Opportunity Makers: Have Greater Impact, Meaning & Joy with Others

Opportunity Makers: Have Greater Impact, Meaning & Joy with Others

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In this Age of Engagement, power and opportunity flow. Those who draw attention to themselves do not generate as much connection as those who can paint the irresistible picture of what "we" can accomplish better together. This style of communicating may come more naturally to some, but no matter what your current tendencies, you can learn specific ways to unlock the Power of Us and thus become happier and higher performing with and for others. I know because I stumbled through earlier chapters of my life before discovering the best way to attract opportunities and meaningful, mutuality-minded friends. As a once extremely shy, stutterer-turned-Emmy-winning Wall Street Journal reporter, NBC "Magazine of the Air" journalist, and paid public speaker, I researched, then kept practicing this approach. It has enabled me to pull in apt allies rather than "push" at people to do things, and I have even been given opportunities I did not know existed.
To see how you can benefit from this approach, consider the following questions:
• Do people stop listening before you stop talking?
• Do you feel overextended and underappreciated?
• Are your ideas ignored?
• Do you find yourself resenting others who won't support you?
• Are your meetings mired in details?
• Are you uncomfortable introducing yourself to strangers?
• Does your team get off topic and into conflict?
• Are some people not keeping agreements?
If you answered yes to any of these, it could be a sign that you, too, may want to grow your connective communication power to have greater impact and success. And if you answered no to all of these, I commend you for the skills you've already developed. Yet you may also want to further strengthen your talents because you have already experienced glimpses of the power that you can have as an Opportunity Maker.

The actionable insights in this book will help you build greater connection, enabling you to attract more opportunities, adventures, and friendship into your life in ways that generate those same upsides for others and support the greater good.
When you are on the same wavelength as someone else, you open the door to greater friendship and opportunities together. When you are out of sync with someone, however, that door won't open. You will never see what you have missed in your life. You'll both feel frustrated or worse. Each time you do not connect with others, you lose the chance for that unknown possible adventure, that accomplishment that might have been.
Yet when you connect with others as a perceived Opportunity Maker, you create opportunities and success that enrich your own life and others' lives. You generate new value through:
• bringing together the right team to solve a problem or seize an opportunity where those involved experience the thrill of using best talents together around a sweet spot of mutual interest;
• cocreating or adapting a successful new "something"—a message, organizational model, or process;
• coinventing mechanisms that evoke a "virtuous circle" of self-perpetuating success; and
• collectively crafting a story that highlights something others can do that holds the potential to improve a situation.

I am driven by the desire to see each situation as an opportunity to cocreate fresh ways to innovate and to collectively stand up to injustice. The optimal approach is to recruit unexpected allies where, together, we can offer a more enticing, credible, and fair option rather than "just" attacking those who are acting unjustly. Whether you are driven by these same desires or you are drawn to connect for other reasons, adopting a mutuality mindset will help you increase your impact.
A better predicator of success than smarts, money, hard work, or even attractiveness is your capacity to connect with a mutuality mindset and attract diverse support. The actionable, research-based insights in this book will enable you to do this, helping you build deeper connection and attract more opportunities, adventures, and friendship into your life in ways that generate those same upsides for others and support the greater good. You can learn to become an Opportunity Maker.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161508817
Publisher: Kare Anderson
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Kare Anderson is an Emmy-winning former NBC and Wall Street Journal reporter and current connective behavior and quotability speaker, with clients as diverse as Salesforce, Novartis, and The Skoll Foundation. She has presented a TEDxBerkeley Talk on the subject, “Redefine Your Life around a Mutuality Mindset,” as well as a TED Talk titled, “The Web of Humanity: Be an Opportunity Maker,” which has attracted over 2.3 million views. Anderson’s ideas have been cited in eighteen books by other authors. She was a founding board member of Annie’s Homegrown and cofounder of nine women’s political PACs. Anderson serves on the advisory boards of The Business Innovation Factory, TEDxMarin, and World Affairs Council Marin. Her previous books include Mutuality Matters, Moving from Me to We, Beauty Inside Out, Walk Your Talk, Getting What You Want, and Resolving Conflict Sooner. Discover more at her blog Moving from Me to We at SayItBetter.com.

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Opportunity Makers: Have Greater Impact, Meaning & Joy with Others 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
tsglaze 5 months ago
I just discovered Kare Anderson... and am so fortunate to have done so and read this book. Opportunity Makers is a book about more than simply moving the focus from “me” to “you” - the essential shift is instead moving from “me” to “we,” and developing the capacity to communicate more effectively for MUTUAL gain. You will be inspired (and equipped to take action) with over 400 easy to read pages of engaging ideas and stories. I took six pages of notes and read the entire book in two days - and look forward to using many of the ideas she suggests!
KobosFan 7 months ago
Kare Anderson is an astute student of human behavior. She has examined and learned from many observed experiences. She has found patterns in behavior, both in herself and in others. She shares these observations in her candid, actionable chapters. I especially agree with her noting that we sometimes jump to the wrong conclusions by observing the behavior of someone in a single situation. She, also, makes an interesting comparison between Fred Rogers and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. You will want to read her book to find out what those two have in common.