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In Arc of Ambition, authors James Champy (Reengineering Management, Reengineering the Corporation) and Nitin Nohria see these visionaries as creators, but also recognize two other species of genius: capitalizers, who take great ideas and create great businesses or social movements from them; and consolidators, who lead these businesses or movements into maturity. All three types have the titular "arc of ambition." That is, they start with a great idea, realize it, cope with the success of it (the chapter on overreaching and squandering opportunity includes the cautionary tales of Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton), and decide when and how to turn the product of their imagination over to others. Ultimately, The Arc of Ambition is the entire history of the modern world, of its politics and technology and art. Everything we know and either cherish or loathe starts as someone's ambition, and ends when the product of someone else's ambition becomes the dominant model. It's an interesting and entertaining way to organize the world, to look at the facts with new eyes. In that sense, the authors display the fruits of ambition even as they explain them. --Lou Schuler
The message is the same as is present in almost all leadership books. I found myself reading through it as quickly as possible just to get to the next subject point. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Angelofthenight
This book lists great examples of people who have defied adversity and the steps they took in order to reach those goals. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Brian Nicholson
This book gets a solid "eh" from me. It discusses ambition and gives some leadership tips and how to get to a leadership point in your career, but there are many other books out... Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by Mo
"Consider Peter the Great," say James Champy and Nitin Nohria, authors of The Arc of Ambition: Defining the Leadership Journey. Read morePublished on July 11, 2006 by Jeffrey L. Seglin
What is the key to great achievements? How is it possible for some people to make a large and lasting impact on the people and communities around them? Read morePublished on January 25, 2006 by Amazon Customer
Not a single insight. Not a single "aha". Go read something else.Published on January 16, 2002 by alvaro
When you approach your return shot in tennis the position of the ball-rise, peak, or fall-is a critical aspect of the strength and accuracy of your return. Read morePublished on August 4, 2000 by Jennifer E. Sertl
Mr. Champy and Mr. Nohria have managed to weave a path through history, business, science, psychology and pleasure with this book. Read morePublished on June 28, 2000 by Dan Gabree