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  • Hardcover: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608320545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608320547
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,481,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Brown, a management consultant, presents a smart and readable guide for executives seeking to improve the effectiveness of their corporate strategies. Even though one-third of all business strategies fail, executives tend to stick with the plan, maintaining that a bad plan is safer than no plan at all. Brown shows how to break free from this mentality and makes her message stick with energetic prose and cheeky humor. She questions prevalent corporate beliefs and shows how following these misguided approaches can ruin an organization. She highlights change as the key factor; it's the "anti-gravity" that will propel a company forward. Citing such successful examples as Nu Skin and Southwest Airlines, Brown illustrates key points on what works and what doesn't, and concludes each chapter with a helpful summary. A new voice in a very crowded field, Brown provides an original perspective on corporate growth.
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After I finished reading a draft of this book, my first thought was that I wished I had written it. Simply put, it’s brilliant. And now, more than ever, it is a book that is needed. The smallest businesses and the largest enterprises alike will benefit greatly from reading, studying, and applying Defy Gravity.

-Simon T. Bailey, author of Release Your Brilliance

 

Defy Gravity is a powerhouse of a book! Rebel Brown shows you how to apply the inherent momentum of your business network to identify both the gravity that can hold you back and the opportunities that will propel your business growth. An absolute must read for businesses large and small.

-Ivan Misner, NY Times Bestselling author and Founder of BNI and Referral institute

 

Rebel Brown is simply brilliant! Not only has she challenged the status quo throughout her career... with Defy Gravity she now teaches us how to do the same. Thank you, Rebel!

-Bob Burg, coauthor of Wall St. Journal/BusinessWeek Bestseller, The Go-Giver and Go Givers Sell More, author of Endless Referrals

 

Defy Gravity will defy your expectations. Rebel Brown delivers a page-turning, awe-inspiring, barrier-shattering rocket-ship of a business book. If you want to soar, begin by learning from Defy Gravity.

-Scott McKain, Best Selling author of Collapse of Distinction and All Business is Show Business

 

Defy Gravity is filled with fresh strategies to escape the pull of the status quo, capture emerging opportunities and achieve high velocity growth.

-Jill Konrath, Best Selling author, SNAP Selling and Selling to Big Companies



Jedi Knight Rebel Brown’s book is titled Defy Gravity. Her book is all about creating high velocity growth for your business. She’ll teach you how to get out of conventional herd thinking and create bold new strategies to attract and keep new business. You’ll learn how to stop being a victim of your internal and external challenges and shed what’s been holding you back.

-Randy Gage, The Millionaire Messiah

 

I am a big fan of the concept of Defying Gravity>. It’s a task we entrepreneurs have to tackle every moment of our business lives. And this compelling, well-written book will have you nodding your head in agreement from the get-go. Any business owner trying to navigate today’s turbulent market will find a welcome lift.

-Rieva Lesonsky, Small Biz Daily

 

Defy Gravity: Propel Your Business to High-Velocity Growth is not a book you read, it’s one that you devour. True to her name, Rebel talks about challenging businesses to think differently and continuously reconsider long ingrained beliefs to respond to the needs of today’s situations. Instead of being filled with fluff and rhetoric, Defy Gravity is a book that has actionable steps and processes that will help any business owner or budding entrepreneur to think in different and more innovative ways to structure your business. With this book in your arsenal, you can face your internal and external challenges head on and steer your business in the right direction.

-Michelle Vandepas, Talking BooksTV

 

I highly recommend the essential and empowering book Defy Gravity: Propel Your Business to High-Velocity Growth by Rebel Brown to any business leaders who seek to maximize their growth potential through the application of these game changing concepts to their companies. Every chapter contains critical, value multiplying information that is both practical and results oriented. The principles in this book are a valuable addition to the field of corporate strategy.

-Wayne Hurlbert, Blog Business World

 

If your business is growing more rapidly and profitably than you ever dreamed, you can afford to ignore this book (at least for now). But if it’s more like the other 98% of businesses—struggling to keep up with the pace of market change and maintain profitable growth—Rebel Brown’s Defy Gravity may very well provide your flight plan for resumed or continued growth and success.

-Tom Pick, Webiquity


More About the Author

Rebel Brown guides you to harness the power of your mind to step into your ultimate potential.

For over 25 years Rebel has inspired, coached and empowered individuals and businesses to unstoppable performance and results. After she released her best selling strategy book, Defy Gravity, she still wanted to know more about why humans think and act as we do.

Fascinated by the power of our human minds to limit ourselves and our business results, she began her study of the human mind. Her core question was simple.

What would we do if we knew we were limitless?

She found the answer in the technology of our minds. Today, she brings the power of neuroscience to business, applying the power of our minds to create excellence and breakout results for her executive and corporate clients.

Her latest book, The Influential Leader: Using the Technology of Our Minds to Create Excellence in Yourself and Your Teams, is every leaders guide to the human mind. Rebel shares key insights, discoveries and techniques that apply neuroscience to every day leadership situations - powering new results.

