Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, Feb 24, 2015 - Business & Economics - 256 pages

Connectional Intelligence unlocks the 21st-century secret to getting "big things done," regardless of who you are, where you live, or what you do.

We typically associate success and leadership with smarts, passion and luck. But in today's hypercompetitive world, even those gifts aren't enough. Get Big Things Done argues that the game changer is a thoroughly modern skill called Connectional Intelligence. Virtually anyone can maximize his or her potential, and achieve breakthrough performance, by developing this crucial ability.

So, what is it? Put simply, Connectional Intelligence is the ability to combine knowledge, ambition and human capital, forging connections on a global scale that create unprecedented value and meaning. As radical a concept as Emotional Intelligence was in the 90s, Connectional Intelligence is changing everything from business and sports to academics, health and politics by quickly, efficiently and creatively helping people enlist supporters, drive innovation, develop strategies and implement solutions to big problems.

Can a small-town pumpkin grower affect the global food crisis? A Fortune 500 executive change her company's outdated culture through video storytelling? A hip-hop artist launch an international happiness movement? Or a scientist use virtual reality games to lower pain for burn victims? The answer, you'll read, is a resounding yes. Each of these individuals is using Connectional Intelligence to become a power player to get big things done.

Erica Dhawan and Saj-nicole Joni's Get Big Things Done unlocks the secrets of how the world's movers and shakers use Connectional Intelligence to achieve their personal and professional goals--no matter how ambitious.

 

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Contents

The Big Wave
3
The Roots of Connectional Intelligence
17
A Primer
31
Connect Intelligently
51
Courage Builds on Courage
69
Connect and Make Change
89
Problem Solving and the Power of Play
107
The Power of Difference
129
Why Not? Reimagining Whats Possible
147
The Really Good News
165
Your Get Big Things Done
171
Acknowledgments
225
Index
241
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Erica Dhawan is a globally recognized leadership expert and keynote speaker driving innovation across generations and cultures to prepare the global workplace for tomorrow. As one of the today's most provocative business thinkers, she is CEO of Cotential and has spoken, worldwide, including at the World Economic Forum at Davos. She writes for Forbes, HBR and Fast Company. She has degrees from Harvard, MIT and Wharton.

Saj-nicole Joni, Ph.D., is a business strategist and confidential advisor to CEOs. She works with top leaders to solve their hardest strategic challenges – delivering results needed now while creating far-reaching future impact. A global keynote speaker, Saj-nicole is CEO of Cambridge International Group, where she brings her combined experience as seasoned senior executive, Ph.D. in mathematics, professor, and performing artist to her work.

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