Business consultant and executive coach Scott Ventrella shows you how to achieve unlimited success by incorporating the basic principles of good business into everyday living. Sharing the 10 time-tested principles that guide most successful and enduring companies, he shows you how to apply them to your life and design your own custom "exceptional living plan", much like a business plan, that will guide you on the road to an exceptional life.
What if you were the CEO of a mediocre company? Would you just sit back and let the business plod along on a road to nowhere? Of course not. Any competent CEO would get proactive and start developing and implementing a plan for success. Now think about your life. Isn't it just as important as any business?
Over the course of 12 "milestones" and accompanying exercises, you'll learn what you want and why, create your custom exceptional living plan based on your ultimate goals, use that plan as an everyday guide to living, and learn how to maintain your momentum and stay on track. You'll take stock of your most important "clients", gather feedback on your actions, set goals and priorities, and implement plans for change and constant improvement. Rather than float through life, you'll take control, be your own boss, and steer You, Inc., into the black.
You only lead one life, so why lead an average one? Stop living by accident and start living on purpose.
©2007 Scott W. Ventrella; (P)2007 Gildan Media Corp
"Ventrella takes the best practices of Fortune 500 companies and shows how you can apply them to another important venture: you!" (Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One Minute Manager and Leading at a Higher Level)
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"Great guide for getting where you want to be"
Practical guide about building a plan for your life filled with great ideas. Just as you can create a successful business, you can do the same for your life. I really enjoyed listening to it, doing the suggested activities and contemplating the concepts and strategies the author suggested. It's a clever way to access where you are and where you want to be, and find the best way to get there.
This book is exactly what I was looking for. It definantly 'delivers' on content. Given that, I find it is too much of a workbook for an audio version to be useful. If it wasn't for that, I'd probably have given this one five stars. Listening to the audio version has however, inspired me to go out and buy a hard copy. While the idea of paying for the same book twice bothers me a little, I'm not sure I would have picked up the book if I hadn't seen it here first.
"poorly narrated and impractical"
They say words only form 7% or so of our communication, the rest is 38% tonality and 55% body language. So the quality of narration is critical for any audiobook. Unfortunately the narration on this audio book is horrible with a matter-of-fact tonality - which for me took away from the content of the book.
The audiobook seems to just mention a checklist of things to do but not HOW to do much of what is recommended. I found this frustrating because I'm a very practical down to earth person who wants to implement new strategies immediately, not wander with my head in the cloud and be lectured at from a stage about the things i should do.
The basis of the book is to run your life as if you were running a business. So if you are business minded already then this book will provoke interesting thoughts you will agree with. If you are not business minded then you may frequently wander what they are talking about.
I felt that the core ideas were good, but outdated, compared to some of the advanced ways of improving your life (e.g. Google "NLP").
If you must buy this then perhaps reading the physical book would be more beneficial. Also look at books from John C. Maxwell and Malcolm Gladwell.
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