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    • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't, by Jim Collins

    • Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 128

    What does it take to make something - an activity, a work of art, a company - great? What are the factors that distinguish the merely good from the truly great? In Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't, Jim Collins offers insight into what makes a business truly great....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • BEWARE, this is not the actual book, Good to Great

    • By Big Red Dog on 05-27-18

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, by Patrick Lencioni

    • Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 75

    Patrick Lencioni's The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is about the reasons teams fail to work together for the collective good of an organization and ways to overcome these problems....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • interesting summary

    • By SVP Dr Ann McCoy on 02-20-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing, by Benjamin Graham and Jason Zweig

    • Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 82

    The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing by Benjamin Graham, with commentary by Jason Zweig, is a thorough guide to the principles of portfolio creation, cost management, stock and bond picking, and stock ownership for the defensive, long-term investor....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A bit TOO clipped for me

    • By Philo on 11-01-15

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Summary of Start with Why by Simon Sinek

    • Includes Analysis
    • By: Instaread Summaries
    • Narrated by: Dwight Equitz
    • Length: 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 50

    Most companies rely on manipulations to attract customers and employees; they use short-term motivators that do not inspire or encourage loyalty. Customers who are not inspired will stop buying the product as soon as the company cannot keep up the manipulative strategies, and employees are less motivated and less productive when they are not inspired.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • It seems to be done by a computer. Describes was it”s written instead of extracting the ideas. Really bad. Don”t waste your mone

    • By Lucas Barcia on 11-07-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Summary of High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove | Includes Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
    • Length: 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 79

    First published in 1983, High Output Management by Andrew Grove is a management guide based on Grove's 15 years of managerial experience and knowledge as a cofounder, president, and chief executive of Intel. As Grove emphasizes in a new introduction to the book, globalization and the information revolution have dramatically changed the workforce, making people ever more replaceable and the market ever more competitive. Companies must adapt to these changes or face their own irrelevance and extinction.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Superficial

    • By Chris Firestone on 12-08-16

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Summary of Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

    • Includes Analysis
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Dwight Equitz
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek advocates for a leadership style that focuses on serving others rather than pursuing shareholder goals or personal interests. Modern trends in leadership prioritize profits and executive bonuses over creating a healthy environment for employees. Leaders who think of themselves as serving their employees like family can increase job satisfaction and engagement, which reduces stress and increases productivity because employees feel secure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • good to have a summary

    • By stephan j. murphy on 04-16-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Summary of The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling

    • Includes Analysis
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    The 4 Disciplines of Execution is a guide for businesses to reliably commit to the goals and plans they set, authored by associates from FranklinCovey, a management consultancy. Rather than focusing on what a business must accomplish to be successful, the four disciplines establish how to accomplish those things.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • not a good investment. time or money

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-15-16

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    A group of old school friends meet to catch up. They end up discussing the unexpected, unforeseen changes to their lives, and one friend offers to tell a story about adapting to change. The story he tells involves four characters, two mice named Sniff and Scurry, and two "Littlepeople" named Hem and Haw. All of them are in a maze, looking for cheese, which they need to survive. For the "Littlepeople", cheese also has a larger, metaphysical connotation in the sense that it also makes them happy - their Cheese is thus spelled with a capital C....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • loved it (~§~)

    • By La Tanya Gibbs on 03-05-16

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Extreme Ownership: How US Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin is a guide to applying leadership principles of the United States Navy's Sea, Air, and Land Teams (SEALs) to business. At the center of the strategies that Willink and Babin illustrate is taking complete responsibility for everything in which all leaders are involved....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • get the normal book

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-21-16

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Summary of The Ideal Team Player: by Patrick Lencioni | Includes Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Patrick Lencioni's The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues posits that in order to succeed - especially in a work environment - one must be a team player. Business leaders must be able to identify and hire team players to secure the best possible advantage over their competitors and leverage all the benefits of teamwork. Ideal team players share three core virtues: They are hungry, humble, and smart.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A good summary of The Model, not enough of The Fable

    • By Benjamin on 03-28-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Summary of Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renée A. Mauborgne

    • Includes Analysis
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 58

    Blue Ocean Strategy is the 2015 update to the classic business strategy text of the same name originally published in 2005. The text offers a practical handbook to business students and entrepreneurs who wish to rise above the fray of the competition, become pioneers in previously uncharted market territory, and gain access to impressive growth opportunities and an untapped customer base.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • good content, poor narration.

