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  • Willful Blindness

  • Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril
  • By: Margaret Heffernan
  • Narrated by: Margaret Heffernan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

In this controversial and eye-opening book, distinguished businesswomen and writer Margaret Heffernan examines the phenomenon of wilful blindness in all its forms: in history, in business, in government, and in the family. Heffernan takes as her starting point the 2006 case of the US Government vs Enron, in which those in charge failed to observe the corruption that was unfolding before their very eyes, but not knowing was no defence. In our own lives, too, we can be guilty of overlooking what is right in front of us....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an impressive application of modern philosophy

  • By Rob on 25-01-2018

an impressive application of modern philosophy

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Reviewed: 25-01-2018

margaret heffernan presents a strong argument for the clear and present danger of communities (businesses, collectives, churches, governments small and big) managing blindly.
be the problem subservience or subversion the study takes on the corruption of organisations the length and breadth of the world challenging each to dismiss the warnings of whistleblowers (Cassandras) as cranks and naysayers.
she spans the last seven decades and every continent in the search for examples of problems that were obvious to all but spoken by few or none...like the GFC or the child sex abuses of the Catholic Church or the asbestosis of Libby Montana.
despite the length of the audiobook, this is comparable to a series of university lectures on modern ethics and deserves to be hailed as an intellectual feast... it is never boring thanks to the passion and elocution of the author and presenter.
thank you

  • Triggers

  • Creating Behavior That Lasts - Becoming the Person You Want to Be
  • By: Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
  • Narrated by: Marshall Goldsmith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

In business, the right behaviors matter. But getting it right is tricky. Even when we acknowledge the need to change what we do and how we do it, life has a habit of getting in the way, upsetting even the best-laid plans. And just how do we manage those situations that can provoke even the most rational among us into behaving in ways we would rather forget?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it.

  • By Dan on 07-06-2015

delivers what it promises

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Reviewed: 20-06-2017

Triggers sets out to provide thinking and tools for behavioural change in a profound way. Goldsmith delivers a relaxed, laconic guide to take an objective look at the reader's world (establishing a need) and then coaching an approach to fill the gaps. As with so much of the genre, the lessons are often in the form of stories; the difference here is that the stories relate to Goldsmith's clients rather than third parties.
Is it an advertisement for his business? Well it works like that, but there is no pitch.. no follow on . You do get the impression of someone who genuinely wants to share a better approach to getting more out of life.

  • Girt

  • The Unauthorised History of Australia
  • By: David Hunt
  • Narrated by: David Hunt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,619
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,506

Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia.... In this hilarious history, David Hunt reveals the truth of Australia's past, from megafauna to Macquarie - the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are. Girt introduces forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the crime of "felony of sock", and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Blue History of Australia - Addicted

  • By Nelson C on 25-05-2015

enjoyable romp over our first 100 years

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Reviewed: 27-01-2017

This a delightfully read historical account of the intricacies of the early colony.I'm inclined to believe the facts, however the tone and slant were meant to entertain rather than find intellectual following. The author/narraor was interesting (I didn't know that January 26th marks the Rum Rebellion Australias only military coup) and the delivery of short anecdotes highlighting the personal shortcomings of all the characters featured on our currency could well trigger the memories of high school students where prescribed texts have failed.

  • Smarter Faster Better

  • The Secrets of Being Productive
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

In the international best seller The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg explained why we do what we do. In Smarter Faster Better, he applies the same relentless curiosity, rigorous reporting and rich storytelling to explain how we can get better at the things we do. The result is a groundbreaking exploration of the science of productivity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • making better decisions

  • By Rob on 13-01-2017

making better decisions

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Reviewed: 13-01-2017

Duhig's second book is a little less compelling than the first (Power of Habits) . He sets out eight ideas for making better decisions and supports each idea with two or three stories illustrating the point (e.g. on building mental models he uses the fate of an Air France pilot team which failed to address a fatal series of warning signals as opposed to a Qantas team who did apply mental models and saved the day).

I enjoyed the stories and there are some elements I can apply to my work environment but I will need to listen again and take more notes in order to distil the lessons.

This doesn't have the flow and engagement of Gladwell's books nor did I find it as easily digested as Power of Habit, but it does have merit and I will recommend it to team leaders and junior managers (perhaps in a hardcover form rather than audible... there are lessons that need to be annoted.)

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  • David and Goliath

  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

David and Goliath is the dazzling and provocative new book from Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw. Why do underdogs succeed so much more than we expect? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a scintillating and surprising journey through the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gladwell does it again!

  • By salma on 01-03-2018

masterful storytelling

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Reviewed: 05-09-2016

once again I find myself amazed at the level of engagement Malcolm Gladwell casts about his works. This is a series of stories across USA Europe and starting in the Biblical plains all of which point to his proposition that the greatest strength always includes the greatest weakness. Thoroughly enjoyable, informative and thought provoking.

