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  • Peak

  • Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
  • By: Robert Pool, Anders Ericsson
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

Anders Ericsson has spent 30 years studying the special ones - the geniuses, sports stars and musical prodigies. And his remarkable finding, revealed in Peak, is that their special abilities are acquired through training. The innate 'gift' of talent is a myth. Exceptional individuals are born with just one unique ability, shared by us all - the ability to develop our brains and bodies through our own efforts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The road is long.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-10-16

Stimulating and informative

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-18

I liked that Ericsson’s book offered empirical evidence to support the idea of human potential to develop.

This is ideal for parents, educators, coaches and those interested in personal development in all its forms.

I chose this rating, as I was engaged throughout with rich findings that have inspired me to consider what I can apply both personally and with others.

Definitely worth a read!

  • The 12 Week Year

  • Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months
  • By: Brian P. Moran, Michael Lennington
  • Narrated by: Tom Pile
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518

Most organizations and individuals work in the context of annual goals and plans; a 12-month execution cycle. Instead, The 12 Week Year avoids the pitfalls and low productivity of annualized thinking. This book redefines your "year" to be 12 weeks long. In 12 weeks, there just isn't enough time to get complacent, and urgency increases and intensifies. The 12 Week Year creates focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • on chapter 14...

  • By Harry Twain on 25-05-16

Informative and practical guide to achieving more in shorter periods of time

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Reviewed: 20-01-18

I liked the concept of achieving more in shorter periods of time that result from clarity, planning and accountability.

I listened while driving so though the process breakdown was evident, I’ll need to review it again, and will probably purchase a paperback so I can follow and implement well.

Why some have written poor reviews and scored this book poorly, is a mystery to me, as it’s ideal for anyone wanting to achieve more and be more effective.

  • The Achievement Habit

  • Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life
  • By: Bernard Roth
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Based on a legendary course Roth has taught at Stanford University for several decades, The Achievement Habit employs the remarkable insights that stem from design thinking to help us realize the power we all have within to change our lives for the better. By ridding ourselves of issues that stand in the way of reaching our full potential, we gain the confidence finally to do things we've always wanted to do.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Makes a lot of assumptions that I couldn't agree with.

  • By jannine on 23-07-17

Informative, engaging and resourceful!

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Reviewed: 08-01-18

I liked the straight talk and practical activities and exercises.

I’d recommend this to anyone who genuinely wants to make progress in their life. Also, those who help others to do the same e.g teachers, coaches, counsellors etc.

I chose the rating because the narrative kept me engaged and the activities were offered in a way to that’ll make it easier for me to apply them.

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  • Talk Like TED

  • The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds
  • By: Carmine Gallo
  • Narrated by: Carmine Gallo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411

Many people have a fear of public speaking or are insecure about their ability to give a successful presentation. Now public speaking coach and best-selling author Carmine Gallo explores what makes a great presentation by examining the widely acclaimed TED Talks, which have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking. TED - which stands for technology, entertainment, and design - brings together the world's leading thinkers.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Intangible

  • By Coulson on 06-11-15

Practical and inspiring

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Reviewed: 20-01-16

I'd recommend this book to anybody who communicates - and that'd be everyone!

The examples of popular TED talks are broken down, making the practical tips for each of the 9 'secrets' accessible.

My approach to presentations will never be the same!

  • The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership

  • Achieving and Sustaining Excellence Through Leadership Development
  • By: Jeffrey Liker, Gary L. Convis
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

The missing link to long-term Lean success! Despite the fact that companies worldwide have adopted Lean production, none has sustained the same levels of excellence as Toyota. Why? Leadership. In The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership, Jeffrey Liker and Gary L. Convis, a former executive V.P. and managing officer of Toyota, help executives and senior managers get employees to refocus their efforts - from simply performing their singular function to continuously improving in collaboration across the organization.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very general content

  • By Arturo on 14-03-15

Insightful and practical

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Reviewed: 04-01-16

Helpful insights with practical and clear steps to implement. Good to hear much emphasis on the importance of process, patience and a recognition that although perfection can never be obtained, pursuit of excellence is vital for effective and purposeful leadership.

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  • Saturate

  • Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life
  • By: Jeff Vanderstelt
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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Drawing on his experience as a pastor and church planter, Jeff Vanderstelt wants us to see that there's more - much more - to the normal Christian life than merely sitting in a pew and listening to a sermon once a week. Rather, God has called his people to something bigger: a view of the Christian life that encompasses the ordinary, the extraordinary, and everything in between.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant perspective on discipleship and church life

  • By Nicholas on 10-06-15

Brilliant perspective on discipleship and church life

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Reviewed: 10-06-15

I'd recommend to anyone wanting to explore and gain an understanding of the biblical commission to make disciples.

The real life narratives set in the context of biblical instruction made it both easy to digest and challenging, in equal measure.

I particularly liked the chapter on identity.

  • Simplify

  • Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul
  • By: Bill Hybels
  • Narrated by: Kelly Ryan Dolan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Overscheduled. Exhausted. Overwhelmed. Sound familiar? Too familiar? You are living at a velocity you know deep down is unsustainable. Your life is off course - too crammed with busyness, too out of focus. You keep waiting for things to get better, but they never do. In Simplify, best-selling author Bill Hybels identifies core issues that drive this kind of living and offers action steps to help you live a better way. By eradicating clutter from your inner world, you can experience immediate rewards: greater energy, clearer purpose, richer relationships, and more.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Religious, pragmatic book.

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-11-18

Simplified wisdom without being simple

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Reviewed: 15-05-15

Frank and helpful insights from an experienced leader with practical action steps that can be applied by anyone along the way. Well narrated too.

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  • Freedom of Simplicity

  • Finding Harmony in a Complex World
  • By: Richard J. Foster
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
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    4 out of 5 stars 2
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Written in the same warm, accessible style as Richard Foster's best-selling Celebration of Discipline, Freedom of Simplicity articulates a creative, more human style of living and points the way for Christians to make their lives "models of simplicity."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended listening

  • By Nicholas on 12-04-15

Recommended listening

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Reviewed: 12-04-15

Provoking, insightful, and well narrated. Recommended listening for anyone wanting to consider what it means practically to seek God's kingdom first.

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  • Start with Why

  • How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why Read This Book?

  • By Ian on 26-05-11

Helpful insights for life and leadership

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Reviewed: 23-02-15

Simon gives an insightful perspective into what's behind the success of some leading pioneers that differs from the usual.

The ideas he shares on the importance of knowing why, as individuals or organisations, we do something, are excellent principles to be mindful of when identifying life purpose and leading others.

Recommended listening.