Ivy Reisner

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Summary, Analysis & Review of James Kouzes's & Barry Posner's The Leadership Challenge by Instaread audiobook cover art
  • Summary, Analysis & Review of James Kouzes's & Barry Posner's The Leadership Challenge by Instaread
  • By: Instaread
  • Narrated by: Sam Scholl

An excellent fast summary

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

There is no story here, it being non-fiction, but the site wanted a star rating for that, so I gave it five for content.

This is an efficient summary guide to The Leadership Challenge, acceptable to read or listen to in lieu of the original and perfect to read as a supplemental or refresher text. As is common in Instaread titles, the summary is augmented with additional external information that is valuable to the reader.

I liked the narrator on this one. The voice is similar to the guy who says "This is Audible" at the beginning of every Audible title. It's not bland, but not overdone, like a college professor deeply engaged with his topic.

The traditional format for these books is to list the points to be covered (that list is provided below) and then cover the points, and that format works exceptionally well in audio. As these are condensed books for people on a busy schedule, the audio format is perfect for those who can pay attention while listening and doing something else (running on a treadmill for example). The information is, by necessity, very dense, so it's easy to miss things if you get distracted.

The book covers a straightforward approach that has been around for 25 years, widely acclaimed in that time for its effectiveness and its simplicity. This guide breaks down and explores the following Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership:

1- Modeling the Way
2- Inspiring the Shared Vision
3- Challenging the Process
4- Enabling Others to Act
5- Encouraging the Heart

I found it to be an interesting guide, because it is applicable to leadership across a broad array of endeavors, not just business. The summary explicitly mentions the difficulties unique to elected officials or teachers leading a classroom.

I received an advanced reader's copy of this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Summary, Analysis & Review of James Kouzes's & Barry Posner's The Leadership Challenge by Instaread?

The the program isn't all or nothing. Take the parts that you need, break the roles up as fits your company.

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

Efficiency. An audiobook can be listened to while doing other things, and this series is all about getting at the information in as efficient a manner as possible.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The idea of kids growing up to model good behavior to younger kids after their teachers modeled it for them. Tidiness was the specific behavior discussed.

Any additional comments?

I've read the Kindle version as well, and both are excellent.

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This series keeps getting better

5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-07-15

If you could sum up Instinct in three words, what would they be?

Not quite three words but, coming of age as a demon lord.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nick, obviously. He carries so much hope, so much hard-won goodness, against so much darkness. He's snarky. He's fun.

Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

Simi. I love the voice he gives her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Darn work for getting in the way.

Any additional comments?

This series is very different from the Dark Hunters stuff. I never much cared for Dark Hunters -- more sex and men being tamed by the love of a woman than actual story -- but Chronicles of Nick is brilliant.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Japanese Phase 1, Units 1-30
  • Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: uncredited

Simply the best

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-11

Pimsleur is, bar none, the finest language instruction program on the market. You will need to kern the very com ex writing system elsewhere, but for grammar and vocabulary, this is the top of the line. Every language student should try this program. It works, and this from someone who routinely failed a language as close to English as French. I cannot praise this program highly enough.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Buy in print

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-11

A key element of this book is the chess boards that start each section and are scattered about. If you play, but a version where you can see the board. The Kindle version is great.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes
  • Harnessing Our Power to Change the World
  • By: Deepak Chopra
  • Narrated by: Ajay Mehta

Is there a worse narrator on the planet?

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-11

First, he sounds like he's reading a script for the first time, so the cadence is wrong. Then he's obviously not a native speaker and his pronunciation is horrible.

As to the content, it's wrong in some places. As a comic reader for decades, I may be a bit jaded, but I expected some competence. He claims no superhero is motivated by guilt (*cough*Spider-Man) and all superheroes are emotionally balanced (Because Legion is sooo well balanced, and Iron Man is totally immune to addictive tendencies).

It's not all bad. When Chopra is playing in his accustomed sandbox, he's got his a game on. If you're into that, you might like it. Comic fans, don't bother.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful