• by Sydney Finkelstein
  • Narrated by Mel Foster
  • 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Based on years of research, Sydney Finkelstein, professor at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and author of Why Smart Executives Fail, looks at how a select few visionaries develop the most successful talent in every industry
After meeting chef Alice Waters at her legendary restaurant, Chez Panisse, Sydney Finkelstein got to thinking about the dozens of chefs who had come from her establishment to open their own restaurants and gain notoriety as some of the country's most creative culinary figures. Waters, he found, had spawned a family tree of geniuses. Could this pattern exist in other industries?
After years of research, Finkelstein found that similarly powerful mentors did indeed exist across every industry from finance to entertainment to fashion and the arts, and they created a network of superstars in their communities using techniques that are varied and often counterintuitive.
Finkelstein profiles luminaries such as Waters, Lorne Michaels, Miles Davis, Ralph Lauren, Larry Ellison, and Bonnie Fuller. Drawing on fascinating first-person accounts and surprising best practices, Finkelstein explores a phenomenon that has never been researched before and explains how any leader can create a powerful network and nurture extraordinary talent.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Political Hack ruined a good theory

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the author stayed with the title instead of injecting politics it would have been great. I am okay with the assertion that the author feels Donald Trump is not a superboss and Hillary Clinton is. However, when he dedicates an in-ordinate amount of time to describe Donald Trumps ego, when Trump is not even in his list of superbosses, it is apparent that the author simply wants to be political. It would be the equivalent of me writing a book about the top 20 US chefs, but then spend time tearing someone apart who is not on my list just to grind my axe.

What could Sydney Finkelstein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Give a heads up that his book is a political statement in disguise.

Have you listened to any of Mel Foster’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The reader was fine.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger because I thought the premise was great and I was looking forward to listening to the whole thing and learning. Keep politics out.

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- Bill

Interesting, but not helpful

Interesting stories about influential people. But, if what you're looking for is instruction/advice on becoming a better boss, this isn't the book for you.

A lot of the advice is either silly (don't hire good people, hire exceptional people!) or unhelpful (work all day and night and expect your people to work all day and night).

The performance is very good.
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- Ben

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-09-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio