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The Leader's Guide

By: Eric Ries
Narrated by: Eric Ries
Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
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Publisher's Summary

After the publication of his New York Times best-selling book, The Lean Startup, entrepreneur and author Eric Ries traveled the world helping companies of every size adopt the Lean Startup approach in order to become more nimble and experimental no matter what their mission. The Leader’s Guide collects and distills the practical, results-oriented advice Ries has dispensed to entrepreneurs, executives, and leaders at early-stage startups, blue chip corporations, and massive federal government agencies.

The Leader’s Guide is for both those who are new to Lean Startup as well as those who love the methodology in principle, but want to know more about how to put it into practice. Packed with real-world examples, the book sheds light on how innovators are tackling questions like:

  • How can I convince my team that testing our early ideas with customers doesn’t mean we should sacrifice quality or forget about our vision?
  • How can I convince senior leadership that innovation projects require a different system of accounting?
  • How can we turn functional specialists in areas like IT, HR, and finance into allies when it comes to supporting new ideas?

Each chapter focuses on an essential principle of Lean Startup strategy and includes an interview with leaders who have been using the method effectively, like Dustin Moskovitz, CEO and founder of Asana, and Chris Boeckerman, Director of Innovation at Procter & Gamble. 

Whether you’ve just discovered The Lean Startup, are a practitioner who wants to dive deeper, or work at a company trying to incorporate it at scale, The Leader’s Guide is the ultimate master class in successfully implementing Lean Startup methodology at your organization.    

©2019 Eric Ries (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

Editorial Review

Move fast and listen to good leadership advice

Through his books The Startup Way and The Lean Startup, Eric Ries has achieved leadership-guru status among those hoping to emulate the success of companies born and bred in and around Silicon Valley—both literally and zeitgeistily. (If you’ve seen a lot of email signatures with variations on the word "entrepreneur" in them, you probably have him to thank.) Buzzwords aside, getting managers to embrace the "move fast and break things" mentality espoused by a certain Northern Californian breed of employee isn’t always easy. That’s why Ries’s Leader's Guide, with its prescriptive advice on how to implement these iconoclastic philosophies, is bound to be a must-listen for the new-era workplace. —Courtney R., Audible Editor

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  • 05-06-19

Valuable insights and practical advice for leaders in any size company

I was incredibly impressed with the quality of this audio book. I’m always a little wary when an author decides to narrate their own book - even if the content is great, poor narration will ruins any audio book.

Fortunately, Eric Ries delivered an impeccable narration performance, with excellent pacing, good valence shifts, and even different voices when quoting other people. He also includes several fascinating interviews with business leaders, and it made for great listening.

Regarding the content itself, I wasn’t sure how relevant it would be to me. In my day job, I’m basically a middle-manager, and I run a small business doing consulting work on the side. It turns out this whole book was perfect for me - great tools, clearly articulated principles, and useful actions I can take to move forward both in a bigger company and with my own work.

I think this book is incredibly useful for anyone interested in business, lean start up, and how to bring about positive change at any level of the organization.

Highly recommended!

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A very good one. But where is the companion PDF?

The author is excellent.
But he mentioned about the PDF companion.
I cannot find it on Audible.

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  • 05-19-19

Lean Startup pt2

Another invaluable lesson from Eric Reis. He really understands how you need to create and support innovate growth teams. This audio book has more great case studies and examples. If anyone in your business says you need to innovate, then refer them to his books first.