Everything Connects: Cultivating Mindfulness, Creativity, and Innovation for Long-Term Value (Second Edition)

Everything Connects: Cultivating Mindfulness, Creativity, and Innovation for Long-Term Value (Second Edition)

by Faisal Hoque, Drake Baer
Everything Connects: Cultivating Mindfulness, Creativity, and Innovation for Long-Term Value (Second Edition)

Everything Connects: Cultivating Mindfulness, Creativity, and Innovation for Long-Term Value (Second Edition)

by Faisal Hoque, Drake Baer


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2023 Book Excellence Award Finalist in Business

An updated edition for an ever-shifting landscape of change

In Everything Connects, serial entrepreneur and thought leader Faisal Hoque teams up with journalist Drake Baer to provide a framework that shows readers how to:

  • Holistically connect the "when" and "what" with who they are
  • Inspire and lead inside and outside of their organization
  • Generate ideas, grounded decisions, and long-term value

Part philosophy, part business, and part history, this book is a kaleidoscopic view of the way humans—by being able to think out of the box—have been able to achieve greatness for themselves, their organizations, and the world at large.

You'll learn from the wisdom of Eastern philosophies that are over 2,500 years old and the interconnected insights of Leonardo da Vinci. Couple that with Fortune 100 corporate cross pollination for creativity and startup thinking for how to adapt with ease, and you have Everything Connects. This isn't just a quick fix for your next financial quarter; this is how you succeed in the long run.

This updated version includes new content that is inextricably connected to leveraging and thriving in this environment of change. Through the lens of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the COVID-19 pandemic, we can see how it's essential to reframe the ways we approach how we work, play, and live.

The new content adds further substance to the seminal focus of the first version of Everything Connects and furthers the core message—that everything, in fact, does have a relationship to everything else resulting in a powerful synergy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781639080205
Publisher: Fast Company Press
Publication date: 10/18/2022
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 206,202
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Faisal Hoque is an accomplished entrepreneur, senior executive, author, thought leader, public speaker, and advisor to management teams and BODs with more than 25 years of cross-industry success. He is the founder of SHADOKA, NextChapter, and other companies. They focus on enabling sustainable and transformational changes.

Throughout his career, he has developed over 20 commercial business and technology platforms and worked with public and private sector giants such as US Department of Defense (DoD), GE, MasterCard, American Express, Northrop Grumman, CACI, PepsiCo, IBM, Home Depot, Netscape, Infosys, French Social Security Services, Gartner, Cambridge Technology Partners, JP Morgan Chase, CSC, and others. What sets Faisal apart is the unique position and perspective he has always maintained, which is grounded in hardcore technology with deep roots in leading-edge management science.

As a thought leader, he has authored a number of books on leadership, innovation, mindfulness, resilience, organizational transformation, and entrepreneurship, including Everything Connects – How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability.  His work has appeared in Fast Company, Business Insider, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Fox, CBS, Financial Times, Mergers & Acquisitions, Forbes, Leadership Excellence, and Huffington Post among other publications.

American Management Association (AMA) named him one of the Leaders to Watch. The editors of Ziff-Davis Enterprise named him one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Technology alongside leading entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Larry Page, and others. Trust Across America-Trust Around the World (TAA-TWA) named him one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders alongside global leaders such as Bill George, Doug Conant, Howard Schultz, and others.

His broad areas of expertise include innovation, leadership, management, sustainable growth, transformation, strategy, governance, M&A, frameworks, and digital platforms. A lifetime student of Eastern philosophies, he holds a strong belief that it is through knowledge sharing of our experiences that we may provide the greatest clarity on how to improve our collective future. As a globetrotter, he is passionate about people, culture, food, architecture, and loves to cook.

For more info, visit www.faisalhoque.com or follow him on Twitter @faisal_hoque and on LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/faisalhoque/.

Drake Baer is Insider’s first editor at large, working across the newsroom to help produce ambitious journalism.

For two and a half years before that, Baer served as deputy editor, overseeing a team of twenty-plus reporters and editors who cover the future of work, real estate, and small business. The fast-paced team was behind some of Insider’s major packages in the last few years, including a state-by-state look into unemployment during the first year of the pandemic and in-depth profiles of “niche famous” characters such as real estate media tycoon Brandon Turner and HR icon Johnny C Taylor. They shed new light on big names, like Joe Biden, America’s imperfect leader. He also cultivated thesis-oriented ideas journalism, whether it be on why “'diversity' and 'inclusion' are the emptiest words in corporate America” or why it’s actually a horrible time to buy a house. (No, really, it is.)

