Baruch Spinoza was one of the most important and controversial thinkers of the 17th century. He rejected both the mind-body dualism of Descartes and traditional religious views, which got him violently attacked for atheism while he was actually seeking to redefine God as the whole of the laws of Nature. His metaphysics are a brilliant attempt to reconcile human freedom with a belief in scientific explanation, and his Theological-Political Treatise, the first argument for democracy by a major philosopher, contributed as much as the Declaration of Independence or Thomas Paine's Common Sense to modern liberal, secular, and democratic thinking. Discover the gist of Spinoza's philosophy with this selection of 100 quotes taken among his most influential, in a practical and accessible format. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Spera. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/cids/000735/bk_cids_000735_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras took 18 truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each in direct comparison to one of its top competitors. They examined the companies from their very beginnings to the present day - as start-ups, as midsize companies, and as large corporations. Throughout, the authors asked: "What makes the truly exceptional companies different from the comparison companies and what were the common practices these enduringly great companies followed throughout their history?" Organized into a coherent framework of practical concepts that can be applied by managers and entrepreneurs at all levels, Built to Last provides a master blueprint for building organizations that will prosper long into the 21st century and beyond. This summary is aimed at those who want to capture the gist of the book but don't have the current time to devour the full book. You get the main summary along with all of the benefits and lessons the actual book has to offer. This is a summary that is not intended to be used without reference to the original book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cassius Mishima. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061122/bk_acx0_061122_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a summary of behavioral economist and New York Times best-selling author Dan Ariely's Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, offering a much-needed take on the irrational decisions that led to our current economic crisis. Why do our headaches persist after we take a one-cent aspirin but disappear when we take a 50-cent aspirin? Why do we splurge on a lavish meal but cut coupons to save 25 cents on a can of soup? When it comes to making decisions in our lives, we think we're making smart, rational choices. But are we? In this newly revised and expanded edition of the groundbreaking New York Times best-seller, Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, we consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. Yet these misguided behaviors are neither random nor senseless. They're systematic and predictable - making us predictably irrational. Available in a variety of formats, this summary is aimed for those who want to capture the gist of the book but don't have the current time to devour the full book. This is a summary that is not intended to be used without reference to the original book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kiran Rathod. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061322/bk_acx0_061322_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a summary of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. Food. There's plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it? Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion - most of what we're consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we see to become. With In Defense of Food, Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Pollan's bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating. Available in a variety of formats, this summary is aimed for those who want to capture the gist of the book but don't have the current time to devour the whole book. You get the main summary along with all of the benefits and lessons the actual book has to offer. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wendy Lucas Hari. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059495/bk_acx0_059495_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a summary of David Perlmutter's Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers. A New York Times best seller - the devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbs on the brain, with a four-week plan to achieve optimum health. Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: Carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr. Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our "smart genes" through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladies without drugs. With a revolutionary four-week plan, Grain Brain teaches us how we can reprogram our genetic destiny for the better. Available in a variety of formats, this summary is aimed for those who want to capture the gist of the book, but don't have the current time to devour the full book. You get the main summary, along with all of the benefits and lessons the actual book has to offer. This summary is not intended to be used without reference to the original book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059655/bk_acx0_059655_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a summary of Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford's The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win. Bill is an IT manager at Parts Unlimited. It's Tuesday morning and on his drive into the office, Bill gets a call from the CEO. The company's new IT initiative, code named Phoenix Project, is critical to the future of Parts Unlimited, but the project is massively over budget and very late. The CEO wants Bill to report directly to him and fix the mess in 90 days or else Bill's entire department will be outsourced. With the help of a prospective board member and his mysterious philosophy of The Three Ways, Bill starts to see that IT work has more in common with manufacturing plant work than he ever imagined. With the clock ticking, Bill must organize work flow, streamline interdepartmental communications, and effectively serve the other business functions at Parts Unlimited. In a fast-paced and entertaining style, three luminaries of the DevOps