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Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Realityby Scott Belsky
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"If people aren't calling you crazy, you aren't thinking big enough."
These days taking chances isnt just for college dropouts in hoodies. Whether you work at a Fortune 500 company, a nonprofit, or a mom-and-pop, everybody needs to think and act like an entrepreneur. We all need to be nimble, adaptive, daring—and maybe even a little crazy—or risk being left behind.
But how do you take smart risks without risking it all? Thats Linda Rottenbergs expertise. As the cofounder and CEO of Endeavor, the worlds leading organization dedicated to supporting fast-growing entrepreneurs, shes spent the last two decades helping innovators think bold and execute smart.
Now Rottenberg draws on her unrivaled experience to show you the proven techniques to achieve your dreams: from overcoming fear to facing down critics, from stalking supporters to exploiting chaos. Crazy Is a Compliment combines inspiring stories, original research, and practical advice to create a road map for getting started and going bigger.
Rottenberg brings to life iconic entrepreneurs like Walt Disney and Estée Lauder and reveals how companies like MTV, GE, and Burberry found their best successes by breaking the corporate mold and embracing the entrepreneur mind-set. She also introduces us to some of the one thousand entrepreneurs shes advised, like Leila Velez, who started a hair-care company in her kitchen sink in Rio that now earns $80 million a year. As Linda writes:
Every day I meet people with a dream. Maybe youre serving coffee and fantasizing about launching a microbrewery; maybe youve skipped college and yearn to start your own design firm; maybe youre sitting in your cubicle and brainstorming a new idea that can improve your company.
You have a dream, but you dont know how to turn your dream into reality. Or youve already launched your dream but youre unsure how to take it to the next level. This book can show you the way.
"Though creation always begins with an idea, ideas don't always lead to creation; examining why that's so, online entrepreneur Belsky finds that, no matter how unique or radically different ideas may be, the individuals and teams who carry those ideas to fruition share a number of common traits, such as engaging peers and leveraging communal forces. In this guide to realizing ideas, Belsky examines those traits in detail. Chapters like 'The Chemistry of the Creative Team' set forth an action-based plan that forgoes time-wasting meetings and other corporate culture standbys, citing studies, progressive thinkers and case studies of companies like Best Buy, IBM and Sun Microsystems. Modern-day successes, Belsky contends, have traded 'the traditional butts-in-chairs mindset' for a 'Results Only Work Environment,' where employees are compensated based on achievement of specified goals, rather than work hours. Ultimately, Belsky insists, creative success is a matter of rethinking methods and increasing focus, while emphasizing and rewarding old-fashioned passion and perspiration." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Belsky has spent six years studying the habits of especially productive people and teams--the ones who make their ideas happen time and time again. Here, the author presents their most powerful--and sometimes counterintuitive--practices.
Make work simple by using the tools and tactics that are right for you
Your time is under attack. You just canand#8217;t get enough done. You find yourself wondering where the hours go. Youand#8217;ve tried every time-management system you can get your hands onand#151;and theyand#8217;ve only succeeded in making your work more complicated.
If you sometimes feel you spend more time managing your productivity than doing actual work, itand#8217;s time for a change. In Work Simply, renowned productivity expert Carson Tate offers a step-by-step guide to making work simple again by using the style that works best for you.
Tate has helped thousands of men and women better manage their time and become more productive. Her success owes partly to the realization that most of us fit into one of four distinct productivity styles: Arrangers, who think about their projects in terms of the people involved; Prioritizers, who are the definition of and#147;goal-orientedand#8221;; Visualizers, who possess a unique ability to comprehend the big picture; and Planners, who live for the details.
In this book, youand#8217;ll learn
After reading Work Simply, youand#8217;ll come away with a productivity system that truly and fundamentally fits youand#151;and youand#8217;ll never feel overwhelmed again.
andquot;Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard. This book helps you with the hard part.andquot;
-Guy Kawasaki, author of Enchantment
According to productivity expert Scott Belsky, no one is born with the ability to drive creative projects to completion. Execution is a skill that must be developed by building your organizational habits and harnessing the support of your colleagues.
As the founder and CEO of Behance, a company on a mission to empower and organize the creative world, Belsky has studied the habits of especially productive individuals and teams across industries. Now he has compiled the principles and techniques they share, and presents a systematic approach to creative organization and productivity.
While many of us focus on generating and searching for great ideas, Belsky shows why it's better to develop the capacity to make ideas happen-a capacity that endures over time.
About the Author
Scott Belsky is the founder and CEO of Behance, which operates the leading online platform for creative professionals, as well as the 99% Conference, a major annual symposium on execution in creative industries. Previously he helped grow the Pine Street Leadership Development Initiative at Goldman Sachs.
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