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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (29 Oct. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1629560529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1629560526
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 20.6 cm
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Johnson, a Merrill Lynch equity analyst turned entrepreneur, shows how and why to upend a career in this practical, concise work. Savvy and often counterintuitive, this superb book offers the tools, mind-set guidance, and rationale for avoiding complacency and embracing a new career path. Publishers Weekly
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
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About the Author

Whitney Johnson is the leading thinker on driving corporate innovation through personal disruption. She cofounded Rose Park Advisors, a boutique investment firm, with Clayton Christensen, and was an Institutional Investor-ranked analyst for eight consecutive years, including at Merrill Lynch. She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and the author of Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream (Bibliomotion 2012). She was named a Future Thinker Finalist by Management Thinkers50 in 2013, and one of Fortune's 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter in 2014. Johnson is cofounder of the Forty Over 40 List, recognizing women who are reinventing, disrupting, and making an impact. She is represented by the New Leaf Speakers bureau, along with other key thought leaders in innovation and business.


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This was really a great read, and the book found me in the right space. I am always consumed by the business I am in staying ahead and not becoming irrelevant, but I have never consciously connected the dots that for that to happen, the people that work in the business need to be in a constant process of being disrupted. Disrupting myself is a lot better for me in the long term than someone else doing it for me, as that will have me left behind. That goes for you too... Think about what that means for you and your life's ambitions. A very well written book, and easy to comprehend, given the clarity with which Whitney Johnson puts her points across. Your Relevance Is Not An Entitlement, so Disrupt Yourself if you want to keep that Blessing of being Relevant!
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As I transition between jobs and realise much of my work life has been a series of active disruptions I brought on myself, I can't but feeling so blessed to have stumbled in this little great reading which shows clearly how to recognise the signs of disruption, how one's life brigs evidence forward of spiking up a growth curve and when it is too late as disruption comes from outside. Whichever it is your current situation, it is never too late to embrace your most "creative and innovative" self and embark on the journey of a lifetime! I do and can't wait to get into the thick of it! Great gift also for the many out there who may have lost their jobs or are considering "leaping" - use this book as your parachute! :-) EXCELLENT!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic, timely guide to personal growth during the era of digital disruption 13 Oct. 2015
By Dave Birckhead - Published on Amazon.com
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There has never been a more interesting, exciting time to work in technology-fueled business transformation. The turbo-charged pace of change unlocks tremendous new opportunities. It seems like every day brings a new startup, a new technology, a new way of working, a new innovation. Many industries—from financial services to publishing—face massive shifts in their businesses, increased competition, and significant changes in customer behavior and expectations. The scale and pace of the change is without precedent. Much has been written about this digital disruption and the business strategies and tactics to address it. But, what of the associated human dimension and sometimes the human cost?

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scaling the steep learning curves successfully 6 Dec. 2015
By Renee Hopkins - Published on Amazon.com
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First, a disclaimer: I previously worked for a firm co-founded by Clay Christensen, the Harvard Business School professor whose theory of disruptive innovation on which this book is based. However, I'd prefer to think this uniquely qualifies me to evaluate whether in "Disrupt Yourself," Johnson has been successful in weaving the threads of Christensen's disruption theory into a fabric that can cover individual growth, both personal and professional, as well as it does business growth.

My assessment is: Bravo, Whitney Johnson! It's fun to imagine how successful business theories can be applied to individual careers and personal lives. It's quite another to successfully execute such a feat, and In "Disrupt Yourself," Johnson has managed it beautifully.

"Disrupt Yourself" is a lovely book -- not dry, not academic, not self-help-book fluffy. It is blessedly logical, and offers readers smart, actionable information. It's inspirational, but not mere inspiration. The inspiration this book provides sits atop a solid foundation. And really, how could you NOT trust a self-improvement book that includes a chapter on how and why to avoid feeling entitled?!

Johnson grounds "Disrupt Yourself" in the framework of the famous S curve often used to describe disruptive growth in business. After establishing how the S curve works in business, Johnson places the rest of the book carefully on that framework. She identifies seven variables that can affect the speed at which businesses and individuals move along their own S curves. She delves into situations in which one or more of these seven variables cause businesses and individuals to stall along the way -- or worse, reach the top, level part of the 'S', then fall right off.

Throughout, Johnson's thoughtful and intelligent tone tells readers she knows what she's talking about. She talks frankly of the hard work it takes to tackle one steep learning curve after another, as is necessary when following the path of self-disruption. She offers examples of her own self-disruptive journey, as well as examples from both businesses and individuals. She talks about the difficult, but rewarding work of climbing up steep learning curves.

"Disrupt Yourself" is a smart guidebook on why it's important to disrupt yourself, and a worthy guide on how to identify and scale the steep learning curves necessary to do so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You're being disrupted. There's no choice. Now there's a map! 31 Oct. 2015
By Ali M. Shapiro - Published on Amazon.com
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Eight years ago I left my corporate life to disrupt myself. I didn't know that is what I was doing and geez, I wish I had this book to lay out the map of what to expect. It would have made what I was experiencing more enjoyable rather than disorienting. However, as Whitney points out in this book, the best disruptors never get comfortable. And in each stage of my business, I've had to surrender to the S-curve. Having the language and map to now to know this is what is happening is comforting and encourages you to jump into the (temporary) discomfort of disrupting yourself. It's helped me sleep better at night as I take my business to the next level.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 15 Nov. 2015
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This is a great read, very motivational and inspiring if you feel like you are in the wrong space both professionally and personally. There is logical rational for taking the leap of faith to disrupt or wait a while. I slightly disliked the referencing of examples of people who leaped, because it was not substantive in the actual how - because though they reached the top of the s-curve, what we struggle with is the how.

But overall loved it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tangible Tips for Making an Impact in Life & Doing Work You Love 7 Oct. 2015
By Will Sherlin - Published on Amazon.com
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Disrupt Yourself is full of tangible advice readers can use to "find their north star" and navigate the S-curve of their own career trajectory. Disrupt Yourself is an exemplary follow-up to Whitney's first book, Dare, Dream, Do. I would highly recommend it for anyone looking to find renewed passion for their work, their true calling in life, or merely better understand what drives the most successful people, teams, and companies. I had the pleasure of interviewing Whitney for a podcast episode about some of the key tenets of Disrupt Yourself for a podcast that can be found on SoundCloud here: https://soundcloud.com/theinnovationengine/innovation-personal-disruption
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