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Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives

Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives

Christopher Gergen, Gregg Vanourek

ISBN: 978-1-118-04742-2

Jan 2011, Jossey-Bass

256 pages

$16.99

Description

""An inspirational and practical guide for anyone who wants to incorporate the dynamic skills of entrepreneurs into their own lives and work.

A new generation of ""life entrepreneurs"" is emerging: people who apply their vision, talents, creativity, and energy not only to their work but to their entire lives, changing the world for themselves and those around them. In this book, successful entrepreneurs Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek draw on numerous interviews with fifty-five leading entrepreneurs worldwide as well as the wisdom of multiple thought leaders to provide vivid examples, moving vignettes, concrete frameworks, and practical strategies for revving up our work and play through entrepreneurial leadership. This book starts by providing strategies for integrating life, work, and purpose and ends by capturing the implications of the current entrepreneurial boom for our workplaces, learning institutions, communities, and families.

Christopher Gergen (Washington, D.C.) is a founding partner of New Mountain Ventures, co-founder and chairman of SMARTHINKING, Adjunct Professor and Director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative at Duke University, and a life-long entrepreneur,

Gregg Vanourek (Thornton, CO) is a founding partner of New Mountain Ventures, former CEO of Vanourek Consulting Solutions, and former Senior Vice President of School Development for K12 Inc.""

Foreword by Warren Bennis.

Introduction.

PART I: SURVEYING THE LANDSCAPE.

1. Understanding Life Entrepreneurship.

2. Life Entrepreneurs in Action.

3. Discovering Core Identity.

PART II: PREPARING FOR THE JOURNEY.

4. Awakening to Opportunity.

5. Envisioning the Future.

6. Developing Goals and Strategies.

PART III: BLAZING A TRAIL.

7. Building Healthy Support Systems.

8. Taking Action and Making a Difference.

9. Embracing Renewal and Reinvention.

Conclusion: Creating a New Future.

Appendix A: Life Entrepreneurship Primer.

Appendix B: Exercises and Helpful Resources.

Appendix C: List of Interviews.

Appendix D: Interview Methodology.

Notes.

The Authors.

Acknowledgments.

Index.