What Makes You Tick?: How Successful People Do It--and What You Can Learn from Them

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Harper Collins, Jun 30, 2009 - Business & Economics - 304 pages

In the most challenging economy of our lifetime, where should you turn for guidance?

To the stories of those who have made it—the leaders who battled adversity, forged their own paths,and succeeded . . . because they knew what made them tick.

As people everywhere confront the global economic crisis, "success" may seem elusive at best, impossible at worst. Yet history proves that a new generation of success stories will likely emerge from this era of financial chaos. And this new book prepares you to be one of those success stories by analyzing the inner qualities that have propelled the forward-thinking leaders of our time: drive, determination, and self-awareness.

As strategists for the internationally renowned consumer and political research firm Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates, Michael Berland and Douglas Schoen are experts in how successful people think . . . and how they win. Now they share what they've learned with firsthand accounts from some of the world's most successful people in nearly every field—including the founder of Starwood Resorts; a world-famous chef-restaurateur; the CEO of NBC Universal; a supermodel turned entrepreneur; the head of Estée Lauder; the commissioner of the National Hockey League; the president of Hearst Magazines; and the creator of CBS's 60 Minutes. Berland and Schoen have discovered that true success is about more than "winning." True success has an emotional quotient: it's about determining your innate strengths, deciding what you truly want, and striving tirelessly to achieve it.

Berland and Schoen describe the five archteypes of success: visionaries, natural-born leaders, do-gooders, independence seekers, and independents who follow their dreams. In this unprecedented collection of stories from some of the most successful people in fashion, sports, entertainment, and business, Schoen and Berland demonstrate that success isn't about changing who you are; rather, it's about figuring out what makes you tick—and leveraging that knowledge to your advantage. This book shows through compelling first-person storytelling that the most successful people understand their own natural abilities and how to use their best qualities to create a fulfilling life—and then tells you how to do the same.

 

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Contents

introduction
1
Visionaries
4
Mark Burnett executive Producer Survivor
17
Tamara Mellon Founder and President Jimmy choo
25
steve Forbes President and chief executive officer Forbeseditor in chief Forbes Magazine
29
arturo arte Moreno owner los angeles angels of anaheim
35
Barry sternlicht chairman and chief executive officer starwood capital group
40
William lauder chief executive officer estée lauder companies
50
William donaldson Former chairman securities
126
cathleen Black President hearst Magazines
136
JanPatrick schmitz President and chief executive officer
146
craig newmark Founder and chairman craigslist
153
susan smith ellis chief executive officer
169
gwendolyn sykes chief Financial officer Yale university
176
roger Barnett chairman and chief executive officer
185
christie hefner Former chairman and chief
193

geraldine laybourne Founder oxygen Media
56
Ted leonsis Vice chairman emeritus aol llc
61
Jake Burton owner and chairman Burton snowboards
66
don hewitt creator and executive Producer 19682004 cBs news 60 Minutes
71
Michael Milken Philanthropist
76
Brian France chairman and chief executive officer
82
Peter carlisle Managing director olympics
92
eric anderson President and chief executive officer
100
Brenda Barnes chairman and chief executive officer
107
allan Bud selig commissioner
116
Bert Fields entertainment attorney
203
Bobby Flay chef restaurateur and Food network host
215
heidi Klum supermodelhost and executive Producer
225
Vivian Banta Former Vice chairman
234
Brian Williams anchor and Managing editor
245
Bernie Brillstein Founding Partner Brillsteingrey
256
david carey group President condé nast
261
acknowledgments
283
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Michael J. Berland is an internationally recognized strategic adviser and communications consultant and an expert in how people think and behave as consumers, voters, and decision makers. As a leader in Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates, the top research-based strategic political and corporate communications company, he directed studies and campaigns for the world's leading brands, blue-chip companies, political candidates, and entertainment clients in more than eighty countries on six continents. He lives outside New York City with his wife and two children.

Douglas E. Schoen has been a Democratic campaign consultant for more than thirty years with his firm Penn, Schoen, and Berland Associates. He lives in New York City.

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