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  • Becoming Facebook

  • The 10 Challenges That Defined the Company That's Disrupting the World
  • By: Mike Hoefflinger
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Techosky
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Facebook's founding is legend: In a Harvard dorm, wunderkind Mark Zuckerberg invented a new way to connect with friends...and the rest is history. But for the people who actually molded this great idea into a game-changing $300 billion company, the experience was far more tumultuous and uncertain than we might expect. Mike Hoefflinger was one of those Facebook insiders.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not a business book. No substance.

  • By Jennifers Daddy on 10-05-18

Not a business book. No substance.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

I learned quite a lot about Facebook and how the dealt with silos and employee engagement from a book called "the Silo effect". I wanted to know more about them as they must be doing something right so got this. I learned nothing. Imagine a screen reader talking out loud a Wikipedia entry, that is this book. At date they created the like button, and everyone loved it. At date they created the emotions on the like button, and two billion people loved it. Google suck, Facebook rules. At date they purchased Instagram, 1 trillion people loved it, and Google and twitter suck. Mark Zuckerberg, greatest human ever did something. Meanwhile, Sheryl Sandberg, second greatest human ever did something else to do with adverts, that 100 billion trillion people loved. Google, twitter and Snapchat SUCK.

You get the idea.

I wanted to know in depth about employee engagement, silos, how they work day to day, how they collaborate, how they implement ideas. No detail at all.

The bit about employee engagement said "instead of a career ladder, they have a jungle gym, because you can fit more on a jungle gym". That's it, but in lots of words. Literally no detail on it,what why and how.

It is a very basic coverage of the history of Facebook, but as it business book it has no substance what so ever.

  • Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?

  • Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround
  • By: Louis V. Gerstner Jr.
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

In 1990, IBM had its most profitable year ever. By 1993, the company was on a watch list for extinction, victimized by its own lumbering size, an insular corporate culture, and the PC era IBM had itself helped invent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed it.

  • By Jacob on 22-03-13

Great

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

Reviewed: 19-03-18

This was just the right length and did not repeat itself. It's the perfect business case study. Ultimately it comes down to culture and people. Why don't more CEOs understand that?

  • Accelerating Performance

  • How Organizations Can Mobilize, Execute, and Transform with Agility
  • By: Colin Price, Sharon Toye
  • Narrated by: Tim Andres Pabon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Accelerating Performance is not just another "warm and fuzzy" change management book - it's a practical, comprehensive, data-driven action plan for picking up the pace and achieving more. Cowritten by one of the authors of Beyond Performance, this audiobook draws on a combination of empirical research and decades of experience advising global companies to show you how to reduce time to value by building and changing momentum more quickly than your competitors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but too long

  • By Jennifers Daddy on 21-02-18

Good but too long

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

Reviewed: 21-02-18

Like many of this kind if book, its too long with some repetition . Its OK to listen at 1.5-2x speed. There are some good case studies and facts. There's nothing that makes this better than its peers but I listened to the end and never thought about switching to a different book.

  • How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In

  • By: Jim Collins
  • Narrated by: Jim Collins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Amidst the desolate landscape of fallen great companies, Jim Collins began to wonder: How do the mighty fall? Can decline be detected early and avoided? How far can a company fall before the path toward doom becomes inevitable and unshakable? How can companies reverse course?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very insightful<br />

  • By qaveman on 27-05-18

Very useful and not too long

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Unlike similar titles this doesn't seem too long. It is ok to listen to at 1.5x speed. Very interesting case studies and evidence. Useful.

