When a pseudonymous programmer introduced “a new electronic cash system that’s fully peer-to-peer, with no trusted third party” to a small Online mailing list in 2008, very few paid attention. Ten years later, and against all odds, this upstart autonomous decentralized software offers an unstoppable and globally-accessible hard money alternative to modern central banks. The Bitcoin Standard analyzes the historical context to the rise of Bitcoin, the economic properties that have allowed it to grow quickly, and its likely economic, political, and social implications.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bit monotone but great info

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-30-18

Good Austrian economics, poorly presented

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

great dialogue and a convincing story, but it was astonishingly redundant and stressed the same points throughout (which is fine, to a degree). I much more appreciated the general economics information than anything else

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  • Radical Markets

  • Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society
  • By: Eric A. Posner, E. Glen Weyl
  • Narrated by: James Conlan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Many blame today's economic inequality, stagnation, and political instability on the free market. The solution is to rein in the market, right? Radical Markets turns this thinking - and pretty much all conventional thinking about markets, both for and against - on its head. The book reveals bold new ways to organize markets for the good of everyone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Reader ruins this book

  • By Brian on 10-30-18

Realistically Optimistic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-18

This piece outlines some pretty radical changes to existing markets and governance systems. There are a number of great thought exercises (especially the in depth look at quadratic voting) that help put into perspective how much more representative and efficient these systems can be.

I have a lot of hope for a number of ideas in this work and will definitely be considering a number when implementing some of the software systems I'm currently working on.

  • Immunity to Change

  • How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization
  • By: Robert Kegan, Lisa Laskow Lahey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

In Immunity to Change, authors Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey show how our individual beliefs - along with the collective mindsets in our organizations - combine to create a natural but powerful immunity to change. By revealing how this mechanism holds us back, Kegan and Lahey give us the keys to unlock our potential and finally move forward. And by pinpointing and uprooting our own immunities to change, we can bring our organizations forward with us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made me want to read it in print

  • By DebiCA on 08-07-18

could have been a long article

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

this book was way too long, it was very repetitive and could have honestly been one long article

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  • The Fountainhead

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 32 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,723

One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Fountainhead

  • By Zachary on 06-04-10

Best Book I've Ever Read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-18

This book speaks so true to human nature and how people will do willingly bend the knee to gain power and appease others. Ayn Rand was truly brilliant.

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  • The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone
  • By: Satya Nadella, Greg Shaw, Bill Gates - foreword
  • Narrated by: Shridhar Solanki, Satya Nadella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537

Microsoft's CEO tells the inside story of the company's continuing transformation, tracing his own personal journey from a childhood in India to leading some of the most significant technological changes in the digital era. As much a humanist as engineer and executive, Nadella concludes with his vision for the coming wave of intelligent technologies and a distinct call to action for leaders everywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read for those into tech

  • By Spider-Man on 10-14-17

A Microsoft ad

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

I love Microsoft and hearing about their transition to catch up in cloud and other technologies was interesting, but after the first few chapters the book became very redundant and seemed like an advertisement. I'm excited for what they are doing, but was hoping for there to be more general business strategy and guidance on the second half of the book.

  • The Undoing Project

  • A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,404

Forty years ago Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred systematically when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made Michael Lewis' work possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Behind the scenes of amazing science

  • By Neuron on 10-16-17

beautiful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-29-17

this is one of the most intellectual and touching novels I have ever had the pleasure of consuming. It has given me an excellent foundation for further research and study on both kahneman and tversky

  • You Are a Badass at Making Money

  • Master the Mindset of Wealth
  • By: Jen Sincero
  • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,914
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,096

You Are a Badass at Making Money is a refreshingly frank and entertaining step-by-step guide to overcoming the fears and stumbling blocks that have kept financial success out of reach and to giving yourself the permission to make the kind of money you've never made before.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Badass 2.0

  • By Kathleen on 04-25-17

I am a badass at making money

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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: 06-30-17

was in my recommended queue under the false guise of a business book. seems more like a self help book, but it was an amazing novel with some great lessons that I will take with me and practice every day of my life - especially not being afraid of risks and being nice in general

  • The Empathy Exams

  • Essays
  • By: Leslie Jamison
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90

Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison's visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How can we feel another's pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • provocative

  • By 2or3littlebirds on 03-18-15

What a thrill... onion

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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: 03-11-16

This book is by no means a typical read for me, and it certainly drove the point home as I progressed through it. There were a number of very interesting essays that all seemed to have their own resolve while touching on the central idea of the novel.

I definitely learned a bit of trivia as well as witnessed a different perspective of empathy as a whole. I don't read between the lines too often, but I can't get over how force-fed the last essay was; it seemed to lend itself to a completely different theme than those other stories.

Nevertheless, it was a great book, I just wish the ending had been alluded to earlier. Especially given the fact that it is what best remains in my memory from the read.

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