Admired: 21 Ways to Double Your Value [NOOK Book]


You deserve to be valued, respected, and admired for what matters to you. Here are twenty-one ways to make it happen. “Imagine how it would feel to be fully valued for what you do best. What if your boss, your customers, and your family really appreciated what you have to offer? How proud would you be if your organization won the top spot among Fortune Magazine’s ‘Most Admired Companies?’ What if Jim Collins rated you a ‘Level 5 leader?’ In this book, you’ll find 21 simple and powerful strategies that will help ...
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You deserve to be valued, respected, and admired for what matters to you. Here are twenty-one ways to make it happen. “Imagine how it would feel to be fully valued for what you do best. What if your boss, your customers, and your family really appreciated what you have to offer? How proud would you be if your organization won the top spot among Fortune Magazine’s ‘Most Admired Companies?’ What if Jim Collins rated you a ‘Level 5 leader?’ In this book, you’ll find 21 simple and powerful strategies that will help you become more valued in a crowded and competitive world—not in a superficial way or just for its own sake—but for what matters most to you and to the most valuable people (MVPs) in your life and work.”– From the Foreword by Frances Hesselbein and Marshall Goldsmith
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Editorial Reviews

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“Most people want to make a meaningful impact, but get stuck along the way. In this book, Mark and Bonita reveal powerful strategies from their latest research that will help you make it happen. Read it and then go try it.”
Sir Richard Branson

Admired is a must-read book that shows you how to make a difference to the people who matter most, and have fun doing it!”
Peter Guber, New York Times bestselling author, CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, and former CEO of Sony Entertainment

“When you get really clear about what’s valuable to you and serve it up generously to people who need it—as this book reminds us—you’ll be admired as a leader.”
Warren Bennis, bestselling author and Distinguished Professor at USC, and international authority on leadership

“Mark and Bonita offer you a lifetime of business experience helping people double their value to the world. This book addresses life’s most critical question: What meaningful thing do you want to be known for giving and doing?”
Tony Robbins, bestselling author and peak performance coach

“The journey from success to significance is an essential step for every leader. Mark and Bonita’s insights inspire leaders to focus on what’s valuable and matters most.”
John C. Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author ofThe 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

“Read this book and instantly double your value in the office.”
Brian Banmiller, CBS News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984762583
  • Publisher: Evolve Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 241
  • Sales rank: 719,908
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Mark C. Thompson is CEO and cofounder of Virgin Unite Mentors, Sir Richard Branson's network for executive coaching and entrepreneurial innovation. Mark is a leadership coach, bestselling author, venture capitalist and Tony-nominated Broadway producer.

Mark is Charles Schwab's former Chief of Staff, Chief Customer Experience Officer, Chief Communications Officer and cofounder of the Schwab Foundation. He also served as Executive Producer of, with assets of $1.4 trillion. Forbes Magazine called Mark one of America's top investors with the 'Midas' touch.

He served on the Board of Directors of Best Buy, Korn Ferry International, and Interwoven (now owned by HP). He was Chairman of Rioport, which popularized the MP3 player prior to iTunes, and was Chairman of Integration, which was acquired by Silicon Labs. He is a Founding Patron of Richard Branson's Entrepreneurship Centre, and is Program Chairman for the Board of Governors of the Hesselbein Leadership Institute and the John F. Kennedy Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Mark is a founding advisor of the Stanford Realtime Venture Design Lab, and is a visiting scholar at his alma mater, Stanford University. He has served as faculty at the World Economic Forum and World Business Forum. He is a member of the Clinton Initiative and an Executive Coach for TED.

Mark is an investor in heath care and entertainment software companies. He was founding Board member of Smule, which is Google and Apple's top music applications company for the hit TV series Glee, with over 20 million monthly active users. He is an investor in Cancer Genetics and CNS Response.

Among Broadway passions, Mark's plays have earned five Tony awards and ten nominations, including Peter and the StarCatcher with Disney and StickFly with Alicia Keys. He is a partner in the Broadway Times Square Theatre. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and Manhattan with two extraordinary women.

Bonita Thompson has worked 25 years in human resources for global corporations, including Bank of America, Genentech, Levi Strauss, Pacific Telesis, Varian, and Catellus. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Hesselbein Institute (formerly Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management).

