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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451664842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451664843
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Young philanthropist Leman created a national stir when she organized a Halloween campaign that raised $10 million for Hurricane Katrina victims. Now, at 17, she leads an organization that harnesses the creative gifting power of 12-million children on four continents. In this guide to fostering positive changes in the world in big and little ways, she uses cartoons; short, punchy paragraphs; and a casual tone to present the highlights of her fund-raising success while discussing the stories of many others who have worked in a similar manner. With its breezy style, Leman’s book serves as both a pep rally for budding philanthropists and a fun source of inspiration for those working with teen groups. Leman offers plenty of examples of how to get the ball rolling, and it’s clear that a positive attitude is her secret weapon for achieving success. Although not a source for serious data about organizing charitable groups, this is an excellent motivator for young people who want to do good. --Colleen Mondor

About the Author

Talia Leman has become a world-renowned fundraiser and is currently spearheading RandomKid’s Big Return, a project launching in St. Louis, Missouri. Through RandomKid, a 501(c)3 organization that she cofounded, she provides the network, resources, and support for kids to undertake life-changing philanthropic activities. She lives in Iowa.

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I am amazed a teenager has written this book.
rpv
Mostly it was so inspirational to hear the story of what she and others are doing to make our world a better place.
Ira S. M.
I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn about self-improvement and leadership skills.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ed Brenegar on October 2, 2012
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As a leadership development strategist and coach for almost three decades, and as a member of the board of RandomKid for the past five years, the organization that Talia Leman, author of A Random Book about the Power of ANYone, started, I am stunned by just how good and important her book is. Of the hundred's of books on leadership that I've read over the years, Talia's is, by far, one of the ten best. Here's why.

1. It is about all of us. It is not about the lone heroic leader, which is such a tired, unrealistic view. It is written for any one who desires to make a difference in the world. It isn't just for kids, but for any one. It is a book that a parent can give a child, or a young person to a friend, or a group to read together. There are not many books on leadership of which you can say this. It is a book for every one. And it is especially for the person who never wanted to be called a leader, but has a passion for something where they want to make a difference. It is for people like most of us.

2. It is very counter-intuitive. Talia is a brilliantly insightful young woman. Her perspective shifts the ground upon which we understand leadership to something fresh and new. There is a quality to her ideas that are free and open, not given to rules and formulas that seem so restrictive or impossible to achieve. On almost every page as I read her book, I'd smile with pleasure at seeing new ways of understanding who we are as people and how we together can make a difference in the world.

3. It is extraordinarily practical. Only someone who is looking at leadership with fresh eyes could see how these How-to's are things we need to help us make a difference. They are simple ways of seeing how important aspects of any project need to be done.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tina.617 on October 6, 2012
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This book is incredible ... wonderful stories interwoven with the advice that Talia shares. Inspiring, very well-organized, and counter-intuitive insights that challenge you to think about how you interact with the world. Definitely one of those "get another copy for (fill in the name of someone you want to inspire)".

Highly, highly recommend this book - it will breathe new life into the concepts of philanthropy, volunteerism, and the possibilities of making an impact.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jimbo on November 6, 2012
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I bought this book from Amazon based on morning show publicity that Ms. Leman received. This is a how-to book written by and primarily for teenagers. However it has information that is applicable to anyone interested in benevelent activities. The material is well researched and well presented. It is obvious that Talia has access to monetary and human resources way beyond the imagination of the average teenager. There is no doubt that she has a special gift in knowing how to leverage those resources. Read this book and you will know too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ira S. M. on November 10, 2012
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I was so impressed with Talia's book. It definitely got my brain going in so many different ways. Mostly it was so inspirational to hear the story of what she and others are doing to make our world a better place. But it was also a great handbook to make an impact in my own community and beyond. Such insight from someone so young. A great book for kids but really for anyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chels on November 9, 2012
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First of all, I think of myself as a leader. My mother is a life coach who taught me many different ways to be my own individual. This book takes what I've learned and condensed it into an entertaining read. Talia - the author - writes from her heart... nothing is left out. I've asked my mother and her co-workers to hand out and recommend this book to people who would like to learn and understand what it takes to make a difference. My mom is currently reading it and, at the moment, in love with the stories.

When you get done reading, you'll learn more about yourself and how you can become a better, stronger person while still being you. Even though I'm a proud leader, I've still taken tips and tricks away from the text. The book was easy to read, filled with different aspects of how to be a leader and how to improve yourself. The author is in no way condescending and infuses the book with humor. The reader may feel as if Leman is teaching him/her or telling him/her special secrets. By the end of the book, I'm sure my mother will recommend The Random Book About the Power of ANYone to her clients. Great job Talia! You've definitely made a difference in people's lives and not everyone can say that. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn about self-improvement and leadership skills.

*I received a copy of this book to review, this in no way affects my opinion*
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