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Title:
Rookie smarts : why learning beats knowing in the new game of work
Author:
Wiseman, Liz, author.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Harper Business, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
Physical Description:
290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Leadership expert Liz Wiseman argues that the most successful rookies are hunter-gatherers, cautious but quick like firewalkers, and hungry and relentless like frontiersmen. Most importantly, she identifies a breed of leaders she refers to as 'perpetual rookies.' Despite years of experience, they retain their rookie smarts, thinking and operating with the mindsets and practices of these high-performing rookies.
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780062322630
Format :
Book

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Wall Street Journal Bestseller

Is it possible to be at your best even when you are underqualified or doing something for the first time? Is it still possible, even after decades of experience, to recapture the enthusiasm, curiosity, and fearlessness of youth to take on new challenges? With the right mindset--with Rookie Smarts--you can.

In a rapidly changing world, experience can be a curse. Careers stall, innovation stops, and strategies grow stale. Being new, naïve, and even clueless can be an asset. For today's knowledge workers, constant learning is more valuable than mastery.

In this essential guide, leadership expert Liz Wiseman explains how to reclaim and cultivate this curious, flexible, youthful mindset called Rookie Smarts. She argues that the most successful rookies are hunter-gatherers--alert and seeking, cautious but quick like firewalkers, and hungry and relentless like pioneers. Most importantly, she identifies a breed of leaders she refers to as "perpetual rookies." Despite years of experience, they retain their rookie smarts, thinking and operating with the mindsets and practices of these high-performing rookies.

Rookie Smarts addresses the questions every experienced professional faces: "Will my knowledge and skills become obsolete and irrelevant? Will a young, inexperienced newcomer upend my company or me? How can I keep up?" The answer is to stay fresh, keep learning, and know when to think like a rookie.

Rookie Smarts isn't just for professionals seeking personal renewal; it is an indispensible resource for all leaders who must ensure their workforces remains vital and competitive.


Author Notes

Liz Wiseman is a researcher, executive advisor, speaker, teacher, and author. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelors in Business Management and a Masters in Organizational Behavior. She is a former executive at Oracle Corporation, working as the vice president of Oracle University and was a leader for global Human Resource Development.

She is the author of Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools. Multipliers, Revised and Updated: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smart is her current bestseller.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Given the author's experience--Wiseman ( Multipliers ) helped build Oracle's corporate university and is the president of a Silicon Valley--based research and development firm--it's no shock that she offers an exceptional guide to staying vital in the changing marketplace. Wiseman targets mid-level professionals who want to revitalize their careers, as well as company leaders who want to invigorate their workforce. Her premise is simple: in a culture obsessed with youth, the key to success comes from thinking young. Wiseman explains why a rookie or newcomer approach will often be more effective than a tried-and-true strategy. For example, while the experienced manager will collaborate alone, a rookie rounds up a network of experts. A rookie who lacks situational confidence will pay more attention to negative feedback and work harder than an experienced counterpart. Each chapter concludes with a helpful summary that compares rookie and veteran behavior. Throughout, Wiseman cites a wide array of successful rookies and perpetual rookies, from the founder of Spanx (an example of relentless resourcefulness) to basketball great Magic Johnson, to photographer Annie Leibovitz, to business consultant Peter Drucker. Useful discussion fire starters are peppered throughout and gathered in an appendix for quick reference. For readers who are struggling to catch up with changing business needs, this book is a must read. Agent: Shannon Marvin, Dupree Miller & Associates. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Part I Rookie Smarts: Living on the Learning Curve
1 The Rise of the Rookiep. 17
2 Backpackers: An Unencumbered Mindp. 45
3 Hunter-Gatherers: Finding Expertisep. 72
4 Firewalkers: Moving Cautiously but Quicklyp. 99
5 Pioneers: Forging Aheadp. 123
Part II Cultivating Rookie Smarts
6 The Perpetual Rookiep. 143
7 Rookie Revivalp. 162
8 The Rookie Organizationp. 187
Acknowledgmentsp. 223
Appendix A The Research Processp. 227
Appendix B Frequently Asked Questionsp. 232
Appendix C Learning Experimentsp. 241
Appendix D Learning Itinerariesp. 249
Appendix E Rookies and Perpetual Rookiesp. 259
Appendix F Discussion Fire Starterp. 263
Notesp. 269
Indexp. 277

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