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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 156
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 134
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      3 out of 5 stars 133

    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

    • 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 44
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      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    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
    • So simple, yet so powerful

    • By Anonymous User on 08-18-18

    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 104
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 88

    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 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 111
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 90

    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

    • 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 107
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 83

    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 Girl in the Spider's Web, by David Lagercrantz: Summary & Analysis

    • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 27

    The Girl in the Spider's Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel is the fourth novel in the Millennium Series by David Lagercrantz. This book follows Lisbeth Salander, a Swedish hacker who, while looking into her father and sister's criminal empire, uncovers information about ties between a criminal organization, the National Security Agency (NSA), and a massive technology corporation.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • David Lagercrantz was disappointing

    • By Renee Donovan on 05-06-16

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Body Keeps the Score

    • Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, MD | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
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      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    Bessel van der Kolk, MD, explores the ways in which trauma rewires the brain and changes the way people experience the world. Trauma affects the mind and body immensely and prevents those affected from living in the present. Van der Kolk, who has researched trauma since the 1970s, first became interested in trauma after meeting with Vietnam veterans who had a very hard time living their lives after returning from the war.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very useful review - book is much better

    • By Benjamin Davidson on 08-04-16
    • Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, MD | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 21 mins
    • Release date: 11-06-15
    • 4 out of 5 stars 33 ratings

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox: Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 32

    The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu Goldratt and Jeff Cox describes a process by which an unprofitable manufacturing operation can be made profitable. It conveys proven factory turnaround principles through a fictional story....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Succinct, Amazing values delivered

    • By Praveen on 11-07-17

    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 82
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 65

    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 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

    • 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 60
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Summary is a good overview

    • By C Dylan Milks on 10-11-17

    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 52
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    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 Phoenix Project: by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford | Includes Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Dwight Equitz
    • Length: 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Bill Palmer is promoted to vice president of IT at Parts Unlimited, an automotive parts manufacturer and retailer, at a time when it is struggling financially and trying to launch a new, innovative project. Each day of Palmer's career as VP of IT is characterized by urgent unplanned work for which the department does not have enough resources.

    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 25
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    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

    • Boundaries: When to Say Yes; How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life, by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

    • Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 53

    Written by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend, Boundaries: When to Say Yes; How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life examines how conservative evangelical Christians should set and maintain proper boundaries - that is saying yes and no at the appropriate times, by examining how boundaries are presented in the Bible. Those who cannot say no live lives filled with unhappiness because people take advantage of them.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Feeling Cheated - A Summary Not Expected

    • By Denise on 06-20-16

    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 63
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    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 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 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    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, Analysis & Review of The Arbinger Institute's Leadership and Self-Deception

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Tamara Ryan
    • Length: 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger Institute is a business fable that illustrates the ways that self-deception can undermine interpersonal relationships and productivity. It begins with a new product-line lead employee, Tom Callum, at the fictional Zagrum Company. He's meeting with the company's executive vice president, Bud Jefferson. Bud says that Tom has a problem with self-deception, as they all do, and begins a long meeting to mentor Tom on how to avoid self-deception.

    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 99
    • 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

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

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12

    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

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