Endless Encores : Repeating Success Through People, Products, and Profits
As difficult as it is to have your first big success, most people find it exponentially harder to repeat success. So many of us, after "bringing the crowd to its feet," worry that we're going to get booed off the stage with our next venture. Is there a way to avoid this, to have multiple hits and "endless encores?"Technology executive and bestselling author Ken Goldstein shows the way to repeating success by concentrating on three essentials - people, products, and profits, in that order. In this affecting and instructive business parable, he tells the story of a man who has accomplished much but now fears exposure as a fraud and the woman who, as a CEO with multiple successes to her credit, shows him the secret to consistent achievement.Are you ready to play endless encores? If so, this is your story.
- Hardback | 144 pages
- 127 x 204 x 17.78mm | 256g
- 22 Sep 2015
- The Story Plant
- Stamford, United States
"From Carmen Sandiego to Disney Online to Shop.com to his first book This Is Rage, Ken Goldstein knows about reinvention. Now he has written a parable with insight, charm, and authority." -- Michael Eisner, CEO, The Tornante Company and Author of Working Together "My creative energies are renewed by Ken Goldstein's Endless Encores. My highest and most sincere praise for Mr. Goldstein is that it becomes difficult to sit down while reading his engaging book. The dialogue has the organic effect of making me want to jump up and get into action--and into the business of inspiring new possibilities. The brilliance of the ideas in Endless Encores is that they strike us, simultaneously, as gloriously revolutionary, and--in the Socratic way--as something we knew in our guts all along. In my work as a conductor, my challenge is to lead artists and audiences into a new and transformative experience with every fresh listening--even when the music is familiar. Mr. Goldstein offers profound lessons and an inspiring roadmap to achieving transcendent and unexpected results. This is essential reading for anyone who is serious about leadership and creating real change." -- Rachael Worby, Artistic Director / Music Director, MUSE/IQUE "Ken Goldstein has penned an insightful new book that demonstrates the power of people, products, and profits. It's an important tool for managers in all organizations who wish to lead their organization to new heights. Most intriguing, it is written as a fictional dialogue between a successful CEO and a manager besieged with troubles. Their Socratic interaction pulls you in and keeps you reading. It's an invaluable dialogue that you must have." -- Gene Del Vecchio, USC Marshall School of Business" "Ken Goldstein has written an inspiring, empowering book that encourages each of us to aspire to the extraordinary--to be exceptional listeners and amazing thinkers--and understand that in the process of reinvention, we can all find our own Endless Encores. In Endless Encores, Ken generously shares his own notebook for repeated success, vividly demonstrating the power of people, products, and profits while underscoring the importance of resilience and continuous reinvention." -- Barb Adams, Talk Host, Amerika Now, Genesis Communications Network "Bravo! Ken Goldstein is a true maestro at building, supporting, and directing highly talented creative and technical teams. Brilliant in its simplicity, Endless Encores explores the central, overriding importance of people in today's complex, Internet driven global economy. The conversational narrative is an easily accessible device for him to share the secret of his success. A must read for all creative executives." -- Christopher Keefe, Chief Marketing Officer, Omidyar Network "In this delightful narrative, Ken Goldstein explains how managers can create the right conditions in their own business line to make it more likely that profitable products will emerge. And the best reward is a simple list of questions that reveal whether you are on track to do so. I intend to ask them of myself regularly!" -- Emily Smith, President and GM, Media, Brit + Co "Ken Goldstein has done a masterful job in outlining the importance of making great people decisions and how it impacts leadership as well as the development of a great company. If you follow his advice in Endless Encores, you will have the tools to be a great leader." -- Robert F. Myers, EVP Development, Hathaway-Sycamores Child & Family Services "Great read! Compelling message and great reminder for all leaders. Endless Encores is delightful and presents critical lessons for every leader. It is the kind of book we should pick up every now and then. This book helps you refocus." -- Patricia Wilson, Executive Director / CEO, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area "Drawing on his experience as a team manager, CEO, and coach, Goldstein says, 'Sometimes you have to give people what they don't even know they want yet.' In his book Endless Encores, he has given us an insightful, highly relevant, and easy-to-read guide for anyone who has to work with other human beings. Along with my iPhone, I will carry its simple wisdom and inspiring business leadership advice with me everywhere I go." -- Irv Rothenberg, CPA/PFS; Principal, Buckingham Family of Financial Services "Ken Goldstein's delightful and engaging parable drew me into the center of the story and I felt as if I was experiencing it firsthand. I was simultaneously cheering with each vital insight as he brought them together in a simple yet thought-provoking guide to people, products, and profits. Mr. Goldstein's Endless Encores is an important book for the critical steps to positive development and growth as an individual, team, or company. I learned important steps for my own future growth reading this book. If you want to have a career rather than a job, I suggest you do the same." -- Mary-Margaret Walker Educator & Career Specialist, Mary-Margaret Network "I couldn't put this book down! Ken Goldstein has written a next-gen business parable that puts the pursuit of success into perspective. It's a book I'll share with colleagues -- and keep a copy for future insights." -- Beth Ellard, EVP Media, The Advertising Council "Ken Goldstein has tackled important businesses issues in an entertaining format. This deceptively easy to read story has important lessons on leadership, courage and resilience. It is written as a dialog between a manager at the beginning of his career and a CEO nearing the end of hers. The manager exhibits the first quality he will need to move from being an individual contributor to a leader by self-awareness of his strengths and weaknesses. The qualities needed to be a good leader, including flexibility, enterprise-wide thinking and engaging and motivating strong team members, are explored in the dialog between the two individuals and written in a manner that makes you think back to the topics again and again. Goldstein calls upon his own experience as a CEO to add authenticity to the topics." -- Becky Stein, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry "Full of hard-won business lessons, presented in a delightful and accessible style, Ken Goldstein's latest is both fun to read and full of valuable insights. The deeper truths about blending creative ideals and practical production realities resonated with my own experiences, clearly the result of a lot of trial by combat on Goldstein's part." -- Noah Falstein, Chief Game Designer, Google
About Ken Goldstein
Ken Goldstein advises start-ups and established corporations in technology, entertainment, media, and e-commerce. He served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of SHOP.COM, a market leader in online consumer commerce acquired by Market America. He previously served as executive vice president and managing director of Disney Online, and as vice president of entertainment at Broderbund Software. Earlier in his career he developed computer games for Philips Interactive Media and Cinemaware Corporation, and also worked as a television executive. He is active in children's welfare issues and has served on the boards of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, and Full Circle Programs, and is involved in local government. He speaks and teaches frequently on topics of leadership, executive management, and innovation. He and his wife Shelley, who teaches English as a Second Language, make their home in Southern California. He is the author of one previous book, the novel THIS IS RAGE, which is currently being prepared for a Broadway production.