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Passion and Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders Hardcover – November 29, 2011
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"wholly infectious", and an "upbeat, enjoyable readas well as a useful one.” The Financial Times
the reader is rewarded with a richness of information and a great view of things to come in the business world, based on the stories of these young leaders. Summing Up: Recommended for students, upper-division undergraduate and up; faculty; practitioners.” CHOICE
Far from accounts of the stereotypical generation of entitled slackers, the stories in Passion and Purpose demonstrate the innovation, collaboration, efficiency, and independence of rising young leaders.” Training + Development Magazine
We’re introduced to a group of highly impressive MBAs who want to change the world for the better The result is a surprisingly compelling array of vivid storytelling that reveals this generation’s ideas and aspirations.” In the end, Coleman and his two buddies have pulled together a book that is less about mainstream MBA thinking than it is a clarion call to a less-traveled, yet potentially more impactful MBA path.” John Byrne, Poets & Quants (PoetsandQuants.com)
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I find the structure of the book suitable to its purpose; it's at the intersection between a rigidly structured work and a story: So they are stories organized according to a specific structure.
Knowledge in Business Administration is sometimes required to fully grasp some insights of the book though this doesn't prevent from arriving at an honorable understanding of the subject matter. The book is also abundant with some by-products insights that any would-to-be businessperson will find useful.
I recommend it!
Touching on a variety of timely subjects--globalization, technology, learning, sustainability, etc--Passion & Purpose creates a new and refreshing dialogue illustrating those merging individual passions with innovative business leadership. I found the stories and people profiled both moving and inspiring.
After reading Passion & Purpose, I realized that the amazing people in the book, had no idea what they wanted to do either. Instead of settling for one dream and foregoing others, each of the featured leaders followed where their hearts led them and in the end used their knowledge to cross different sectors.
This book was a great break from all the bad stigma surrounding Corporate America. There are young leaders who are using business not for the sake of money, but as a means to achieve other goals such as starting a debate association in the middle east, a recreational sports league in Africa, and much more.
I am redesigning Yale's undergraduate freshmen leadership class with a few friends and am recommending this book be added to the list of reading. It is my hope that those who read this book will realize that there is no need to decide what they will spend the rest of their lives doing, and if they have goals in different sectors, it is possible to use their present skill sets in one area of life to achieve goals set in another.