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Finally a treatise on the risks we take every day whether we punch the time clock or venture out on our own. Used to be the only folks taking risks were entrepreneurs. Navigating today's workplace is risky business. Read this and identify your own risk threshold. The reward is in the reading.
Good book. A little ra ra you can do it, quit your job doing whatever and start over at something else. But made some interesting points - other ones, slightly repetitive and obvious.
And to be fair, I don't see "Risk/Reward" being aimed at the Hoi Polloi. Anne Kreamer alludes to this when she talks about one of her four "types", drifters, further breaking down into two sub-groups: intentional, and un-intentional. However you want to frame it, I think that the largest difference between these two groups hinges on privilege. Some unfocused types can dabble at a meditation center and spend half their waking hours in contemplative silence; others must endure exhausting drudgery in one dead end, often minimum wage job after ere's a vague and kind of unexamined class-ism that runs throughout Ms. Kreamer's examination of the new American Dream of agility and adaptability sufficient to weather the current job market's tsunami of change. Very little is said of labor arbitrage/outsourcing or the human costs of automation - if intellectual capital and innovation isn't quite your area...well, then hopefully you're a doctor. Or a member of the "creative class".I couldn't quite place myself or people I live with and know squarely into any of the four cited categories of risk takers and avoiders: the Pioneers, Thinkers, Defenders and Drifters. I would expect that most of us have enough qualities from multiple groups as to render these arbitrary divisions somewhat meaningless. And don't a disproportionate number of young adults start off as "drifters", without necessarily staying there?There's a lot of good advice here about not keeping your head down, networking wherever possible, being willing to do something very different from the work you have been doing, etcetera. Perhaps this comes as naturally as breathing to the millennial set and needs to be "taught" to their elders, but I'd again argue it is often not so much a function of age as of latitude to make a change midstream, falling back on savings, family, or other resources. There's a general mindset in certain circles today that those who fall behind in the global labor marketplace just aren't trying hard or smart enough, and while Risk/Reward wasn't written to be a vindication for that argument so much as a motivator for anyone open to the risk-taking message, that's cold comfort to many out there who may have come by some serious risk aversion only gradually and for some very good reasons.
Even in a training class about demands of ever changing market, I couldnt get myself to take risks in the fictional situation. Author Anne Kreamer in risk/Reward: Why Intelligent Leaps and Daring Choices Are the Best Career Moves You Can Make shows that its not an either or situation. Success vs Risk. The author categorises people into Pioneers, Thinkers, Defenders, and Drifters based on their risk affinity. For each of them, she has a plan to balance both risk and reward. with her own example of having tried many jobs and her daughter's way of picking the job tat best suited her interest by jotting down her choices and trying some jobs before committing to one, encourage the reader to take some risks because YOLO (you only live once)
Review: Advance Reader CopyRisk/Reward, a book that urges readers to take risks is inviting, inspirational and is written in a comfortable, conversational style. Author Anne Kreamer, who seems to practice what she preaches, has written numerous books on popular cultural topics. Her work has appeared in Time, The New York Times the Wall Street Journal and other publications. She is a regular contributor to Harvard Business eamer states that Risk/Reward is meant to be our “guide to bridging the gap between thinking and actually doing…offering risk practices that will help overcome the inertia, the fear and the confusion that prevent people from moving forward in work…and finding pleasure and fulfillment.”She interviews seven risk takers who offer personal accounts of their own risk om her research; she describes four types of risk e cites numerous studies and offers an 8 page (in uncorrected proof) bibliography for further is book is peppered with inspirational quotes: “Change will lead to insight far more often than insight will lead to change.” Milton EricksonThis is the kind of book that you may turn to often for courage, inspiration and insight.
I'm a coach who focuses on women over 40 who are looking to create the life they want. I was preparing for a presentation about my own book, which discusses factors, including resilience and risk-taking, that promote creating a great life. When this book arrived two days before my presentation, I was delighted. I opened it without any expectations and found myself reading the book cover to cover in one sitting. Kreamer has done thorough, in-depth research on risk behaviors. She presents it in a clear, easy to read fashion that helps you understand your own attitude towards risk and to work within your personal style. Each style is paired with a short interview with well-known people who represent that style. Discover whether you're a Pioneer, a Thinker, a Defender or either of two types of Drifter and then learn how to take risks. I'll be quoting Kreamer often and recommending this book to clients.
