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What You're Really Meant to Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential

What You're Really Meant to Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential

Hardback Harvard Business School Press

By (author) Robert Steven Kaplan

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  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Format: Hardback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 218mm x 25mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 5 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, Massachusetts
  • ISBN 10: 1422189902
  • ISBN 13: 9781422189900
  • Sales rank: 53,655

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How do you create your own definition of success--and reach your unique potential? Building a fulfilling life and career can be a daunting challenge. It takes courage and hard work. Too often, we charge down a path leading to "success" as defined by those around us--and ultimately, are left feeling dissatisfied. Each of us is unique and brings distinctive skills and qualities to any situation. So why is it that most of us fail to spend sufficient time learning to understand ourselves and creating our own definition of success? The truth is, it can seem so natural and so much easier to just do what everyone else is doing--for now--leaving it for later to develop our best selves and figure out our own unique path. Is there a road map that will enable you to defy conventional wisdom, resist peer pressure, and carve out a path that fits your unique skills and passions? Harvard Business School's Robert Steven Kaplan, leadership expert and author of the highly successful book What to Ask the Person in the Mirror, regularly advises executives and students on how to tackle these questions. In this indispensable new book, Kaplan shares a specific and actionable approach to defining your own success and reaching your potential. Drawing on his years of experience, Kaplan proposes an integrated plan for identifying and achieving your goals. He outlines specific steps and exercises to help you understand yourself more deeply, take control of your career, and build your capabilities in a way that fits your passions and aspirations. Are you doing what you're really meant to do? If you're ready to face this question, this book can help you change your life.

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Robert Steven Kaplan is Senior Associate Dean and the Martin Marshall Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is also co-chairman of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm, as well as chairman and a founding partner of Indaba Capital Management. Before joining Harvard in 2005, Kaplan was vice chairman of the Goldman Sachs Group.

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As seen on Fox Business, CNBC, Lou Dobbs, and MSNBC's Morning Joe. "This book opens the mind of the reader to a lot of self-exploratory questions rather than offering blind advice. It helps you understand yourself deeply and build a foundation based on this before starting a journey towards your dreams." -- Business World magazine "compelling and personal and contains individual exercises that provide interesting insights readers likely haven't considered before--whether how to manage your career or a complete career change. If you have ever asked yourself, in any work situation, at any stage of your career, "Why doesn't someone just tell me what to do?" this book is a worthwhile trip for you." -- CIO Digest ADVANCE PRAISE for What You're Really Meant to Do: Rosabeth Moss Kanter, professor, Harvard Business School; author, Confidence and SuperCorp-- " What You're Really Meant to Do is a wise, deeply personal, and always practical book by a leader of leaders. It is essential reading for all those who want to define success their own way." Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, professor, Harvard Medical School; co-founder, Partners In Health-- "As I have seen him do in classrooms in Haiti and at Harvard, Rob Kaplan provides a powerful and pragmatic prescription in What You're Really Meant to Do. Building on his widely praised work on leadership and efficacy, Kaplan offers compelling narratives of those he has coached and counseled--from executives to entrepreneurs to recent graduates--as a guide for anyone pursuing a purposeful professional life." Henry M. Paulson, Jr., seventy-fourth secretary of the US Department of the Treasury; Chairman and CEO, Goldman Sachs (1999--2006)-- "Rob Kaplan has spent years mentoring and coaching executives and young professionals, and there is no one any better. This book is a superb guide for helping people understand themselves and reach their unique potential." Bill George, professor, Harvard Business School; author, Authentic Leadership and True North-- "Rob Kaplan's brilliant new book inspires you to reach your full potential by taking responsibility for your development as a leader and as a human being. If you follow his thoughtful, pragmatic approach, you will live an even more satisfying life. Filled with real-world examples, Kaplan helps you build your road map to fulfillment." Vanessa Kirsch, founder and Managing Director, New Profit Inc.-- "Forging a fulfilling career can be one of the most difficult challenges we face. What You're Really Meant to Do provides a compelling road map for discovering your passions and unlocking your full potential. A must-read for anyone looking for professional growth and fulfillment."

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