- Hardcover: 250 pages
- Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (1 Dec. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1422162664
- ISBN-13: 978-1422162668
- Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.3 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 784,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Passion and Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders Hardcover – 1 Dec 2011
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"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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What we are offered in this volume are contributions from 26 of what the co-authors characterize as "the best and brightest young business leaders." John Coleman, Daniel Gulati, and W. Oliver Segovia are not being facetious, as was David Halberstam in The Best of the Brightest (1993) when he castigates, for example, Robert McNamara and McGeorge Bundy. They admire and respect all of those featured, as will most readers after reading the personal accounts of what fuels the young leaders' passion and enlightens their purpose.
Coleman, Gulati, and Segovia also include interviews of seven prominent leaders: David Gergen (adviser to four presidents and Director of Harvard's Center for Public Leadership), Dominic Barton (Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company), Deb Henretta (CEO, Procter & Gamble Asia), Carter Roberts (CEO, World Wildlife Fund), Joe Kennedy (CEO and President of Pandora), Rich Lyons (Dean, Haas Business School, University of California-Berkeley), and Nitin Nohria (Dean, Harvard Business School). Readers thus have 31 quite different sources of information, insights, and counsel when working their way through the lively and eloquent as well as informative narrative.Read more ›
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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.
"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."