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Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work [NOOK Book]

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This special digital edition of Rookie Smarts includes 13 videos of leadership expert Liz Wiseman outlining her ground-breaking principles and guiding viewers through exercises that bring fresh perspective, open minds to innovation, and jumpstart a spirit of naive inquiry and constant learning.

Is it possible to be at your best even when you are underqualified or doing something for the first time? Is it still possible, even after decades of experience, to recapture the ...

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Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work

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Overview

This special digital edition of Rookie Smarts includes 13 videos of leadership expert Liz Wiseman outlining her ground-breaking principles and guiding viewers through exercises that bring fresh perspective, open minds to innovation, and jumpstart a spirit of naive inquiry and constant learning.

Is it possible to be at your best even when you are underqualified or doing something for the first time? Is it still possible, even after decades of experience, to recapture the enthusiasm, curiosity, and fearlessness of youth to take on new challenges? With the right mindset—with Rookie Smarts—you can.

In a rapidly changing world, experience can be a curse. Careers stall, innovation stops, and strategies grow stale. Being new, naïve, and even clueless can be an asset. For today's knowledge workers, constant learning is more valuable than mastery.

In this essential guide, leadership expert Liz Wiseman explains how to reclaim and cultivate the curious, flexible, youthful mindset called Rookie Smarts. Wiseman reveals the different modes of the rookie mindset that lead to success:

  • Backpacker: Unencumbered, rookies are more open to new possibilities, ready to explore new terrain, and don't get stuck in yesterday's best practices.
  • Hunter-Gatherer: Rookies seek out experts and return with ideas and resources to address the challenges they face.
  • Firewalker: Lacking situational confidence, rookies take small, calculated steps, moving fast and seeking feedback to stay on track.
  • Pioneer: Keeping things simple and focusing on meeting core needs, rookies improvise and work tirelessly while pushing boundaries.

Rookie Smarts addresses the questions every experienced professional faces: Will my knowledge and skills become obsolete and irrelevant? Will a young, inexperienced newcomer upend my company or me? How can I keep up? The answer is to stay fresh, keep learning, and know when to think like a rookie.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/04/2014
Given the author’s experience—Wiseman (Multipliers) helped build Oracle’s corporate university and is the president of a Silicon Valley–based research and development firm—it’s no shock that she offers an exceptional guide to staying vital in the changing marketplace. Wiseman targets mid-level professionals who want to revitalize their careers, as well as company leaders who want to invigorate their workforce. Her premise is simple: in a culture “obsessed with youth,” the key to success comes from “thinking young.” Wiseman explains why a rookie or “newcomer” approach will often be more effective than a tried-and-true strategy. For example, while the experienced manager will “collaborate alone,” a rookie rounds up a “network of experts.” A rookie who lacks “situational confidence” will pay more attention to negative feedback and work harder than an experienced counterpart. Each chapter concludes with a helpful summary that compares rookie and veteran behavior. Throughout, Wiseman cites a wide array of successful rookies and “perpetual rookies,” from the founder of Spanx (an example of “relentless resourcefulness”) to basketball great Magic Johnson, to photographer Annie Leibovitz, to business consultant Peter Drucker. Useful “discussion fire starters” are peppered throughout and gathered in an appendix for quick reference. For readers who are struggling to catch up with changing business needs, this book is a must read. Agent: Shannon Marvin, Dupree Miller & Associates. (Oct.)
Adam Grant
“Wiseman masterfully shows why novices can outdo veterans, expertise blinds us to fresh ideas, and the brilliance of newbies remains untapped. With sage insights and fascinating examples, Rookie Smarts is a must-read.”
Laszlo Bock
Rookie Smarts gives you a practical roadmap to rediscovering the open, curious, creative mind inside you. If you want to be a learning machine, improving and growing every year, this is the book for you.
Dave Ulrich
Agility, resilience, grit, and a growth mindset—these are the skills effective leaders need in a changing world. In Rookie Smarts, Wiseman shows leaders at every age and at every stage of their careers how to master these skills
Robert Sutton
Wiseman’s brilliant and unusually imaginative gem shows you how to keep learning and questioning even your most prized beliefs, how to avoid becoming a boring clone condemned to marching in lock-step with your equally dull colleagues, and how to build vibrant workplaces
Bill Hybels
Through robust research and down-to-earth examples, Rookie Smarts shows that inexperience can actually be a powerful gain for organizations.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-09-21
Wiseman (co-author: The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools, 2014, etc.) provides a big boost for first-time employees and others who refuse to be bound by arbitrary limits. The author poses a fundamental question: "If the amount of information in science doubles every nine months and decays at 30 percent a year, how long does one's expertise last?" She contends that as technology continues to advance, the time frame dramatically shortens. People will be lucky to be current on just 15 percent of what they knew after five years. Therefore, the premium on new knowledge, as opposed to experience, is growing. Wiseman presents an array of case studies, including those from her own experience with Nike and her organization of Oracle's in-house university. These demonstrate that leaders who understand how to unleash the potentials of their rookies and junior people can reap outsized results. At Nike, rookies were given the task of educating a conference of executives on their views of the future. They performed so well that they were organized into an informal group called the "New Crew." The group is now formalized and contains 300 members, "with top-performing employees contributing and then rotating out of the group after one year, making way for other fresh talent." Wiseman points to global organizations that are opening up their leadership ranks to younger people, and she highlights studies about how, in certain nations, when "ruling elites have pulled up the ladder and kept newcomers from getting a foothold, their economies have suffocated and died." The author views rookie smarts as a "state of mind" characterizing open-minded love of inquiry into the new. She examines four different profiles of this state of mind, each of which encompasses its own set of defining characteristics, and she highlights how they may be encouraged and strengthened. An exciting promotion of lifelong discovery and enthusiasm as answers to routine and business as usual.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062322647
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/14/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 191,219
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Liz Wiseman is a researcher, executive advisor, and speaker who teaches leaders around the world. She is a former executive and the author of the bestselling books Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools. Liz has been listed on the Thinkers50 ranking and named as one of the top ten leadership thinkers in the world.

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