Bet On Me: Leading and Succeeding in Business and in Life

Bet On Me: Leading and Succeeding in Business and in Life

by Annette Verschuren


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Finalist for the National Business Book Award

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In Bet On Me, leading entrepreneur Annette Verschuren lays out her surprising and inspiring philosophy for what it takes to lead and succeed in today’s economy: tenacity, the willingness to embrace risk and an unwavering commitment to remain true to yourself, no matter how unorthodox you may seem. Drawing on her experiences as a Cape Breton farm girl who went on to lead Home Depot Canada’s expansion from 19 to 179 stores, among other business ventures, Verschuren outlines a bold vision that will change the way you approach your work and your business. The book’s key message: modern leadership is not about learning skills and techniques in order to become someone else. Rather, leaders achieve breakthrough results when they learn to trust in, listen to and fully be themselves. As vital as Lean In and as must-reading as Good to Great, this book will change the way you look at business today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781443437592
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

ANNETTE VERSCHUREN was born and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Formerly a development officer with the Cape Breton Development Corporation, she has worked with the Canada Development Investment Corporation and Imasco, Ltd., before co-founding Michaels in Canada. Verschuren is well known as the past president of Home Depot in Canada and Asia. She is currently the Chair and CEO of NRStor Inc., an industry leader in the commercialization of energy storage technologies. She lives in Toronto with her husband, Stan Shibinsky.

ELEANOR BEATON is an award-winning writer and women’s leadership coach. She has written on women’s issues, business, entrepreneurship and leadership for The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine and PROFIT magazine. She is the founder of Fierce Feminine Leadership, a leadership development company for emerging women leaders.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction xi

1 Know Your Baseline 1

2 Not Good, Not Bad, Only Better 21

3 Forget the Best-Laid Plans 39

4 Cultivate a Brazen Attitude 59

5 Mediocre Strategy, Brilliant Execution 75

6 Put Yourself on the Line (So You Know What You're Capable Of) 93

7 Embrace the P-word: Understand Your Power, Apply Your Leverage 111

8 You Are More Than You 129

9 Your Network Is Your Net Worth 149

10 Go Far Together 173

11 Taking Risks Pays Off 191

12 Get Comfortable in Your Skin: Tell Your Story, Own Your Brand 207

13 A Word for Women 217

14 Success = Getting and Staying Organized 237

15 Lead Responsibly 247

Acknowledgements 253

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