"Head wounds bleed. All those vessels going to the brain. Carrying nutrients so you can think. Which I hadn't...I was stunned. But I hadn't lost yet. I still had the phone. And two options."
There are a select few people who get things done. Spies are first among them.
In this 45-minute listen, a former spy introduces two simple tools for thinking. The first describes how we think. The second helps us think ahead. They are the essential tools for getting things done.
The tools are applied to an incident in a subway car in Europe where a spy faces a new enemy. Then, they're reapplied to Saddam Hussein's stockpiling (or not) of weapons of mass destruction.
John Braddock was a case officer at the CIA. He developed, recruited and handled sources on weapons proliferation, counter-terrorism, and political-military issues. A former university research fellow, he is now a strategy consultant. He helps people and organizations think more effectively about their strategy, their customers, and their competition.
©2015 John Braddock (P)2015 John Braddock
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"A Smart Guide to Thinking"
I have already listened to it three times and have been taking notes. It is a good, concise, guide to proper thinking, and leads to effective actions. When you are in the fog of making a decision, this book will give you a good method to collect data, analyze that data, make decisions, and take action. In short, it is a very smart way to handle many daily personal and business situations.
In one respect, I have to refer to Sun Tzu's, "The Art of War". In both of these books, you are given some effective ways to look at situations and develop solutions, then carry out actions. They both raise your thinking to higher levels.
I have listened to a number of Kevin Pierce's performances and have always enjoyed them. In fact, that is the reason I opted to listen to this audiobook. Kevin has made some good choices in his narrations. I have never been disappointed.
That is what is funny about this book. Yes, being an hour of so in length, it is easy to listen to in that time. However, there is so much information, pared down in a simple form, it is worth listening to several times.
Disclaimer: This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. My first thought is that this is a very "smart" book. It is compact, and concise. John Braddock has been able to throw in a good spy story to show how to properly think in a stressful situation. The four steps are collecting data, analyzing the data, deciding on a course of action, and taking that action. Each step is important. As you get to the action part the cost of this process increases, when you take that course of action. So your decision making, based on your analysis, based on your data collection, must be good. I work as a boat captain. I collect data on the weather, and condition of the ship and crew. I analyze this information to determine the best course to take. I make a decision to take a course of action. I take that action. After taking that action, I collect more data, analyze that data, make more decisions, and take appropriate action. This thinking loop is what a captain does. So this thinking process is what I do, but did not put this into perspective until John Braddock put it into this context. The book also gets into "games", re zero sum games, positive sum games, and negative sum games. This helps to conceptualize transactions that take place between people, governments, and businesses. As I said, this is a very smart book that will give you tools for more effective thinking. At the end of this book, John mentions he will have a follow up book on Strategies. I am looking forward to reading this. If you like Sun Tzu's "The Art of War", you will like John Braddock's, "A Spy's Guide to Thinking".
I purchased this book because of the boyds loop break down really.
My martial arts instructor was talking about boyds loop a few months back and continues to remind me to keep it simple, reliable and adaptable. Using this mindset in other endeavors made me think deeply on how I should best proceed forward.
This book is simple, reliable and adaptable. It's not the end all be all, but definitely a tool to keep in your tool bag.
"Insightful pocket book"
It's a small but rich and entertaining experience. It's a very well told story, side-tracked with trivia and commentary, a lucky company for a bar table.
"Quick, easy listen with good takeaway lessons"
The author here aimed to impart strategy information that isn’t new, eg. Data, Analysis, Decision, Action (D-A-D-A), but wanted to impart it by applying it to the spy world. One of the best ways to learn is through example, and here an interesting example is presented (because who doesn’t like spy stories?).
If you are the type that doesn’t like stories that jump between perspectives or narratives, you should know that happens in this book. A lot. But it is essential to the point of the book. We are taken through the story of a spy who needs to evaluate the situation he is in and think ahead to make a favorable decision. The other narrative is where he tells us what his thought process is while he is in this situation, and that is where the learning kicks in. There are also some interesting aside tidbits in here, like the origins of the CIA and Saddam Hussein’s grand (or not) WMD plan. This will probably be a series of books in a ‘A Spy’s Guide to …’ format. The end of the book does mention more books expected. If they continue in the same ‘story with a lesson’ format, they should also be good.
The narration of this book was good. There isn’t a chance or need for varying accents or voices in this book, but the narrator uses a pace and tone that makes for a pleasant listening experience. Plus it helps that he has that ‘wise’ voice quality, so it sounds like what I expect someone who has a lifetime of experience would sound like.
Overall, I think with this book you are getting useful strategizing and how-to-think information in a fun and interesting way. It’s short and to the point.
I received this audiobook at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.
"Short and sweet"
Short and sweet but very concise, effective and to the point. Will definitely get others from this author
This is a good and quick read... It is worth the time you will take to finish it.
"Excellent short story"
For now I've been listening to the self help/motivational types of books and this one was very interesting. It contained a nice blend of the author's story and through that, a small bit of new knowledge to have bouncing around in my head as I make my way through my own life. Being literally only a couple minutes over an hour means you get only one story but I am growing to appreciate these shorter books that don't contain unnecessary filler and repeated parts.
"Short but GREAT!"
This book was short but informative. Great buy. I would recommend this for anyone who wants to change their thought process.
"Very good introduction to logical thinking"
Yes. It is a short read, but packs a powerful punch. It is filled with very useful information and tools. The example used is very instructive.
Well paced and fit the tone of the book well.
Waiting for the next volume by this author.
"short yet amazing"
it is a very short book but have with it all the elements you need for a productive way of thinking. i love how the writer used real life events to analyse and categorise the decision into 3 simple outcome.
very highly recommend it.
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