Didn't think it was that revolutionary, however it had solid information written from a guys point of view written to the guy in the relationship reading it. I as a woman however found some good basics to review and try and good refresher on what the guy is going through.
I think I had the best night of my life thanks to this book. I'm on the road the become the stallion that I've always wanted to relationship with my wife is now more and more spicy and I love that; thank you Evan Rockwell
Inspired from kama sutra, this book has modernized the sex positions to spice up your life. Tips given to last longer are worth reading, i am definitely going to ask my husband to read this book.
Nice ideas to re-spice up the sensual side to your relationship. Easy to read and to the point chapters. Comes in handy.
I found this to be a very useful book to discuss how to improve a couple's sexual relationship. One word of caution, though, which I state because I am a Marriage Therapist and I can hear some client's likely to complain that this book is about improving a couple's sexual relationship through an increase in sex. That is a true statement about this book. The author makes it clear that she believes a good sexual relationship is important to a good marriage. Another piece of important information about the book is that the author makes it clear that contrary to what the title might suggest, this is not just a book for couples who are not having sex at all or at far below average amounts. It really is just a book for any couple experiencing dissatisfaction in their marriage because of conflict between a high desire and a low desire spouse, regardless of how often they are actually having sex.
Exciting positions! The book explains the benefits of sex in a relationship,the effects of it,how to seduce and satisfy your man,and how sex and its practice will help in improving and enhancing the communication strength of your e book opens your knowledge about why relationships struggle with sex, ways to be more sexy, so the recommendations offered by the writer of this book will definitely be treasured and applied. Worth recommending!
This collection is great for couples or partners who are married and want to explore new things. It's good to explore this portion of your relationship as married couples as it creates a deeper connection and bond and you become more comfortable with each other. There are a lot of new exciting positions that you can learn and also a lot of tips for both men and women to do something for their partners. This is a good guide for couples and it helps you spice things up in your relationship.
I could of saved my money .. What a waste of money. It would be better if it did show the 33 demo
This book basicly gives you a name of the position and then a brief detail. Not really as detailed as I would like.
No pictures to illustrate, very poorly written and a waste of money. Buyers beware !!!!
Love this, perfect for a beginner with easy recipes .... small batches so easy to handle and not to costly to try different things.
A lot of very good recipes in this book, not just for soap but for everyday use items such as laundry soap, shampoo, etc
Great book with great recipes for beginners and advanced soap makers. Very clear instructions and I recommend this book to everyone.
This book is awesome! A must have for soapmakers. I love the variety of the recipes.
I really loved this book It has so many recipes that I try. So I will be busy.
I purchased 365 Days of Soap Making in order to learn how to make soap. My idea was to create a gift basket for a good friend and give to her when she arrived after the holidays. My friend only uses all natural chemical free products, everything that she has on from head to toe so I knew that the press use was on. If all else failed, I figured that I could give her a gift card for the book itself. That wasn't at all necessary though. I found author White Lemon's 365 Days of Soap Making to be quite easy to follow. The hardest part of the process was selecting which soaps I wanted to make. The recipes are clear cut, and there are actually 365 days plus recipes with a host of bonus ones added in. Another surprise was that this book isn't all body soaps. It's all purpose soaps to help with all of your day to day needs----every thing from house cleaning soaps to gentle but capable homemade laundry cleaners, to DIY shampoo. I included the book as a gift anyway. I just had to because I know that she's going to adore this read for a very long time. I highly recommend.
I really like this book. This is exactly what I am looking for in a soap. This book gives me more knowledge on how to make pure and natural ingredients homemade soap. Creating homemade soap is now easy and can save money. As a mother, I am concern with my children's skin and health that's why this is perfect for us. Also, with this soap-making book, I will enjoy creating different kinds of soap. Everyone should give this a try.
Wonderfully written book with recipes, step by step instructions with nice tips. The first book that I have on soap making that fully explains how to calculate soap recipes for those who want to branch off and create their own. A very helpful book for the beginner.
