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AVERAGE - There wasn't a lot of "aha" moments in the book where I felt like the author was giving any new insight. In general, the book described some very good examples of how long term thinking will result in new, bigger, and better innovation. It also explained how someone should think in order to overcome short term thinking. The perspective of a neuroscientist explaining the reason why long term thinking was different. Anyone with sufficient experience working with people and setting objectives will already know everything talked about in the book. Understanding the evolutionary reasons why groups behave that way was interesting, but not necessarily useful. From a content perspective I give 3-4 stars.
PRETENTIIOUS - I think my perspective might have been totally different if I read this instead of listened to it. The author of the book is a man with 30 years experience in a vast array of industry after recieving a doctorate. The reader sounds 18 at most. Unfortunately, when an 18 year talks with what might be called prestige in a middle age man, I automatically think: "prick". So the tone of the book starts off bad. In general I felt like the book was a little pompous. The author told many stories of success where the main characters always "intuitively" understood what only the could understand scientifically. It always seemed like everyone else was just lucky in their ventures for long term improvement while Haseltine was making his own luck. 2-3 stars for tone.
Overall 3 stars at best.
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I was overwhelmed with military stories, much of which I didn't care about. I thought this was a business book, but it's more of a book about the military. Narrator was very boring - no charisma. Had to fight hard to finish it.
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