Rookie Smarts

  • by Liz Wiseman
  • Narrated by Liz Wiseman
  • 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Is it possible to be at your best even when you are underqualified or doing something for the first time? Is it still possible, even after decades of experience, to recapture the enthusiasm, curiosity, and fearlessness of youth to take on new challenges? With the right mindset - with Rookie Smarts - you can.
In a rapidly changing world, experience can be a curse. Careers stall, innovation stops, and strategies grow stale. Being new, naïve, and even clueless can be an asset. For today's knowledge workers, constant learning is more valuable than mastery.
In this essential guide, leadership expert Liz Wiseman explains how to reclaim and cultivate the curious, flexible, youthful mindset called Rookie Smarts. Wiseman reveals the different modes of the rookie mindset that lead to success:

Backpacker: Unencumbered, rookies are more open to new possibilities, ready to explore new terrain, and don't get stuck in yesterday's best practices.
Hunter-Gatherer: Rookies seek out experts and return with ideas and resources to address the challenges they face.
Firewalker: Lacking situational confidence, rookies take small, calculated steps, moving fast and seeking feedback to stay on track.
Pioneer: Keeping things simple and focusing on meeting core needs, rookies improvise and work tirelessly while pushing boundaries.
Rookie Smarts addresses the questions every experienced professional faces: Will my knowledge and skills become obsolete and irrelevant? Will a young, inexperienced newcomer upend my company or me? How can I keep up? The answer is to stay fresh, keep learning, and know when to think like a rookie.


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Customer Reviews

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Unique concept and a great speaking voice

Clearly answers the question "when is not knowing better". I heard her on an interview she did on Dave Ramsey's EntreLeadership Podcast in December of 2014 and found myself re listening to it. I bought the book and it did not disappoint. Liz really lays out the concepts well and you can tell it is well researched. Her speaking voice is full of character and is almost cute which makes the book nice to listen to as she explains everything.
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- Ian "Interested in keeping it interesting, leadership, theology and business."

Can relate!

Great insights on skills and qualities that are so important to maintaining engagement and relevance in one's field. I have been in education for almost 30 years as a teacher and administrator. I spent seven years in a position where I felt useless and tired. I am now finishing my first year in a position with the same title but with a boss and team that views my job very differently. I am put in situations that are just a bit above my ability and am required to use my mind again. There was so much I took from the book to go forward into my next school year; not only for myself, but for those individuals whom I supervise.
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- Kim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-14-2014
  • Publisher: HarperAudio