    • By Ryan Arnold on 12-05-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Summary of The New Jim Crow: by Michelle Alexander | Includes Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Beginning in the 17th century, institutions emerged in colonial America that contributed to the creation of a racial caste system. America's current racial caste system builds upon the legacy of both chattel slavery that existed in the United States prior to the Civil War and on the system of Jim Crow laws that designated African Americans to second-class citizenship in many parts of the American South prior to the civil rights movement.

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    • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown - A 30-minute Summary & Analysis

    • How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 9

    Daring Greatly, a book by researcher Brene Brown, deals with vulnerability. But its key tenet is one that will surprise many people. That tenet is the idea that being vulnerable is not a negative aspect of a person's life but a positive one. Only by being vulnerable, by risking hurt or failure, can people open themselves to all the possibilities in life. Those are the opportunities that can make people happier, enable them to connect better with others, and help them become more creative and productive.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Horrible.

    • By Mik0Sp on 07-08-16

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl: Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    Frankl and his family were imprisoned in concentration camps during the war. Frankl was held in several camps before he was liberated from the last in 1945. During his time in the camps, Frankl witnessed the extreme cruelty of camp guards and the prisoners who were given special status by them, also known as Capos. He also witnessed the cruelty of the prisoners to each other as they underwent the three stages of reaction to their imprisonment.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best summary of this book

    • By Ali Rafatjah on 05-22-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Summary of The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries | Includes Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 74

    The Lean Startup offers a set of tools and methodologies for entrepreneurs both in startups and established corporations to better achieve success. Since the vast majority of startups fail, understanding how to build a better company saves society's most precious commodities: ideas, time, and the skills of its people. The lean startup movement sets out to prevent future failures....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Filled with important lessons

    • By Gina Carr on 07-08-18

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown

    • Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less is a self-help book by Greg McKeown. The book outlines a minimalist approach to tasks and obligations by focusing on truly important goals and learning to turn down opportunities that do not directly contribute to meeting those goals. The modern fixation on multitasking and having it all has paradoxically resulted in accomplished, motivated people doing many relatively unimportant things poorly while neglecting their true goals....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Boring and lightweight

    • By Michael on 06-27-16

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Summary of Lilac Girls: by Martha Hall Kelly | Includes Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly's debut, is a World War II-era novel based on real people and events. The novel tells the intertwined stories of three women: Caroline Ferriday, a New York socialite and philanthropist; Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish prisoner at the Ravensbrück concentration camp for women; and Herta Oberheuser, a Nazi doctor at Ravensbrück.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Sociopath Next Door: by Martha Stout

    • Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    Sociopaths comprise an alarming four percent of the population; that is, one in every 25 people is a sociopath. But this mental disorder is not well understood and many people fail to recognize it in others, which makes sociopaths difficult to identify and potentially very dangerous. It is urgent that people understand what a sociopath is and learn to recognize their revealing traits in order to protect themselves against these individuals who otherwise blend into the general population.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good overview

    • By Eric on 09-13-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Glass Castle, a Memoir by Jeannette Walls: Summary & Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 9

    Jeannette Walls chronicles all the heartbreak, deprivation, humor, and love of her childhood in The Glass Castle, a memoir of growing up dirt-poor on a cross-country odyssey with her charismatic, but alcoholic, father and her codependent mother.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Helpful and Quick Summary and Analysis

    • By Andre on 09-08-16

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot: A 15-minute Summary & Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Jason P. Hilton
    • Length: 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Henrietta Lacks was a young black woman whose cervical cancer cells became one of the most important factors in bringing about important scientific and medical advancements in the 20th century. Her family, however, did not know that researchers were using Henrietta's cells in their experiments until much later. When the family learned the truth, they endured turmoil and heartache in the decades that followed.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Summary OK, analysis & takeaways better

    • By azmom on 04-20-15

    Regular price: $3.95

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