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Apples Are Square: Thinking Differently About Leadership by Susan Smith Kuczmarski

By Susan Smith Kuczmarski

Your 7-step prescription for making a compassionately aggressive paintings tradition


For centuries, leaders were working inside a “control and compete” attitude. yet occasions are altering. increasingly more, on the helm of profitable businesses, you’ll discover a assorted type of chief. Collaborators, now not controllers, they're “square apples,” daring women and men who dare to create luck by means of reshaping the place of work in unforeseen ways.


In Apples Are sq. , innovation specialists and celebrated authors Dr. Susan Smith Kuczmarski and Thomas D. Kuczmarski percentage with you the secrets and techniques of ways to develop into a sq. apple on your association. To increase their groundbreaking process for achievement, the authors interviewed dozens of management pioneers, together with Craig Newmark, founding father of craigslist; Mary Ellen Weber, former NASA astronaut; and NFL megastar Chris Zorich, whose own tale encouraged the name of this booklet. With the instruments in Apples Are sq. , you’ll be capable of take any bruised surroundings and reshape it right into a confident strength.

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When you reach a height it is not time to look down upon others. " HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR INNER HUMILITY? Our conception of humility as "insignifi cance" is inextricably linked to another attribute: self-confi dence. Why? B ecause r elinquishing feelings of self-impor tance in or der to embrace "insignifi cance" requires prior confi dence to do so. Look at Weber's story, for example. I f Weber's commander had less confi dence, he may hav e lacked the fortitude to share his mistake. Sharing this story, however, showed his inner humility, which had a benefi cial effect on the mission.

It was his ticket to more Christopher Zorich money in one season of professional football than Chairman, The Christopher his mother had seen in 18 years on public aid. Zorich Foundation; attorney at Schuyler, Zorich cashed in his ticket, but he spent the Roche & Zwirner proceeds on feeding others, not his ego. He used the financial payoff from his football career for others because the fame, the riches, and the comforts would never be enough. Making an impact once a week for a few months a year did not satisfy Zorich.

Zorich confides, "I believe that I've been put on this ear th to help people that were in my circumstances before. indd 37 3/8/07 3:05:41 PM 38 Apples ARE Square is opportunity. When I left home, everyone kept beating it in my head that I came from the wrong neighborhood, but when I started living in better circumstances, I realized that the people I met were no better than the folks I grew up with. I want them to know they can achieve success too. When I walked away fr om football, I walked away fr om a million dollars a year.

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