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Neil

Neil LEEDS, United Kingdom

While driving my car I enjoy listening to memoirs and business books. While running I like listening to books about running.

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  • "Dense. But enjoyable"

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    This is a really good book but incredibly long and at times the detail get in the way of the narrative. I also find the chronology skips about as different issues and projects are discussed which can be confusing.



    That said, the story is engaging and well read. I didn't know much about the oil industry and this was an eye opening account of the power players. At its best this is riveting stuff.

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    Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Steve Coll
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
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    Steve Coll investigates the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States, revealing the true extent of its power. ExxonMobil's annual revenues are larger than the economic activity in the great majority of countries. In many of the countries where it conducts business, ExxonMobil's sway over politics and security is greater than that of the United States embassy. In Washington, ExxonMobil spends more money lobbying Congress and the White House than almost any other corporation. Yet despite its outsized influence, it is a black box.

    Neil says: "Dense. But enjoyable"
  • "Full of ideas, insight and great st..."

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    I hesitated before buying this book. The cover and title gave me a low expectation - the book way over delivered!

    The 10 words are very well chosen and their power demonstrated through thoughtful and insightful reflections on Leahy's time at Tesco, his work outside Tesco or examples drawn from the wider world.

    For me, highlights included the section on values, the section on turning decisions into action and the discussion around harnessing loyalty via the implementation of Clubcard. Also the section on Balance Scorecards is great for any organisation that uses or is considring using this techniue

    The overall style is engaging and well complimented by the narration. I really enjoyed this.

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    Management in 10 Words

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Terry Leahy
    • Narrated By Rupert Holliday Evans
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    (89)
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    (39)
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    In his 14 years as CEO of Tesco, Sir Terry Leahy not only turned the company into the largest supermarket chain in the UK, but also transformed it into a global enterprise. As a result, Sir Terry is now one of the world's most admired business leaders, widely acclaimed for his drive, flair, and no-nonsense approach. In Management in 10 Words, he draws on his experience and expertise to pinpoint the ten vital attributes that make successful managers and underpin great organisations.

    Penelope says: "Far better than expected"
  • "Good book/Bad book"

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    This is a great book about the creation, implementation and consistency required to bring good strategy to life. It is also a slightly boring book full of MBA case studies which I felt could have been trimmed.

    Rumelt has written a serious account of strategy which is more thoughtful and academic than many of the guru books which are available. He is an expert in his field and this book is hard to fault. My preference was for his thoughts on strategy creation rather than the case studies he used to support his views.

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    Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Richard P. Rumelt
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
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    Developing and implementing a strategy is the central task of a leader, whether the CEO at a Fortune 100 company, an entrepreneur, a church pastor, the head of a school, or a government official. Richard Rumelt argues that the heart of a good strategy is insight - into the true nature of the situation, into the hidden power in a situation, and into an appropriate response. He shows you how insight can be cultivated with a wide variety of tools for guiding your own thinking.

    Ms. Louise M. Ruddy says: "Best strategy advice ever"
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