  • The Silo Effect

  • The Peril of Expertise, and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers
  • By: Gillian Tett
  • Narrated by: Eilidh L. Beaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

In The Silo Effect, award-winning journalist Gillian Tett examines the structural development of institutions such as UBS, Sony and the Bank of England. While the world is increasingly interlinked in some senses, it remains profoundly fragmented in others. As organisations become larger and more global than ever before, they are apt to be divided and subdivided into numerous different departments to facilitate productivity. However, there is a trap to the inevitability of these silos.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book Shame about the Narrator

  • By P on 08-02-16

Great with some repetition and dodgy accents

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

Reviewed: 22-11-17

I really enjoyed this but there was some repetition or bits I personally found a bit boring. Overall I found it very enlightening. The accents by the author were terrible, but who cares. Quite amusing really.

  • Rolling Rocks Downhill

  • The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Entertaining Way to Learn Agile and Lean
  • By: Clarke Ching
  • Narrated by: Paul Kearney
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

A large software-intensive project, called FPP, that has been running late since day 1, but now, suddenly, needs to launch on an impossibly early date, or else. You feel their pain, and their joy, as they battle problem after problem until, slowly, torturously, they rediscover the few - but fundamental - principles underlying successful commercial software development.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • better than the Phoenix Project!

  • By Mark on 10-06-18

Pretty good, not too long.

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

Reviewed: 19-10-17

The parable was interesting and we get quite a good idea of how changes were implemented. I think I slightly preferred The Phoenix Project, but this is defo worth a listen too.

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  • What You Need to Know About: Project Management

  • By: Fergus O'Connell
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Become a master of project management! This book will help you to learn to define projects, be it at home or at work, and will explain how to make them happen. Start to plan, budget, and execute your projects and learn which behaviours to adopt in order to be a good project manager.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative and interesting

  • By Caroline on 28-02-11

Great. Not too long either.

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

Reviewed: 15-08-17

Great book and narrator. Funny, engaging and not too long. Fed up of mammoth 30hour audio books. Less is often more!

  • Dale Carnegie's 14-Day Worry Cure

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Ron Masa
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

In this audiobook, you will learn: what worry may do to you; live in "day-tight compartments"; a magic formula for solving worry situations; what causes half the worry in the world; how to break the worry habit before it breaks you.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some really good points but so dated too.

  • By Jennifers Daddy on 02-08-17

Some really good points but so dated too.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

This is ok but very dated. The prices have not been updated. The narrator reads out full addresses of various companies and individuals. Listen to the first hour then stop.

  • The Leadership Challenge Sixth Edition

  • How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations
  • By: James M. Kouzes, Barry Posner
  • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The Leadership Challenge is the gold-standard manual for effective leadership, grounded in research and written by the premier authorities in the field. With deep insight into the complex interpersonal dynamics of the workplace, this book positions leadership both as a skill to be learned and as a relationship that must be nurtured to reach its full potential.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like listening to a robot - not very engaging

  • By Jennifers Daddy on 12-07-17

Like listening to a robot - not very engaging

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change the narrator. The book has some good info, but it was hard to concentrate to what was being said as the narrator was very monotone like a robot. No emotion at all.

How could the performance have been better?

The book is not engaging. I found my mind was drifting off to think about other things. This is unlike the books from Harvard Business Review who are really engaging and can listen with ease.

Was The Leadership Challenge Sixth Edition worth the listening time?

No. I have the book too which is good, but I didn;t like the audio book at all.

Any additional comments?

Get the book instead.

  • Red Teaming

  • Transform Your Business by Thinking Like the Enemy
  • By: Bryce G. Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Bryce G. Hoffman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

The ingenious and counterintuitive practice of red teaming has its origins in the military and involves creating a group of devil's advocates to think like the enemy, challenge existing assumptions within an organisation and find holes in its strategy. It's a powerful cure for groupthink, tunnel vision and failures of imagination - ailments that have transformed many once-great corporations into the walking dead of the business world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great stuff but as too long

  • By Jennifers Daddy on 21-06-17

Great stuff but as too long

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

Reviewed: 21-06-17

This was really interesting, but as with many audio books it's to long. There seemed to be some repetition and the end dragged. Overall though I really enjoyed it.

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