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 559

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book highly recommended !!!!

  • By Igor on 11-05-2017

Talk about engaging!

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Reviewed: 22-06-2016

Malcoln Gladwells latest book sets out the premise that "outliers" are the nexus of talent, hard work and opportunity. He takes the reader through story after story of celebrated success which he de-engineers into the circumstances that created that unique moment. Then he scrutinizes the cultural contribution culminating with the example of his own family. This is a remarkable lesson, beautifully scripted and presented by the author, himself. Value in an Audible? This gets top marks for any student of human behaviour.

  • Influence

  • Science and Practice, ePub, 5th Edition
  • By: Robert B. Cialdini
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

Widely used in classes, as well as sold to people operating successfully in the business world, the eagerly awaited revision of Influence reminds the listener of the power of persuasion. Cialdini organizes compliance techniques into six categories based on psychological principles that direct human behavior: reciprocation, consistency, social proof, liking, authority, and scarcity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent content but a bit dry and heavy

  • By Andrew M on 20-11-2015

engaging

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Reviewed: 09-06-2016

this is the most impressive research paper I've ever heard. The principles are clearly articulated and the anecdotal evidence is both pertinent and easy to follow. The examples stretch over the period 1950 to 1979 but, despite the age, lose nothing in their relevance to the lessons being delivered.

  • All Marketers Are Liars

  • The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World
  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
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    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 76

Every marketer tells a story. And if they do it right, we believe them. We believe that wine tastes better in a $20 glass than a $1 glass. We believe that an $80,000 Porsche Cayenne is vastly superior to a $36,000 VW Touareg, which is virtually the same car. We believe that $225 Pumas will make our feet feel better, and look cooler, than $20 no-names... and believing it makes it true.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • interesting over view on marketing.

  • By Brett on 09-02-2016

impressive and challenging for businesspeople

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Reviewed: 10-09-2015

Seth is as much a business philosopher as he is a marketer. There are new insights into the successes and failures from the marketing of a wide range of operations, as he takes the reader through the application of story telling to the challenge to business operators to be authentic in taking on the embodiment of the story they have constructed. It's a short book with a consistent theme and cross references to his "Purple Cow' often. It is very USA in its application,but that's not a real drawback...since marketing is essentially a USA export (but some European examples would have rounded out the process) It's read with passion and conviction (which seems to distinguish author read books from third person), if you enjoyed Pink's "A Whole New Mind" you will recognise this as an extrapolation of the same creative theme told with much the same vigour.

  • A Whole New Mind

  • Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
  • By: Daniel H. Pink
  • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Lawyers. Accountants. Software Engineers. That what Mom and Dad encouraged us to become. They were wrong. Gone is the age of "left-brain" dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers - creative and emphatic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More than just a prognostication

  • By Rob on 03-08-2015

More than just a prognostication

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Reviewed: 03-08-2015

I enjoyed Daniel Pink's vision of the future... his prediction that the three inexorable forces of Abundance, Asia and Automation will force the developed world to embrace right brained dominant thinking. The argument is framed well and narrated with the strength that we find only when narrator and author are one. I wasn't expecting Pink's series of references. At the end of each chapter on the attributes of the right handed brain he provides an extensive reading list and on line sites to explore further. This is like an exercise regime for the inquisitive brain. An engaging,easily digested work that will be well worth a second or third listen (and there's few books that can boast such)

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  • Unfair Advantage

  • The Power of Financial Education
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Why do the rich get richer even in a financial crisis? In his new book, the best-selling author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad confirms his message and challenges listeners to change their context and act in a new way. Robert Kiyosaki here takes a new and hard-hitting look at the factors that impact people from all walks of life as they struggle to cope with change and challenges that impact their financial world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the Strength of Earlier RDPD books

  • By Rob on 24-05-2015

Not the Strength of Earlier RDPD books

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Reviewed: 24-05-2015

If you have never read any of the RD/PD series, then the story of the rise and rise of Robert and his wife is nothing short of inspiring.However,much of this text revisits former material and is strongly flavoured with his views (or perhaps his Rich dad's views) on the political and economic demise of the United States.I was left with the impression that it was a precursor to a property "Bootcamp" or something similar (this is not offered,it was just the impression that something was missing). As an Australian Audible listener,his extensive reconfiguration of the USA retirement mechanism did not resonate and his "no recourse" bank refinancing had little Aussie equivalence. The narration style improves in the second half of the book but is somewhat dry in the earlier part and the pretend interview sequence "FAQ" might be compared to the highlighted boxes of the "Dummies " book series,which works for skimmers...but in an audio version it's just an annoyance. This is not one I will recommend to fellow Aussie investors, even though we all know the R D P D series.

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