movement deliver a story that anyone who works in IT will recognize. Listeners will not only learn how to improve their own IT organizations, they'll never view IT the same way again. Available in a variety of formats, this summary is aimed for those who want to capture the gist of the book, but don't have the current time to devour the actual book. You get the main summary, along with all of the benefits and lessons the actual book has to offer. This summary is not intended to be used without reference to the original book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tristan Wright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/062832/bk_acx0_062832_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a summary of Patrick M. Lencioni's The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business There is a competitive advantage out there, arguably more powerful than any other. Is it superior strategy? Faster innovation? Smarter employees? No. New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are and more to do with how healthy they are. In this book, Lencioni brings together his vast experience and many of the themes cultivated in his other best-selling books and delivers a first: a cohesive and comprehensive exploration of the unique advantage organizational health provides. Simply put, an organization is healthy when it is whole, consistent, and complete; and when its management, operations, and culture are unified. Healthy organizations outperform their counterparts, are free of politics and confusion, and provide environments where star performers never want to leave. Lencioni's first nonfiction book provides leaders with a groundbreaking, approachable model for achieving organizational health - complete with stories, tips, and anecdotes from his experiences consulting to some of the nation's leading organizations. In this age of informational ubiquity and nanosecond change, it is no longer enough to build a competitive advantage based on intelligence alone. The Advantage provides a foundational construct for conducting business in a new way - one that maximizes human potential and aligns the organization around a common set of principles. This summary is aimed at those who want to capture the gist of the book but don't have the time to listen to the whole thing. You get the main summary along with all of the benefits and lessons the actual book has to offer. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Theis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059299/bk_acx0_059299_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a summary of Michael D Watkin's The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter Transitions are a critical time for leaders. In fact, most agree that moving into a new role is the biggest challenge a manager will face. While transitions offer a chance to start fresh and make needed changes in an organization, they also place leaders in a position of acute vulnerability. Missteps made during the crucial first three months in a new role can jeopardize or even derail your success. Watkins offers proven strategies for conquering the challenges of transitions - no matter where you are in your career. Watkins, a noted expert on leadership transitions and adviser to senior leaders in all types of organizations, also addresses today's increasingly demanding professional landscape, where managers face not only more frequent transitions but also steeper expectations once they step into their new jobs. By walking you through every aspect of the transition scenario, Watkins identifies the most common pitfalls new leaders encounter and provides the tools and strategies you need to avoid them. You'll learn how to secure critical early wins, an important first step in establishing yourself in your new role. Whether you're starting a new job, being promoted from within, embarking on an overseas assignment, or being tapped as CEO, how you manage your transition will determine whether you succeed or fail. Use this book as your trusted guide. Available in a variety of formats, this summary is aimed for those who want to capture the gist of the book but don't have the current time to devour the full book. You get the main summary along with all of the benefits and lessons the actual book has to offer. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tristan Wright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061332/bk_acx0_061332_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Do you want to know exactly what distinguishes the most successful people from those who never manage to achieve their goals or dreams? Do you want to learn the techniques to improve your mentality beyond your limits?Mindset of Success will give you the information you are looking for, making you aware of the potential you did not know you had.Is it talent, luck, an increased appetite for success, great marketing, or networking skills that separate the greatest achievers from average people? While all these factors play significant roles in a person's progress and achievements, the underlying factor in all these cases is a mighty mindset. This is the gist behind several research articles that were published recently.These articles backed with scientific evidence argue that the significant difference between the most successful people and people who perform about average is not inborn abilities but rather their view on learning and skills in general.In this audiobook, we are going to look at the main types of mindsets, with an emphasis on the kind of mindset that's common in all successful people. Moreover, we are also going to examine how our beliefs can sabotage our behaviors and also how they can help us or hurt us.You will learn:How to identify what mindset you have and how you can be able to develop a growth mindset;The impact that emotions have on our bodies;How to master our feelings using mind-body integration techniques;Know the strategies to create a successful mentality;How to change the parts of your life that are stopping you from becoming successful;And more.Would you like to know more? If you want to know the methods to change your way of approaching life, develop a better mentality, and learn the strategies to do it...scroll to the top of the page and select the "Buy Now" button. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Duane DeSalvo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/186606/bk_acx0_186606_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.