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  • Leaders Eat Last

  • Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698

Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work. This is not a crazy, idealised notion. In many successful organisations, great leaders are creating environments in which teams trust each other so deeply that they would put their lives on the line for each other. Yet other teams, no matter what incentives are offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. Why? Today's workplaces tend to be full of cynicism, paranoia and self-interest.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some new ideas

  • By JedHoll on 27-08-17

An Epic Leadership Challenge - Service vs Silos!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-10-17

It isn't often I get an uninterrupted day to simply listen and learn. Glad I managed it with 'Leaders Eat Last'.

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book in almost one sitting.

As a director, in one of those types of organizations that was regularly lambasted in this book, it was helpful to learn about Dopamine's short term inflammatory influences, Endorphin's discomfort masking abilities and the issues caused from short circuiting the flow of Oxytocin (intimacy, trust, and builds healthy relationships) and Serotonin (feelings of importance).

The issue of silos and a reduced focus on cooperation and collaboration were assumed to be normal ways of working. It is helpful to understand that these behaviors are a byproduct, a symptom of breaches of the Circle of Safety and are not impossible to avoid.

Shareholder Value - Abstract owners is another area I love. The focus on analyst findings and the drive to deliver this arbitrary value over a responsibility to customers and employees has in fact taken us down a murky path from which we must revert.

Really enjoyed the section on the US Congress and the unintended impact of the lack of face time amongst the nation's leaders.

Service, an old fashioned but clearly required concept, gets the nod over and over again.

Juxtaposition our acquisitive lifestyles against the concepts of service, sharing and caring has given me much needed food for thought.

The analysis of leadership styles - short term dopamine hits versus acting as trusted parental leaders with a long term vision could not be more relevant.

Millennials - Quite a funny section really. Not sure I believe that they are an over entitled, feckless bunch but agreed that their needs are quite different and that they are not afraid to ask for everything with a natural sense of entitlement. More open minded, charitable and purpose driven, this generation excites me in their unwillingness to stay at jobs that do not fulfill. Empathy and adaptability, as we are reminded is required, when dealing with all of our colleagues. And there is plenty they can teach us about not simply accepting the status quo.

I made several bookmarks of audio sections to raise issues with the higher ups around the emphasis on shareholder value, leadership training, team bonding, the focus on virtual conferences and the price we pay in loss of collaboration and creativity from not having trusted relationships.

Overall a greatly ambitious polemic vision of leaders and business that are aligned with our bonding human instincts and the need for leaders who are willing to sacrifice themselves for the collective.

Change starts with one so glad for the opportunity to take the improved leadership challenge starting with myself, within the areas I can influence directly and indirectly.

Looking forward to learning more from similar reads and a massive thank you to Simon Sinek for this visionary tome.

  • Letter to My Daughter

  • By: Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou's path to living well and living a life with meaning. Told in her own inimitable style, this book transcends genres and categories: guidebook, memoir, poetry, and pure delight. Here in short spellbinding essays are glimpses of the tumultuous life that led Angelou to an exalted place in American letters and taught her lessons in compassion and fortitude.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DESTINED TO CONNECT WITH Dr. FOREVER MY GRANDMAMA

  • By Anonymous User on 12-02-18

A Heartfelt and Honest Rambling of a Life Well Li

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Loved this book. Haven't read Maya Angelou since college and it felt like slipping into an old pair of pyjamas - familiar and comforting.

She shared some harrowing experiences from her young adult years as well as her life in the arts and as part of the 60s Civil Rights movement.

Ultimately this book is a story of a woman nearing her end who has taken the time to summarise some of the high and low points of her life in the brutally honest but kind way that is distinctly Maya's voice.

The fact that she read her own book made it even more touching.

I think anyone could and should read this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hong Kong Stories

  • A Beatrix Rose Thriller
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: Jane Slavin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

Beatrix Rose has been betrayed. Her husband has been murdered and her daughter, Isabella, abducted. She flees to the Hong Kong underworld to plot her revenge. Those who wronged her will pay. Beatrix is the most dangerous woman you’ve ever met. She was an assassin for The Firm, the beyond top secret agency that did the dirty work for the British Secret Services. She is lethal. Ethically flexible. Totally ruthless. And you know what they say about payback.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpectedly Fun

