In Practically Radical, William C. Taylor, the New York Times bestselling co-author of Mavericks at Work offers a refreshing, rigorous new look at pragmatic ways to shake things up and make positive change in difficult times.
Exploring how twenty-five for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations—including IBM, Zappos, Swatch, the Girl Scouts, and Interpol—made remarkable strides in tough circumstances, Practically Radical raises (and answers) the make-or-break questions facing today's leaders in every field:
- Do you see opportunities the competition doesn't see? The most successful organizations embrace one-of-a-kind ideas in a world filled with "me-too" thinking.
- Do you have new ideas about where to look for new ideas? Routine practices in one field can be revolutionary when they migrate to another.
- Are you the most of anything? In business today, the middle of the road is the road to ruin.
- Are you getting the best contributions from the most people? Change is not a game best played by loners.
Anything but your typical business book, Practically Radical is a must-own for small business owners and CEOs, for managers at all levels, and innovators and entrepreneurs of every stripe.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: A Game Plan for Game Changers xiii
Part 1 Transforming Your Company 1
1 What You See Shapes How You Change-The Virtues of Vuja Dé 3
2 Where You Look Shapes What You See-Of Big Dots, Pit Stops, and Hot Spots 42
3 Radically Practical (I)-Five Truths of Corporate Transformation 82
Part 2 Shaking Up Your Industry 93
4 Are You the Most of Anything? Why Being Different Makes All the Difference 95
5 Different on Purpose-Motivation, Inspiration, and the Heart of Innovation 136
6 Radically Practical (II)-Five New Rules for Starting Something New 172
Part 3 Challenging Yourself 183
7 Leadership Without All the Answers-Ambition, Humbition, and the Power of Hidden Genius 185
8 Hidden Genius at Work-From Shared Minds to Helping Hands 215
9 Radically Practical (III)-Five Habits of Highly Humbitious Leaders 243
Appendix: Practically Radical Workbook-Exercises to Reshape Your Company and Recharge Yourself 255
What People are Saying About This
“Practically Radical is the most powerful and instructive change manual you’ll ever read. It will persuade and inspire you to change your business, your work, and maybe your life.”
“Practically Radical inspires leaders to aim higher—to produce lasting change by advancing deeply held values. The ideas are fresh, the advice is stuff you can actually use, and the results will be tangible. Read this book—then roll up your sleeves and get to work!”
“Practically Radical is packed with big ideas, hands-on advice, and inspiring case studies to help you succeed. It’s a game plan for entrepreneurs and executives who want to change the world for the better.”
“We all understand the need for change and transformation in the business world. Rarely do we address the implications of implementing change in organizations. Practically Radical takes on this challenge as a handbook for successful transformation. A great tutorial for implementing your change agenda.”