11 Great Business Books to Read Right Now

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By Jeff Haden
This article was originally posted on Inc.com and published October 31st, 2014.

Successful entrepreneurs and smart businesspeople follow a simple motto: always be learning.

There are many ways to go about it, but cracking open an insightful read is never a bad idea. Here’s a selection of great books on innovation, entrepreneurship, success, happiness, and even what makes different people tick. They may not all appear to be “business” books… but never forget that inspiration comes from many places.

Every entrepreneur is at some point a rookie, an upstart, an inexperienced person with a dream… and fortunately … Read the rest

The Traits That Lead to Success—And How to Tell Who’s Got Them

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By Laura Vanderkam
This article was originally posted in Fast Company and published October 28, 2014.

“Technology changes quickly. Companies implode and people switch jobs every few years.

If 30% of information in some fields becomes obsolete in a year, how long does expertise last? says Liz Wiseman in her forthcoming book, Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work.

It’s not that expertise isn’t helpful, but success comes from constantly approaching work as a “perpetual rookie,” Wiseman writes, someone who is “living and working perpetually on a learning curve.” People who can do that will … Read the rest

It’s Time to Shake Up your Succession Planning

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By Liz Wiseman
This article was originally posted in the St. Louis Post Dispatch and published October 28, 2014.

“Too often well-meaning managers shield their employees from change and disruption, essentially placing a do not disturb sign on the employee’s door.

While employees may seem temporarily relieved, could it be that they are actually unhappy when they are cloistered and comfortable? When is it time to disturb someone, wake them up, and lead them into a discomfort zone?

My research focused on just these questions: When are employees ready to be challenged and how much of a challenge can they … Read the rest

Entrepreneurs Thrive On The Learning Curve

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By Martin Zwilling

This article was originally posted in Forbes and published October 28, 2014.

“In today’s fast moving world of business startups, learning trumps knowing every time. What established businesses know through experience keeps them from looking for the new and innovative ways to do what they do better, cheaper, and faster. I’m convinced that’s why most mature companies are slowing down or buying their innovation through acquisition, rather than building it.

In her new book, “Rookie Smarts,” Liz Wiseman, one of the top thought leaders in business, amplifies this point as it relates to hiring and cultivating the … Read the rest

How Rookies Stay Relevant

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By Kare Anderson

This article was originally posted in The Huffington Post and published October 20, 2014.

“What’s it take to stay relevant in work today? That often cited and disputed study made famous by Malcolm Gladwell, it takes 10,000 hours to achieve mastery, is based on a study that covered those whose skills required repeated practice – surgeons, violinists, and athletes — notes Rookie Smarts author Liz Wiseman. Yet, to work and live well in our rapidly evolving and connected world we must be perpetual learners not proficient repeaters of skills.
In fact, business author, Josh Kaufman, audaciously claims … Read the rest

Why Become a Perpetual Rookie?

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By Kare Anderson

This article was originally posted in Forbes and published October 17, 2014.

“What’s it take to stay relevant in work today? That often cited and disputed study made famous by Malcolm Gladwell, it takes 10,000 hours to achieve mastery, is based on a study that covered those whose skills required repeated practice – surgeons, violinists, and athletes — notes Rookie Smarts author Liz Wiseman. Yet, to work and live well in our rapidly evolving and connected world we must be perpetual learners not proficient repeaters of skills.
In fact, business author, Josh Kaufman, audaciously claims most careers … Read the rest

Stanford University Podcast: The Power of Not Knowing

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This interview was originally posted at Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner and published October 8, 2014.

Author and leadership educator Liz Wiseman shares why cultivating a “rookie mindset” is an advantage in a rapidly changing world. Wiseman presents insights from her books, Rookie Smarts and Multipliers, including frameworks and techniques for how entrepreneurs, leaders and employees can embrace a life of constant learning and build a passion for multiplying the genius of those around them.

To listen to the podcast, please visit the Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner.

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Why You Need Rookies On Your Team

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By Liz Wiseman
This is an excerpt from the Harvard Business Review and was originally published October 2, 2014.

Hiring managers often view newcomers to their organizations as not only long-term assets but also short-term burdens: people who need to be inducted, trained, and given lighter loads as they get up to speed, inevitably slowing everyone else down.

But that doesn’t have to be the case. In my research studying how inexperienced people tackle tough challenges, I’ve consistently found that rookies (whether they are freshly minted university graduates or experienced professionals coming from other organizations or functions) are surprisingly strong … Read the rest

Three Ways Smartwatch Upstarts Can Survive the Apple-anche

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By Liz Wiseman
This is an excerpt from TIME Magazine and was originally published September 10, 2014.

The little guys who were on their way up the mountain now have to fight for air.

The wearables market is technology’s latest battleground with small upstarts like Pebble and Omate, as well as early entrances from big players like LG, Samsung, and Google. Today, with their announcement of the Apple Watch, Tim Cook officially entered the race and upped the ante with Apple Pay. With Apple in the game, can a young, upstart company like Pebble, maker of the popular Pebble Steel … Read the rest

The Logic of Multiplication in Management

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By Elise Foster and Liz Wiseman
This is an excerpt from AASA.org and was originally published August, 2014.

How does a school system leader tap into the latent talent that sits inside the district?

At a time when expectations are rising while funding is plummeting, doing more with less has become standard operating procedure. Administrators from all corners are feeling the burden — if not in navigating a complex funding formula, then addressing teacher quality or ensuring all students graduate college and career ready.

The natural responses from education leaders weighed down by enormous challenges and work demands include the … Read the rest