Extraordinary Outcomes

Shaping an Otherwise Unpredictable Future
Narrated by: Graham Vick
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Business, Management
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Steel your team against the unexpected by planning for uncertainty.

Extraordinary Outcomes presents an innovative approach to thinking and planning, giving leaders a playbook for dealing with uncertainty. Written by internationally recognized authorities on problem solving and creativity in organizations, this audiobook provides an alternative outlook on business strategy and people management for leaders navigating uncertain waters, where the future is anything but guaranteed. The framework is the result of research in multiple fields and the authors' experiences with individuals, teams, and organizations, with examples from real-world situations that illustrate the concepts and dynamics at work to give listeners deeper insight. The focus is on conquering uncertainty - eliminating it where possible, reducing it where it can be reduced, and embracing it when it's inevitable. Traditional ways of thinking and planning do not work in the face of an uncertain future. Frequently there are just no guarantees, nothing written in stone, and even a fortune-teller couldn't accurately predict the outcome.

Extraordinary Outcomes helps leaders prepare for that, with strategies geared toward preparedness and embracing uncertainty. Learn why skills and talent are only two pieces of a bigger puzzle. Discover how to better galvanize the team, and keep them motivated long-term. Connect to a purpose that inspires enthusiastic engagement. Conquer uncertainty, and develop a strategy for dealing with mistakes. No one likes to be caught off guard, and the consequences can be severe at the organizational level. Leaders can't be psychic, but they can plan for possible outcomes and always have a solution at the ready. For those who like to have an answer for everything, Extraordinary Outcomes provides a roadmap toward an uncertainty-proof strategy for doing business.

©2014 Iris R. Firstenberg and Moshe F. Rubinstein (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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An encyclopedia of relevant business principals

From Agile development to self development and everything in between. Effective training, handling self-criticism, leadership, great quotes and much more. I was able to implement some of principals immediately within the organization I work at, while sharing them with others. I recommend ordering a hard copy of the book as a reference (You'll want to go back and reference sections as needed and the searching the audio would be time consuming).

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Good book. Good ideas for leaders. Just not unique

I enjoyed the listen. It didn't take me long. I liked the ideas for how to enable teams and influence others. I just found I was running into a lot of material on bias and mindfulness that is better covered elsewhere.

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Cover design is the best part

Have struggled to separate my negative response to this book into aspects of content and performance - and I think the two belong together.

In contrast to the insightful books on similar territory - e.g. that by Achor - most of this material feels trite, well worn and, at times, even patronising.

I have been determined to find good stuff in a book on a topic with such relevance (to just about everyone) and promise but, sadly, am about to dive out half way through.

But I still like the cover...