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Boom!: 7 Choices for Blowing the Doors Off Business-As-Usual Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 18, 2007

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About the Author

Drs. Kevin and Jackie Freiberg are two of the most influential voices on the professional-speaking circuit today. Their mission: to create corporate cultures where impassioned people exercise the freedom to make a difference and change the world! The Freibergs have coauthored the international bestseller NUTS! Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success and GUTS! Companies that Blow the Doors off Business-As-Usual. They have been interviewed by CBS's 60 Minutes and appeared on CNBC and the CBS Morning News for their insights on the links between gutsy leaders, passionate employees, cultures of accountability, and loyal customers.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595551166
  • ASIN: B001M5UJ26
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,972,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I truly don't understand what the fuss is all about. In terms of background, I am a successful entrepreneur and business owner who has read a hundred of these types of books. I found this book vague, rather remedial and the authors simply regurgitated the same old stuff. It sounds very much like their book "Guts" which was actually a pretty good read. I feel you would be much better off re-reading one of the classics like Think & Grow Rich, an early book by Dale Carnegie or a true new classic like Visionary Life or Visionary Business by Marc Allen. Trust me .... you will thank me.
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I have long admired Kevin and Jackie Freiberg -- they are gifted business writers and speakers. If you haven't seen them in person, then you should make a point of doing so the next time they're in town. This particular book -- Boom! -- is different from many business books of this type in that Kevin and Jackie take off the gloves and really tell it like it is. Boom! is NOT politically correct, and the Freibergs don't beat around the bush. Their mission is to fight the growing epidemic of Dead People Working -- you know, those men and women in many businesses who have mentally checked out long ago, but who still come to work to be sure they get that regular paycheck. The Freiberg's antidote is a mix of inspirational stories of people who are fully engaged in the work that they do (people like ski instructor/amputee Kim Francom, and the Dancing Cop, Tony Lepore) along with a series of seven prescriptions (called "Choices") for becoming indispensable on the job. These choices include such things as "Be a player, not a bystander" and "Choose service over self-interest." Long story short, Kevin and Jackie Freiberg have written an engaging book that is certain to forever change your work life -- and perhaps even your personal life -- for the better. Highly recommended.
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Having just completed the book, I found it to be the Freibergs' best book yet! I thoroughly enjoyed their practical suggestions to become more engaged to my organization and to be able to make a difference to my employer and more importantly to myself. It is without any hesitation that I can recommend this book to just about everyone.
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Boom! can really change your life. Kevin and Jackie present real-world situations with powerful solutions. This book helped me take control of my life in the workplace. I was able to let go of some bad relationships and still interact with those same people on a professional level even though I didn't like them personally. Sometimes, that's what we have to do in business. We won't always like everyone. This book helped me deal with that issue and many others. My copy is riddled with post-it tabs and highlighted sections that offer great tips to help in everyday situations.
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I was at an airport bookstore when this book jumped off the shelf and into my arms. No wonder, I had just been extolling, to a client group of high powered lawyers, that times are changing (radically) and business-as-usual could well be fatal for many of them. Along come the Freiberg's extolling the importance of blowing up doing business-as-usual. And to think that I had missed their previous books even though being such a voracious reader of business books.

The notion that business-as-usual no longer cuts it is certainly not new. Guru's like Tom Peters, and more recently Seth Godin, have been shouting this message for years.

What the Freiberg's do very well is combine this notion with sound self-empowerment advice which is certainly needed in order to have the courage to challenge the status quo that exists in so many entities.

Here is the conundrum for managers who heed their advice. With the dramatic changes going on in the market, never has there been a greater need for radical change in every industry, and in almost every company. BUT, with the downsizing that is going on, never has it been a riskier time to be popping-off to ones boss about the needed change. Very tricky!

For entrepreneurs, or entrepreneurial managers, this is a terrific book. For managers stuck in a dinosaur company, I would think one would want to be very careful about how one implements the strategies outlined in this book. The latter is not a fault of the book as much as it as a function of the fact that the times have changed dramatically since the book's publication last year.

I enjoyed this book and look forward to following the Freiberg's work and writings more closely. Their main message is one that resonates well with my own beliefs about how our country needs couragous business and political leaders who are willing to challenge,and change, the staus quo.
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While many people - and authors - lament the blurring of the lines between "work" and "life," Kevin and Jackie Freiberg have embraced the concept and created a roadmap to help readers dramatically improve both. While some of the insights in Boom! about embracing personal responsibility and leadership are simple, what makes the book stand apart are the authors' head-on approach that both challenges and supports readers to take the difficult steps necessary to actually live them. The online companion Boom Box provides even more and deeper resources that make great "bulletin board material" for personal motivation as well as "passalongs" for co-workers (and even bosses!) to spread positive change throughout the workplace. If you're looking for sharp, 360 degree insight into how your personal life directly impacts your work life, you'd be hard pressed to find a better guide book than Boom! And for those of us who understand that change is good but lack the motivation to make changes when the process or even outcomes appear too difficult, the Freiberg's are unparalleled coaches when it comes to making us all "players" at home and at work.
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