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Thoughtfully Ruthless. The Key to Exponential Growth

  • ID: 3609922
  • Book
  • 224 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for THOUGHTFULLY Ruthless

"Val Wright has worked in some of the toughest corporate cultures in business; she′s seen it all. Thoughtfully Ruthless acts as a personal playbook to navigate your career in the most competitive of environments by focusing on your strengths and identifying growth opportunities for your company. Essential reading for executives at every level."
Peter Moore, Chief Operating Officer, Electronic Arts

"As an executive you are expected to be a great decision maker, on 24/7, and able to leap buildings in a single bound and do it in a way that inspires. It requires you to be at your best all the time. Val′s work and book Thoughtfully Ruthless is an amazing tool that every executive or aspiring executive can learn from. Unlocking effectiveness and teaching how to take care of yourself, team, and business through transparency, and not shying away from being thoughtfully ruthless on the things that matter most. In a world filled with leadership models that feel nonauthentic and heavy, this is light and this method delivers."
John Phillips, Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition, Starbucks Corporation

"Val Wright has always provided the frank, honest, insightful feedback I′ve needed to be a better leader. Thoughtfully Ruthless takes that to the next level by focusing on the scarce resources of time and energy that challenge all of us in our professional and personal lives. Val provides the stories and insights necessary to bring her message of empowerment home in an impactful way that should be very valuable for any leader."
Robbie Bach, Former Microsoft President, Chief Xbox Officer, and Author of Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal

"Val Wright is the real deal, an executive coach who ′gets it.′ She will change the way you think, the way you perceive challenges, and the way you implement personal leadership. Thoughtfully Ruthless is a must for every leader who wants to up his or her game."
Kate Hill, Former executive, Tribune Publishing

"Thoughtfully Ruthless manages to capture the character of the leaders each of us has dealt with, as well as those we try to emulate, in a way that shows the depth and insightfulness of author Val Wright. I have no doubt that her experiences would allow her to determine what is necessary for one who wishes to be an effective leader. Even with this confidence, the valuable information within the book, and the enthralling way in which it is presented, she′s exceeded all of my expectations, leaving me impressed and motivated to improve as a leader."
Ilan Spillinger, CVP, Hololens and Custom Silicon, Microsoft Corporation

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Foreword xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Part I Why You Need to Be Thoughtfully Ruthless 1

Chapter 1 Thoughtful and Ruthless 3

The Trigger Points for Thoughtfully Ruthless 3

Who Is Thoughtful? Who Is Ruthless? 5

Can You Name One? 6

Your Time, Energy, and Resources 7

How Thoughtfully Ruthless Are You? 15

Chapter 2 The Cost of Doing Nothing 19

The Cost of Delay 20

The Downward Spiral of Gloom 21

The Thoughtfully Ruthless Success Loop 25

Chapter 3 Your Selfish Charter 29

Your Sensibly Selfish Charter 32

Wishful Thinking Works 35

Chapter 4 Become Brilliant at Demonstrating Your Brilliance 39

Assessing Your Brilliance and How Brilliantly You Demonstrate It 40

Why Appearance Trumps Reality Every Time 42

How to Transform from Being Humble to Shameless 48

Your Action 50

Part II Thoughtfully Ruthless with Your Time 53

Chapter 5 The Power of No 55

The Powerful Post–It 56

The Immediacy Effect 57

How to Be Productively Unproductive 60

How to Control Input Overload 61

Your Lost Discipline List 63

Thirty Ways to Say No 64

Chapter 6 SHUSH!: How to Create Silence, Space, and Time 67

Your Daily Silence 67

The Gift of Time 70

In–box in Control 73

Calendar Chaos 77

Meaningful Meetings 79

The Thoughtfully Ruthless Deadline Tracker 84

Part III Thoughtfully Ruthless with Your Energy 89

Chapter 7 Becoming Imperturbable 91

How to Stop the Worry Trifecta 91

Rapid Thought to Action 95

How Imperturbable Are You? 96

Managing the Energy Leaks 98

Your Accelerators and Decelerators 100

Accelerating by Improving Your Sleep, Nutrition, and Exercise 100

Chapter 8 Divorce Your Friends and Network 109

The Greenhouse Effect 110

Put Your Social Life on Autopilot 113

An Enviable Inner Circle of Advisors 115

Internal and External Connections 116

Communities 116

Perfecting Your Team s Connections 117

Surrounding Yourself with Believers 117

Chapter 9 Creating a Leapfrog Organization 119

Your Five–Year Leap 119

The Intentional Annoyance Phase 124

Building an Exemplary Board 127

Leaving Your Legacy 132

Chapter 10 The Thoughtfully Ruthless Team 135

Steps for Galvanizing Your Team 138

The Characteristics of a Galvanized Team 142

Do You Tolerate Mediocrity? 149

Chapter 11 Amazon versus Microsoft 155

Assessing Your Culture 160

Can You Take the Heat? 167

Reward the Results You Want 169

Unleashing Innovation 170

Using the Cultural Continuum 171

The Express Lane to Culture Change 172

Chapter 12 Mind the Gap 173

Evaporating Excuses 173

Prepare for Abrupt U–turns 175

Change Your View, Change Your Habits 176

Listen to Who You Listen to 177

Evidence, Patterns, and Observed Behavior 177

Practice Altitude Adjustment 179

Make Unpopular and High–Risk Decisions 179

Appendix 185

Ninety–Nine Ways to Be Thoughtfully Ruthless with Your Time 185

Ninety–Nine Ways to Be Thoughtfully Ruthless with Your Energy 190

Ninety–Nine Ways to Be Thoughtfully Ruthless with Your Resources 194

About the Author 201

Index 203

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