Rebel is a resident blogger for The Huffington Post and SwitchandShift.com communities. She's been featured in media including First Business TV, Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur, Business Insider and Business Week. She is a Vistage International speaker and workshop leader as well as NSA speaker. She's also been named one of the Top 100 Women in Computing. Rebel is also the founder and director of the Unstoppable U Foundation, a non-profit program committed to guiding kids to know that they are born to be Unstoppable!

Rebel's best selling business strategy book, Defy Gravity: Propel Your Business to High Velocity Growth, is any leaders' guide to breakout bottom line profitability. Her Rebelations blog is read by thousands weekly.

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Any business owner trying to navigate today's turbulent market will find Defy Gravity a welcome lift.
Rieva Lesonsky
Rebel uses a great analogy, Gravity vs. Lift, to clearly provide her readers practical advice on improving their businesses.
RogerB
It is easy and often deadly to fall into the mode of continuing to do things the same way they were done in the past.
Charles Ashbacher

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve Keating on September 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I almost hesitate to call this the best business book of 2010. I hesitate only because it may just be the best book of any kind, period. The business principles discussed by Rebel are very sound but so many of the concepts apply to our personal lives as well. I cannot imagine anyone who wouldn't benefit from this book.

There are many great books out there with similar content, and most are about as enjoyable to read as watching paint dry. What truly sets Rebel Brown's Defy Gravity apart from the pack is the ease with which it reads. With every example, every point and every story it's like having a close friend sharing their experience with you. This book is alive with powerful insights into what it takes to succeed in a world where gravity holds us down. It's a great title because if you follow Rebel's advice it's hard to imagine anyone not breaking the bonds of gravity to excel in whatever they do.

If it sounds as if I really like this book, you are wrong; I really love this book. I've read it twice and I'll read it again, I'll buy it for the people I care about and I'll suggest it to my business associates. I recommend it to you today. It is simply too good a book not to read!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark O. Oakes on September 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Excellent Read!

Rebel is a refreshing voice in a sea of regurgitated business rhetoric. Change is constant. As such, we need innovative frameworks that reshape our thinking about the status quo, change, our legacy assumptions and strategy. Rebel steps in to the intersection of flight and business strategy and shares a metaphor that challenges our suppositions of the past, present and future.

Mark Oakes
CEO
Intellimar, Inc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dixie Dynamite on September 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Because this book will certainly get your engines revved up! The author opens with astute examples that prove "if you do what you've always done you'll always get what you've always had" is NOT true. In fact, if you do what you've always done you'll lose momentum and encounter drag that will pull you down to earth and into a rut. This brilliant (and funny) collection of wisdom proceeds right on to instructions and examples for how to "defy gravity" and move your business (and you can so easily apply it to ALL aspects of your life) onward and UPward!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ava Diamond on September 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It's easy to get stuck. It's easy to do things the way you always have. And in today's world, that's just not good enough--not that it ever was.

Rebel Brown's Defy Gravity helps you move beyond conventional wisdom and take your business to new heights. This book is filled with tons of information, as well as great examples, stories, exercises, questions, and practical tips.

If you're ready for high velocity growth, this book is a "don't miss."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Thau on September 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a must read book if you are serious about taking your business forward. It is written by a knowledgeable and skilled professional, who walks the walk while providing straight talk.

Rebel has proven her skills and insights repeatedly, in a number of businesses. Here she provides some of those insights to the reader in an effective and understandable manner. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kim McMahon, McMahon Consulting on September 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a must read. It's for how to do better with our careers, our businesses, and in our lives. How to let go of the things that hold us back and find that inner strength to grow to what we can truly achieve.

I used it some for my career/business growth, but it was very inspirational in my personal growth. It is scary to branch out on your own as a business owner and I often thought about going back to what I was used to. Rebel and the book reminded me that I could do it and kept me on my path when I wanted to go back to what I was used to - which would have been a huge mistake!

Read it, be inspired, grow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David A. Brock on September 14, 2010
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All of us are time poor and overloaded. So often inertia propels us forward, our businesses and strategies seem to be on AutoPilot.
Defy Gravity is a wake up call to become thought-full about what we do in our business lives. Rebel Brown offers pragmatic and thoughtful insight, challenging many of the bad habits we have fallen into, getting us to rethink what we do.

Her insights and recommendations are not theoretical or abstract. She provides concrete, simple ideas that each of us, regardless of our roles in business can implement. What she does is apply common sense and creativity--blended to force the reader to rethink everything they do.

Any leader, manager, or business professional seeking to excel will devour Defy Gravity, and immediatey apply Rebel's lessons to their own businesses and careers. This book is destined to become a business classic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Viveka von Rosen on September 14, 2010
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I met Rebel at an event in Florida last year and she gifted me with one of her precious publisher's manuscripts. What an amazing book. I have been awaiting today so I could buy more copies - for myself, friends and family. Read this book if you are feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, angry or powerless in your business in life. This book will help you Defy the Gravity of your perceived life, break through and move into a new and much more empowered way of living! Brava, Rebel, Brava!
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