I learned lot about handmade soap and how to making the soap myself. I like the cold soap making process very much. It’s for beginners.
Chip and Dan Heath hit a home run with their book Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and king the right questions and looking at a broad array of solutions where everyone wins is the heart of the WRAP model that Chip and Dan Heath have developed to help you formulate and make smart decisions. The WRAP model is as follows:W: widen your optionsR: reality check your optionsA: attain distance before decidingP: prepare to be wrongIn explaining the model, Chip and Dan Heath did not stray from their proven model of laying out a principle and following it with real life stories that illustrate those principles. Some stories end in success, some end in failure, but they all tie back neatly to the central point they are trying to e ending of the book is especially helpful. The “clinic” session presents 3 real cases where the reader can apply the WRAP model and come up with solutions. The scenarios are challenging and the authors don’t give you a right or wrong answer. They are there to simply make you cisive is a great read for a critical doer. Decisions are the seeds of action, and this book gives you an effective method of developing options and preparing yourself mentally to make the choice and deal with the results. Read the book and apply the lessons to your professional and personal lives to achieve fulfillment. To learn more, follow my blog at
This is a very well-written book and I am trying to use their good practices in my own life. Each point that they cover has excellent examples that clarify the point and their advice is applicable to almost any decision you might face in the future. I have referred back to the book several times to refresh my memory and the short summary at the end of each chapter makes it easier to find the information I is is an advice book that I think is more useful than probably 99% of the advice books out there; in other words, I find this book is definitely in the top 1% of advice books.
Looking to make better, wiser decisions?Using their typical best-selling style of combining instructional stories with solid, in-depth research, the Heath brothers have written a compelling guide to overcoming the typical roadblocks to good decision making: short-term thinking, overconfidence and supporting our decisions by any means oken down into the four “villains” of decision making, they use chapters on widening your options, testing your assumptions, distancing yourself from decisions to get perspective and preparing to be wrong as the guideposts in a system that can improve anyone’s chances in making better ppered throughout the book are the Heath's signature stories that serve to reinforce lessons learned and concepts r the average reader such as myself this is a valuable introduction to decision-making and how to do it better.
This book revealed my tendencies around decision making, and it suggested a process that seems practical, objective, and mindful. If you are not familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, you would do well to stop reading here. I am an ENFJ. Using Forms F or G of the instrument, my tendencies on each scale are as follows: Extraversion- moderate/11; iNtuition- moderate/17; Feeling-moderate/15; and Judging/strong/33. As an Extravert, I tend to prefer action to reflection and live in the outer world of people and things. As a strong judger, I prefer finishing projects (or making decisions) rather quickly, so that I can begin another one. As a Feeler, I tend to let head rule heart in decision making, thus the tendency to let emotions rule action. As an intuitive, I am idea-and-future focused; am a global e author relates a powerful story of a new hire that was being considered in his print shop. The individual's role was to develop higher level mathematical tables. My learning from his story: TRUST what you can see. Trust the output sample of an individual's work, and let that be your number one criterion for personnel selection! (One exception to this would be if an individual cannot pass required background/character checks, when ethics and integrity are of high importance, etc.) Back to the print-shop story: Without the author sharing his telling experience, I would have rejected the individual in the interview, period. The applicant's personal appearance (ostentatious jewelry), his wearing apparel, and his verbal jousting tendencies would not have been acceptable! This writer happens to be a senior citizen, so I am much more flexible in my thinking than I was when I was thirty years ago. The author's story was one of the most compelling in the book.I appreciated the way that each chapter was summarized. The names, events, statements, or questions relating to specific points were effective reinforcers. I'd have bolted to the next chapter without these, leaving some content to become fugitive e ancillary resources found on their website were excellent: the Decisive Workbook provided an excellent review of the WRAP process. The 12 Decision Situations lets the reader see the WRAP process in action! The Heath brothers just went a step-beyond what the reader/customer expects by providing these helpful resources. Thanks!Finally, I have begun reading this book for the second time. I rarely do this!
