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Disrupt! Think Epic. Be Epic.: 25 Successful Habits For An Extremely Disruptive World Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 6059 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Net Minds Corporation (July 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E7HNGI0
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Bill Jensen makes it easier to do great work.
He helps companies and teams double their productivity and pursue their passions.

He has spent the past 25 years studying how work gets done. (Much of what he's found horrifies him.)

He is an internationally-acclaimed author and speaker who is known for provocative ideas, extremely useful content, and his passion for making it easier for everyone to work smarter, not harder.

His first book, Simplicity, was the Number 5 Leadership/ Management book on Amazon in 2000. His next best-seller is Simplicity Survival Handbook: 32 Ways to Do Less and Accomplish More.

His last books, Disrupt! Think Epic. Be Epic. and The Courage Within Us, reveal the secrets of 100 great disruptive heroes on how to thrive and take advantage of continuous disarray, disorder and change.

Bill's newest book is Future Strong (Oct 2015), about the choices each of us needs to make as we lead ourselves and our teams into the future. Bill's goal is for every reader to be able to declare, #IAmFutureStrong!

Bill holds degrees in Communication Design and Organizational Development.

He is CEO of The Jensen Group. Among his clients are Bank of America, Merck, Pfizer, GE, L'Oréal Italia, Genentech, NASA, The World Bank, BBC, Philips Lighting, the US Navy SEALS, the government of Ontario, Singapore Institute of Management, Guangzhou China Development District, and the Swedish Post Office.

Bill's personal life fantasy is to bicycle around the globe via breweries.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have read and reviewed all of Bill Jensen's previously published books and think Disrupt! is his most valuable -- thus far -- because it will have the widest and deepest impact. Bravo!

Now more than at any prior time that I can can remember, change really is the only constant and the nature and extent of disruptions yet to come will have no precedent. He has identified 100 "heroes of disruption" and obtained from them information, insights, and counsel he now shares in this book. His focus is on how and why to develop 25 habits that will enable almost any person and almost any organization to survive and perhaps thrive in an "extremely disruptive world."

As I began to work my way through Jensen's narrative, I was again reminded of Tom Davenport's latest book, Judgment Calls, in which he and co-author Brooke Manville offer "an antidote for the Great Man theory of decision making and organizational performance": [begin italics] organizational judgment [end italics]. That is, "the collective capacity to make good calls and wise moves when the need for them exceeds the scope of any single leader's direct control."

All that said, collective judgment can soon become the foundation of a status quo whose defenders are hostage to what James O'Toole so aptly characterizes as "the ideology of comfort and the tyranny of custom."

I also agree with Jensen about the unreliability of benchmarks established by others. Many (if not most) of them today have either become obsolete or will soon become obsolete because of disruptions that relentlessly occur with increasing speed and greater impact.

He devotes a separate chapter to each of the habits, each title in the form of an admonition best viewed as a call to action.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Sutton on August 3, 2013
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When I first became acquainted with Bill Jensen last year, I thought that the book entitled DISRUPT! DO EPIC S*** would be an iconoclastic manifesto to action, similar to his best seller Simplicity. I was not let down. Anyone who could work the directive DO EPIC S*** in the title might be an author and colleague I could have a lot in common with. I was correct.

I have read and reread his text with the goal of finding ways to integrate it into my MBA Executive Development (Leadership) Course. I want to acquaint my learners with approaches that are totally and absolutely unconventional. Most of my learners are professionals building a credential to move up in their own organization or another enterprise. They need to STAND OUT!

Early in my career I encountered situations that I was unfamiliar with. One of my early mentors gave me an obscure text entitled Career Karate: How To Keep Your Job While Everybody Else Is Losing Theirs, by Sam Sackett, [Publisher: Graduate Group, 1998, ISBN-13: 978-0938609223]. The book helped me to "bob and weave" around many barriers without becoming embroiled in politics or dead-end situations. I was able to parry and deflect negative attitudes and incidents sent my way ....and I survived.

Jensen's book extends and expands the concepts and practices of Career Karate. In fact, it propels youthful Millennials, Gen Xs, and Gen Ys to create and sustain a range of habits to successfully approach the chaotic world we see in business and elsewhere. Not unlike Covey's The 7 Habits of a Highly Effective People, Jensen says at the very beginning,

"Do not read Disrupt! From cover to cover. It contains 25 successful habits
for thriving in a disruptive world. But nobody masters disruption all at once.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Morris on March 4, 2014
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In an ever-changing world, that becomes more complex, maddening, and noise filled by the hour, Bill Jensen introduces us to the 25 traits that will help you take advantage of the changes, rather than be steamrolled by them. With his well known wit and humor, he leads us on a journey of deep insights to take control of the uncontrollable, to anticipate the unexpected, and to drop kick
disruption with a certain sense of twisted good nature and a vicious determination to create one's own destiny.

With rubber hits the road traction, Bill covers such traits as Question Everything, Audacity Matters, Blow Stuff Up, Do It Anyway, Simplify Everything, Fix the World's Flying Toilets, Don't Fight Stupid, Resilience Matters, Disrupt Yourself, It's Not About You. And this is just the beginning. Remember, there's 25 of them to learn from as you need them!

In his earlier book, The Courage Within Us, Bill gave us the diving board. Now in this book he gives us the Olympic size pool you're diving into to think and do epic by your own definition. I'll be reading this book over and over again as my needs and goals change. There's just too much here to fully understand in one reading.

If you're going to spend some hard-earned money in 2014 on books that bring real value to your life and business, this is a must have for your shelf…right over your desk. You'll find yourself reaching for it regularly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Thompson on August 5, 2013
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In my roles as executive coach, mentor and trusted advisor, I have the opportunity, or should I say, the obligation, to stay aware and in touch with leadership thinking and innovation. It is my opinion that Bill Jensen's book, "DISRUPT! Think Epic. Be Epic" has raised the bar for all future leadership monologues.

Bill did not write the book as another treatise on the subject. "DISRUPT! Think Epic. Be Epic" is a master class on a fundamental truth of this century that what got us here will not get us there.

On a daily basis, I see promising individuals and organizations which are hamstrung by corporate culture and peer pressures. Great ideas and innovative concepts are made dormant by an inability or reluctance to embrace the future and the change it implies. How much better off would we be in only one person on the team felt empowered to be just a little disruptive - to question the status quo - to go faster - to do it anyway?

"DISRUPT! Think Epic. Be Epic" is more than just a set of instructions on how to make an omelette by breaking a few eggs. It is a set of habits and permissions that is destined to redefine the way "group dynamics" evolves to give value to organizations, people and lives. The 25 habits represent a buffet of ideas and approaches that can be used one at a time or in clusters - whatever makes sense - according to your paradigm.

In case you are wondering, my favourite parts of the book are Section 1: Dos and the "100+ Disruptive Heros" who show how the 25 habits can be life changing.

This book is, in a word, OUTSTANDING. The time you spend reading it will replay itself over and over again.
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