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Overview

James Marshall Reilly set out to capture the insights of today's brightest business and nonprofit leaders. He conducted in-depth interviews with Tony Hsieh (Zappos), Blake Mycoskie (TOMS), Shawn Fanning (Napster, Rupture, Path), and Jessica Jackley (Kiva, ProFounder), among many others. And he learned that despite their different fields, they're all using similar tools to seize opportunities and redefine success. Embracing a shift in generational values, these young people share a passion for driving powerful global change while creating sustainable organizations that often blur the old boundaries between business and philanthropy.

To really "make it" these days, according to Reilly, you need to break the old corporate mold, ignore the "rules," and create your own opportunities. The true game changers are the men and women starting their own businesses, inventing jobs that didn't previously exist, and committing themselves fully to attaining astonishing success, however individually defined.

Shake the World reveals the meteoric rise (and the occasional stumbles) of a new generation of business leaders. Reilly brings their stories to life and, along the way, offers clear lessons that you can apply to your own pursuits. For example, you'll learn firsthand how:

  • Doug Ulman followed his passions to become CEO of LIVESTRONG.
  • Blake Mycoskie of TOMS responded to ordinary events in an extraordinary way and created a sustainable organization that changed the face of giving and the lives of millions.
  • Bobby Chang used counterintuitive thinking to build the global brand Incase and applies the same techniques to problem solving in everyday life.
  • Jessica Jackley of Kiva and ProFounder harnessed technology in unprecedented ways to build a powerful network and enact palpable, transformational change.
  • Elizabeth Gore took a small risk during college that altered the trajectory of her life and ultimately led her to become the executive director of global partnerships at the UN Foundation.

The role models in Shake the World define themselves not by money and title but by fulfillment and happiness. This book will light your path to greatness if you too want to shake the world. This is not just a book about finding a job. It's a book about creating an inspired life.

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Publishers Weekly
Reilly, president of a talent management firm, interviews some of today’s most celebrated entrepreneurs, business owners, technology experts, educators, artists, and philanthropists in America to look for themes and commonalities in their successes in this tough economic climate. He shares insights from leaders like Tony Hsieh of Zappos, Blake Mycoskie of Tom’s, Shawn Fanning of Napster to argue that if there is a blueprint for success, it is in relentlessly following one’s personal passion, linking it to social justice, and embracing philanthropy, thereby creating not only meaningful work but also a meaningful personal life. It’s a tall order, but Reilly’s tone is pleasantly idealistic and his lively style will engage young readers with its hopeful message that there are innovative alternatives to a traditional corporate career path. For Gen X or older readers who can get past the tacit inference that this generation is the first to face massive socioeconomic shifts or embrace social change, the interviews with young leaders offer insights into the mindset of the Millennials and how recent economic forces are changing the way they view work and life. (Jan.)
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A mixture of job-search recommendations, self-help advice, anyone-can-succeed-in-business inspiration and mini-biographies of young entrepreneurs. Reilly is president of The Guild Agency Speakers Bureau and Intellectual Talent Management, where he brands and markets individuals with reputations as cutting-edge thinkers. While reflecting on his own youthful success, the author decided to interview other young outside-the-box entrepreneurs, most of whom have found a way to combine philanthropy with for-profit capitalism. Interview subjects include Blake Mycoskie of TOMS, Jessica Jackley of ProFounder, Chad Troutwine of Veritas Prep, and Tony Hsieh of Zappos. The insights are mingled in chapters whose themes are sometimes difficult to discern. While Reilly touches on the occasional early-in-life failures of his interview subjects as a demonstration of how failure can build character, he is primarily uncritical of those subjects and sometimes seems starry-eyed as he chronicles their generosities. The author makes the obvious but worthwhile point that none of the subjects was born to greatness, and he posits that their humility in the wake of success might have been a lifelong quality that contributed greatly to individual success. The book is especially relevant because, as Reilly notes, economic recessions can accelerate entrepreneurial ventures as those out of work seek fresh paths into the capitalistic culture. The pursuit of graduate and law degrees often makes sense during economic downturns. However, those credentials are not an automatic ticket to success--sometimes what has been conveyed in classroom settings stifles innovative thinking. Abstract, sometimes cryptic platitudes studded with inspirational gems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591844556
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/29/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James Marshall Reilly is an entrepreneur, a journalist, and the founder of The Guild Agency Speakers Bureau and Intellectual Talent Management. His expertise lies in the branding and marketing of cutting- edge thinkers and connecting them with audiences worldwide. He is twenty- nine years old and lives in New York City. Visit www.shaketheworldbook.com
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Landing in a New Place

The Experience MBA, a Knowledge-Based GPS, and a Lifetime of Extraordinary Responses 9

2 Playing Risk

Naked Shorts, High-Beta Decisions, and Generation "Why Not?" 34

3 Finding The Right Company to Work For

New-School Capitalism, Containment Booms, Symbolic Superheroes, and Very Important Carrots 53

4 tRunning The Table

Shoot from an Angle, Lose the Training Wheels, and Focus on the Process 77

5 Sourcing The Crowd

Curate Connections, Engage Community, and Breathe Your Fire 99

6 Becoming A Disrupter

Subvert Power Structures, Raze Barriers, and Sit at the Wrong Table 128

7 Cultivating The Twenty-First-Century Polymath

Accelerate Possibilities, Incubate Ideas, and Embrace the Landscape of a Renaissance 152

8 Channeling Passion

Fly High, Live Strong, and Respond to Extraordinary Circumstances 181

9 Harnessing Capitalism For Good

Why Companies That Generate Direct Philanthropic Dividends Will Be the Trademark of This Generation 202

10 Leveraging Failure

The Ultimate Drop Test and Finding the Shoe That Fits 225

Conclusion 247

Acknowledgments 257

Index 259

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    Get insight on the new generation of business owners...check it out!

    This is intriguing book about how the young generation is doing business. As I have read each chapter I was amazed to read about organizations that I have been following such at Invisible Children and Girl Up. This new generation of entrepreneurs are not driven by profit, but rather what is best for people and often the environment.

    Also, they have raised the standards of what is a positive corporate culture, so if you are looking for a way out of your toxic environment then start following businesses started by these innovative and socially conscious young entrepreneurs.

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    This book changed my life. It made me rethink everything. 

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