The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World

The Power of Onlyness Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World An CEO READ Staff PickShortlisted for the Thinkers Breakthrough Idea AwardA Financial Times Business Book of the Month For any would be activists who hear the voice not me or not now Merchant m

  • Title: The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World
  • Author: Nilofer Merchant
  • ISBN: 9780525429135
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An 800 CEO READ Staff PickShortlisted for the Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea AwardA Financial Times Business Book of the Month For any would be activists who hear the voice not me or not now, Merchant makes the strong case for yes you and yes now and even shows you how to jump in Van Jones, host of CNN s The Messy Truth, author of Rebuild the Dream and TAn 800 CEO READ Staff PickShortlisted for the Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea AwardA Financial Times Business Book of the Month For any would be activists who hear the voice not me or not now, Merchant makes the strong case for yes you and yes now and even shows you how to jump in Van Jones, host of CNN s The Messy Truth, author of Rebuild the Dream and The Green Collar Economy The Power of Onlyness is a book for our times Merchant forces us to dig deep, into the book and ourselves, and it goes beyond self knowledge and self empowerment, obliterating the fear of otherness with an understanding of the onlyness of us all Sally Haldorson, 800 CEO READAn innovation expert illuminates why your power to make a difference is no longer bound by your statusIf you re like most people, you wish you had the ability to make a difference, but you don t have the credentials, or a seat at the table, can t get past the gatekeepers, and aren t high enough in any hierarchy to get your ideas heard.In The Power of Onlyness, Nilofer Merchant, one of the world s top ranked business thinkers, reveals that, in fact, we have now reached an unprecedented moment of opportunity for your ideas to make a dent on the world Now that the Internet has liberated ideas to spread through networks instead of hierarchies, power is no longer determined by your status, but by onlyness that spot in the world only you stand in, a function of your distinct history and experiences, visions and hopes If you build upon your signature ingredient of purpose and connect with those who are equally passionate, you have a lever by which to move the world.This new ability is already within your grasp, but to command it, you need to know how to meaningfully mobilize others around your ideas Through inspirational and instructive stories, Merchant reveals proven strategies to unleash the centrifugal force of a new idea, no matter how weird or wild it may seem.Imagine how much better the world could be if every idea could have its shot, not just the ones that come from expected people and places Which long intractable problems would we solve, what new levels of creativity would be unlocked, and who might innovate a breakthrough that could benefit ourselves, our communities, and especially our economy This limitless potential of onlyness has already been recognized by Thinkers 50, the Oscars of management, which cited it one of the five ideas that will shape business for next twenty years.Why do some individuals make scalable impact with their ideas, regardless of their power or status The Power of Onlyness unravels this mystery for the first time so that anyone can make a dent Even you.

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    1. While this America settles in the mould of its vulgarity, heavily thickeningto empireAnd protest, only a bubble in the molten mass, pops and sighs out, and themass hardens*Nilofer Merchant has written one of the most essential books of the year.The Power of Onlyness is a book for all those who see something that they want to change, but don't believe that they have the power to change anything, that by themselves they are nobody. These days especially, that is demonstrably false, as she proves i [...]

    2. The world has changed. Those who are “in”; whether that be from money, connections, or status; have a plethora of mechanisms to effect change. Often, they were the few who made a difference.The world has changed. Those of us who thought we had none of those things now have a way to impact, to dent, the world, even if just our small part of it—to realize what we do have to offer—and a way to do it.The endless list of how-to and self-help books simply provide someone’s cookbook—what wo [...]

    3. This book started really strong for me and then it seemed kind of long by the end. The stories in the book were good, but I feel like the point was dissolving by the end. This is one of those books that may or may not stay with me. If I find myself thinking about it, I'll come back and up it a star. Until then, I consider it a good enough read but not ground shaking.

    4. I learned of this book while reading an article about communication and emotional intelligence across political divides. The idea of listening more to those whom you strongly disagree with appealed to me. The book’s chapter on the subject was stunning. The book as a whole is about using your unique gifts to make a dent in the world. It presents many amazing case studies. If you’ve given up on the dream of making a difference (or you’re still committed to it!) this book is for you. I found [...]

    5. Nilofer Merchant's premise - that everyone has unique ideas that can benefit the world - is intriguing and inspiring. In developing this premise into a practical philosophy, she makes use of well-honed storytelling skills and spotlights a diverse array of change makers, ensuring that readers of all backgrounds can see their potential reflected in her book.

