Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways

Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways

by William C. Taylor


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ISBN-13: 9781591847755
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 564,239
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bill Taylor is a cofounder of Fast Company, author of Practically Radical, and coauthor of Mavericks at Work. He has published essays and interviews with CEOs in the Harvard Business Review, and blogs regularly for HBR. He has written management columns for the Sunday Business section of the New York Times and for the Guardian. A graduate of Princeton and the MIT Sloan School of Management, he lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with his wife and two daughters.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: The New Story of Success 1

"The Possible, Is Immense"

Part I Stop Trying to Be the Best; Strive to Be the Only 9

The most successful organizations champion the most compelling ideas, and do things that other organizations can't or won't do

Chapter 1 What's Your Values Proposition? 11

"Competition Is Not the Same as Choice"

Chapter 2 Why Missionaries Beat Mercenaries (And Passion Beats Drive) 35

"Some Things Have to Be Believed to Be Seen"

Part II Don't Let What You Know Limit What You Can Imagine 61

In a world being remade before our eyes, leaders who make a big difference are the ones who challenge the logic of their field-and of their own success

Chapter 3 Beyond the Paradox of Expertise 63

"Too Often, Pride in Your Most Recent Idea Becomes a Barrier to Seeing the Next Idea"

Chapter 4 Interesting Matters, Interested is Mandatory 87

"When's the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time?"

Part III It's Just as Important to be Kind as to be Clever 113

In an era of brash ideas and disruptive technology, simple acts of connection and compassion take on outsized importance

Chapter 5 Civility is Not the Enemy of Productivity 115

"People Deserve, to Be Treated Like People"

Chapter 6 The Tough-Minded Case for Leading with Love 141

"We Want People to Know What True Happiness Feels Like"

Part IV The Allies You Enlist Matter More Than the Power You Exert 163

Organizations that make the most dramatic progress are the ones that invite ordinary people to make extraordinary contributions, and whose leaders are as humble as they are hungry

Chapter 7 Serendipity as a Way of Life 165

"We Prize Collisions Over Convenience"

Chapter 8 Nobody Wins Unless Everybody Wins 193

"Create More Value Than You Capture"

Epilogue: What's Your Story? 221

"Work Hard at Work Worth Doing"

Acknowledgments 231

Notes 235

Index 247

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