You Can Get There from Here: My Journey from Struggle to Success

You Can Get There from Here: My Journey from Struggle to Success

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by Bob Knowling
     
 

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The inspiring memoir of a determined kid who became one of the business world's best change leaders.

Bob Knowling is respected by many of America's top executives, from Jack Welch to Michael Bloomberg. He has led large organizations through periods of dramatic transformation. Leadership guru Noel Tichy calls him a change agent's change agent."

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The inspiring memoir of a determined kid who became one of the business world's best change leaders.

Bob Knowling is respected by many of America's top executives, from Jack Welch to Michael Bloomberg. He has led large organizations through periods of dramatic transformation. Leadership guru Noel Tichy calls him a change agent's change agent."

But even more impressive than Knowling's résumé is the road he took to the top. He grew up in a poor family of thirteen in Indiana, surrounded by crime, drug abuse, and racism. Later he lived and worked on his grandparents' farm in Missouri. No one encouraged him to have big ambitions or even bothered to ask "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

But Knowling used his athletic and academic talents to earn a college scholarship and later an MBA. He became an expert at leading change-helping others see a better future, then work hard to make it real. Eventually he was running large divisions of telecommunications companies, then became a CEO of several firms, an adviser to troubled companies, and a leader at non-profits such as the YMCA and the New York City public schools.

With great humility, Knowling blends a unique personal story with universal lessons. He proves that almost any disadvantage can be overcome with persistence and a passion for excellence. And he teaches us how to embrace change rather than cling to the past.



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“Bob Knowling’s contribution to public education in New York City is incalculable; his lessons on leadership and team building are profound; his story is inspiring.”

—Dick Parsons, chairman, Citigroup; former chairman and CEO, Time Warner

“Bob Knowling is a unique leader. He combines vision, a tireless work ethic, but most important, a compassion for people and business that compels him to always do the right thing. Bob’s book is a must-read, a story of one global leader who never looks down on anybody unless it’s to give them a hand to lift them up, a man who knows where he’s going but is humble enough to look back and give back to his colleagues, his extended family, and his community.”

—The Reverend Jesse Jacks on, president and founder, Rainbow PUSH Coalition

“An inspirational book with the right blend of humility and honesty, as Bob Knowling’s journey takes us from humble beginnings to becoming CEO of several companies and the founding CEO of the NYC Leadership Academy for school principals. His life has been one of helping others build successful lives.”

—Noel Tichy , professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; coauthor (with Warren Bennis) of Judgment

You Can Get There from Here is an inspiring story that shows what hard work, determination, and integrity can accomplish in business and in life. We can all learn a thing or two from Bob Knowling.”

—Jacques Nasser , chairman, BHP Billiton

“Bob’s personal story of resilience, reinvention, and reflection is impressive. A colorful journey certainly worth reading.”

—Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101544549
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/29/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,164,927
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Bob Knowling is the chairman of Eagles Landing Partners, a consulting firm, and the former CEO of Telwares, SimDesk Technologies, and Covad Communications. Earlier he had a long career in telecommunications, starting at Indiana Bell and including senior executive positions at Ameritech and US West. He was the first CEO of the NYC Leadership Academy, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to improving the leadership skills of public school principals.

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