The Leader's Mindset: How to Win in the Age of Disruption

The Leader's Mindset: How to Win in the Age of Disruption

by Terence Mauri

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The Leader's Mindset: How to Win in the Age of Disruption by Terence Mauri

“Want to be a better leader? Read "The Leader’s Mindset" and then DO WHAT IT TELLS YOU TO DO! You won’t regret it.” — Chester Elton, New York Times bestselling author of "All In"

“Terence assembles the strands of leadership DNA that are the key to success—both for yourself and for the people you lead.” — Jeff Haden, contributing editor, Inc. magazine

“Insightful leadership wisdom for aspiring leaders distilled into practical, actionable advice." — Doug Conant, chairman, Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute, and former CEO, Campbell Soup, Inc.

“The difference between the best leaders and the rest is not who they know or even what they know but how they think. This book goes with the practical precision to the cerebellum of leadership.” — Octavius Black, CEO, Mind Gym

"Extraordinary leaders are not born, they're made. This book offers a deep-dive into some of the most practical advice on how to become one.” — Emilia Lahti, Aalto University School of Science and Technology, and founder of the Sisu Lab

Top leadership thinker Terence Mauri unlocks the anatomy of the leader’s mindset.

It’s time to rip up the rulebook on leadership. The future belongs to a different kind a leader with a different kind of mind. In "The Leader’s Mindset: How To Win In The Age of Disruption," Terence Mauri takes you on a deep dive into the hearts and minds of visionaries, risk takers, and pioneers who pursue moonshots, the revolutionary ideas that rewrite how business is done.

The advantages are huge for anyone who can tap the genius of the leader’s mindset: purpose, energy, and the opportunity to excel beyond your wildest imagination. Wherever you are, this clever guide is the missing link for a new type of leadership.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630478780
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 158
Sales rank: 1,282,202
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Terence Mauri is an author, keynote speaker, mentor and advisor to some of the world’s most successful companies. He has been recognized as an Inc. magazine Top 100 Leadership Expert and Top 100 Leadership Thinker to follow on Twitter (@terencemauri).

Terence serves as a mentor for Future Ideas (www.futureideas.org), an international panel of experts that includes some of the world’s biggest thinkers, such as Dan Pink (Drive), Richard Florida (Rotman School, University of Toronto), and Rita McGrath (associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business). He is also a lead host for 9others.com, a thriving forum for connecting entrepreneurs around the world. You can reach Terence Mauri at www.terencemauri.com.

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Mindset in Motion

Jan Koum and Brian Acton are the founders of WhatsApp, the world’s most famous messaging app. Its mission is to “empower people through technology and communication, no matter who they are, or where they live.”

Their remarkable journey is a hallmark of courage, willpower, and relentless determination. In a Guardian newspaper interview, Acton describes the relationship as “yin and yang.” He says, “I’m the naïve optimist, he’s more paranoid. I pay attention to bills and taxes, he [Koum] pays attention to our product.”

Koum was born in a rural village outside of Kiev, Ukraine. At the age of sixteen, during much political strife and instability, his family made the agonizing decision to flee their country and move to Mountain View, California. Koum’s father could not join them and was left behind. Koum told one interviewer, “I grew up in a society where everything you did was eavesdropped on, recorded, snitched on.” Koum’s difficult childhood experience under Soviet surveillance inspired the WhatsApp messaging service.

Koum and Acton are no strangers to failure and rejection. In summer 2009, Acton was looking for a job. For more than eleven years, the Stanford computer science graduate had been working at Yahoo, the social networking business, in various engineering roles.

He used Twitter to share his news.

7:06 PM, 20 MAY 2009

Networking with recruiters, venture capitalists, playing ultimate Frisbee.

8:39 PM, 23 May 2009

Got denied by Twitter HQ. That’s OK. Would have been a long commute.

8:14 PM, 3 Aug 2009

Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life’s next adventure.

Whatever you choose to believe, life is anything but predictable. Just five years later, in a miraculous twist of fate, Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion.

To put the deal in perspective, at the time of purchase, the hotel chain Marriott International had over 120,000 staff, a twenty-two-year history, and a market cap of over $15.4 billion. WhatsApp has only fifty-five employees, although I hear they are hiring.

How did this unlikely pair become two of the most successful entrepreneurs on the planet? The answer: They had harnessed the leader’s mindset.

10X Thinking

Astro Teller is a British entrepreneur, scientist, and thinker who is widely credited as one of the pioneers of 10X thinking (10X). He heads up Google X, a futuristic lab responsible for hyper-ambitious projects such as Google Glass, balloon-powered Wi-Fi networks, and the infamous Google self-driving car. According to legend, his business card describes him as “Captain of Moon Shots.”

His story inspired me to embark on a journey to unlock the anatomy of a leader’s mindset at many of the world’s most exciting organizations, from young startups to global giants.

Along the way, I uncovered some surprising insights about how the smartest leaders, teams, and entrepreneurs think and what they do to inspire change and move forward. In an interview with Wired magazine, Teller explains the power of 10X thinking: “There are tests that you can apply to see if you’re thinking big enough. The easiest one, the mantra that we use at Google X, is ten times rather than ten percent better, you tend to work from where you are: if I ask you to make a car that goes 50 miles a gallon, you can just retool the engine you already have. But if I tell you it has to run on a gallon of gas for 500 miles, you’re going to have to start over. That causes you to approach the problem so differently that weirdly, counter-intuitively, it’s often easier to make something ten times better—because perspective-shifting is just that much more powerful than hard work and resources being thrown at problems via traditional, well-tried paths.”

Imagine leading your organization up to ten times better than you do today or increasing your team’s success tenfold. 10X thinking is the golden thread that links all great leaders and is at the core of the leader’s mindset.

My challenge had been set. I wanted to answer the question, “What if any anyone could apply the principles of 10X to their mindset, their team and their leadership?”

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Unlocking the Leader’s Mindset

Chapter 2: Think Big (Future Shaper)

Chapter 3: Act Bold (Risk Taker)

Chapter 4: Learn Fast (Knowledge Seeker)

Chapter 5: Final Thoughts, Hacks, and Shortcuts

The Leader’s Mindset Self-Assessment

Think Big (Future Shaper) Tool

Act Bold (Risk Taker) Tool

Learn Fast (Knowledge Seeker) Tool

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