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Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't by Jim Collins (30 Minute Expert Summaries Book 5)
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't by Jim Collins (30 Minute Expert Summaries Book 5)

5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Great, November 6, 2012
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I don't pretend to have any expansive interest in business, yet here I sit, reconsidering my Liberal Arts degree and wishing that, just maybe, I had gone for the business school instead. This 30 minute summary of Jim Collins's Good to Great has that effect. The source book has gotten rave reviews, and it's easy to see why - it has a clear central message, great use of real life examples that will hold meaning for people both in and out of touch with the business world, and above all fosters a will to do just what the title says - go from good, to great.

But let's be realistic. Most of the people who read the full book (let alone the 30 minute summary) won't go on to create great companies, so what's the point? To which I answer: The advice in this book is valuable at any level of management, both for dealing with your bosses and your employees. And all it takes to get the core ideas under your belt is one lunch break worth of reading.


Summary: Quiet ...in 30 Minutes - A Concise Summary of Susan Cain's Bestselling Book (30 Minute Expert Summaries)
Summary: Quiet ...in 30 Minutes - A Concise Summary of Susan Cain's Bestselling Book (30 Minute Expert Summaries)

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5.0 out of 5 stars 30 Minutes of Reflection, October 16, 2012
I've read a number of articles on the topic of introversion lately, and all too often they run into the pitfall of treating introverts like some sort of superhuman - which, speaking as an introvert, is a great confidence booster, but is generally an indication of a biased perspective and always makes me suspect that the author is a bitter hermit. (Hardly the image of introversion we want to be propagating!) Quiet does well to avoid this by instead highlighting the strength of introverts while acknowledging their weaknesses and emphasizing (especially in a great chapter on relationships) the need for introvert/extrovert cooperation and communication.

This concise summary of Susan Cain's Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking is a welcome addition to the 30 Minute series, as the original work clocks in at a hefty 350+ pages and who knows how many hours. Quiet ...in 30 Minutes gets the main idea across with quick chapter summaries and a few well-chosen quotes, and is great for the busy life and as a demo, if you will, of the full work. Try it. If you like it and want to know more, read the full book. If not, all you've lost is half an hour and the price of a cup of coffee.


The Mediterranean Diet: Unlock the Mediterranean Secrets to Health and Weight Loss with Easy and Delicious Recipes
The Mediterranean Diet: Unlock the Mediterranean Secrets to Health and Weight Loss with Easy and Delicious Recipes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing the Mediterranean Home, October 5, 2012
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If you've ever wanted to visit the Mediterranean but didn't have the time or money, this may well be the next best thing. Having had the good fortune to visit Greece, I can honestly say that the food and the culture around it is amazing and memorable - and now there's a guide to bring this food and culture into our daily lives.

The Mediterranean diet promises more than weight loss, healthier skin, improved heart health and decreased risk from type 2 diabetes - as if these weren't enough! Chatham genuinely wants us to enjoy eating, something that we forget we're supposed to do as we cram a soggy sandwich into our mouths on the way to work. Even if you're not worried about your health or looking to lose weight, this diet is worth trying for the joy of eating that it will help you to rediscover.

Also, as someone who hates to exercise, I love Chatham's stance on the subject - basically, do something physical that you enjoy. Regimented exercise is boring and gym fees are pricy, so why not get out and play instead? I highly recommend this book if you love delicious food, yet still want to live a healthy and more balanced lifestyle.


The DASH Diet Health Plan: Low-Sodium, Low-Fat Recipes to Promote Weight Loss, Lower Blood Pressure, and Help Prevent Diabetes
The DASH Diet Health Plan: Low-Sodium, Low-Fat Recipes to Promote Weight Loss, Lower Blood Pressure, and Help Prevent Diabetes
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4.0 out of 5 stars DASH for Heart Health, September 25, 2012
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The DASH diet can certainly help you lose weight - it wouldn't be much of a diet otherwise - but its focus is on decreased risk of diabetes, general heart health and lowering blood pressure. That's in the name: DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. This isn't some radical new diet, but rather one based on a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) study from the 90s that is finally getting the recognition that it deserves.

I won't lie and tell you that this is an easy diet. It takes a bit to get started, including a bit of math homework to determine your Body Mass Index and a few other vital statistics, and when I saw that butter was nixed from the menu I nearly cried. For the sake of my heart, however, I suppose I can crunch a few numbers, while Chatham's meal plans and recipes allow for some delicious dishes, ranging from the simple to the extravagant to fit any schedule. He even sneaks in a few cheats - because he understands that we all need to indulge from time to time!
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