I read Made to Stick and Switch, as well - I think this just may be the Heath brothers best work, yet. As some of the other reviewers have noted they are not early to the game of decision making but their ability to discuss the research with simple acronyms and relevant stories is second to none.I am an executive coach and I could see exactly how this book could transform many of their guesses into logical, process-oriented decisions. As a coach, I am in a much better place to help my clients by asking them questions that disarm the "four villains" of decision-making and guide them more effectively. That's the work side of this, for me...As for the personal side, I bough the book right as I was thinking about selling my house to buy a bigger one. It turns out that I just needed a little distance from the current emotion of this decision and simply asking myself several questions led me to the 'right' choice - stay put.I read this book in a couple of days - I just couldn't put it down.
The Heath Brothers are rock stars on my bookshelf. Authors of national bestsellers Made to Stick and Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, Chip and Dan Heath just wrote a book about making better decisions - otherwise known as my most favorite subject: critical thinking!Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work takes the mind-numbing decision theory of the academic world (which they live in as faculty at Stanford and Duke) and packages their ideas in a captivating r example, roughly two-thirds of executives only consider one option when making decisions. That's a recipe for disaster because you rationalize away the negatives because you want to work it e Heaths advocate the importance of "expansive thinking" by considering multiple options. When you consider multiple options, you compare and contrast across multiple dimensions in a way that makes you smarter about the problem as a whole - and you will be much more likely to be honest about the strengths and flaws of each 'll find lots of other practical ideas to improve the quality of your decision-making processes, make better choices and increase your chance of a better outcome.
This is a very worthwhile book and although I have not totally finished reading it, mostly due to the copious notes I am taking about putting it into practice, I can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone seeking to make better decisions in business and life. I will post a complete review once I have finished reading and digesting it. It should be required reading in our schools to give students the decision-making skills they will need to be successful in anklin DavisDecisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
Tired of business books that put you to sleep? Tired of "model-heavy" answers to real world problems (who thinks like any of those goofy models)? Then you owe it to yourself, your team or your business to read "Decisive" by Chip and Dan Heath.Once again, the Heath brothers demonstrate their ability to make sense of piles of research and the way humans think! Decisive leaves academic 'decision models' in the dust and instead uses compelling stories and unforgettable illustrations to stick the message--and here's the important part--help you to change.Everyone wants to make better decisions--but remembering how to do that when you're caught in all the anxiety and rush of emotions is almost impossible. Unless you understand how people learn and how people think--and the Heath brothers get it. Those memorable stories and illustrations just float to the surface when the going gets tough--like every day!I had the privilege of reading an advance copy of the book--and it works. I've already put into practice several suggestions from the simple acronym W-R-A-P. It may be tough to measure my decision effectiveness but to quote the book--I think this book has made me "a bit better at making good decisions." In today's world a bit can have a big it today for "bit better decision-making" tomorrow!
If you don't want to read other business books, this is the book of d writing, well researched, and well at said, if you read business books, you will likely feel that you wasted your money and that these authors did not write anything original. Most of the content is from other texts. While credited and not plagiarized, it should be sold as a cliffs notes instead of as an original work. I was quite frustrated that the principles themselves likely were a $1.99 book with $50+ of content from other established business texts.
If you are in your late teens or early twenties, please read this book. You are at that stage in your life where the decisions you make will likely define your life: health, education, career, and family. If you make good decisions, you'll look back on your life with a feeling of satisfaction,pride and ing this book won't guarantee good decisions, but by using the processses in this book will increase the likelihood that you'll make good decisions and the you'll be comfortable with them. The quality and confidence you have in your decisions are not determined purely by the results, but also by the process you used to make e book easy to read and understand. There are examples from a broad range of real life experiences from starting a business to dealing with a terminal illness. Each chapter includes a one-page summary of key points so that you can get a quick refresher when you have to make an important only disapointment in reading this book? It wasn't available years ago. Wait, even if it was, I probably wouldn't have read it unless someone older bought it for me and encouraged me to read it. After all, the first step toward making better decisions is to make the decision to learn to make better decisions.
