I’ve been listening to a few audio books here and there, and have picked up a few that I think you may be interested in checking out:
- Welcome to the Beehive by Robert J. Safuto is a book aimed at those who are just entering the workplace. There were several times I thought that some of my younger relatives (and perhaps my younger self) should read / listen to this book before embarking on their future careers. In it, Robert talks about what to look for in a job, and how to think and act when going into the workplace for the first time. As boring as that may sound, there’s lots of good tips in this book, and anyone currently in the workforce will benefit from this book. Let me also mention that Podiobooks.com is a very cool site for audio books, much the same way that Magnatune is a great music label. Give it a listen, and give something back to the author if you like what you’re hearing.
- Built To Last by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras was a book recommended in several interviews with people I respect. I saw this over at Barnes and Noble, and decided to give it a whirl. I think the only problem I have with it is it’s information that has been distilled by those who have already read their material. I can summarize most of the points I’ve heard thus far: 1) Build a great company, then find a great product, 2) Put the customer experience first before profits, and 3) Don’t be a dick. There’s much more finer points in the book, and the anecdotes are very interesting so it’s still worth a listen, so don’t let my summation dissuade you from this book. Just don’t be surprised if this “radical common sense” isn’t as Earth-shattering as you might hope.