    6. There are many interesting and valuable ideas in this book- and many interesting stories of paths people took to get to certain places and almost all of this sounds kindly intended. It got more and more interesting to me as I progressed- I felt "Lean In"-ed at the beginning in a way that I did not like very much but- the author seems to have the intention to empower human beings to pay attention to themselves and take actions on their “productive” thoughts and also sees and encourages the in [...]

    7. How would you like to make more of a difference in the world? Do you sometimes wake up in the morning with a bit of angst about your role in impacting change, but perhaps have no idea how to do it? If so, then The Power of Onlyness (published/on sale on August 29, 2017) is a must read for you. Nilofer Merchant’s newest book is an accessible, timely, relevant, bold and powerful guide that shows how anyone can use their own ideas to make a valuable contribution.Merchant quickly pulls you into th [...]

    8. "Great book." "Perfect time." I expect these are the phrases I'm going to hear a lot about Nilofer Merchant's new book, The Power Of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough To Dent The World. "Great book," because it is. This is an actionable book filled with stories that would have made you glad to read them even if they didn't teach you something. "Perfect time," because of all the conflict in the world and how we need to deepen our discussions around many of the things we may have let sl [...]

    9. "Through the power of only ness, an individual conceives an idea born of his narrative, nurtures it with the help of a community that embraces it, and through shared action, makes the idea powerful enough to dent the world.""Finding 'your people' sometimes means having to walk away from places you don't fit in rather than trying to squeeze yourself into a too-tight space with the aim to belong. It isn't until people make that choice that they are able to find others who share something meaningfu [...]

    10. THE best book I've read in years. I couldn't put it down and have pages and pages of notes. This new book from Nilofer Merchant is a deep dive into the power of YOU to make a DENT in this world. Discussion archaic leadership models, power, creativity and making a difference in the word, this is something that IS indeed accessible to everyone - not just those bestowed a leadership title.We all matter, and inside of our collaboration and individuality, there is a greatness to be had, discovered an [...]

    11. This book has already inspired me and I am only on chapter 4. It's going to become an important book. Based on 20 powerful narratives of people who made a difference in the world, it is clear about the premise that we can all make a difference in the world. The effect of the dent we make is best achieved through knowing our uniqueness, being rooted in our identity and context, then finding ourselves in community with others who share our passion, then spreading the passion, going viral and watch [...]

    12. Love this book! It's a road map of how to effect the kind of change that each of us, in our own unique way, needs to see in the world. Through real stories of people who have already made their "wild ideas mighty enough to dent the world" we discover how to find and collaborate with others who share and support our vision and reach heights we could never manage by ourselves. Nilofer Merchant draws successful strategies from these stories that we may employ in own journeys, no matter who we are. [...]

    13. * I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*In Nilofer Merchant's new book, "The Power of Onlyness", she shows you how to bring forth that which only you can do, bring out your unique gifts and talents, your 'onlyness', and share it to make a dent in the universe. I really enjoyed reading the book and the stories of individuals from around the world who have found a way to tap into their own uniqueness, embraced their 'onlyness' and have made a differen [...]

    14. I loved this book for so many things. A fresh, insightful approach to the mysteries of difference and creating change in the world. The inspiring stories and the brilliance with which these ideas have all been tied together to create a platform for making a difference through collaboration. Highly recommended!

    15. Incredible. Forward-thinking, Nilofer Merchant sets out a new paradigm of effective collective impact - unleashing the power of onlyness that exists within and across all of us. I found myself underlining, annotating, nodding and rereading. I feel better equipped as both a leader and a human being to unlock my own and others potential.

    16. Book about making a change by embracing basically what's special about you: what intersections of thought and culture and other aspects of background do you represent and how do you gather other people to your cause and make a dent in the world? Stories were fresh and interesting, prose was fairly inspiring.

    17. This book works to confirm one of my most fundamental beliefs - that every single one of us matter and can contribute in a fulfilling way to the world if we get rid of the barriers and beliefs that stop us. Very inspirational with lots of fascinating case studies.

    18. Thought-provoking read! I needed a reason to stop keeping my ideas to myself. There is power in collaborating with others and Nilofer provides evidence to support this fact.

    19. A quick paced read, touched on lots of movements I find interesting (black lives matter, occupy wall street) and have practical advice for crowd fueled work that respects the individual

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