This book attempted to identify the traits that transitioned some companies from functional or potentially even failing into "great". My first concern was that the definition of "great" was ultimately a function of performance in comparison to the market and with consideration of a matched or very similar business. Philosophically, there is more to it than that and the fact that some of the businesses identified subsequently failed relatively shortly after the analysis suggests that the characteristics identified were not as predictive as originally ascribed by the author and his team. The reader should judge the extent to which that is meaningful in context of the overall effort put into the project. The information, analysis performed, was very thorough and well documented in the book. Legitimate efforts were made to remove researcher bias and identify the real issues underlying the "greatness" associated with the corporations lauded. It was a valid effort that may have been somewhat misguided in it's direction but provides many insights that the majority would agree are related to successful businesses. The extent to which any of these are applicable to a specific situation (i.e. business) is best left to the knowledgeable owner or executive that understands their business and has the capacity to integrate applicable approaches from the book into their environment. By way of cooking analogy, this book presents many good ingredients and why they may be important but should not be considered a recipe.
I thought there were a few REALLY good points and analogies in the book - but then there were some parts that didn't line up. The author didn't want to attribute greatness to a leader but then a level 5 leader is a very key characteristic of a great company. I am disappointed because the points that are good and valid I can't do anything about. This book is mostly for CEOs or people in power. All I can do is tell my managers about what I learned and hope they apply if
Anyone who's read Good to Great will know that the original book is full of great stories about how businesses went from simply being "good" to being "great." Though some of these companies are not held in the same high esteem they were when Jim Collins wrote the original (Circuit City or Fannie Mae, anyone?) -- the observations he took from those companies are still valid e missing piece from Good to Great is how to make the original work for organizations that don't have the bottom line as the driving factor. Nonprofits still need to have "the right people on the bus," "Level 5 Leadership," and need to have a "hedgehog," but Collins didn't tell us how these applied to the non-business is problem is addressed in this small add-on -- Good to Great and the Social Sectors, a small read that makes it clear on how nonprofits can still apply Good to Great values to their own organizations with mission -- not profit -- in mind. This work doesn't stand on its own, however; one must read the original book to understand the principles in-depth so they'll make sense when the reader comes upon them in Good to Great and the Social one of the best business and leadership books of the past decade, From Good to Great is a must-read for any for-profit or nonprofit executive, but the latter would be more easily guided in how those principles will work for them in this very reasonably priced followup.
I could echo the hundreds of examples of positive feedback from other reviewers of the hardcover edition, which I also own, but I'd like to add comments regarding features unique to the 2005 unabridged audio recording, Good to Great CD: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't, which I found made it an exceptional e author does an excellent job of putting the book into audio format. Rather than simply read the book verbatim, he adds bits of commentary and changes a few words where necessary because he recognizes that people don't hear the same way we read. Don't misunderstand--the vast majority of the audio is straight from the book, but the author comes across more as if he's SPEAKING to an audience, with the vocal inflections and emphasis that you'd expect from a good speaker, and even repeats key points to make sure you grasp just how important they ere are multiple audio versions of this title available, and the most recent version, from 2005 (four years after the publication of the original book), provides significant additional value to the listener. The author makes numerous comments throughout the audio, sometimes at great length, about lessons learned since the original book's publication. It was this additional content that I found to be of great value to me. Although the audio wasn't recorded today, the years between the book's publication and the audio recording allow Collins to reflect on the book's findings and reasons that some of the book's good-to-great companies may have faltered somewhat in the time since the study's conclusion. This was of significance because this very question might enter the reader's mind (as it did mine), and his explanations show that the lessons learned by the actions of the good-to-greats during their transition are still 100% valid, and that failures of the great companies come as a result of their failing to stay true to the practices that led them to greatness in the first place.Overall, I found the additional content in the 2005 unabridged audio recording to be well worth the small additional expense. The author's skill in conveying his message through audio are consistent with the quality of the study upon which the book is based and with the author's ability to translate the study's findings into a well-organized, easily understood text. An excellent work by Jim Collins.
