Life Entrepreneurs : Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-07
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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"An inspirational and practical guide for anyone who wants to incorporate the dynamic skills of entrepreneurs into their own lives and work. A new generation of "life entrepreneurs" is emerging: people who apply their vision, talents, creativity, and energy not only to their work but to their entire lives, changing the world for themselves and those around them. In this book, successful entrepreneurs Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek draw on numerous interviews with fifty-five leading entrepreneurs worldwide as well as the wisdom of multiple thought leaders to provide vivid examples, moving vignettes, concrete frameworks, and practical strategies for revving up our work and play through entrepreneurial leadership. This book starts by providing strategies for integrating life, work, and purpose and ends by capturing the implications of the current entrepreneurial boom for our workplaces, learning institutions, communities, and families. Christopher Gergen (Washington, D.C.) is a founding partner of New Mountain Ventures, co-founder and chairman of SMARTHINKING, Adjunct Professor and Director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative at Duke University, and a life-long entrepreneur, Gregg Vanourek (Thornton, CO) is a founding partner of New Mountain Ventures, former CEO of Vanourek Consulting Solutions, and former Senior Vice President of School Development for K12 Inc."

Author Biography

Christopher Gergen is a founding partner of New Mountain Ventures and a lifelong entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and chairman of SMARTHINKING, the leading provider of online tutoring in the U.S. He is also a visiting lecturer and director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative in the Hart Leadership Program at Duke University. Christopher lives with his wife and two children in Washington, D.C.

Gregg Vanourek is a founding partner of New Mountain Ventures. Previously, he ran Vanourek Consulting Solutions and served as senior vice president of School Development for K12 Inc., and vice president for Programs at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. He is coauthor of Charter Schools in Action and lives with his wife and daughter in Denver, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
List of Interviewsp. xxvii
Surveying the Landscape
Understanding Life Entrepreneurshipp. 3
Life Entrepreneurs in Actionp. 25
Discovering Core Identityp. 38
Preparing for the Journey
Awakening to Opportunityp. 65
Envisioning the Futurep. 80
Developing Goals and Strategiesp. 93
Blazing a Trail
Building Healthy Support Systemsp. 111
Taking Action and Making a Differencep. 129
Embracing Renewal and Reinventionp. 145
Conclusion: Creating a New Futurep. 165
Life Entrepreneurship Primerp. 181
Exercises and Helpful Resourcesp. 187
Interview Methodologyp. 189
Notesp. 191
The Authorsp. 199
Acknowledgmentsp. 201
Indexp. 205
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