The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation

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"Continuous reinvention has become a critical strategy to win in these challenging times. In The Road to Reinvention, Josh Linkner lays out a powerful and cohesive path to help you drive your own creative disruption."
—Steve Case, cofounder, AOL

"Josh Linkner is a truly special entrepreneur, part of a rare breed that understands that the most important lesson on how to win in...

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Overview

Praise for The Road to Reinvention

"Continuous reinvention has become a critical strategy to win in these challenging times. In The Road to Reinvention, Josh Linkner lays out a powerful and cohesive path to help you drive your own creative disruption."
—Steve Case, cofounder, AOL

"Josh Linkner is a truly special entrepreneur, part of a rare breed that understands that the most important lesson on how to win in business, and in life, is to never give up. The Road to Reinvention is filled with practical tidbits for those fighting every day to become successful."
—Eric Lefkofsky, CEO, Groupon

"In this compelling book, Josh Linkner reminds us that no business can afford to pause in the headlong drive to meet new challenges to the status quo, that to reinvent the workplace, we have to reinvent ourselves continually as leaders. The Road to Reinvention is a must-read."
—Deborah Hopkins, chief innovation officer, Citibank

"Reinvention can be both exciting and challenging, but successfully reinventing one's self, a business, an industry, or a community can also be truly rewarding. We are in the midst of a positive reinvention in Detroit and throughout Michigan, and I encourage you to head down Josh Linkner's road to reinvention."
— Rick Snyder, governor, State of Michigan

"The Road to Reinvention shows why great people and companies go stale—and how to stay fresh. Josh Linkner reveals what it takes to reboot your products, reshape your services, reengineer your operations, rethink your brand, and restart your career. This bold, uplifting book will reinvent the way that leaders and entrepreneurs do business."
—Adam Grant, professor, the Wharton School, and author, Give and Take

"Josh Linkner has laid out a comprehensive framework for reinvention and operational innovation, which is a must-read for all leaders. With numerous inspirational examples and straight talk on what you can do to reinvent your company, The Road to Reinvention should be mandatory reading for your entire team."
—Tom LaSorda, former CEO, Chrysler

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“Continuous reinvention has become a critical strategy to win in these challenging times. In The Road to Reinvention, Josh Linkner lays out a powerful and cohesive path to help you drive your own creative disruption.”
—Steve Case, cofounder, AOL

“Josh Linkner is a truly special entrepreneur, part of a rare breed that understands that the most important lesson on how to win in business, and in life, is to never give up. The Road to Reinvention is filled with practical tidbits for those fighting every day to become successful.”
—Eric Lefkofsky, CEO, Groupon

“In this compelling book, Josh Linkner reminds us that no business can afford to pause in the headlong drive to meet new challenges to the status quo, that to reinvent the workplace, we have to reinvent ourselves continually as leaders. The Road to Reinvention is a must-read.”
—Deborah Hopkins, chief innovation officer, Citibank

“Reinvention can be both exciting and challenging, but successfully reinventing one’s self, a business, an industry, or a community can also be truly rewarding. We are in the midst of a positive reinvention in Detroit and throughout Michigan, and I encourage you to head down Josh Linkner’s road to reinvention.”
Rick Snyder, governor, State of Michigan

The Road to Reinvention shows why great people and companies go stale—and how to stay fresh. Josh Linkner reveals what it takes to reboot your products, reshape your services, reengineer your operations, rethink your brand, and restart your career. This bold, uplifting book will reinvent the way that leaders and entrepreneurs do business.”
—Adam Grant, professor, the Wharton School, and author, Give and Take

“Josh Linkner has laid out a comprehensive framework for reinvention and operational innovation, which is a must-read for all leaders. With numerous inspirational examples and straight talk on what you can do to reinvent your company, The Road to Reinvention should be mandatory reading for your entire team.“
—Tom LaSorda, former CEO, Chrysler

“The Road to Reinvention is a must-read if you want you and your team to reach the next level. Full of practical advice and engaging, illuminating anecdotes, Linkner's message is powerful, relevant, and inspiring.”
—Keith Ferrazzi, author, Never Eat Alone and Who's Got Your Back

“In The Road to Reinvention, Josh Linkner creates a clear path for how to achieve transformative change—the key to all future growth and success.”
—Bill Emerson, CEO, Quicken Loans

“Through clear principles and examples, Josh Linkner makes it easier for anyone to reinvent their brand, company, or even career. The Road to Reinvention creates a template to understand the critical leadership challenge of the decade: disrupt or be disrupted.”
—David Butler, VP, innovation and entrepreneurship, the Coca-Cola Company

“Don’t let your competition read this book before you do. The Road to Reinvention offers powerful insights and navigable paths forward for both personal and business reinvention. Josh Linkner is a singularly thoughtful entrepreneur who understands how to illuminate a vision of the possible.”
—Don Katz, CEO and founder, Audible

“Protecting your existing model is no longer an option. The Road to Reinvention provides the tools you need in order to be the disruptor instead of becoming disrupted. A must-read.”
– Steve Blank, professor, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, and author, The Startup Owner’s Manual

