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Jim

Jim Twickenham, United Kingdom Member Since 2011
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  • "All of us are smarter than any of us"

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    Some readers seem to feel that Surowiecki stretches this idea further than it really deserves thus leading to some repetition or padding. It didn't feel that way to me. Using genuinely interesting examples the author makes a case for how and why the wisdom of crowds works before going on to clarify the conditions that differentiate this approach from a simple matter of asking a bunch of people what they think and averaging the results. In addition to being just long enough it's also well narrated although the production standards are poor; hence the dropped star. Ten minutes in I no longer noticed the slightly muffled delivery.

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    The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few

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    • By James Surowiecki
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant. Groups are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

    Jim says: "All of us are smarter than any of us"
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A Peek at Mr. P. A. Gower's Bookshelf

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  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    "Seminal work in Innovation but awful narration"

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    Have read this classic book a couple of times (albeit ten years ago) before purchasing the audio version. As with other comments the narration is awful and makes Stephen Hawking's speech box sound human! Although it is worth persisting, as with a couple of other reviews would suggest you buy the book for this one. Listening to this has prompted me to re-read and has reminded me how good this book is at providing a systematic approach to innovation and entrepreneurship

Matthew

Matthew Netherend, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom 05/07/2006
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  • "Tediously labours the point"

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    The points made are interesting but the author makes them time and time again and labours the point too often.

    I don't know if he is trying to flesh out what should have been a briefer book or doesn't have confidence in his ability to explain the subject matter in a manner that the audience can understand.

    I ended up becoming frustrated and thinking 'I know, you've said so five times already' when listening to this audiobook and is the only one I?ve not listened to all the way though. I think an abridged version would have been better!

    There are far better science books out there about Emergence in my opinion - even though few are on audiobook yet.

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    Linked: The New Science of Networks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
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    Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.

    Venice says: "So Good!"

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  • 4.3 (47 ratings)
    Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?: Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround (






UNABRIDGED) by Louis V. Gerstner Narrated by Edward Herrmann

    Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?: Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Louis V. Gerstner
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    In 1990, IBM had its most profitable year ever. By 1993, the company was on a watch list for extinction, victimized by its own lumbering size, an insular corporate culture, and the PC era IBM had itself helped invent.

    Jacob says: "Really enjoyed it."
  • 4.3 (12 ratings)
    The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community (






UNABRIDGED) by David C. Korten Narrated by Sandra Swafford

    The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David C. Korten
    • Narrated By Sandra Swafford
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    David Korten argues that global corporate consolidation of power is but one manifestation of what he calls "Empire" ¿ the organization of society by hierarchies of dominance that have held sway for the past 5,000 years. Empire has always resulted in misery for the many and fortune for the few. Now it threatens the very future of humanity. The Great Turning traces the ancient roots of Empire and charts its long evolution from monarchies to the transnational institutions of the global economy.

    Vaughan says: "Very Very interesting"
  • 4.0 (43 ratings)
    The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few (






UNABRIDGED) by James Surowiecki Narrated by Grover Gardner

    The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Surowiecki
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant. Groups are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

    Jim says: "All of us are smarter than any of us"
  • 4.2 (35 ratings)
    Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men, One Message (






ABRIDGED) by Donald J. Trump, Robert T. Kiyosaki Narrated by John Dossett, Skipp Sudduth

    Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men, One Message

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Donald J. Trump, Robert T. Kiyosaki
    • Narrated By John Dossett, Skipp Sudduth
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    Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki are both concerned. Their concern is that the rich are getting richer, but America is getting poorer. The entitlement mentality is epidemic, creating people who expect their country, employer, or family to take care of them. And like the polar ice caps, the middle class is disappearing. America is becoming a two-class society, and soon you will be either rich or poor. Trump and Kiyosaki want you to be rich.

    Neil says: "Scarey"
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  • 3.9 (29 ratings)
    Linked: The New Science of Networks (






UNABRIDGED) by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi Narrated by Henry Leyva

    Linked: The New Science of Networks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
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    Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.

    Venice says: "So Good!"
  • 3.9 (10 ratings)
    Seeing What's Next: Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change (






UNABRIDGED) by Clayton M. Christensen, Scott D. Anthony, Erik A. Roth Narrated by Joel Leffert

    Seeing What's Next: Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Clayton M. Christensen, Scott D. Anthony, Erik A. Roth
    • Narrated By Joel Leffert
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    Seeing What's Next is a framework for predicting industry winners and losers. Every day, individuals take action based on how they believe innovation will change industries. Yet these beliefs are largely based on guesswork and incomplete data, and can lead to costly errors in judgment. Internationally renowned innovation expert Clayton M. Christensen and his research partners, Scott D. Anthony and Erik A. Roth, present this guide for predicting outcomes in the evolution of any industry.

  • 4.1 (10 ratings)
    Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires  by Brian Tracy Narrated by Brian Tracy

    Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires

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    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
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    Brian Tracy reveals the success secrets of millionaires who achieved their dreams. You'll learn how to increase your income, achieve your goals, eliminate your debts, and realize your full potential. Tracy presents motivational ideas and principles that are followed by provocative questions and action exercises to help you apply the secrets to create your own success.

