How to Grow a Backbone
- 10 Strategies for Gaining Power and Influence at Work
- Narrated by: Anna Fields
- Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 12-30-04
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Regular price: $20.97
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By Amy on 04-27-05
I'm sorry, but...
...this was painful! I admit, I haven't finished it - after starting the book in January, I'm slightly more than 3 hours into it, so I *do* think I made a pretty valiant effort, and enough that I can share a few thoughts.
I think the book itself is not badly written, but 'Richard from Centennial' was spot-on when he said the reader's voice is dry and monotone.
But now the important thing: The Content. I admit, I've not read a lot of leadership books so perhaps if I had more to compare it to, this one would rank higher up the scale. But I've found most of it so far to be "here's what someone with backbone does" without the How To information to follow-up.
As an example, it's fine to say that someone with backbone sticks to his or her beliefs, but *how* do you do that in a room filled with disagreement? The book just leaves you hanging with this and many other situations.
I gave the book one star because there *are* nuggets of information in it, they're just few and far between. If you really want to read the book, I suggest buying it in print and actually *reading* it - skip the audio version.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
By Richard on 04-09-05
Excellent New Advice
I found this audiobook to be an excellent addition to many of the leadership courses and books I have read. I think for someone listening to a "first time" leadership course... this may be a bit to advanced. It can be a bit dry at first (because of the ladies mono-tone voice) but the information is exceptional. Much better then the title even suggests. This book will show you how to seperate yourself from many and position your interactions to get results and passively control.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful