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Download The Halo Effect: ...and the 8 Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (546 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Phil Rosenzweig Narrator: Jim Manchester Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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Much of our business thinking is shaped by delusions that distort our understanding of the real reasons for a company's performance. The most pervasive delusion is the Halo Effect. When a company's sales and profits are up, people often conclude that it has a brilliant strategy, a visionary leader, capable employees, and a superb corporate culture. When performance falters, they conclude that the strategy was wrong, the leader became arrogant, the people were complacent, and the culture was stagnant.

In fact, little may have changed -- company performance creates a Halo that shapes the way we perceive strategy, leadership, people, culture, and more. The Halo Effect unmasks these delusions and replaces mistaken thinking with a sharper understanding of what drives business success and failure. Drawing on examples from leading companies - and mercifully free of business jargon - The Halo Effect is for those thinking managers who want to separate fact from fiction in the business world. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drew | 2/5/2014

    " It isn't long as is, but it really has the content of a Kindle Single. That content seems legit, with all of the "delusions" he cites having some example from popular business literature. They get a little banal after the first one though; if you've ever read an Internet comment thread you're probably familiar with delusion number two - correlation is not causation. The author also has an irritating habit of explaining the conclusions of faulty research, but not of the (few) examples of valid research he uses as counterpoints. Maybe it's a test to see if I'm interested enough in something that could increase performance by 10% to even look up the citation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Redwood | 2/3/2014

    " After reading this, if you are a consultant, it will raise the bar on the level of evidence you bring to clients. If you are a client or consultant you'll be hard pressed to believe in any of the business books professing to have the answer. Excellent destruction job on the misplaced confidence of most management books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dimitri | 2/1/2014

    " One of the best business book I have ever read. It explained a lot of things that were and are happening around me and in the corporate world in general. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deepak | 1/26/2014

    " A good read. As the title suggests the book delves into biases that we often all prey to when trying to decipher the reasons behind a company's performance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Hecklinger | 1/18/2014

    " A quick and interesting look at hindsight bias and how it can taint our views on the past and impact our thoughts on causation versus correlation. Overwhelming theme is when it comes to research garbage in equals garbage out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tal | 1/15/2014

    " Important concept, one trick writing and one basic idea. I suppose if you are going to read one business book, though, this one should be it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sebastiano Mereu | 1/11/2014

    " The Halo Effect had a few good passages but in the end there was nothing new which I could take with me. I wouldn't recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nora | 7/5/2013

    " A very readable book that shows the "the secrets of succcess" that are written after the fact are the result of success and not the cause. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 1/23/2013

    " My favorite business book ever. Phil effectively shows why many of the business books out there are fundamentally flawed and may lead to dangerous management practices. He gives great suggestions for avoiding those errors in thinking and evaluating performance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtis | 9/3/2012

    " Taking a new twist on the old computer lingo GIGO (Garbage In Garbage Out), the author shows you why nearly every study of business and business strategy is fundamentally flawed before it ever even get's published. This helped me to articulate why I've always thought most business books are rubbish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobby | 6/30/2012

    " A worthwhile read which will change how (or if) you read business books or cases) through an exploration of how selection bias often drives interpretation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliana Vargas Ferreira | 2/17/2012

    " It helped me out to understand all the other business book I had read before. It's a "must-read" for sure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leon | 12/12/2011

    " Should be common sense, but like everything else its not common to most. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harj | 11/27/2011

    " if you've read the black swan and enjoyed it, this is the perfect follow up book to read. essential for anyone starting their own companies. or perhaps not, sometimes too much knowledge is a dangerous thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan Williams | 11/13/2011

    " If you read business books, you should read this business book. You'll read all others with a more skeptical (and intelligent) eye. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan Collier | 5/6/2011

    " Really nice counterpoint to books like Good to Great and Built to Last. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sebastiano | 3/25/2011

    " The Halo Effect had a few good passages but in the end there was nothing new which I could take with me. I wouldn't recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 3/12/2010

    " I don't normally put books I'm reading for work on here, but this one is absolutely brilliant.

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    I don't normally put books I'm reading for work on here, but this one is absolutely brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 1/20/2010

    " My favorite business book ever. Phil effectively shows why many of the business books out there are fundamentally flawed and may lead to dangerous management practices. He gives great suggestions for avoiding those errors in thinking and evaluating performance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 11/16/2009

    " It's a one trick pony, but it's a decent trick: calling out all the business pseudo-science for confusing dependent variables for independent variables. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dimitri | 7/28/2009

    " One of the best business book I have ever read. It explained a lot of things that were and are happening around me and in the corporate world in general. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leon | 6/29/2009

    " Should be common sense, but like everything else its not common to most. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 2/17/2009

    " A nifty debunking of all those fatuous books sitting in the 'management' shelves in the 'business' sections of your local chain bookstore. "

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