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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 152
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 130
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      3 out of 5 stars 131

    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 103
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 80

    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 103
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 87

    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 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 21
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
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      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

    • 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 58
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    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 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 35
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    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

    • 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 10
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 9

    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

    • 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 43
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    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

    • 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 77
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 60

    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

    • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel Pink | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 26

    Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (2011) is a book about human motivations. Many of the prevailing ideas about why humans make decisions and operate the way they do aren't true or, at least, they are incomplete. Businesses, schools, and organizations are stuck in outdated, unexamined beliefs about human motivation. These beliefs are rooted in the idea of extrinsic motivation - that people make decisions based on external rewards and punishments.

    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 33
    • 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 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 40
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 30

    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....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • DO NOT BUY!!!

    • By Radioteacher on 04-08-18

    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 74
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 63

    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

    • 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 24
    • 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

    • Summary of Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty | Includes Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Dwight Equitz
    • Length: 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century is a study of inequity, both historically and in the present. The book describes how the concentration of wealth has changed over time. Its central thesis is that return on capital is greater than growth over time, which means that capital and inequality inevitably increase. The book also considers the ways governments might address the increasing concentration of wealth in the future.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'm a sucker for synopsis

    • By Alfredo on 03-12-17

    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 51
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    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 Platform Revolution by Geoffrey Parker, Marshall Van Alstyne, and Sangeet Choudary

    • Includes Analysis
    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Platforms connect two types of users in order to exchange something of value. This is different from the traditional pipeline model of business where something of value is created by transferring it from producer to producer with the consumer receiving it at the last step. Platforms are dominating production processes particularly because they reduce the costs of value creation, consumption, and quality control.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Collaboration has it's rewards , I found mine here

    • By LarryCU on 06-17-17

    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
    • Performance
      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

    • Red Notice by Bill Browder: A 15-minute Summary & Analysis

    • By: Instaread
    • Narrated by: Jason P. Hilton
    • Length: 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder is a unique story that blends biography, entrepreneurial business narrative, history, true crime, and a human rights crusade all into one book.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Inadequate

    • By Barbara on 08-20-16

    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

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