Zenobia: The Curious Book of Business: A Tale of Triumph Over Yes-Men, Cynics, Hedgers, and Other Corporate Killjoys

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Jan 21, 2008 - Business & Economics - 144 pages
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Zenobia is a former industry giant bedeviled by paralyzing hierarchies, grossly inadequate communications, and distrust. It is a broken place, a fortress doomed to collapse upon itself. Enter Moira, a young woman responding to a cryptic help wanted ad that asks her to report to room 133A – but there are no directions, no sign of the room, and nobody seems inclined to help her find it. As she moves through the Zenobian maze, Moira makes some surprising discoveries about the power of teamwork and the qualities that define true leaders. Her story is interwoven with that of a long-time Zenobia employee named Gallagher, who watches and comments as Moira tries to find the ever-elusive room 133A. Zenobia reminds us that imagination is one of the most powerful, and most overlooked, elements of business success. Like Moira, those who succeed see what is not yet there, keep faith in their vision, take risks to achieve it, and inspire others to join them. This unusual book will move readers to take a fresh and fearless look at their own organizations and to remember that leadership is not determined by title or position. Rather, as the want ad Moira answers puts it, “Creative persistence a prerequisite. A desire for the extraordinary an absolute must.”
 

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Zenobia: The Curious Book of Business: A Tale of Triumph Over Yes-Men, Cynics, Hedgers, and Other Corporate Killjoys (Business)

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A business fable in the tradition of Who Moved My Cheese?, but more closely akin to Alice in Wonderland, this work from pharmaceuticals CEO Emmens and poet-novelist-journalist Kephart (Flow: The Life ... Read full review

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PREFACE
1 MAKE OF THE UNKNOWN AN ADVENTURE
2 TAKE CARE LEST YOUR SUCCESS LEAD TO RUIN
3 CONCEIVE A PLAN PURSUE IT
4 CELEBRATE DIFFERENCES OR WATCH THEM BREED DISTRUST
5 PREPARE FOR RIDICULE
6 KNOW THE WORLD WILL CHANGE DESPITE OR BECAUSE OF YOU
7 LOOK FOR WHAT COULD BE NOT JUST WHAT IS
10 YIELD NOTHING TO THOSE WHO CANT SEE PAST THEMSELVES
11 SEEK THE UNLIKELY ALLIANCE
12 EMBRACE THE ARRIVAL OF THE NEW
13 INVENT YOUR OWN FUTURE
14 HONOR THE IMAGINATION
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHORS AND THE ILLUSTRATOR
ABOUT BERRETTKOEHLER PUBLISHERS

8 STEP BEYOND YOUR WALLS TO FIND YOUR WAY
9 LISTEN WELL
BE CONNECTED
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Beth Kephart's first book was a National Book Award finalist & was named a best book of the year by "Salon," the "Philadelphia Inquirer," & others. Kephart has won a 2000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the 1998 Leeway grant, & the 1997 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts top grant for fiction. Her essays & articles have appeared in magazine nationwide. She lives in Pennsylvania.

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