I cannot state how valuable I found this book to be. As a business leader and an MBA it is not that the material was all new to me. It was just very clear and simple. There is no way I could provide the kind of value in this review that reading the book will so I will not try to summarize the book as much as I will encourage you read e book is based on a long research period by Collins and his team yet it is not technical and rarely get statistical. The book does contain multiple Appendixes that detail their selection process and a deeper look at the finding that helped them distinguish which companies met their benchmark of greatness. As for the body of the book though, it is clear text on the findings of their research and interviews and a lot of principles that can be clearly applied.I work for a non-profit service company so we have no inventory, no stockholders, and cannot control our product pricing (we provide human services tied to set federal contracts). But most of the findings on what created continuing great companies had little to nothing to do with the industry. Principles such as leadership, personnel, discipline and use of technology apply to almost any company of almost any size and industry. The chapters on confronting facts and discipline were even personally beneficial.I believe the book is also laid out well to build upon itself. One of my favorite chapters was chapter 8 on the flywheel. However, if it were not for the foundation and understanding build in the earlier chapters I would not have gained so much from it. The book is also written in a way that helps you come to your own conclusion, understanding, and application of its content. There are not a lot of pitch one-liners. It is more solid content that rings e only solid critique I feel I could make of the book is regarding the final chapter. Collins uses this space to compare the findings of this book to his previously successful, Built to Last. I admit I have not read BTL yet but it seemed he had to force the concepts to overlay a little more than they naturally do. He distinguishes that BTL was for start-ups that wanted to be successful long term. GTG is for average range companies that want to take that next step and then continue greatness. I think it’s OK those are distinctively different ideas and one does not have to be a selling point for the other.I highly recommend this book and would encourage you not to let your position, industry, company size or any other possible excuse make you think this book would not apply. There were even principles in here I think could be applied by my church. So please check it out!
Good to Great is an interesting read but the title and cover promise a lot that is not delivered. There is a lot of time spent telling us why certain companies made it and why others did ere is a great deal of space dedicated to giving us ideas like get the right people on the bus and in the right seats. This concept is repeated, perhaps ad nauseum. There is also time spent telling us that good to great companies didn't just happen overnight. All this is great information.About 2/3 of the way into the book the previous book, Built to Last, is compared to this book and from that point it becomes more of a review of Built to e concepts behind the book are good. The ideas and principles are sound. The book isn't loaded with a bunch of jargon or "Geek Speak". It is an interesting read and worth taking the time to read d to Great is considered to be one of the important works in business. Whereas I agree that any business student should read it I don't agree that it is up to par with the previous work of Built to Last. However this book, Built to Last and In Search of Excellence are "Must Reads" for any serious business student. The concepts presented are sound and bear repeating. I rate this work a three because it simply isn't as great as its title implies.
Disciplined people, disciplined thought and disciplined action is a very simple formula to become great. Who wouldn't like to work with people you admire and trust and say what you think (instead of what you are expected) to do the things we do best and we all are passionate about? Breakthroughs and greatness can be achieved one step at a time while enjoying the process.
The book is informative for those looking for some insights into becoming a better leader within an organization. I can't place my finger on exactly what it was missing for me, but I had a feeling when I finished that there was something more that needed to be there. There is no magic in here, just good sense and a few counterintuitive revelations that are interesting.
Very different from what I expected. Very different from other books, other stories, other autistic people I have known. I just started it and am having a little bit of trouble but intend to read it to the end. This man is apparently non=verbal but a genius with the written word.
Incredible opportunity to get a glimpse into what this young man perceives. I'd love to meet his mother. She clearly has a gift for finding the strength and creativity to effectively parent her son and help him develop the skills to contribute so much.His writing style really conveyed the complex, chaotic, frightening but yet interesting and beautiful world he lives in. I liked the non-judgmental term he used to distinguish between himself and the majority of us. "Neuro-typical". It was yet another good reminder to take a moment to appreciate everything I take for granted.I also liked the way he addresses becoming "independent" and how he views his contribution. It gave me a lot to think about.And this passage touched my heart..."When I realize my ability to interact with the shadows around me or the world of stories that appear to be forming behind a mirror, unbound by the laws of the physical world, when a little girl's giggles color the walls and ceilings with rainbow foam when she is amused by my echolalia because I am a mirror to her words, I feel blessed for being what I am." @#$% Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay.
I feel I have been invited into a beautiful dream. Fascinating introduction to a world I could never have imagined exists. Read it through three times since I got it about two months ago. Definitely original and worth reading.