Three separate ratings would be a more accurate representation of my review of this book than a solitary star rating, so I'll break it up into three pThree separate ratings would be a more accurate representation of my review of this book than a solitary star rating, so I'll break it up into three parts.
First, I "read" this book in audiobook format. So my first rating would be 5 stars to Sean Pratt for a tremendous job of narrating this book. Very easy to follow with a remarkable cadence and annunciation. My only quip would be that a few times he clearly said the wrong word in place of another which took me a few seconds to catch back up after realizing the mistake.
For my other two ratings, the phrase "eat the meat, but spit out the bones" most certainly applies.
First, the bones... two stars. This is an EXTREMELY bony book (unless you happen to be in the document storage business). The author goes on, and on, and on about various operational case studies of his business. If you work hard at dissecting the ideas, and set the book aside, you may be able to draw comparable lines to your business. He attempts to offer other business insights by answering questions that people wrote him at the end of each chapter. My feeling is that he would be better suited with a call-in radio show of his own for this end.
Finally, the meat... four and-a-half stars. It's hard to argue with many of the business principals he puts forth. They are straight forward, logical, and I couldn't argue with most of them being pillars for a successful business. The problem is the depth and unpacking of these ideas gets lost in his document storage business. The key theme that he seems to come around to time and time again, is to "focus on gross profits, not on sales" when building and growing your business. The author revisits this idea time and time again and drives this home with many of his case studies.
Overall, I found this book to be very anecdotal without any clear focus or aim. Again, unless you are in the document storage business, this book has some good ideas, but nothing that would compel you to overhaul your business approach. The author makes it too difficult to get through all of the bones to find the scarce (but valuable) meat....more
This is one of those books where you can easily grasp the basic premise (discover your "why" and align your "how" and "what" with it.") by watching SiThis is one of those books where you can easily grasp the basic premise (discover your "why" and align your "how" and "what" with it.") by watching Simon's TED Talk or through in a passing conversation. But, as with anything that truly matters, the devil is in the details and this book does an excellent job explaining how to create a long-term sustainable vision and guiding principles for any company or cause.
Every leader should take the time to read this book and drill down as far as necessary to discover their WHY. It does indeed cause you to rethink your business and the message you are sending the world about what you do.
Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting to have a better viewpoint on the social technologies that are changing our world.
Enjoyed this muchOverall, I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting to have a better viewpoint on the social technologies that are changing our world.
Enjoyed this much more than I did "The Social Network" movie. While the movie was fine in entertainment respects, it took some liberties in the storyline of the company, and in my estimation missed out on some of the most compelling *inside baseball* antidotes of their growth. Of course, I'm looking at this from a viewpoint of somebody who likes to start and run technology ventures, and enjoyes the fine-points.
The only quipes I had were that while the author mentioned Twitter a few times, he clearly is not a user of that service and didn't seem to address them as a viable competitor to the social ecosystem. Also, I listened to the audiobook where the author read it himself and probably would have been better served bringing in a professional narrator. ...more
It was okay. I think I would have preferred the content from their DVD series where they interview "experts" on the subject matter. The story approachIt was okay. I think I would have preferred the content from their DVD series where they interview "experts" on the subject matter. The story approach wasn't my cup of tea. ...more