By: Anthony K Tjan;Richard J Harrington;Tsun-yan Hsieh(Author)
Genre: Business, Finance & Law
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (7 Aug. 2012)Format: pdf doc docx mobi djvu epub ibooks (*An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.)
The original title of the book: Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck: What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur and Build a Great Business
In "Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck," three entrepreneurs and advisors-turned-venture capitalists delineate the traits in the title ("HSGL") as absolutely critical. From their work with hundreds of executives and business builders across the globe, the authors found that every one of their subjects--from young founder to seasoned CEO--possesses these attributes in some combination. For you, figuring out which trait drives you can lead to a greater awareness in your entrepreneurial profile and help you, and your organization, achieve the success you want.
In the book, the authors uncover the fact that no single archetype for entrepreneurial success exists. But by figuring out your HSGL profile, you can develop an awareness of which traits you should "dial up" or "dial down." For those in organizations, to realize the full potential of your group, knowing your HSGL profile can improve your natural leadership style and improve your interactions with others.
So are you heart-dominant, like chef Alice Waters or Starbucks' Howard Schultz? Smarts-dominant, like Jeff Bezos of Amazon? Guts-dominant, like Virgin's Richard Branson or Nelson Mandela? Or do you carry the luck trait, like Tony Hsieh of Zappos admits to leveraging to reach his success? In "Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck," the Entrepreneurial Aptitude Test (EAT) will help determine your profile. Also, the book provides additional tools and inspiration to offer a digestible, practical, useful, and engaging read.
Readers will gain a greater understanding of what entrepreneurs are made of, and will walk away with a series of business-building lessons they can apply in their situations.
"Reminds us all of the power of self-awareness for success in business and life." -- Deepak Chopra, author, "Spiritual Solutions"; Cofounder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing"Heart, smarts, guts, and luck are crucial not just for those who start a business; they must also be in the DNA of everyone who wants to succeed in a transnational, high-growth company." -- Sunil Mittal, Founder, Chairman, and Group CEO, Bharti Enterprises"A practical and fun read for entrepreneurs." -- Tony Hsieh, "New York Times" bestselling author, "Delivering Happiness"; CEO, Zappos.com"Great, really great . . . not just for businesspeople, but for anyone trying to make better decisions and to better manage relationships." -- Keith Ferrazzi, "New York Times" bestselling author, "Never Eat Alone"; Founder and Chairman, Ferrazzi Greenlight"Refreshingly human. Gets at the core of what it takes to build a successful entrepreneurial venture." -- David Lawee, Vice President of Corporate Development, Google"The authors have a rare combination of entrepreneurial and operating backgrounds, together with the experience of partnering with founders in a venture capital context. They have collected a perspective on what makes a successful entrepreneur--which everyone should enjoy and benefit from." -- Henry McCance, Chairman Emeritus, Greylock Partners"This book redefines the business book genre. It gets to the heart of the entrepreneur with clarity and common sense, which makes it both inspirational and a cracking good read." -- Lord Rothermere, Chairman, DMGTA "New York Times," "Wall Street Journal," "USA Today," "Publisher's Weekly" Bestseller Named a "Best Business Book of 2012" by Fast Company "this book contains some valuable self-help advice..." -- "The Economist" "In examining what they regard as the four key aspects most often associated with successful entrepreneurs, they have understood the importance of clear messages to help people apply their findings." -- "Management Today" (Australia) '""Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck," ' by Anthony Tjan, Richard Harrington, and Tsun-Yan Hsieh, gives you what you really need to succeed in business: Entrepreneurship tests, real world stories, workable strategies, and lots more. Maybe the subtitle of this excellent book says it best: 'What it takes to be an entrepreneur and build a great business.' Check it out." -- "USA Today" ""Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck" will identify the right path for any entrepreneur--from those in the early stages of a startup, to veterans scaling an established business." -- Open Forum from American Express ""Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck" is a book that you can read from start to finish. In fact, that's exactly what I'd recommend." "You'll have fun as the authors take you on a journey of self-discovery that includes examples of successful entrepreneurs in each entrepreneurial profile." -- Small Business Trends (smallbiztrends.com) "Take the test and pick up the book for your team. They'll both help you further hone your skills, and understand the skills of others in order to create a better team." -- 800 CEO READ ADVANCE PRAISE: Deepak Chopra, author, "Spiritual Solutions"; Cofounder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing --"Reminds us all of the power of self-awareness for success in business and life." Sunil Mittal, Founder, Chairman, and Group CEO, Bharti Enterprises --"Heart, smarts, guts, and luck are crucial not just for those who start a business; they must also be ineA New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly Bestseller
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