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  • Coaching for Performance, 5th Edition: The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership

  • Fully Revised 25th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Sir John Whitmore
  • Narrated by: Richard Lyddon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

The founding text of today's billion-dollar coaching industry, featuring the seminal GROW model, Coaching for Performance remains the world's best-selling coaching book. This major new edition is designed to stay ahead of the profession, with practical visuals and new material developed by the leading international performance consultants. Coaching for Performance is the institution of the coaching profession. This landmark text has now undergone the largest revision yet in its history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great coaching advice for novice leaders and managers

  • By jc on 10-02-18

Great introduction to coaching for leadership

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-19

Practical advice with examples. Makes clear the benefits that can be obtained for all involved and the growing importance to businesses of taking a coaching style of leadership.

  • Political Order and Political Decay

  • From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy
  • By: Francis Fukuyama
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 24 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Fukuyama examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating insight into political development and decay

  • By LC on 11-05-19

Fascinating insight into political development and decay

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-19

This book is well structured and gives insight into mechanisms of political development and political decay of the countries and nations around the world throughout history. This gives valuable insight into where we are now, direction of travel and some of the main challenges of preventing or controlling decay and encouraging development.

  • Turn the Ship Around!

  • A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
  • By: L. David Marquet
  • Narrated by: L. David Marquet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

David Marquet, an experienced Navy officer, was used to giving orders. Marquet acted like any other captain until, one day, he unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. Marquet realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things. Struggling against his own instincts to take control, he instead achieved the vastly more powerful model of giving control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story of leadership at all levels

  • By Steven on 03-06-18

An alternative model of leadership explained

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-04-19

Describes how an alternative model of leadership was developed and how it works with a submarine crew. Leader-leader rather than leader-follower.
Clear practical advice of how it was implemented and what was needed to make it work.

  • Radical Candor

  • How to Get What You Want by Saying What You Mean
  • By: Kim Scott
  • Narrated by: Kim Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

Radical Candor is the sweet spot between managers who are obnoxiously aggressive on the one side and ruinously empathetic on the other. It is about providing guidance, which involves a mix of praise as well as criticism - delivered to produce better results and help employees develop their skills and boundaries of success. Great bosses have strong relationships with their employees, and Scott has identified three simple principles for building better relationships with your employees.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Valuable practical advice for managers on feedback

  • By LC on 25-04-19

Valuable practical advice for managers on feedback

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-04-19

Gives extensive actionable advice on getting and giving feedback for managers, and also for non-managers. Backed up with plenty of examples.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Ultimate Jim Rohn Library

  • By: Jim Rohn
  • Narrated by: Jim Rohn
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 394

So, what is it about Jim Rohn that has made him so tremendously effective in teaching others how to become so massively successful? The answer is he has a unique way of helping you discover that you are so much more capable and powerful than you have ever imagined. This is a breakthrough body of work from this world-renowned success philosopher, teacher, and motivator. Nightingale-Conant has compiled and distilled his most thought-provoking, income-generating, and fulfillment-producing ideas into 10 easy-to-listen-to-and-apply modules.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth a listen

  • By James Lay on 15-05-18

Great content and enthusiasm

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 17-04-19

This is well worth listening to, both for the content and for Jim’s enthusiasm.
The lessons are simple but to the point and very valuable if implemented.

  • The Kraken Wakes

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517

Journalist Mike Watson and his wife, Phyllis, trace it back to the strange showering lights they noticed on the final day of their honeymoon cruise; lights which appeared to land and disappear into the water. Reports mount of similar sightings all over the world. Governments embark on missions to investigate the sea, but ships disappear and diving crews never return to the surface. Something deep in the ocean does not want to be disturbed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • They come over here stealing our deep places...

  • By Dr Caterpillar on 03-10-16

Breakdown of civilisation as we know it

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-19

Alien invaders live deep undersea and start destroying the human population. When their first attempt fails they melt the polar icecaps instead, flooding much land and destroying most of the human population. A nice account of the journey and survival through this of a husband and wife team, ending up with civilisation looking very different than before the attack.

  • The English and Their History

  • By: Robert Tombs
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 45 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

In The English and their History, the first full-length account to appear in one volume for many decades, Robert Tombs gives us the history of the English people and of how the stories they have told about themselves have shaped them, from the prehistoric 'dreamtime' through to the present day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a masterpiece.

  • By D. D. Paxton on 26-10-16

Ok, but mostly names and dates

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-19

I found this to be disappointing as a history of the English, as it was mainly about kings, queens, politicians and other people in top positions of power; and it was mainly a sequence of main events concerning these, along with wars and plagues, etc.
I found it to therefore be lacking depth in terms of giving an understanding of anything outside the lives of these powerful/famous people.

  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century

  • By: Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (translator)
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 24 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from 20 countries, ranging as far back as the 18th century, to uncover key economic and social patterns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The most talked about non-fiction book this year

  • By David on 08-08-14

Long, repetitive and over simplified

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-19

The subject matter is interesting and thought provoking, but I found this book to be highly repetitive, long-winded and low on substance. The interpretation of the data and conclusions drawn from in terms of long term predictions and recommendations appear highly over-simplified and unconvincing, mainly due to ignoring many key elements of the real world.

  • Work Rules!

  • Insights From Inside GoogleThat Will Transform How You Live and Lead
  • By: Laszlo Bock
  • Narrated by: Laszlo Bock
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

From the brilliant and innovative head of Google's people operations, the ultimate guide to attracting the most spectacular talent to your business and how to ensure that the best and the brightest succeed. Google receives more than 1,500,000 unique applications for jobs every year. This book shows you why. How to learn from your best employees - and your worst. Why you should hire only people who are smarter than you are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insights into a fascinating company

  • By Anthony on 29-12-15

Insight into Google’s hiring and retention approach

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-19

Explains why Google puts do much effort into always hiring only the best, and what it does to retain them and make sure they are happy working there.
Overall message is valuable but doesn’t go into much detail on practices.

  • How Google Works

  • By: Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham, Jonathan Rosenberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

Both Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg came to Google as seasoned Silicon Valley business executives, but over the course of a decade they came to see the wisdom in Coach John Wooden's observation that 'it's what you learn after you know it all that counts'. As they helped grow Google from a young start-up to a global icon, they relearned everything they knew about management.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read

  • By Darren on 17-12-14

Valuable insights into Google’s success

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-19

Describes some of the key approaches that contributed to Google’s success and that can be used in other companies, particularly around their hiring choices that focus on smart creatives.