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Everything Connects: How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation, and Sustainability Hardcover – February 19, 2014
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Praise for Everything Connects
“Everything Connects shows why sustainable innovation begins with you―yes, you.”
―Dr. Vijay Govindarajan, professor, Tuck at Dartmouth, bestselling author of Reverse Innovation
“Everything Connects is as much about business as it is about life.”
―Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author and the #1 Leadership Thinker in the World (Thinker’s 50/Harvard Business Review)
“By marrying the power of creativity and innovation, there is very little we can’t accomplish. Everything Connects shows where and how this is happening and inspires us to join in this new era.”
―Professor Mohammed Yunus, Nobel laureate and founder of Grameen Bank
“If the industrial era was about building, the social era is about connecting. Everything Connects is a guide to―and a celebration of―that connecting process.”
―Nilofer Merchant, bestselling author of 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era
“Brilliant! This book helps connect the dots in ways you’ve never imagined. It’s full of powerful and useful ideas on how to unleasd innovation in your organization.”
―Frank Sonnenberg, bestselling author of Managing with a Conscience and former head of marketing, Ernst & Young’s Management Consulting Group
“Everything Connects provides you with a beginner’s mind, helping you to see your company free of misleading preconceptions.”
―Jason L. Baptiste, founder of Onswipe and author of The Ultralight Startup
“One conversation with Faisal Hoque and you understand why his book Everything Connects is powerful."
―Center for Creative Leadership
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The book is presented in three parts. Part One focuses on "When, Who and How we are". So the first thing we must achieve is a better understanding of ourselves and how we see the world. According to the authors, we don't really see the world as it is, we see our ideas about the world. We all strive to become experts in our respective fields. But as an expert, we can become rigid in our thinking. We need to develop a beginner's mind - to be able to see many different possibilities. If we take a holistic approach to business/life, we are focused on creating long term value.
There is a very profound idea presented in this section. "Entrepreneurship is taking ownership of one's economic well-being." The authors go on to say, "Although it's hubris to think that one has complete control over one's experience, it is martyrdom to think one has none."
Part One of the book goes into many very interesting, fresh and at times challenging ideas about our self-awareness, how we view the world. The authors offer some very insightful points for the reader to consider. Our self-awareness is the foundation for the rest of the book. If you don't get the "who" we are correct, there is no chance of getting the remaining correct.
Part Two deals with the structures and performing of innovation.Read more ›
The writing style is easy-to-read and approachable. Both authors, Hoque and Baer, present the material with humor, thoughtfulness, and humility. I am a slow reader and started reading the book on my commute to work. I was surprised when I got off at my destination that I had read 60 pages in a single sitting. My compliments about the writing style are only eclipsed by my response to the content.
While it is established early on that target audience is entrepreneurs, the book redefines and recontextualized the term to mean "anyone who takes ownership of their economic well-being." And in that sense, the ideas and values expressed by the authors are applicable to any discipline, any industry, and any profession. One particularly memorable example is the discussion of Molly Crabapple, a painter-illustrator-entrepreneur-activist, who leveraged her network, current technology, and business acumen to be an artist making six-figures.
Another notable feature of the book is the sensitivity and humility of the authors towards race and culture. It reaffirms the core message that positive connections and humanism reinforce long-term gain and shape a better company. Both authors draw from a deep well of knowledge, from meditation practices to interviews with contemporary CEOs, to ancient proverbs. As the title suggests, "Everything Connects" investigates the contexts that currently exist to form meaningful bridges. On a personal note, it was refreshing to read about shifting capitalism away from efficiency to humanism.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed "Flow" and anyone who yearns to integrate of technology and humanism in both their personal and professional lives.
If you want a quick read, don't get EVERYTHING CONNECTS – instead, pick up one of Faisal Hoque's other books, which follow the more traditional format for the business market. If you are willing to take a journey that may truly change you and the people you lead, this book is for you. EVERYTHING CONNECTS reminds me of some philosophy and theology textbooks I read for college, except that it didn't put me to sleep – it is a deep read, but it is very practical, relevant, and exciting in the face of today's economy of disruptive innovation.
The more we understand the mental and emotional causes of innovation and creativity, the better we can lead ourselves and our team to make progress that matters. EVERYTHING CONNECTS will move you a long way down that road.
This is a metaphor used by John Mackay founder of Whole Foods Market, in his book on “Conscious Capitalism,” (reviewed in this column,) business at its most moral, and most profitable. This is a fitting introduction to this book, “Everything Connects,” which complements Mackay’s work by focusing on how you achieve this “consciousness.” How you do well in business, by doing good.
Much of how we talk about business is unfortunate. Business is a “rat-race,” where there is only one winner, but he is still a rat. Business is “dog eat dog,” where people will do anything to be successful, even if they do harm to others.
If this were necessarily true, successful business people should be ashamed for being successful. It is not true. Superb books such as Mackay’s and this book, “Everything Connects,” tell a decidedly different story.
The idea that everything connects is referring to the four principle spheres of business. These are the leader, the people in the organization, the ecosystem that encompasses the business, and the customers that it serves. The performance of any of these spheres has a profound effect on all the others.
For example, leaders who focus singularly on output might well find that scaring staff can be useful for short -term productivity.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not worth the time or the money for this read. The author needs to find other ways to bring forth the truth about his experience in business. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C.Borack
Good book but bad quality! Pages keep falling off. Feels funny when I read it. But it's a required book for my class, so I can't return it back. HahaPublished 8 months ago by Cynthia
Everything connect is a very readable and great book!!Published 21 months ago by Cynthia C Jones Shoemaker
Everything Connects is eloquently written with fruitful discussions on creativity, leadership, and sustainability. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kevin Burns
A little different way of approaching the business leadership topic and at the first few chapters I wasn't sure there was anything really for me in it. Read morePublished on May 9, 2014 by Janet K Hoadley
How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation, and Sustainability
Faisal Hoque, Drake Baer
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There are a million reasons why I love this book. It successfully captures the art and science of finding solutions in our increasingly busy and messy lives and it redefines what... Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by Samantha Boardman MD
Drake Baer is without doubt my favorite writer on the idiosyncrasies of the knowledge economy and the modern workplace. Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by Alex Dalenberg