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The Humility Imperative: Effective Leadership in an Era of Arrogance Kindle Edition
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In order to explore that, this book emphasizes the very personal nature of leadership. It delivers authentic, raw evidence that building anything requires constant attentiveness to interpersonal dynamics.
The Humility Imperative follows entrepreneur and investor Dave Balter's journey from the sale of his fourth startup, BzzAgent, through the launch of three additional startups--Smarterer, Mylestone, and Flipside Crypto--as well as his time as both a corporate executive and as a partner in a venture capital fund.
The experiences highlight the fact that while humility may be intended in one's heart, it only becomes genuine if it is reflected through the thoughts of others.
The lessons are a reminder that every interaction--both professional and personal--is the lens by which your own intentions become clear. Humility is an imperative. And it lives in the eye of the beholder.
--Seth Godin, author
"The Humility Imperative is chock full of lessons about entrepreneurial leadership: the sleepless nights, the complex relationships, and the incredible importance of not being suckered into thinking you are the greatest thing since Steve Jobs. And it reflects the Balter I've known for decades: witty, direct, insightful, and often just plain off his rocker."
--Diane Hessan, founder and chairman, C Space
"If you read only one darkly entertaining and oddly insightful book about startups, leadership, and love, it should be this one. Also, you should read more books."
--Dharmesh Shah, co-founder and CTO, HubSpot
"Entrepreneurs live in a world of paradoxes. You have to believe you will succeed while knowing that most ventures fail. You have to sacrifice your emotional energy and time to the neverending needs of the business while knowing that you are drawing on reserves from your closest relationships. Balter distills the complexities, pitfalls, and joys of entrepreneurship in this honest, engaging, and wise book--and surgically narrows in on the contradiction of humble leadership in a world that expects unwavering confidence."
--Shikhar Ghosh, professor of management practice, Harvard Business School, and co-chair, HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship.
About the Author
- ASIN : B089VK6Q3V
- Publisher : Houndstooth Press (June 30, 2020)
- Publication date : June 30, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 9558 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 236 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,346,057 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It takes courage to share stories this personal, to face the truth of your own situation, to demonstrate strength through vulnerability. This book calls on that kind of courage as a requirement of leadership in the present moment and beyond, and it does so with candor, charm, and the convincing power of its own example.
I read 100 pages the first night I picked it up... Maybe it's the dry humour. Maybe it's the voyeuristic view into the life of a startup legend. Maybe it's the unashamed lack of solution to the natural, internal tension I feel everytime I'm trying to balance affirmativeness with humility in my own career. This book is almost therapeutic in those ways, but still packs the witty Balter punches that leave a lasting impression in the minds of anyone lucky enough to hear Dave speak. A great read!
The sponge and the stone in particular jumped out at me. Tons great advice here not only for startup founders, but for wanna bees like me as well. Can’t wait to see what he does next.
There are some interesting insights into the world of startups, but I didn't find anything surprising. There is a little bit of the author's personal life mixed in to try to give a more human connection, but it didn't work for me.