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The Radical Edge: Stoke Your Business, Amp Your Life, and Change the World Hardcover – April 1, 2006

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About the Author

Steve Farber is the former Vice President and Official Mouthpiece of the Tom Peters Company and is currently President of Extreme Leadership, Inc., an organization devoted to changing the world through the cultivation and development of Extreme Leaders in the business community. In this capacity, he has coached hundreds of clients at such companies as Sun Microsystems, Charles Schwab, Clorox, Intel, Kraft Foods, American Medical Association, Wells Fargo, and Disney. Steve lives in San Diego.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Business; First Edition edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419511319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419511318
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,739,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Start with Farber's The Radical Leap and then move on to The Radical Edge. Some of the same beloved characters reappear and you will not want to miss out on falling in love with them in their first appearances! As always, many valuable lessons learned from another dynamic, well-thought, self-reflective book from Steve Farber!
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Steve Farber has done it again. The Radical Edge takes off where the Radical Leap left off and it does take off. Filled with practical and depthful advice, The Radical Edge is a promise fulfilled. Farber has a way of presenting powerful ideas in a simple and straight forward fashion that speaks directly to making positive business and life choices, and he does so with a level of humor that makes this book a great read. Not only is the parable that drives this book well-thought out, but Farber's execution is excellent. This book and the earlier one may be focused on the business audience, but they provide wonderful and insightful advice for anyone who believes that living a successful life has more to do with who we are and how well we relate to others rather than how much stuff we can accumulate. Farber has really nailed what it takes to live "the good life." Now all we have to do is amp it up.
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Below are key excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful:

1- "If you assume that you can learn from anyone—if you assume that you must learn from everyone—then everyone becomes a great teacher for you. Even if someone's a slime-sucking scumbag of a leech they qualify for greatness if you can learn something from them."

2- "Scan—just like you were a computer scanner. Your scanner just copies; it doesn't comment, it doesn't offer an opinion, it doesn't tell you you're stupid for time on that photo of the girl you met while v all were dancin' on the bar at Jimmy Love's. Just scan your environment and record what you see. Scan the bestseller lists and notice what people are reading; scan the magazine racks and pick up publications that don't interest you—like, I dunno, The Tattoo Review or Graffiti Today, scan the weekly TV-show rankings; scan the headlines of the daily paper in 20 different cities; scan the room that you're sitting in; scan the crowd as you're toolin' down the street during your lunch break. Then, every so often, write down what you're seeing in your WUP. Write down your observations of subcultures that are entirely alien to you and trends in the tastes of the popular culture. Capture little idea-snapshots of natural, political, and social phenomena. Scan, scan, scan. Look at everything going on around you and write your observations in the pad...After collecting your observations for a while you stop, read it over, and give it some reflection. What are the implications of this? What can I earn from that? Why are so many people doing X, and what might that mean for all of us?...Talk About it...With everyone...Or everyone that matters, anyway. Talk about your observations and ideas with your team, for example.
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I just completed The Radical Edge by Steve Farber (the Farbinator), tonight.

The Radical LEAP!
It was a good follow up to LEAP, where I got into Steve Farber and fell in love with his message(s) on leadership. A great assignment for Mr. Cashman about 8 years ago. I read through the book in one weekend, took a bunch of notes, came back to the book/notes a few times while in college, then the book got a bit dusty and I ignored it for a bit. I skimmed through LEAP and the lessons were just as relevant as 8 years before.

The Customer is never Just the Customer
A statement that I forgot, but re-realized. The customer, rather what ever the customer/audience is in your life, can never never ever be just a customer. They are your life blood. Whether it was in my political life and the customer=voters, as a student where the customer=students, or now where my customer=students (again); just as amazingly relevant.

Something lost, something found
Now my attempt at a summary which is not really possible (unless I am done reading forever or dying). Both of these book were able to re-energize me in life and trying to be a "leader". Learning every day. Something I may have lost over the past few years, that vigor is back again.

Listen.
Love.
Learn.
Believe.
Hope.
Try.
Do good.
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I won this book on a website called Inbubble wrap and had no real idea what to expect but I am always interested in improving my skills. I picked up the book on a Saturday morning and spent the whole day, on and off, reading. It makes so much sense and Farber's writing style makes it easy to digest.

The most important advice I got from the book is to love the people you serve. There is no higher calling, no matter how you accomplish this.

I am starting my own WUP and am re-reading the book. I highly recommend Radical Edge!
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You will have a spiritual experience reading Radical Edge, but not like what you might have experienced reading Purpose Driven Life or other "find yourself" books. Farber continues his personal journey where he left off in Radical Leap. His writing is honest, fun, and edgy. His first person account of his observations and feelings are a critical part of the human experience. The characters with whom he interacts are so real that I could see them and hear them. (Which of us hasn't had to deal with a difficult Cam Summerfield???) The best bet is to read both of Farber's books back-to-back, as Edge builds seamlessly on Leap. You will find yourself wrestling with who you are and who you want to become, but it will be a great journey to take, and Farber stays right there with you the entire time, with some great how-to's at the end of the book. It's the "WUP" upside the head that many professionals need today.
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