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Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work Hardcover – October 6, 2015
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Playing it safe is not safe in today’s fast-paced marketplace. Disrupt Yourself is a must-read for anyone looking to stand out from the crowd and pursue innovation in our highly uncertain business climate.” Eric Ries, bestselling author of The Lean Startup
I have used the word disruption’ to understand how some companies blossom while other wither. Whitney has applied the word in a different context to understand why some individuals succeed in remarkable ways. Enjoyed this book!” Clayton M. Christensen, Harvard Business School, NYT best-selling author of The Innovator’s Dilemma
Too often we're told that to be successful in leadership or business, we must fit a certain mold. Whitney Johnson knows better. Applying the lessons of disruptive innovation to personal growth, she shows us how to pursue roles suited to our own strengths, to follow our own unique way of thinking and doingand to dramatically increase our productivity, creativity, and happiness.” Susan Cain, NYT best-selling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Wow! Disrupt Yourself wins the "plain English" award--which is to say I've seldom if ever read a better written business/career development book. The advice is compelling, clear-as-bell, research-based, and actionable. And it'll work as well for a forty-something as a twenty-something.” Tom Peters, bestselling author, In Search of Excellence
Disrupt Yourself reads like a handbook for innovation: it shows the incredible value of recognizing what you are good at and finding unexpected ways to apply those strengths to the marketplace. The dramatic jumps’ that Johnson encourages us to take truly form the basis of creativity and success.” Steve Wozniak, co-founder, Apple, Inc. and Chief Scientist, Primary Data
A motivating, compelling case for shifting gears right when we’ve reached our peaks. Whitney Johnson not only explains the why and how, but cheers us on along the way to greater meaning, learning, and innovation.” Adam Grant, Wharton professor and NYT best-selling author of Give and Take
If you have gone through your career thinking that it is smarter and safer to stick with what you know,” get ready to have Whitney Johnson change your mind. Often what we already know can get in the way of what we don’t know. Disrupt Yourself will inspire you to make the jump onto new learning curves, innovate, and stay at the top of your game.” Liz Wiseman, best-selling author of Multipliers and Rookie Smarts
You already know that to have the careerand lifeyou always wanted, you'll need to be innovative, take risks, and spot and seize opportunities. Luckily, Whitney Johnson knows exactly how disruptive innovation gets done, and her brilliant new book is the how-to guide you've been waiting for." Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson, Columbia Business School, best-selling author of Nine Things Successful People Do Differently and No One Understands You and What to Do About It
Whitney Johnson’s Disrupt Yourself provides clear guidance that will help you both boost your career and become a driving force in market evolution. Her innovative approach proves that staying true to your own strengths can be groundbreaking, and often take you further than following established paths. I highly recommend this book.” Michelle McKenna-Doyle, Senior VP, CIO, National Football League
Leaders at all levels are often reminded that continuous learning and personal growth are key to successful careers and meaningful lives. In Disrupt Yourself, Whitney Johnson shows how to pursue them, purposefully building a foundation to keep oneself and others learning, changing, and thriving in the long term.” Gianpiero Petriglieri, Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour, INSEAD
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The “S-Curve”, more commonly called the “life cycle” has been used for years to show how some companies, products, technologies, and start-ups blossom while others wither. Johnson in “Disrupting Yourself” now adapts this to career planning.
Playing it safe is not safe in today’s fast-paced world. While some think it is smarter to “stick to the knitting”, Johnson shows why it is safer to jump to a “new S-Curve” where opportunity, steep learning, innovation, and personal growth fuel personal productivity and happiness. Shifting successfully to a new learning curve demands managing these seven variables:
• taking the right risks
• playing to one’s distinctive strengths
• embracing constraint
• battling entitlements
• stepping back to grow
• giving failure it’s due
• and being discovery driven
Johnson devotes a chapter to each.
The really big idea of this book centers on the ability to distinguish between competitive risk and market risk. Pursuing a career where there is plenty of supply (and competition) is to take market risk. We need to first assess how crowded the market is, and then what is needed to compete successfully. All who have hired have the normal distribution of resumes received for a specific job. The bulk of the resumes are indistinguishable. Competition is tough.Read more ›
Whitney Johnson’s new book, Disrupt Yourself, couldn’t be better timed to address this urgent question. For so many of us, the pace of change can seem simultaneously exhilarating and overwhelming. In response, Whitney lends her wise, insightful voice to illustrate how disruptive innovation frameworks can be applied to our own particular lives and careers. Thriving during this time of change also means pushing ourselves out of comfort zones and accelerating lifelong learning.
Among the ideas and advice Whitney shares in the book, two in particular resonated with me the most:
Resist entitlement. As we grow in our careers and accumulate achievements, many of us develop a sense that we are entitled to success and associated rewards. After years of effort, the school we attended, the degree we earned, the certifications we achieved, the promotions gained, the titles and raises awarded can accumulate to give us the sense that we deserve something more from life. And, that actually works against our learning and development.Read more ›
My assessment is: Bravo, Whitney Johnson! It's fun to imagine how successful business theories can be applied to individual careers and personal lives. It's quite another to successfully execute such a feat, and In "Disrupt Yourself," Johnson has managed it beautifully.
"Disrupt Yourself" is a lovely book -- not dry, not academic, not self-help-book fluffy. It is blessedly logical, and offers readers smart, actionable information. It's inspirational, but not mere inspiration. The inspiration this book provides sits atop a solid foundation. And really, how could you NOT trust a self-improvement book that includes a chapter on how and why to avoid feeling entitled?!
Johnson grounds "Disrupt Yourself" in the framework of the famous S curve often used to describe disruptive growth in business. After establishing how the S curve works in business, Johnson places the rest of the book carefully on that framework. She identifies seven variables that can affect the speed at which businesses and individuals move along their own S curves. She delves into situations in which one or more of these seven variables cause businesses and individuals to stall along the way -- or worse, reach the top, level part of the 'S', then fall right off.Read more ›
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Perfect for someone who needs to see the underlying ideas presented in a corporate framework. Short because it gets to the point quickly, which is ideal.Published 10 days ago by KE
Take control of your career surfing the S - curves of your own personal disruption. I have been following Whitney's work over the years and been hugely inspired by her thought... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jyoti Pandey
It is a decent book, probably more details are required for talking about this subject. They are paragraphs which reminisce the importance of the book title.Published 1 month ago by David Yeh
Excellent! Not only is Disrupt Yourself helpful for individuals as they consider the multiple careers they are likely to face, but it is also helpful for leaders who want to drive... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jesse Stoner
I thought there was a lot of useful information in this book regarding how to disrupt yourself and look for new ways to improve. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Guyzen
Fair attempt to apply Clay Christensen's theory of disruptive innovation to one's career. Does have some good anecdotes.Published 2 months ago by Aubrey Betts