“As someone who has had to reinvent many times to stay on top, I highly recommend Josh Linkner's book. The Road to Reinvention will help you come out ahead, even when facing the roughest circumstances.”
—Les Gold, star, Hardcore Pawn, and author, For What It’s Worth

“With stories of people and companies that have succeeded (and failed) to reinvent, Josh Linkner shows you how to harness disruptive creativity so you end up on the side of success. I wish I had this book years ago!”
—David Meerman Scott, author, The New Rules of Marketing and PR

“With the pace of innovation and resulting changes in consumer behavior, no company can afford to sit still. Growing a successful company requires creative assessment and disruption. In The Road to Reinvention, Josh Linkner illustrates how to lead your employees not only to accept but embrace the need for continuous reinvention.”
—Carol Kruse, global CMO, Tough Mudder, and former CMO, ESPN

The Road to Reinvention is a powerful wake-up call for any organization, whether already thriving or looking for inspiration. It's also a toolkit for entrepreneurs seeking to build the next big thing.”
—Andrew Yang, founder and CEO, Venture for America, and author, Smart People Should Build Things

“The Road to Reinvention is a valuable guide for renewing your organization in this age of disruption. Josh Linker, having created a wide array of successful businesses, shares his proven methods for leading innovation. The Road to Reinvention is a must-read for anyone who needs transformational tools to remake their organization.”
—Jeff DeGraff, professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and author, Innovation You

“Josh Linkner is one of the most creative thinkers on the planet. The Road to Reinvention contains his prescriptions for changing your product mix, your approach to the marketplace, and even your customers. Read this book if you want your company to thrive in today's crazy competitive marketplace.”
—Nick Morgan, president, PublicWords, and author, Power Cues and Trust Me

“Already in a creative field, I found the tools and exercises in The Road to Reinvention encouraged me to think about things differently, from songwriting to expanding my business and brand. Thank you for a great follow-up to Disciplined Dreaming!”
—Earl Klugh, GRAMMY® Award–winning guitarist, songwriter, and producer

“Innovative approaches are the drivers of all human progress. In The Road to Reinvention, Josh Linkner shows you exactly how to reinvent your business and career with stunning precision.” —Brad Feld, cofounder, Tech Stars and Foundry Group, and author, Do More Faster and Venture Deals

“The Road to Reinvention reflects true insight from a successful entrepreneur who has spent a career in the trenches of creative disruption. Josh Linkner has taken the concept of reinvention and broken it down into actionable, specific insights that can be put into practice on a daily basis.”
—Al Callier, VP, strategic innovation, Universal Studios

“The Road to Reinvention gives readers a clear path for renewal and resilience that is compelling, insightful, and practical. Josh Linkner presents a blueprint for leaders to follow so they are able not just to stay in the game but to stay ahead of it.”
—Brian Owens, head, global brand strategy, eBay Inc.

“Josh Linkner is among a rare breed of entrepreneurs. Driven and successful, yet reflective, cognizant that personal growth and professional success are intricately linked. In The Road to Reinvention he provides the most compelling case I've encountered for approaching today's increasingly complex business environment in a disruptive manner, all while inspiring us to truly begin living the life we've imagined for ourselves.”
—Dave Zilko, president and vice chairman, Garden Fresh Gourmet

“The Road to Reinvention is a thought-provoking work that offers a clear process for ongoing creative disruption. Josh Linkner has lived the process of leading a hyper-growth organization. The Road to Reinvention provides insight and inspiration through engaging stories, powerful examples, and easy-to-follow processes. Highly recommended.”
—Scott Dorsey, CEO and cofounder, Exact Target

“Josh Linkner is an expert on reinvention, and this book is a must-read. The Road to Reinvention is a fascinating new roadmap to help you envision the future and control your own destiny.”
—Michael Abrashoff, US Navy Commander, and author, It’s Your Ship

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470923436
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 3,221
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Josh Linkner is the CEO of Detroit Venture Partners, playing a key role in the turnaround of Detroit, Michigan. He is the founder and former CEO of four successful tech companies including ePrize, the largest interactive promotion agency in the world. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Disciplined Dreaming (Jossey-Bass, 2011). He has been honored as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a President Obama Champion of Change award recipient. Josh is a regular columnist for Forbes, Detroit Free Press, and Inc. Magazine, and he also plays a mean jazz guitar. He lives in Detroit, Michigan.
For more information, please visit www.joshlinkner.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Disrupt or Be Disrupted 7

2 Embrace the Reinvention Ethos 27

3 Cannibalize Your Own Product 49

4 Retool Your Operations 73

5 Create Vivid Experiences 92

6 Tell a Memorable Story 110

7 Overhaul Your Culture 131

8 Reimagine Your Customer 151

9 Transform Your Career 171

10 Forge Your Legacy 195

Conclusion 223

Notes 225

Acknowledgments 235

About the Author 237

Index 239

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    I do a lot of traveling for my work, so I often find my nose in

    I do a lot of traveling for my work, so I often find my nose in a business book. I was very impressed with Josh's fresh perspective of challenging norms, and be willingness to risk it all.  The book was well written, non repetitive, and should be in the hands of 

    I would have given it 5 stars but I am not so into all of the Detroit analogies. I get that its his hometown, but the city life is a bit of foreign concept to me personally.

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