Leaving Microsoft to Change the World [NOOK Book]

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John Wood discovered his passion, his greatest success, and his life's work not at business school or helping lead Microsoft's charge into Asia in the 1990s but on a soul-searching trip to the Himalayas. He made the difficult decision to walk away from his lucrative career to create Room to Read, a nonprofit organization that promotes education across the developing world. By the end of 2007, the organization will have established over 5,000 libraries and 400 schools, and awarded long-term scholarships to more ...

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Leaving Microsoft to Change the World

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Overview

John Wood discovered his passion, his greatest success, and his life's work not at business school or helping lead Microsoft's charge into Asia in the 1990s but on a soul-searching trip to the Himalayas. He made the difficult decision to walk away from his lucrative career to create Room to Read, a nonprofit organization that promotes education across the developing world. By the end of 2007, the organization will have established over 5,000 libraries and 400 schools, and awarded long-term scholarships to more than 3,000 girls, giving more than one million children the lifelong gift of education.

If you have ever pondered abandoning your desk job for an adventure and an opportunity to give back, Wood's story will inspire you. He offers a vivid, emotional, and absorbing tale of how to take the lessons learned at a hard-charging company like Microsoft and apply them to the world's most pressing social problems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061835520
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 543,915
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

John Wood

After earning an MBA at the prestigious Kellogg School of Management, John Wood worked for several years in banking before joining Microsoft in 1991. Through hard work and determination, he ascended rapidly, earning coveted overseas assignments in Australia and China. While serving as Microsoft's Director of Business Development for the Greater China region, Wood decided to change his life's focus to help children break the cycle of poverty through the lifelong gift of education. In 2000, he founded Room to Read, a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy in Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and soon in Africa. When not traveling the world fund-raising and visiting Room to Read communities, he lives in San Francisco.

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  • Posted October 13, 2009

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    this book changed my life

    Reading this book changed my life and inspired me to take action. This was one of the few books where I willed my eyes to move faster than I could digest the words because I was so enraptured and desperately seeking to know what happened next in Wood's mission to change the world. I loved the details he recalled about the people of each country and his thoughts, fears, and passion each day as he built the foundation for Room to Read. I cried numerous times throughout the book at the heartwarming images that entered my mind, and was extremely moved by the pictures inside. I am proud to be a part of Room to Read and am grateful that someone introduced me to this book. I continue to pass it on every chance I get!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2008

    I'd love to have a conversation with this guy.

    This book was great and a fast read. It's inspirational for people just looking into ways to help the world. It's also informative for people already involved, pointing out some great business lessons that should be applied to working in a charity organization. The story was great and uplifting!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2009

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    WOW! GREAT book.

    John Wood is the Real Deal.
    This is an inspiring account of a remarkable idea that's working. Will lift you right out of your seat to want to pitch in.
    You'll make friends talking about the book and end up writing the title down on more napkins... Everyone I know has loved it.
    "World Change Begins with Educated Children" YES!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Very interesting book

    There are schools without books. John wood saw this and left Microsoft to try to get books to the children.
    Also strongly recommend Three Cups of Tea

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2007

    Inspirational, dynamic MUST-read!

    I see John Wood as an exceptional example of pragmatic idealism. He has transformed his desire to improve the world into an expansive, replicable project that affects thousands of students, and successfully applied business principles and focus to the nonprofit sector. This is a MUST READ for anyone interested in philanthropy - a very accessible, fast-paced, interesting book for corporate execs and activists alike.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2006

    An unbelievable story

    I read this book and was blown away. It's quite often that we see people who become internet millionaires become stuck up guys who care only for themselves. John has gone the other way. This was a guy who had everything and gave it all up to do the right thing. Moreover, he applied everything he knew about building successful businesses to building a successful organization to use the power of the people to help erradicate illiteracy. This book should be a must read for anyone with aspirations of using their skill, wisdom and intellect to affect positive world change.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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