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  • The Spirit of Kaizen

  • Creating Lasting Excellence One Small Step at a Time
  • By: Bob Maurer, Leigh Ann Hirschman
  • Narrated by: Bob Maurer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

UCLA psychologist and organizational consultant Dr. Robert Maurer provides a simple and proven effective technique for making major changes with minimal disruption. Applying the operational concept of kaizen - small, continual improvements - to common management challenges, managers can drive major improvements with a series of well-planned techniques for boosting quality, innovation, sales, and morale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best, most useful book I've read since...

  • By SteveJJennings on 28-02-16

What about the other side of small change?

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

Reviewed: 20-01-18

I really do like the spirit of kaizen. But the idea of small incremental change could also be small negative change you don’t notice. The book really missed a opportunity on how to cement long term change in my opinion

  • Cosmos

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton, Seth MacFarlane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073

Cosmos is one of the best-selling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astronomy and so much more

  • By Andrei S. on 23-01-18

Eye opening and great performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-18

I really enjoyed this book, it gives a fantastic insight into human history as much as the potential that lies within space and time.
However the most inspired part has to be the choice of LeVar Burton to narrate. He brings something extremely special to this story of human history.

  • The Business Blockchain

  • Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology
  • By: William Mougayar, Vitalik Buterin
  • Narrated by: Christopher Grove
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

Blockchains are new technology layers that rewire the Internet and threaten to side-step older legacy constructs and centrally served businesses. At its core, a blockchain injects trust into the network, cutting off some intermediaries from serving that function and creatively disrupting how they operate. Metaphorically, blockchains are the ultimate non-stop computers. Once launched, they never go down, and offer an incredible amount of resiliency, making them dependable and attractive for running a new generation of decentralized services and software.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good summary, not too much more...

  • By Ash on 25-01-17

Good overview of blockchain potential

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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: 04-12-17

Don’t expect to come away from this book with a detailed understanding of blockchain technology. Instead this is a great overview of blockchain potential that can spark creativity and think to new applications and ideas.

  • Believe Me

  • A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens
  • By: Eddie Izzard
  • Narrated by: Eddie Izzard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,589

The stand-up comedian of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion icon. Human. There is no one quite like Eddie Izzard. This is the story of how a boy who wanted to become a professional footballer and win the lead in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat found comedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully funny, tragic, hopeful and inspiring

  • By MR on 17-06-17

I’m guessing better than the written book

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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: 28-09-17

Brilliant book, and probably better then the written version (I’ve not read so just speculating). Reason is Eddie goes off at lots of tangents and gives extra background, and I think he is the only person who could have got the emotion and meaning behind the content across in the way he intended.
If you like his standup I think you will really like this as it has the same rabbit holes and energy. And complement by simple thing like mid narration getting his phone out to check some facts he isn’t sure about.
Well worth a listen

  • Predictive Analytics

  • The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die, Revised and Updated
  • By: Eric Siegel
  • Narrated by: Steven Menasche
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

An introduction for everyone. In this rich, fascinating—surprisingly accessible—introduction, leading expert Eric Siegel reveals how predictive analytics (aka machine learning) works, and how it affects everyone every day. Rather than a "how to" for hands-on techies, the book serves lay listeners and experts alike by covering new case studies and the latest state-of-the-art techniques.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Marketing vehicle for the author

  • By Mat Brunt on 09-02-18

Probably better in writing

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

Reviewed: 14-08-17

I think this is a great book on a very complex topic. And in that complexity lies a problem. For me I would have benefited from a piece of paper a pencil and a means of marking a copy up. For example when talking around decision trees and logic My retention and understanding would have been much higher if I could see the diagram. There is a PDF download but for me the beauty of audio books is listening whilst driving/walking so a companion guide doesn't enhance the experience for me.

If the rating was just on content it would be 5*

  • Black Box Thinking

  • The Surprising Truth About Success
  • By: Matthew Syed
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,461

Columnist for The Times and best-selling author of Bounce: The myth of talent and the power of practice, Matthew Syed argues that the key to success is a positive attitude to failure. What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google? What links Dave Braisford's Team Sky and the aviation industry?What is the connection between the inventor James Dyson and the footballer David Beckham? They are all Black Box Thinkers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book about learning from mistakes

  • By Kenny Marshall on 09-10-16

Profound

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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: 29-07-17

Oddly my one criticism for this book is the title. To me black box thinking is about placing a boundary around me a problem and understanding the real need.
Instead the title is a metaphor for how physical black boxes on planes have changed failure analysis in aviation.
If you work somewhere that needs to change, evolve, or innovate this is a must read. It uses well placed events and fact to punctuate several key theme that stop progress.

I have recommended it to clients and colleagues alike and they have done the same. In one blue chip firm they may make it mandatory reading for the board.