Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing In The New Game Of Work

Hardcover | October 14, 2014

byLiz Wiseman

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Is it possible to be at your best even when you are underqualified or doing something for the first time? Is it still possible, even after decades of experience, to recapture the enthusiasm, curiosity, and fearlessness of youth to take on new challenges? With the right mindset—with Rookie Smarts—you can.

In a rapidly changing world, experience can be a curse. Careers stall, innovation stops, and strategies grow stale. Being new, naïve, and even clueless can be an asset. For today’s knowledge workers, constant learning is more valuable than mastery.

In this essential guide, leadership expert Liz Wiseman explains how to reclaim and cultivate this curious, flexible, youthful mindset called Rookie Smarts. She argues that the most successful rookies are hunter-gatherers—alert and seeking, cautious but quick like firewalkers, and hungry and relentless like pioneers. Most importantly, she identifies a breed of leaders she refers to as “perpetual rookies.” Despite years of experience, they retain their rookie smarts, thinking and operating with the mindsets and practices of these high-performing rookies.

Rookie Smarts addresses the questions every experienced professional faces: “Will my knowledge and skills become obsolete and irrelevant? Will a young, inexperienced newcomer upend my company or me? How can I keep up?” The answer is to stay fresh, keep learning, and know when to think like a rookie.

Rookie Smarts isn’t just for professionals seeking personal renewal; it is an indispensible resource for all leaders who must ensure their workforces remains vital and competitive.

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Wall Street Journal BestsellerIs it possible to be at your best even when you are underqualified or doing something for the first time? Is it still possible, even after decades of experience, to recapture the enthusiasm, curiosity, and fearlessness of youth to take on new challenges? With the right mindset—with Rookie Smarts—you can.In...

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Is it possible to be at your best even when you are underqualified or doing something for the first time? Is it still possible, even after decades of experience, to recapture the enthusiasm, curiosity, and fearlessness of youth to take on new challenges? With the right mindset—with Rookie Smarts—you can.In a rapidly changing world, exp...

Liz Wiseman is a researcher, executive advisor, and speaker who teaches leaders around the world. She is a former executive and the author of the bestselling booksMultipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone SmarterandThe Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools. Liz has been listed on the Thinkers50 ranking and name...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.01 inPublished:October 14, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006232263X

ISBN - 13:9780062322630

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rookie Smarts - a state of mind I read this book to find out what rookies are doing in the business world that I could learn from. Liz Wiseman describes the attributes of the "rookie" as curious, hungry, interested in learning from those around them and willing to make mistakes as long as they can learn from them, willing to explore and improvise to get the job done. The effective rookie builds new tools and structures including networks of experts. Who would benefit from this book - Business leaders who are interested in coaching and building a team that is not stagnating, veteran workers who are bored and looking for the stimulation that a new learning curve can provide for their career and their everyday working life and rookies who welcome the challenge of a job just a little too large and a learning curve to grow into. Well-researched and written for the layman Rookie Smarts is an excellent resource at any stage in a business career.
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“…both a rich and rewarding read and a practical guide for individual leaders and for those responsible for developing talent in their organization.”