- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (Dec 19 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1629560529
- ISBN-13: 978-1629560526
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work Hardcover – Oct 6 2015
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Playing it safe is not safe in today’s fast-paced marketplace. Disrupt Yourself is a must-read for anyone looking to stand out from the crowd and pursue innovation in our highly uncertain business climate.” Eric Ries, bestselling author of The Lean Startup
I have used the word disruption’ to understand how some companies blossom while other wither. Whitney has applied the word in a different context to understand why some individuals succeed in remarkable ways. Enjoyed this book!” Clayton M. Christensen, Harvard Business School, NYT best-selling author of The Innovator’s Dilemma
Too often we're told that to be successful in leadership or business, we must fit a certain mold. Whitney Johnson knows better. Applying the lessons of disruptive innovation to personal growth, she shows us how to pursue roles suited to our own strengths, to follow our own unique way of thinking and doingand to dramatically increase our productivity, creativity, and happiness.” Susan Cain, NYT best-selling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Wow! Disrupt Yourself wins the "plain English" award--which is to say I've seldom if ever read a better written business/career development book. The advice is compelling, clear-as-bell, research-based, and actionable. And it'll work as well for a forty-something as a twenty-something.” Tom Peters, bestselling author, In Search of Excellence
Disrupt Yourself reads like a handbook for innovation: it shows the incredible value of recognizing what you are good at and finding unexpected ways to apply those strengths to the marketplace. The dramatic jumps’ that Johnson encourages us to take truly form the basis of creativity and success.” Steve Wozniak, co-founder, Apple, Inc. and Chief Scientist, Primary Data
A motivating, compelling case for shifting gears right when we’ve reached our peaks. Whitney Johnson not only explains the why and how, but cheers us on along the way to greater meaning, learning, and innovation.” Adam Grant, Wharton professor and NYT best-selling author of Give and Take
If you have gone through your career thinking that it is smarter and safer to stick with what you know,” get ready to have Whitney Johnson change your mind. Often what we already know can get in the way of what we don’t know. Disrupt Yourself will inspire you to make the jump onto new learning curves, innovate, and stay at the top of your game.” Liz Wiseman, best-selling author of Multipliers and Rookie Smarts
You already know that to have the careerand lifeyou always wanted, you'll need to be innovative, take risks, and spot and seize opportunities. Luckily, Whitney Johnson knows exactly how disruptive innovation gets done, and her brilliant new book is the how-to guide you've been waiting for." Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson, Columbia Business School, best-selling author of Nine Things Successful People Do Differently and No One Understands You and What to Do About It
Whitney Johnson’s Disrupt Yourself provides clear guidance that will help you both boost your career and become a driving force in market evolution. Her innovative approach proves that staying true to your own strengths can be groundbreaking, and often take you further than following established paths. I highly recommend this book.” Michelle McKenna-Doyle, Senior VP, CIO, National Football League
Leaders at all levels are often reminded that continuous learning and personal growth are key to successful careers and meaningful lives. In Disrupt Yourself, Whitney Johnson shows how to pursue them, purposefully building a foundation to keep oneself and others learning, changing, and thriving in the long term.” Gianpiero Petriglieri, Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour, INSEAD
About the Author
A disruptor of ideas and wielder of influence, Whitney Johnson uses her talent to build movements. Having immersed her life and studies in the idea of personal disruption, this innovator and former institutional investor-ranked Wall Street analyst infuses communications with a palpable business story.
Whether speaking at corporations and universities, contributing at international conferences, blogging for Harvard Business Review or tweeting 140-character messages, her prolific insights on personal disruption, disruptive innovation, and startups are imbibed and shared by tens of thousands of loyal followers.
Whitney is the author of the acclaimed Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream. She has been named on numerous Smart Thinkers and People to Follow lists by major media such as Inc. Magazine, Business Insider and Huffington Post and is quoted in Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fast Company, Forbes and more.
