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Leaders personify hope," Razeghi claims, not by trusting in luck but by demonstrating their preparedness to seize opportunities for success even when faced with setbacks. His exploration of the power of positive thinking strives for universality, touching base with spiritual leaders like Deepak Chopra and businessmen like Charles Schwab, as well as drawing upon some of his own personal experiences as a management consultant and, at one point, an attempt at inspirational poetry. Razeghi has a friendly, engaging manner, and some of his stories, such as one about the experiences of an astronaut who remained calm enough to put out a fire on a space station, can be inspiring. However, his mixture of psychology, cognitive science and self-help advice turns out to be a superficial rehash of well-worn advice. The methods of "belief management" he discusses, such as creating personal mantras and motivational narratives, are old hat. Buzzwords abound: improvising through uncertainty becomes "wayfinding," for example, while the contemplation of one's own mortality is reduced to "flatlining." Anyone who has already given serious consideration to personal and professional motivation is sure to find most of this material too familiar to be truly revealing. (July)
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"…shows how a sincere belief in the future, coupled with determination and the skills to engage and enlist others, can positively affect the likelihood of success." (Training Journal, October 2006)

"Readable and relevant for a wide audience" (Long Range Planning, 40/2007)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (June 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787981265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787981266
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,730,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Razeghi is Founder of StrategyLab, Inc., a growth strategy and innovation consulting group. He is also on the faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and is an LP with Techstars, a leading new venture accelerator.

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What are the connotations when you hear or see the word "Hope"?

Is it an intangible concept? An esoteric notion?

Razeghi, a writer,educator, and innovator demonstrates through illustrative storytelling, research from neuroscience and behavioral psychology, the wisdom of such folks as Marshall Nirenberg (who broke the genetic code), Deepak Chopra, and the Dalai Lama, that hope is a verb, a tangible tool, atrait that can be learned. Similar in writing style to Malcolm Gladwell, Andrew makes you ponder and take risks in thought and perception. Whether your interests include business, politics, science, sports, art, or religion, there is something for everyone. If you are a recent graduate of college entering the brave new world of the workforce, a business merchant embarking on a new venture, an individual looking for a new career, or just a student of life, "Hope" is an excellent resource and a good read. Enjoy!
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Andrew Razeghi follows in the footsteps of Malcolm Gladwell by giving his readers new insights through a multitude of stories, studies, and experiences. At the same time, he blazes a new trail by exploring how hope and the human condition are implicitly intertwined.

The book is sure to have any reader examining their own life and how it could be made better with more hope, and like Gladwell's writing, it is easy to read and difficult to put down.

And, though it is written for leaders, with Razeghi's belief that leaders are not born, they are made, it has lessons that would benefit any reader, whether an employee, manager, or student.
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There have been numerous books written about the divine power of hope in medical science, but this is the first time I've seen the principals applied to business and leadership. The author does a great job of blending stories of inspiration and hope from numerous individuals - in addition to his own life experiences - in a pleasant and easy to read format. This isn't like most business books - it's a refreshing change for the better.
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I have worked for a few great leaders and am married to one. I have often wondered, what is IT. What characteristic do they have that others do not? Andrew Razeghi answers this question with his new book... they have HOPE. And more exciting than that, hope can be learned! Andrew does an excellent job describing how great leaders feel, behave and communicate, through interesting interviews with some of the world's greatest leaders. He teaches us how we, too, can become inspirational and effective leaders in our field.
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In the first chapter, Andrew Razeghi poses several questions: "In moments of uncertainty, when hope is on the line, why do some leaders succeed and others fail? How do they think, feel, and act in those moments when the future is up for grabs? What do they believe? Could it be that they have a different relationship with hope? Could it be that triumphant leaders follow an unarticulated methodology of sorts for translating hope, the virtue, into hope, the plan? If so, can it be learned?" Razeghi set out to answer these and other questions. What he learned is shared in this book.

Razeghi carefully organizes his material within three Parts: Thinking About Believing, Exercising Your Hope Muscles, and Putting Hope to Work. To me, some of the most valuable material in this book is provided in Chapter 8, "Five Stones," as Razeghi discusses the importance of "mise in place" (i.e. putting in place) as a principle by which to guide and inform one's values, perspectives, and behavior. Razeghi identifies and then discusses what he calls "the Five Stones of Wakefulness": Self, Others, Context, Cause, and Effect. Together they provide a solid foundation on which to achieve and then sustain awareness of both ourselves and of our interrelationships with others as they and we struggle to cope with sometimes perilous situations, as they and we share a common cause or vision to achieve objectives which have beneficial impact.
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