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Remember Who You Are: Life Stories That Inspire the Heart and Mind Hardcover – May 12, 2004
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"These stories capture the essence of workplace relationships, where we can find inspiration and who is really a hero." -- Copley News Service, June 2004
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Let me put it this way: If you have a young person interested in a business career or a thirty-something loved one climbing up the corporate ladder, slip this little gem of a book into their unread copy of the Wall Street Journal and they'll have it read before morning and wake up with amazement in their eyes.
Reading this book is a little like going to the Harvard School of Business. Daisy Wademan has selected fifteen life-changing stories told by business professors at Harvard. She has guided these stories into a form very much like that of the 15-minute personal-experience lecture that typically signals the close of a class before the final exam and before the applause. They are story/lectures from the heart and from the mind, told by people who know what they are talking about. They have excellent ideas and the commitment of true teachers who want to help and to guide.
The first story, "A Fall Before Rising" by Jai Jaikumar is about mountain climbing and the day his foot went through the snow in the Himalayas at close to 24,000 feet, and of the consequent 60-mile-per-hour ride down part of the side of the mountain, and then a 24-hour trek through snow and ice apparently on a broken hip until he fell into the arms of a peasant woman who fed him and then carried him--literally carried him--for three days to a doctor.
The second story by Jeffrey F.Read more ›
At its best, the essays in this book are among the most compelling that I have ever read. At its weakest, Remember Who You Are's essays remind me of the most boring moments I have spent in a classroom. With stronger editing, this could have been a knock-out of a book. As it is, the book is very valuable . . . and will be a five-star offering for any Harvard Business School graduate who wants a quick course in key life lessons. I graded the book down one star as being less relevant for those who did not attend Harvard Business School. To have met that standard, the book's stories would have had to have been geared for those involved in less exalted roles than Harvard Business School professors and alumni. As a side note, I took two courses there in marketing while studying law at Harvard Law School so I have a foot inside the camp as well as one outside of it.
Each essay describes a defining moment in a professor's life, and the epiphany that resulted from that defining moment. Unfortunately, the defining moments sometimes had a little too much to do with being a good student . . . and becoming a good professor rather than focusing on how to become an effective person in a business career.
The most universal business story in the book is "A Bad Meal, and the Truth" by Stephen P. Kaufman a professor since 2001 who is the former long-time CEO of Arrow Electronics.Read more ›
This is a solid piece of work, an amazing collection of stories wherein the reader can reflect on their own life and career and be inspired.
Beyond inspiration, the stories are also a very telling of the professors who have spent decades training the world's current and next generation of leaders at Harvard Business School. You can just imagine Wademan talking with these professors, soaking in their every word as they talk about what is important to them, what they make sure every student hears of them. And a relief: when exposed to these professors, the money-greedy stereotype of the the MBA goes out the window.
A perfect book for anyone thinking about their career, in school or in transition, or those looking to be better leaders in whatever they do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Underwhelming, at times surprisingly boring (given the format), and not very inspiring or instructional. Quick read with very few good nuggets.Published 16 months ago by MV
The book contains many short stories which are very inspiring and even some times makes you stop and think about your life now. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Nyon Yow Feng
it's easy and fun to read! I would definitely recommend it for people to have an copy in their homePublished on February 5, 2013 by jennifer
This is a great book, I would recommend this book to anybody. I enjoyed reading this book, cause I didn't have to wait anxiously to get to the end. Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by Rylee
Do not underestimate the effect stories may have on you.
Whether young or old, one of the ways we learn and change is through stories. Read more
I was deeply touched by the personal stories expressed in "Remember Who You Are". Each chapter reaffirmed my conscious belief that leaders must lead with their hearts as well as... Read morePublished on August 17, 2004 by R. Frederiksen
This book is a must read for those interested in the power of thought and introspection. It is an important tome that inspires us to think about what we want in life and how we... Read morePublished on July 1, 2004
This superb collection of inspiring stories is a must-have addition to any collection. You will find yourself going back and rereading many of these tales time and again. Read morePublished on June 14, 2004 by Maggie