Derek D

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  • Team of Teams

  • New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
  • By: General Stanley McChrystal, David Silverman, Tantum Collins, and others
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

When General Stanley McChrystal took command of the Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq in 2003, he quickly realized that conventional military tactics were failing. The allied forces had a huge advantage in numbers, equipment and training - but none of the enemy's speed and flexibility. McChrystal and his colleagues discarded a century of conventional wisdom to create a 'team of teams' that combined extremely transparent communication with decentralised decision-making authority.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Relevance to the modern leader.

  • By Mr Matthew J Fry on 08-01-18

Adaptive organisations

5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-17

Proposes a flat structure of highly integrated teams of experts. Excellent material and very engaging.

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  • The Big Short

  • Inside the Doomsday Machine
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs, Michael Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873

The long-awaited follow-up to the global best-seller Liar's Poker, The Big Short tells a story of spectacular, epic folly. It has taken the world's greatest financial meltdown to bring Michael Lewis back to the subject that made him famous. His international best seller Liar's Poker exposed the greed and carnage of the City and Wall Street in the 1980s; he wrote it as a cautionary tale, but people seem to have read it as a how-to guide. Now, he wants to settle accounts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sub-Primes for Dummies

  • By Olivier on 23-01-13

Surprisingly Engaging

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-11

I was interested in the detail of the sub-prime fiasco so I wanted to understand what 'Asset Backed Security' and all of the other terms with which we are now familiar really mean - but I expected to have to work harder for the knowledge. This story is told with an emphasis on the charaters and events and so while there's plenty of technical information, I just seemed to absorb it while enjoying a very engaging story.

  • Rework

  • By: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who's ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs who want to get out, and artists who don't want to starve anymore will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages. It's time to rework work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Think for yourself

  • By Thomas on 25-09-10

No insights

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-11

This is just a lot of quasi-motivational drivel. Unless you need a book to tell you that you could start a business in your spare time without giving up your job or that going to bed an hour later gives you more time in your day (!) then you should avoid this.

  • Basic Economics

  • A Citizen's Guide to the Economy
  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Brian Emerson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Basic Economics has been written with the thought that learning economics should be not only a relaxed experience but also an enjoyable one.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading Title

  • By Helen on 17-08-07


1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-07

I expected this to give a broad overview of general economic theories such as Keynesian and Monetarist ideas, perhaps the role of interest rates and so on. Instead you get an extremely dull US/USSR focussed book with startling insights such as not only do businesses have to watch their income, they must also watch their expenditure. Also, I have never known a book labour simple points so much - 15 minutes talking about New York rent controls to illustrate the role of prices and then another 10 making the same point with other equally banal examples. Avoid.

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