She lectures globally and has taught leadership at John F. Kennedy University. She was Director of Research for Stanford professor Jerry Porras (and coauthors Thompson and Emery) on Success Built to Last, the sequel to Porras and Collins' Built to Last. Her American Management Association webinar, Double Your Value, is featured as an article in Dr. Marshall Goldsmith's book, Coaching for Leadership, which was described as "the single best collection of writings and writers on executive coaching," according to professor Warren Bennis at USC/Harvard.

Bonita earned an MBA at the University of California, Berkeley; and a BA in Industrial Psychology (minor Statistics) from San Jose State University. She also holds an Honorary PhD from Mount Mary College. As a new HR executive, Bonita started her career recruiting the first 200 world-class geneticists to join a newly emerging industry led by pioneer Genentech, now owned by pharmaceutical giant Roche.

At Levi Strauss, Bonita was on the team that built the first Human Resources intranet to administer HR online for employees globally. Bonita restructured compensation programs to be more performance driven at Bank of America when it was the world's largest bank. She created the HR Market Analyzer (a system to alert management about competitive pay) and reclassified 100,000 jobs.

Bonita is a long-term supporter of the Girl Scouts, Save the Children, the Wheelchair Foundation, and the Center of Independent Learning (COIL), a California charter school where she focuses on educational empowerment for girls.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Frances Hesselbein Marshall Goldsmith vii

Acknowledgments xi

Section I What You Want

Chapter 1 Are You Valued? 3

Chapter 2 How to Become an MVP 9

Chapter 3 Create Your Portfolio of Priorities 15

Chapter 4 Define What Success Means 21

Chapter 5 The Law of Distraction 29

Chapter 6 The Passion Trap 37

Section II What They Want

Chapter 7 Everyone Sees Value Differently 47

Chapter 8 The Power of Praise 53

Chapter 9 Finding Common Ground 59

Section III What to Do-Admire

Chapter 10 Action 69

Tool #1 Don't Wait to Be Asked 70

Tool #2 Take Action to Create Value 75

Tool #3 Guilt Is Good 85

Tool #4 The Right Tool for the Job 91

Chapter 11 Develop 97

Tool #5 Start Where You Are 98

Tool #6 Invest in Yourself 101

Tool #7 Live What You Are For 106

Tool #8 Be Misunderstood 111

Chapter 12 Measure 115

Tool #9 Reinvent Your Goals 116

Tool #10 Find Your Goal Buddy 123

Tool #11 Feed Forward, Not Backward 129

Chapter 13 Innovate 135

Tool #12 Help Them Invent It 136

Tool #13 What's It Worth to Them? 142

Tool #14 Know What Your MVP Values 147

Chapter 14 Recruit 153

Tool #15 Hire Your Weakness 154

Tool #16 Stop Networking 160

Tool #17 Get Someone Else Ready 165

Tool #18 Don't Play the Blame Game 172

Chapter 15 Excite 177

Tool #19 Be Different 178

Tool #20 Get Heard 184

Tool #21 What's Your Story? 191

Epilogue 199

Appendix: Research for Admired 203

About the Authors 220

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    'Admired' is at the top of my 'must read list'! It is a shot of

    'Admired' is at the top of my 'must read list'! It is a shot of positive energy, and I'd recommend starting your day with a chapter of this book if you want to feel energized, and armed with simple tools to create value for and be admired by the 'MVPs' in your own life and work.

    This book is a treasure trove of insightful lessons, thoughtful research and engaging stories from the trenches. Whether you are the head of a company of 10,000 employees, leading a team at a non-profit, starting a business of your own, teaching a class or running a family (or any combination of the above), the authors have shown that the key to being 'admired' in any business or personal role has everything to do with first creating value for others and enabling them to thrive.

    Can't say enough positive things about 'Admired' - it's like my 10 favorite business books rolled into one -- with practical advice for organizational development, recruiting, motivational leadership, moving forward from setbacks, and being a creative and passionate contributor at all levels and in any role. I especially enjoy the open-ended questions at the end of each chapter ('Putting It to Work for You') that challenge the reader to immediately think through his or her own opportunities and challenges.

    I'm getting copies of 'Admired' for all of my MVPs!

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    A Powerful Read

    We all want to be admired. It's getting the people in our lives, family, friends, clients & colleagues, to see it OUR way that always stands in the way of that goal. Admired gives you the life lessons to focus on the needs , wants and desires of others and in turn gain the admiration we always wanted. So simple. Admired is beautifully written and punctuated with entertaining personal stories.  Read the book.  The important people in your life will see the change in you and admire you for it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    great book

    great book

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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