Before editing, his byline as a reporter was on the masthead for Fast Company and New York Magazine, covering the many intersections of social science, business, and economics. Baer has interviewed some our time’s leading minds, including philanthropist Bill Gates, FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver, NBA champion and investor Steph Curry, “growth mindset” psychologist Carol Dweck, the rapper Q-Tip, Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, and the man who gave a name to “disruptive innovation,” the late Clay Christensen.

Baer has published two books, the most recent being Perception: How Our Bodies Shape Our Minds, with Dennis Proffitt. He has been featured as a speaker at the Aspen Ideas Festival, presented at TedX Princeton, and moderated many panels.

Fun facts? He’s meditated every day for over a decade, except for the days he hasn’t. He circumnavigated the globe before turning twenty-five. He loves and can advocate for just about every food except grapefruit. And at thirty-five, he is just now learning to draw.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Prologue 1

Introduction: Renaming Roles 5

Author's Note: 2nd Edition 9

Part 1 When, Who, And How Are You? 13

Chapter 1 Understanding When, What, and Who We Are 17

Chapter 2 Mindful Experience, Authentic Self 37

Chapter 3 What We Talk About When We Talk About Working Together 57

Chapter 4 Long-Term Plans, Dynamic Present 75

Part 2 Personal Experiences, Shared Cultures, and Other Rhythms 91

Chapter 5 Structures of Innovation 95

Chapter 6 Performing Innovation 115

Chapter 7 Leading, Sustaining, and Other Ways to Grow 133

Part 3 Flowing Ideas, Grounded Decisions, and Long-Burning Value 149

Chapter 8 Creating Constant Creation 153

Chapter 9 Blueprinting Decisions 171

Chapter 10 When Value Becomes Long Term 187

Part 4 Change, More on Mindfulness, and Building Resiliency 203

Chapter 11 What's Changed? 207

Chapter 12 Mindfulness 213

Chapter 13 Resiliency 221

Epilogue 231

Acknowledgments 235

Notes 239

Recommended Reading 251

About the Authors 255

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Management guru, Faisal Hoque, explains how ‘mindfulness’ can transform your business.”

“The focus on mindfulness in Everything Connects sets it apart to traditional, type-A thinking.”

“Provides true framework.”

“One conversation with Faisal Hoque and you understand why his new book, Everything Connects, is powerful.”

Everything Connects is as much about business as it is about life.”
—DR. MARSHALL GOLDSMITH, New York Times best-selling author and the #1 leadership thinker in the world (Thinkers50/HBR)

“By marrying the power of creativity and innovation, there is very little we can’t accomplish. Everything Connects shows where and how this is happening and inspires us to join in this new era.”
—PROFESSOR MUHAMMAD YUNUS, Nobel laureate and founder of Grameen Bank

“Brilliant! Everything Connects helps connect the dots in ways you’ve never imagined. It’s full of powerful and useful ideas on how to unleash innovation in your organization.”
—FRANK SONNENBERG, best-selling author of Managing with a Conscience, former head of marketing for Ernst & Young, and Top 100 Thought Leaders in America according to TRUST! Magazine

“If the industrial era was about building, the social era is about connecting. Everything Connects is a guide to—and a celebration of—that connecting process.”
—NILOFER MERCHANT, best-selling author of 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era

Everything Connects shows why sustainable innovation begins with you—yes, you.”
—DR. VIJAY GOVINDARAJAN, professor, Tuck at Dartmouth, and author of New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller Reverse Innovation

Everything Connects provides you with a beginner’s mind, helping you to see your company free of misleading preconceptions.”
—JASON L. BAPTISTE, founder of Onswipe and author of The Ultralight Startup

“Philosophy, business, and history come together in Everything Connects…. leadership, creativity, innovation, and sustainability. With takeaways for large global companies and small startups, this book examines what leaders can learn from Eastern wisdom, Da Vinci, and contemporary psychology.”
— ADAM GRANT, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again, and Give and Take

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