As cofounder at startup investment advisor Rose Park Advisors, she co-led an in-the-trenches venture that applied frameworks of disruptive innovation to investing. She provides strategic and tactical advice to CEOs of early stage start-ups-advising how to influence opinion, build a movement and connect to the right people.
Whitney's exceptional focus and discernment for momentum-when it's building, when it's peaking and when it's gone, has enabled her to pick winners-whether stocks, start-ups, concepts or people.
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Thought-provoking content includes knowing where to play and identifying and using your distinctive strengths to meet unmet needs instead of working extensively on weaknesses to earn marginal returns. The ability to leverage constraints as a way to earn quick feedback was new to me as was the process needed to identify and create opportunities and abundance in times when scarcity is great. Finally, despite conventional wisdom, a jungle gym approach to career management was refreshing and included discussions on stepping down, back or sideways in order to grow.
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Whitney Johnson’s new book, Disrupt Yourself, couldn’t be better timed to address this urgent question. For so many of us, the pace of change can seem simultaneously exhilarating and overwhelming. In response, Whitney lends her wise, insightful voice to illustrate how disruptive innovation frameworks can be applied to our own particular lives and careers. Thriving during this time of change also means pushing ourselves out of comfort zones and accelerating lifelong learning.
Among the ideas and advice Whitney shares in the book, two in particular resonated with me the most:
Resist entitlement. As we grow in our careers and accumulate achievements, many of us develop a sense that we are entitled to success and associated rewards. After years of effort, the school we attended, the degree we earned, the certifications we achieved, the promotions gained, the titles and raises awarded can accumulate to give us the sense that we deserve something more from life. And, that actually works against our learning and development. Due to the scale and pace of change, those who succeed in the digital and social era will be those who make ongoing learning a priority, and resisting any sense of entitlement--staying humble and grateful--supports that quest.
Disrupt yourself before disrupting others. For those leading innovation and change efforts in established companies, starting new businesses, or consulting to help firms with digital transformation, Whitney reminds us that change begins with each of us, at a personal level. Similar to “the buck stops here,” we now must think in terms of “the change starts here.” We must first change ourselves in order to help others and our organizations change. Whitney writes:
“Most of us are brimming with the confidence, even competence, to change the world. It is vital that we are also equipped with the humility to understand that changing the world and keeping innovation alive require that we change ourselves.”
I had the opportunity to read Disrupt Yourself over a fall weekend at the beach, a perfect time and place for reading and reflection. As with so much of Whitney’s writing and good advice over the years, this book challenged my thinking and reminded me of what’s really important as I pursue my own journey of personal disruption. I will be recommending Disrupt Yourself to friends, colleagues and clients.
This is a gross simplification, but a very nice approach for overachievers who struggle finding their mission because they're good at so many things and lose focus so easily.
This nonfiction book is peppered with so many references and anecdotes that it reads like an anthology of short stories. Almost everyone will find a few they can identify with. Maybe it's time to set aside all the books about fixing everything else and enjoy a breezy read on another way to look at the most important thing to work on: ourselves.
Nice book. Fun read. Got the juices churning. Thank you, Whitney!
While this book is geared towards career, I see the same timeless wisdom applicable to how I coach my clients around their health. My clients are top performers in their career and the hardest part of changing their diet or prioritizing their health is accepting they need to learn a new "skill-set". The same drive that made them successful in their careers is often what has caused their health to decline. So they are beginners in learning how to prioritize their health amongst their other competing commitments. But once you get the hang of this mindset, you realize you can have both! And that's why I love Johnson's focus on making sure you're measuring the right metrics. Because if you want change to stick, you have to understand you'll be measuring/focusing on new metrics. This is huge in a world that thinks "busy" is a badge of honor. Action isn't always productive.
Given most people in today's age are living in a disrupted world view than the previous generation (i.e. the Corporate world is no longer the "safe" route or most people don't stay with a company or government organization for their entire careers), this book is applicable to anyone needing a map for resilience and learning how to learn better in any area where they feel stuck or disoriented.