Book Review: Rookie Smarts

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by Liz Wiseman

When you’re inexperienced in business, you’re more likely to seek counsel or ask questions. However, you tend to lose that curiosity once you are established in the workplace. Leadership expert Liz Wiseman explains why it’s often an asset to be completely inexperienced and how to cultivate the curious, flexible, youthful mindset of a rookie. In Rookie Smarts, Wiseman addresses how to remain current and relevant as a leader with continuous learning. This book is now available as a Soundview Executive Book Summary.

“Rookies are more capable than we might expect. We often see it on the athletic field, but it also plays out in the halls of the workplace. Research suggests that, in many cases, inexperience can work to your advantage: It can spark a dazzling performance and help you compete with, if not surpass, even the most talented, experienced players. Not only does inexperience confer an advantage, but also it is desperately needed in today’s rapidly evolving world of work,” writes Wiseman. She presents her research of more than 400 workplace scenarios in what she calls the “rookie smart mindset” that is characterized by four distinct modes: Backpacker, Hunter-Gatherer, Firewalker, and Pioneer. Each mode includes detailed descriptions of the best assets of each of these types.

She also presents “perpetual rookies” who are leaders who maintain a rookie mindset. If you are willing to unlearn and relearn, Rookie Smarts will help leaders gain a state of mind to succeed in today’s competitive work environment.

Book Review: The Reciprocity Advantage

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by Bob Johansen and Karl Ronn

With all the technological and social disruptions that are occurring, companies can find partners to create new growth. Leading forecaster Bob Johansen and business developer Karl Ronn share a model for creating new growth for your business using the underutilized resources you already own that you can share with others in The Reciprocity Advantage. Johansen and Ronn describe how to collaborate on what you can’t do alone. This book is now available as a Soundview Executive Book Summary.

“Right-of-way is an unrealized opportunity space where you can create a new large-scale practice of exchanging with others for mutual benefit. Right-of-way is the space within which you can create your reciprocity advantage. Indeed, a reciprocity advantage becomes possible only within your right-of-way,” write Johansen and Ronn. They present a three-step process for uncovering your right-of-way. The first step is Agree on Your Core Business by defining what industry you are in and what makes most of your profits.  The other steps are Reinvent your Business as a Service and Redefine Your Business as an Experience.

The Reciprocity Advantage shows readers how to leverage new forces like cloud-served supercomputing into scalable and profitable growth for your organization. You will learn why reciprocity will be the key to your organization’s growth in the future.

Book Review: Overworked and Overwhelmed


by Scott Eblin

Do you ever feel swamped at work? You have emails to reply to, deals to close, problems to resolve, and deadlines to make. The task are piling up on your desk and you feel overwhelmed. You are not alone. Top leadership coach, Scott Eblin, provides simple routines to reduce stress and sustain peak performance in Overworked and Overwhelmed. Eblin makes his practice of mindfulness simple to offer actionable hope for anyone whose stress level is up. This book is now available as a Soundview Executive Book Summary.

“Through awareness and intention, the mindfulness alternative sets you up for high performance. It helps you identify the difference between extrinsic interference that you can’t control and the intrinsic interference of thoughts that can keep you from performing at your full potential,” writes Eblin. He defines what mindfulness means as “managing the gap between your thoughts and actions,” and then how to practice it by understanding the internal and external factors of your stress. He also offers different physical, mental and spiritual routines to practice mindfulness in your life. Eblin presents seven principles for choosing and following the routines that work best for you. “Strive for rhythm, not balance” is the first principle, which helps you develop a rhythm for all your responsibilities at work, home, and community.

Overworked and Overwhelmed is for anyone who feels frustrated or struggling to express their full potential and live their highest purpose. This book will help you discover your true purpose and define what success means to you specifically.

Book Review: Elevate


by Rich Horwath

Every leader and manager in business wants to be known as strategic and be able to execute good strategy. However, more than half of all companies say that strategic thinking is the skill their senior leaders most need to improve. In Elevate, strategy expert Rich Horwath provides leaders and managers an approach that will drive results for both the short- and long-term. This book is now available as a Soundview Executive Book Summary.

As Horwath writes, “Using the lens of new value on the ideas, projects, initiatives and tactics proposed each day provides a powerful filter for eliminating meaningless activities. It forces you to more closely examine why things are being proposed and pursued instead of just what is to be done.” Horwath shares with leaders a powerful framework called the Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking. His three-discipline approach breaks strategy down into its fundamentals: Coalesce, Compete and Champion. The first discipline coalesce means leaders must have the ability to blend together strategic insights into meaningful differentiated value. The second discipline, compete, which helps leaders gain motivation to try harder. Champion, the third discipline, means leaders have managed time, influenced others, and continually developed new skills, all critical to success. With this approach, you will gain a new way to strategic thinking that will elevate you from your competition.

You will also learn how to use a concrete framework to keep your career vital through innovation and inspiration. Most leaders think strategy and innovation are separate ideas, but when you combine them together you have a powerful tool to conquer any challenge. Your career depends on being strategic. With Elevate, executives will be able to practice strategic thinking daily to guide their business.

Book Review: The Purpose Economy


by Aaron Hurst

Over the past decade in the American economy, many people have been turning their innovative ideas into big businesses. Millennials have been ignoring conventional career paths to start their own companies, freelance, or help our local communities. From these ventures, millennials feel a great deal of purpose in their careers. In The Purpose Economy, entrepreneur Aaron Hurst, points out that purpose is the new driver in the American economy. This book is now available as a Soundview Executive Book Summary.

As Hurst writes, “The Purpose Economy describes the new context and set of ways in which people and organizations are focused on creating value, and it defines the organizing principle for innovation and growth. It is an economy where value lies in establishing purpose for employees and customers — through serving needs greater than their own, enabling personal growth and building community.” Hurst presents to us the three types of purpose that represent the needs the Purpose Economy addresses: personal purpose, social purpose, and societal purpose.

The Purpose Economy also offers insight on how to achieve and manage purpose for yourself and your organization. Hurst writes that before you can create purpose, you must first be self-aware. The first approach to maintaining purpose is task-focused purpose, meaning that you first need to overcome task-related challenges. The other approaches include impact-focused by seeing how your work impacts others, focus on your own identity, and financial drivers of purpose. Readers will also learn how other companies are creating value and purpose within their businesses. The Purpose Economy will help not only build a successful organization but also human-centered markets to create purpose for employees and customers alike.