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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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The broad section outlines work well (globalisation, sustainability, technology, diversity, learning, convergence) as beacons for the stories to be organised around. There are some truly uplifting stories in here - from reforming the Met to building a not-for-profit in Kenya. For insight into what's driving the next generation of young business folks - and insight into folks using business to improve the lives of people all around the world - Passion & Purpose is a great read.
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!
"Don't be afraid of failure. The metaphor for my generation was 'climbing ladders'; the metaphor in your generation is increasingly "riding waves.' You have to ride waves as they go. You're often going to find them collapsing underneath you, and you have to ride the next one when it comes. That's the nature of careers today. Companies come and go quickly. People are CEOs for only - you know, a twinkling of an eye - and then they have to start over. And you've got to be prepared. I don't know what the latest numbers are in the Department of Labor, but a few years ago they were projecting that someone graduating with a degree today would hold at least seven or eight jobs over the course of a lifetime - three of which would not have been invented when they graduated college. It just goes back to bandwidth and adaptability. One must be prepared to take risks, to take the fall, pick yourself back up, and start again."
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A collection of short stories of young successful professionals (privileged). Nothing out of ordinary. I wasn't sure what the take away is.Published 12 months ago by Hong Hong Lin
But it started off with a Bill Clinton quote and I got distracted wondering why the authors would do that. Thing is it wasn't even that great a quote.Published on March 12, 2014 by Mark D. Modesti
Coleman has selected a number of examples of interesting stories that can be gleaned for future or even existing business personnel that might be applied to gheir careers.Published on June 9, 2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Think about it. The quotation I selected for the title of this review, provided by the cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead, has been true for thousands of years. Read morePublished on August 27, 2012 by Robert Morris
Passion & Purpose dives into today's most pressing global issues through the lens of some of the most inspiring students/recent graduates of Harvard Business School. Read morePublished on July 18, 2012 by Bryan
The book came as described. I recieved it within 2-3 days of ordering it. Lastly,I have not had a chance to finish reading it yet. I can't wait.Published on July 12, 2012 by Chris
At a time when there is much uncertainty in our lives, comes a book that inspires in a very different way. This book leads by example. Read morePublished on April 1, 2012 by muradsshah
As an undergraduate, I often ponder the question of what I want to do with my life after I graduate. Read morePublished on March 16, 2012 by Davis
As a student in a non-Harvard MBA program, this book echoes many of the themes I hear from peers looking to find meaning to accompany their future paychecks. Read morePublished on February 13, 2012 by J. Harris