Uncommon Wisdom to Inspire Your Life's Work
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
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“This work offers wonderful wisdom for navigating the inflection points in our lives.” - Mehmet Oz, MD
An iconic teacher. A warm friend. A generous mentor.
For more than 40 years, Howard Stevenson has been a towering figure at Harvard Business School: the man who literally defined entrepreneurship and taught thousands of the world’s most successful professionals.
Now – spurred by Stevenson’s heart-stopping brush with death – his student, colleague, and dear friend Eric Sinoway shares the man’s wisdom and inspiration. Through warm and engaging conversations, we hear Howard’s timeless and practical lessons on pursuing success and fulfillment, beginning with:
• Create a vision of your own legacy through a process called “business planning for life.”
• Be entrepreneurial in driving your career ahead (even if you’re not an entrepreneur).
• Exploit the inflection points in your life – whether “friend,” “foe,” or “silent.”
• Cut risk in tough career and life decisions by shining the “light of predictability” on them.
• Plan for the ripples, not just the splash from your actions and choices.
Listening to Howard’s Gift is like having a wise, caring friend sit down and say, “Let’s figure all this out together.”
“This book is truly a gift for all those seeking fulfilling careers.” - Wendy Kopp, Founder & CEO, Teach For America
ERIC SINOWAY is an entrepreneur and seasoned executive with experience in for-profit, academic, and non-profit organizations. He is the cofounder and president of Axcess Worldwide, a New York-based partnership development company that creates inspired ideas and connects extraordinary brands and people. Axcess works with companies ranging from Rolls Royce and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts to Target and Delta Air Lines. Eric lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.
"Just as thousands of Harvard Business School students and countless others from around the world have benefitted from Howard Stevenson's wisdom, insight, and example, so will the readers of this very remarkable book."-- John McArthur, Dean Emeritus & George F. Baker Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
"This work offers wonderful wisdom for navigating the inflection points in our lives."--Mehmet Oz, MD Professor and Vice Chair, Surgery, New York Presbyterian/ Columbia University
“This is a book of head and heart, of wisdom and emotion. It is Tuesdays with Morrie meets What Color is Your Parachute? Howard’s Gift is a timeless classic."--Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSNi
“Howard’s Gift offers such an empowering way of thinking about life and work. It is for people of all paths and professions who are interested not merely in being “successful” but in achieving deep personal satisfaction. This book is truly a gift for all those who are seeking fulfilling careers.”--Wendy Kopp, CEO and Founder, Teach for America
"From a student interested in philosophy to the one pursuing pre-med, from the future attorney to the aspiring executive, Howard's Gift is a priceless guide for the incoming freshman charting his or her coursework--or the graduating student contemplating professional options.
Howard's Gift educates and inspires, reminding us that success without happiness and purpose is a bad bargain."--Don Bishop, Chief Administrator for Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Scholarships, University of Notre Dame
"Howard will go down in business history as the primary promoter of entrepreneurship. Howard not only teaches business but a way of life. He is both wise and smart. I remember watching him teach students and watching their eyes open to a new way of thinking--about their careers, their future, and their lives."--Arthur Rock, Venture Capitalist, Arthur Rock & Company