    Costas says: "Great choice!"
  • 3.7 (30 ratings)
    Small is the New Big: And 193 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas (






ABRIDGED) by Seth Godin Narrated by Seth Godin

    Small is the New Big: And 193 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
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    Seth Godin, one of today's most influential business thinkers, writes best-selling books like Purple Cow and All Marketers Are Liars. And in between those annual books, he delivers a daily stream of ideas on one of the world's most popular blogs.

    Nick says: "Perfect when you need to boost your creativity"
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  • 3.2 (14 ratings)
    The Search: How Google & Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business & Transformed Our Culture (






UNABRIDGED) by John Battelle Narrated by John Battelle

    The Search: How Google & Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business & Transformed Our Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Battelle
    • Narrated By John Battelle
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    What does the world want? According to John Battelle, a company that answers that question can unlock the most intractable riddles of both business and culture. And for the past few years, that's exactly what Google has been doing.

    Tom says: "A bit outdated but still fascinating"
  • Linked: The New Science of Networks (






UNABRIDGED) by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi Narrated by Henry Leyva

    Linked: The New Science of Networks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
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    Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.

    Venice says: "So Good!"
  • HBR: Curveball: Strategies to Fool the Competition (






UNABRIDGED) by George Stalk Narrated by Todd Mundt

    HBR: Curveball: Strategies to Fool the Competition

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By George Stalk
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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    Strategic hardball is about playing rough and tough with competitors; strategic curveball is about outfoxing them. It involves getting rivals to do something dumb that they otherwise wouldn't (that is, swing at a pitch that appears to be in the strike zone but isn't) or not do something smart that they otherwise would (that is, fail to swing at a pitch that's in the strike zone but appears not to be). In this article, George Stalk, Jr. describes four types of curveballs you can throw your competitors.

  • HBR: The Five Messages Leaders Must Manage (






UNABRIDGED) by John Hamm, Harvard Business Review Narrated by Harvard Business Review

    HBR: The Five Messages Leaders Must Manage

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By John Hamm, Harvard Business Review
    • Narrated By Harvard Business Review
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    If you want to know why so many organizations sink into chaos, look no further than their leaders' mouths. Over and over, leaders present grand, overarching - yet fuzzy - notions of where they think the company is going. The result is often sloppy behavior and misalignment that can cost a company dearly. Effective communication is a leader's most critical tool for doing the essential job of leadership.

  • HBR: When Should a Leader Apologize - and When Not? (






UNABRIDGED) by Barbara Kellerman, Harvard Business Review Narrated by Harvard Business Review

    HBR: When Should a Leader Apologize - and When Not?

    • UNABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By Barbara Kellerman, Harvard Business Review
    • Narrated By Harvard Business Review
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    When corporate leaders or the organizations they represent mess up, they face the difficult decision of whether to apologize publicly. A public apology is a risky move. It's highly political, and every word matters. Refusal to apologize can be smart, or it can be suicidal. Readiness to apologize can be seen as a sign of character or one of weakness. Because the stakes are so high, Barbara Kellerman says, leaders should not extend public apologies often or lightly.

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  • HBR: Connect and Develop: Inside P&G's New Model for Innovation (






UNABRIDGED) by Larry Huston, Nabil Sakkab, Harvard Business Review Narrated by Harvard Business Review

    HBR: Connect and Develop: Inside P&G's New Model for Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By Larry Huston, Nabil Sakkab, Harvard Business Review
    • Narrated By Harvard Business Review
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    For generations, Procter & Gamble generated most of its growth by innovating from within - building global research facilities and hiring the best talent in the world. Back when companies were smaller and the world was less competitive, that model worked just fine. But in 2000, newly appointed CEO A.G. Lafley saw that P&G couldn't meet its growth objectives by spending greater and greater amounts on R&D for smaller and smaller payoffs. So he embraced a "connect and develop" model.

  • HBR: Extreme Jobs: The Dangerous Allure of the 70-Hour Workweek (






UNABRIDGED) by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Carolyn Buck Luce Narrated by Todd Mundt

    HBR: Extreme Jobs: The Dangerous Allure of the 70-Hour Workweek

    • UNABRIDGED (46 mins)
    • By Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Carolyn Buck Luce
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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    Today's overachieving professionals labor longer, take on more responsibility, and earn more than the workaholics of yore. They hold what the authors call "extreme jobs", which entail workweeks of 60 or more hours and have at least five of 10 characteristics, such as tight deadlines and lots of travel. The authors consider the shape and scope of these jobs in relation to increasing competitive pressures, vastly improved communication technology, cultural shifts, and other sweeping changes.

  • Harvard Business Review, March 2011  by Harvard Business Review Narrated by Todd Mundt

    Harvard Business Review, March 2011

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    • By Harvard Business Review
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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    "The Battle for China's Talent" by Conrad Schmidt. "Capitalism for the Long Term" by Dominic Barton. "A Step-by-Step Guide to Smart Business" by Eric T. Anderson and Duncan Simester. "Is the Bottom of the Pyramid Really for You?" by Ashish Karamchandani, Mike Kubzansky, and Nishant Lalwani.

