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Admired: 21 Ways to Double Your Value

Admired: 21 Ways to Double Your Value

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by Mark C. Thompson

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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


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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“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 of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

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

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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 Schwab.com, 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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dgsan98 More than 1 year ago
'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!
Jules111 More than 1 year ago
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!
BonitaMark More than 1 year ago
We're honored to see this email blast this morning from our friends at COVEY -- we ADMIRE them greatly: From: "SpeedofTrust.com" Date: September 5, 2012 3:03:23 AM PDT Subject: Stephen R. Covey taught me to read a book a week... Dear Mark, Just a thought to help you finish 2012 strong... I still struggle to keep the "read-a-book-a-week" pace Stephen admonished me to years ago - even though it has changed the trajectory of my life. (We could all read more books and less emails!) It has been a very cathartic several weeks since the passing of my dear friend and mentor Stephen R. Covey. [...] He informs my thinking and my sense of mission more now than ever. He is a legendary and trusted leader. Any doubt of that will be quickly dispelled as you re-read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and his other works. I encourage you to re-read 7 Habits, which by the way, is still in the top 100 of all books on Amazon 23 years from its publication as of this month. http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books/ref=sv_b_3#3 In the spirit of expanding our mutual understanding through books, I thought you would like to know the books his son, Stephen M. R. Covey, and I are reading this month. Stephen is in Hong Kong today, where he just did an interview with CNBC Asia. [...] We recommend you join us in reading: -Admired: 21 Ways to Double Your Value by Mark and Bonita Thompson We trust Mark and Bonita to add value. We can't wait to read this book coming out September 13th. Mark is the former Chief of Staff for Charles Schwab and is currently partners with Sir Richard Branson. The results of their national study with their colleagues at Stanford and Northwestern on "who people admire most and why" will surprise you. They identified the most important traits of the best leaders and why they are most important. I can't wait to find out if I have any of the traits! Read it and find out if you do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great book