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Howard's Gift: Uncommon Wisdom To Inspire Your Life's Work Paperback – December 1, 2013
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“Filled with common-sense insights--on business and life--for future generations.” ―USA Today
“Thought-provoking...engaging...Think of it as Tuesdays with Morrie for MBAs.” ―Fortune
“The conversational tone is so casual that only after readers put the book down will they realize they just received a bucketload of valuable information and advice.” ―Publishers Weekly Review
“This work offers wonderful wisdom for navigating the inflection points in our lives.” ―Mehmet Oz, MD Professor and Vice Chair, Surgery, New York Presbyterian/ Columbia University
“This book is truly a gift for all those seeking fulfilling careers.” ―Wendy Kopp, Founder & CEO, Teach For America
“Beautifully written. Compelling. The books should be read – and re-read – by women and men of all ages!” ―Henry Rosovsky, Former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
“This is a book of head and heart, of wisdom and emotion. It is Tuesday's with Morrie meets What Color is Your Parachute? Howard's Gift is a timeless classic.” ―Mindy Grossman, Chief Executive Officer, HSN, Inc.
“Howard will go down in business history as the primary promoter of entrepreneurship. He is both wise and smart.” ―Arthur Rock, Venture Capitalist, Arthur Rock & Company
“From a student interested in philosophy to the one pursuing pre-med, from the future attorney to the aspiring executive, Howard's Gift is a priceless guide for the incoming freshman charting his or her homework – of the graduating student contemplating professional options. Every freshman should buy it; every graduating student should read it.” ―Don Bishop, Chief Administrator for Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Scholarships at the University of Notre Dame
“Just as thousands of Harvard Business School students and countless others from around the world have benefitted from Howard Stevenson's wisdom, insight, and example, so will the readers of this very remarkable book.” ―John McArthur, Dean Emeritus & George F. Baker Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
About the Author
Merrill Meadow is the co-author of Howard's Gift.
- Publisher : Griffin Charles & Company Ltd; 1st edition (December 1, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250005108
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250005106
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Best Sellers Rank: #427,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Top reviews from the United States
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The book makes the case that personal and professional happiness and satisfaction come from building a clear vision of what you want for your personal and career legacies, and then making decisions grounded in those legacy goals. Establishing those goals requires both honest self-evaluation and support from an "Individual Board of Directors", meaning mentors for specific areas of interest. The book advocates using "inflection points", the good and bad life disruptions, as opportunities to realign one's personal or professional life with their long term goals. Sinoway details Stevenson's insights into looking at the challenges and opportunities contained in these disruptions, giving the reader the tools necessary to effectively use disruptions as springboards to a more satisfying life.
I found Howard's Gift a refreshing and motivating walk through Stevenson's unique perspectives on personal and professional life. The book gives readers new tools to see, plan and live their lives with more purpose and satisfaction. I am sharing it with family and friends.
It was if the author and Howard were speaking to me from an armchair in the same room, with a warm fireplace to sit, relax, and discuss. It's rare that I ever read a book that I connect with in this way.
I'm not sure if this book is right for everyone but based on current milestone change events of my life, the "timing" for me to have read this book was a saving grace.
It helped me get my head on straight and recognize how to rebuild my thoughts, and redirect my energy in the right direction. Since life redirection is an on-going process, I have bookmarked, highlighted, and reread often.
A last bit in full disclosure here - I was a student of Howard at Harvard Business School, and he is every bit the character that's portrayed in this book. He is truly a character, with a quirky, but ultimately very wise and wonderful, view of real life.
This book will truly inspire the reader to go out and make their own stories. For those that don't want their life story to read "He/she worked for some bank for 25 years and not much else interesting happened"; this is the book for you!
Top reviews from other countries
The general idea of the book is that you should live your life to achieve what you would want people to say about you at your funeral, and the book gives good advice on how to pursue that goal. The chapters towards the end of the book on the importance of organisational culture, and on the chimeras of success and failure are excellent and thought provoking.
But there were aspects of the book that simply didn't work for me. Some of the anecdotes of conversations between Sinoway and Stephenson are overdone. It is almost as if the author is trying to share his personal mentee/mentor relationship with the reader, and it just doesn't work - few of us know Stephenson and the personal admiration and folksy style of writing is just too strong if you don't - at times there is an almost saccharine sweetness to the narrative that for me at least for got in the way of some of the wisdom being shared.
I was expecting to be inspired and enthralled by this book - and many of the ideas, although not really new, are inspirational. But for me at least the writing style didn't do the ideas full justice.