  • HBR: Your Loyalty Program is Betraying You (






UNABRIDGED) by Joseph C. Nunes, Xavier Dreze, Harvard Business Review

    HBR: Your Loyalty Program is Betraying You

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    • By Joseph C. Nunes, Xavier Dreze, Harvard Business Review
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    Even as loyalty programs are launched left and right, many are being scuttled. How can that be? These days, everyone knows that an old customer retained is worth more than a new customer won. What is so hard about making a simple loyalty program work? Quite a lot, Joseph C. Nunes and Xavier Dreze say in this complete article from the April 2006 The Harvard Business Review.

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  • Collective Genius (Harvard Business Review) (






UNABRIDGED) by Linda A. Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove, Kent Lineback Narrated by Todd Mundt

    Collective Genius (Harvard Business Review)

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Linda A. Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove, and others
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    Linda A. Hill, a professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, Greg Brandeau, head of technology at Pixar, Emily Truelove, a researcher and a PhD candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Kent Lineback, a manager and executive with over 25 years of experience, write about how smart leaders of innovation don't set a vision and motivate others to follow it; they create a community that is both willing and able to innovate.

  • HBR: Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail (






UNABRIDGED) by John P. Kotter Narrated by Todd Mundt

    HBR: Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By John P. Kotter
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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    Businesses hoping to survive over the long term will have to remake themselves into better competitors at least once along the way. These efforts have gone under many banners: total quality management, reengineering, rightsizing, restructuring, cultural change, and turnarounds, to name a few. In almost every case, the goal has been to cope with a new, more challenging market by changing the way business is conducted. In this article, John Kotter outlines the eight largest errors that can doom these efforts.

  • Four Paths to Business Model Innovation (Harvard Business Review) (






UNABRIDGED) by Karan Girotra, Serguei Netessine Narrated by Todd Mundt

    Four Paths to Business Model Innovation (Harvard Business Review)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Karan Girotra, Serguei Netessine
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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    Karan Girotra, a professor of technology and operations management at INSEAD, and Serguei Netessine, a professor of Global Technology and Innovation at INSEAD, write about how the secret to success lies in who makes what decisions when and why.

  • Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?: Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround (






UNABRIDGED) by Louis V. Gerstner Narrated by Edward Herrmann

    Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?: Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Louis V. Gerstner
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    In 1990, IBM had its most profitable year ever. By 1993, the company was on a watch list for extinction, victimized by its own lumbering size, an insular corporate culture, and the PC era IBM had itself helped invent.

    Jacob says: "Really enjoyed it."
  • New York Times Audio Digest, July 22, 2014  by The New York Times Narrated by The New York Times

    New York Times Audio Digest, July 22, 2014

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    It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.

  • Wall Street Journal Morning Read, July 22, 2014  by The Wall Street Journal Narrated by The Wall Street Journal

    Wall Street Journal Morning Read, July 22, 2014

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    Here's a creative way to make the best use of your morning commute: listen to The Wall Street Journal. Each morning, you'll get the must-hear stories from the Journal's front page, as well as the most popular columns and briefings from Marketplace, Money & Investing, and more. And, every Friday, you'll get a bonus delivery: features, columns, and reviews from the Weekend Journal.

  • Wall Street Journal Morning Read, July 21, 2014  by The Wall Street Journal Narrated by The Wall Street Journal

    Wall Street Journal Morning Read, July 21, 2014

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    Here's a creative way to make the best use of your morning commute: listen to The Wall Street Journal. Each morning, you'll get the must-hear stories from the Journal's front page, as well as the most popular columns and briefings from Marketplace, Money & Investing, and more. And, every Friday, you'll get a bonus delivery: features, columns, and reviews from the Weekend Journal.

  • New York Times Audio Digest, July 21, 2014  by The New York Times Narrated by The New York Times

    New York Times Audio Digest, July 21, 2014

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    It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.

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  • Wall Street Journal Morning Read, July 18, 2014  by The Wall Street Journal Narrated by The Wall Street Journal

    Wall Street Journal Morning Read, July 18, 2014

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    Here's a creative way to make the best use of your morning commute: listen to The Wall Street Journal. Each morning, you'll get the must-hear stories from the Journal's front page, as well as the most popular columns and briefings from Marketplace, Money & Investing, and more. And, every Friday, you'll get a bonus delivery: features, columns, and reviews from the Weekend Journal.

  • Wall Street Journal Weekend Journal 07-18-2014  by The Wall Street Journal Narrated by The Wall Street Journal

    Wall Street Journal Weekend Journal 07-18-2014

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  • New York Times Audio Digest, July 18, 2014  by The New York Times Narrated by The New York Times

    New York Times Audio Digest, July 18, 2014

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    It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.

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    Science News, July 19, 2014

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    Turn to Science News for the latest coverage of biology, astronomy, the physical sciences, behavioral sciences, math and computers, chemistry, and earth science. This 75-year-old publication is known for its sharp writing and up-to-date coverage of the latest scientific research. Since its debut in 1922, Science News has been committed to providing reports on scientific and technical developments that the layman would find interesting and easy to digest.

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