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"Profound...engaging...packed with insight. I couldn't recommend it more highly." (Stephen R. Covey)
A book of profound wisdom and introspection, delivered with magnificent, story based, lessons, and told with wonderful skill.
I think I've listened to it at least 10 times now... the eternal battle to stay out of the box is too important not to.
We use this very book as our key culture backbone in our business and one day will implement Arbinger's actual program.
"Not quite "out of the box""
To be kind, I would say that the principles written are sound, relevant, and important. However, the narration and delivery are distracting... bordering on amateurish.
The basic concept of the book is:
1. Treat others as indivual people with individual needs, flaws, and dreams
2. Do the right thing by others, for others
3. Once you recognize the joy to be had in THAT moment, then
4. Re-examine other people in that new light
I would recommend any book by Patrick Lencioni for a far better read and equally sound principles
Even though the style of the book seems a bit childish, it has the advantage of getting through to my self defencive ways of thinking. I've read many other books about leadership, but no other has come even close to diagnosing my biggest obstacle for success: the lack of respect and compassion for my fellow workers. Listening to this book has helped me to unlearn my self destructive ways of thinking, and it just seems that life has become a lot more enjoyable, not only for me but also for those around me. I'm 37 years of age - yet can identify with the "young" person those more mature people are trying to share their insights with. I only wish somebody had given me a copy of this book 15 years ago. Who knows where I'd be by now, if I had learned these very, very basic lessons back then?
"Fantastic Listen!!! A MUST HAVE!!!"
This is one of those books that you will listen to over and over. I have it in print format and have referred it to well over 10 people who have all purchased it and thanked me for the referral. You will not be let down with this one, and must have for every library! If you are into bettering your life, this is a great way to get insights!
"Where was this book 20 years ago?"
I could have used this lesson 20 years ago. This would have made a huge difference in my career, marriage, and family. I am just thankful to have come across this book now. I consider this a must "listen to" for everyone who has to interact with anyone. I have, over and over again.
"Reflective and thought provoking work"
After getting used to and accepting the way in which it is presented I found the message in this book life-changing. I like the idea of backing up the audio version with the written one because you do need to revise and revisit particular areas. This book makes you look at your life and take personal responsibility for all of your actions. Not an easy lesson but one that will make you a better person individually and socially if you absorb its contents. Enjoyable and enlightening, it is definitely worth a listen!
This is one of the best books on Corporate Culture and Leadership I have ever read. I listened to it 4 times, taking notes on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th times. Great Listen!
If anyone has ever told you they "have a problem with you", you have to read this book. This book unfolds like a novel but (at least for me) gave me that "a-ha" moment to show me where I am messing up in the way I communicate with others in the world.
I enjoyed this book. It was not my favorite format but the ideas were helpful.
I can't say- I don't know if the context of all the books are similar to that of this one. But I am not enjoying this book in any way.
Yeah- the voices are ridiculous, the narration is dreadful and the fact that the entire book is a story really robs the content of its lasting impression
I feel like the narrator actually made the book sound silly when imitating the other voices which is one of the factors that makes this book so unpleasant for me.
Disappointment. I was hoping for pragmatic and tactile information to apply in Leadership- the concept is interesting but doesn't make a long lasting impression in my line of work.
"(i needed this )"
this is another book that needs to be applied in our children’s education today one must not even graduate until this book has been read.
A must have for all my Executives & Insurance Professionals
"IT GETS GREAT REVIEWS FOR GOOD REASON!"
THIS IS AN ENTERTAINING READ WHICHEVER WAY TOU LOOK AT IT. THERE ARE MANY MOMENTS OF CLARITY AND MANY WHERE YOU NEED TO PONDER. THIS BOOK COULD POTENTIALLY HELP YOU WITH DIFFICULT SITUATIONS EITHER PERSONAL OR PROFESSIONAL, SOME ARE HARD TO SWALLOW, BUT IT WOULD NOT BE RIGHT IF THEY WEREN'T. WORTH EVERYONE OF THE FIVE STARS.
"One for the long commute"
More of a novel than a business book, but some interesting points made "inside" and "outside" the box. if you're looking for an academic challenge, move on. If not, it fills the hours of a long commute.
I great listen, very useful and entertaining, if its leadership or relationship help this book tell you very clearly there is little difference if you want to succeed in both be honest with yourself.
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