  • By TaD on 02-03-16

Unexpectedly Fun

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-16

Narrator was suitably dramatic. Story rich in detail. Brought Hong Kong to life.It was an easy listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • How to Divorce as Friends...And Maybe Save Your Marriage

  • By: Bill Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Bill Ferguson
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

This audio walks you through the process of healing the hurt, ending the cycle of conflict, and restoring the love, not as husband and wife, but as one human being to another. You will learn how to let go, communicate, forgive, and how to take the conflict out of resolving issues. You will learn how to heal your relationship and if necessary, how to part as friends. The author of this audio was featured on Oprah.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Saved My Spirit

  • By TaD on 04-08-15

Saved My Spirit

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would and have recommended this book to a friend. I recommended it because it clearly spoke to what was required at the beginning of a painful separation. The thought of being friends with someone you were separating from was an unheard of concept. Very valuable in creating a mental shift in how to view separation. Forcing you to see that resistance to change is what causes upset and not the actual change happening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Divorce as Friends...And Maybe Save Your Marriage?

A few key points were:
Trust that you will be okay,
Accept your circumstances,
Stop The Conflict,
Stop Fearing The Loss,
Feel The Hurt,
Heal Your Hurt

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The exercise on listing the reasons for your hurt, working through those issues and working constructively towards ending the cycle of conflict and restoring the love as individuals. You have everything you need to heal your relationship or part as friends.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"The Ex Friends"

Any additional comments?

I have listened to this book several times. 3 years post separation, my ex and I are good friends and our kids being happily co-parented. This book went a long way towards giving me the tools necessary to change the conflict dynamics and moving in a more positive direction. Absolutely recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Singapore School of Villainy

  • Inspector Singh Investigates Series: Book 3
  • By: Shamini Flint
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Inspector Singh is home - and how he wishes he wasn't. His wife nags him at breakfast and his superiors are whiling away their time by giving him his usual 'you're a disgrace to the force' lecture. Fortunately for Singh, there is no rest for the wicked when he is called out to the murder of a senior partner at an international law firm, clubbed to death at his desk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By N on 06-11-12

A Singaporean Surprise

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-07-15

An unusual detective story. Inspector Singh is not the most likeable character. Astute, bullying, greedy and short tempered. However he does have an unerring ability to read people.

Given his character's idiosyncrasies and Singapore being reflected as an authoritarian state, this novel surprisingly comes together.

The cast of characters, largely devious lawyers and disgruntled wives, takes a backseat to the maverick that is Inspector Singh.

  • The Untethered Soul

  • The Journey Beyond Yourself
  • By: Michael A. Singer
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804

Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best I've purchased.

  • By "tenerife1" on 13-02-15

Life Changing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-07-15

This is the first book I have read that made a distinction between the voices in your head (internal dialogue) versus the impartial observer.

Through many examples the book explains how to separate your thought processes from yourself. The challenge is to see and separate while understanding your transient role in this universe.

I chuckled quite a bit in some parts and scratched my head in other parts.

Definitely a book to listen to over and over again. Like its guidance to seek happiness in everything I shall be returning to this book to try to gain more of the knowledge it seeks to impart.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Market: An Imam and a Rabbi

  • By: Shakeel Ahmed
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

One of six modern morality plays, with a whiff of the fantastical, about people who work in and around the stalls of the Victorian City Market. Imam Jawad and Rabbi Greenberg can't stand the sight of each other. But then something strange and spooky occurs. Something that needs cross-cultural co-operation. Can they do it? A wickedly funny supernatural comedy by Shakeel Ahmed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Unexpected Delight

  • By TaD on 22-11-14

An Unexpected Delight

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-14

What made the experience of listening to Market: An Imam and a Rabbi the most enjoyable?

By far the story line. A completely unexpected and whimsical take on relations between Jews and Muslims centered around a market stall. An absolute escapist fantasy with layered characters doing very unexpected things.

What did you like best about this story?

The actors who played the Rabbi and the Imam were wonderful. It helps that the characters were so quirky. The voices truly brought these weird but wonderful characters to life. The Imam in particular is an unrepentantly flawed but honest character who probably could have invented sarcasm.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Without being a spoiler, my favourite scenes involved a few key characters being pulled away from loudspeakers to the dismay of their respective congregations.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The instructions from the possesed to the Rabbi on how to tie a knot effectively.

Any additional comments?

A short, sweet, delightful and completely unexpected story. Absolutely enjoyed the touch of fantasy.