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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.; 1 edition (1 April 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857085751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857085757
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robert Kelsey is a best-selling author, founder and CEO of a successful London PR agency, and co-founder and deputy chairman of a leading entrepreneurs' think tank: The Centre for Entrepreneurs. Yet he left school with one O'level and struggled to fit in - his early careers usually ending in failure. He was always the outsider - whether from his upbringing (as a townie "marooned" in the countryside) or from being the deep-thinker among the deal-junkies of investment banking. Yet Kelsey found redemption in entrepreneurship - giving his life meaning and offering him the philosophical insight that underpins his writing.

His books on the insecurities that made him such an ineffective young adult, What's Stopping You? What's Stopping You Being More Confident? and Get Things Done, have become best sellers translated into 10 languages. His latest book, The Outside Edge: How Outsiders Can Succeed in a World Made by Insiders adopts the same alchemy of deep research, strong insight (including personal struggles) and practical guidance to help tackle the insecurities that blunt our potential for achievement.

Visit Robert's website and blog at www.robert-kelsey.co.uk
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"Kelsey′s book is a welcomed dose of realism in the current zeitgeist of counterproductive David vs Goliath thinking of the Malcolm Gladwell variety" (Elite Business, April 2015)

From the Back Cover

ARE YOU AN OUTSIDER?

This is a timely book from the bestselling author of What′s Stopping You?

Our culture celebrates outsiders while in reality slamming the door in their face. The modern world craves innovation while alienating original thinkers. It encourages creativity while shutting out all but a privileged few from individualistic expression. What a waste!

WHAT OUTSIDERS NEED: AN EDGE

Yet achieving great things as a genuine outsider is possible. Outsiders can find their own way succeeding without compromising their individuality. They just need to forge an edge.

The Outside Edge is the book for those that feel like they don′t belong the misfits, many with strong untapped talents and potential. It′s a recipe for positively directing their insecurity, awkwardness and role–confusion towards a meaningful future, shaped and pursued on their own terms.

The Outside Edge helps you to:

  • Identity and understand the causes of feeling like an ′outsider′
  • Accept yourself while focusing on ′finding meaning′ for your life
  • Motivate yourself using strong goals, often harnessing creativity
  • Acquire the skills needed to succeed on your own terms
  • Avoid pitfalls such as poor judgement, negativity and extremism

′This is not another quaint book about how outsiders have an edge. This is a subversive manual for how outsiders can carve an edge for themselves with hard work, creativity and the right mental framework′
Ryan Holiday, bestselling author of The Obstacle Is The Way

′This is an excellent read packed with both cautionary tales and optimistic insight, for anyone who′s ever felt on the periphery′
Helena Pozniak, life–skills writer for the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timbertwig VINE VOICE on 9 Aug. 2015
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I don't normally go for self-helf books but The Outside Edge caught my eye because I have often felt like an outsider and I wondered what the book had to say about it.

In four parts and over 200 pages, Robert Kelsey attempts to define what an outsider is and then offers advice on how to "edge ahead" given an outsider's strengths and weaknesses. As Kelsey so eloquently writes, "Outsiders have an exraordinary vantage point. Yet, until we learn to convert that skewed view into something positive - with meaning - a well as something bothoffering and generating an edge, it's one that will remain genuinely disabling. Find meaning, however, and the door is opened to becoming an unrepentant outsider: the rebel with a cause."

The book is clearly written and for the most part I enjoyed it. I particularly liked the "Are you an outsider?" section in which he lists certain traits common to misfits such as sensitivity, cynicism, and anger. Equally, Kelsey's 10 rule for outsiders to obey are thought provoking. A dose of humour here and there also helps the readability of the book. At one point Kelsey makes one wonder if being an "insider" is such an attractive thing for "the moment we're on the inside we'll immediately start looking for the exit."

If you're an outsider or know someone who is, this is worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave C TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 July 2015
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I so enjoyed reading this book. I went through it in a couple of days and felt so pleased with myself afterwards I pushed the Cat out of the way and started lapping at his milk!

Why so pleased? Well, I've always been a kinda outsider when it comes to work. I'm a happy soul, don't get me wrong, but I always seemed to dance to a different drum. I struggled for years at interviews; I wanted to be authentic and honest and speak with integrity, but then never seemed to do get the job. I was the perennial second placed candidate. Over time I did pretty well to be honest but was always left with a what if. Well really this book builds on all the various experiences I've had which have allowed me to re-think my approach and focus on the end game. But without compromising on my own core values. It's really a master class in being yourself, allowing others to be so as well, and having the bottle and nounce to know when to challenge and when to stay focused on the bigger picture. I can't recommend this highly enough if you're an outsider. And, like with myself, if you are one it's likely that it'll be you that has the greatest impact because you have the courage to think and be different - yourself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. R. Stillman-lowe VINE VOICE on 23 July 2015
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I was all set to dislike this book - was it yet another piece of superficial tosh from a failed boy made good in adulthood? Now re-packaged as a management guru? Well reading the author's blog about the death of his father made me think again. It was dignified & honest (and well written, given the very difficult subject matter). See for yourself: http://www.robert-kelsey.co.uk/blog/

Reading the book deepened my respect for the author. This is no superficial cut & paste collection of platitudes, or plagiarized 'tips' on how to 'get on'.

There is a high psychological content. And if you'd rather not contemplate existentialism, then perhaps this book is not for you!

The book is well written, designed and laid out. It is easy to digest - good use is made of lists and boxed summaries. Thankfully there are NO cringe-inducing cartoons or ghastly pretentious quotations from authors that are intended to impress the reader with the author's erudition.

In short, a recommended read for the more reflective manager.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Spicer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 July 2015
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Interesting read, as someone who considered myself an 'outsider' I was attracted to this book. However, before actually getting to how an outsider can get an edge Kelsey effectively demolishes the myth of the lonely outsider who manages heroically against the odds to achieve greatness. He cites many 'outsiders' - all of whom had a built in edge - usually family or money or connections, before correctly assuming that many people reading this won't have and therefore will just remain outside.
He then goes on to describe strategies for people on the outside, i.e., most folks, to follow to achieve a measure of success. Whilst I can't claim as yet to be a millionaire, or for that matter, want to be I am intrigued enough by his suggestions to give them a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Tait VINE VOICE on 18 July 2015
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This books is written with a sensitivity masked by it's bold cover. The authors starts by painting a fairly bleak picture of outsiders, showing the true reality of those who feel divorced from the tribe. Robert Kelsey then provides a great deal of very practical advice for the outsider. There's a detailed plan for formulating a strategy (diagnosis, guiding policy and actions), and great decision making advice. There's lots of basic wisdom, such as a 10 point system for developing stoicism ('realise rude people are underestimating me'), and the use of thinking tools for depersonalization. And there's a fascinating description between Corporate Execs and Entrepreneurs - as insiders vs outsiders. As someone who fits the outsider profile, I can recommend this.
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