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Rookie Smarts

Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work

 

In a time of constant change, success depends on seeing the world through rookie eyes, and in this essential guide, the bestselling author of Multipliers, explains why we are often at our best when we are doing something for the first time—and how to reclaim and cultivate this curious, flexible, youthful mindset called Rookie Smarts.

What Others Are Saying

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“If you believe in the value of experience, prepare to have your worldview turned upside-down. Thought leader Liz Wiseman masterfully shows why novices can outdo veterans, expertise blinds us to fresh ideas, and we’re all missing out on the brilliance of the newbies around us. With sage insights, fascinating examples, and practical advice, Rookie Smarts is a must read.”

ADAM GRANT

Wharton professor and author of Give and Take

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“Remember when you were a kid and thought you knew better than the grown-ups? Turns out there was some truth to that. Rookie Smarts gives you a practical roadmap to rediscovering the open, curious, creative mind inside you. If you want to be a learning machine, improving and growing every year, this is the book for you.”

LASZLO BOCK

SVP of People Operations, Google, Inc.

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“As a company grows, nothing is more important than retaining a culture of innovation. Rookie Smarts shows how even a big company can take risks, innovate, and operate with the drive and speed of a challenger.”

MARC BENIOFF

Chairman and CEO, salesforce.com

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"Rookie Smarts make a compelling case for the power of thinking and acting like a “perpetual rookie.” Wiseman’s brilliant and unusually imaginative gem shows you how to keep learning and questioning even your most prized beliefs, how to avoid becoming a boring clone condemned to marching in lock-step with your equally dull colleagues, and how to build vibrant workplaces where people routinely band together to prevent soul-crushing complacency from rearing its ugly head."

ROBERT SUTTON

Stanford professor and co-author of Scaling Up Excellence

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"Through robust research and down-to-earth examples, Rookie Smarts shows that inexperience can actually be a powerful gain for organizations. And for those of us whose rookie season is years—or even decades—behind us, the book delivers solid strategies and practical exercises for cultivating our own “rookie smarts” and safely empowering the rookies we lead."

BILL HYBELS

Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

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“Agility, resilience, grit, and a growth mindset--these are the skills effective leaders need in a changing world. In Rookie Smarts, Wiseman shows leaders at every age and at every stage of their careers how to master these skills. Rookie Smarts captures these themes with engaging and pragmatic stories and ideas.”

DAVE ULRICH

University of Michigan professor and author of Leadership Sustainability

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"...In researching her book, Wiseman has found some fascinating data about successful rookies, and their surprising ability to outperform veterans by starting with different assumptions. These mental processes and ensuing strategies are what Wiseman reproduces in the book for others to follow. Her belief, and mine too, is that even the most experienced people can benefit from taking on a rookie mindset."

Amy Lindgren

TwinCities.com

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“Given the author’s experience—Wiseman (Multipliers) helped build Oracle’s corporate university and is the president of a Silicon Valley–based research and development firm—it’s no shock that she offers an exceptional guide to staying vital in the changing marketplace. . . . For readers who are struggling to catch up with changing business needs, this book is a must read.”

Publishers Weekly

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“Wiseman (co-author: The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools, 2014, etc.) provides a big boost for first-time employees and others who refuse to be bound by arbitrary limits. . . .An exciting promotion of lifelong discovery and enthusiasm as answers to routine and business as usual.”

Kirkus Reviews

  • “Wiseman masterfully shows why novices can outdo veterans, expertise blinds us to fresh ideas, and the brilliance of newbies remains untapped. With sage insights and fascinating examples, Rookie Smarts is a must-read.”
    ADAM GRANT
    Wharton professor and author of Give and Take
  • “Wiseman (co-author: The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools, 2014, etc.) provides a big boost for first-time employees and others who refuse to be bound by arbitrary limits. . . .An exciting promotion of lifelong discovery and enthusiasm as answers to routine and business as usual.”
    Kirkus Reviews
  • “If you want to be a learning machine, improving and growing every year, this is the book for you.”
    LASZLO BOCK
    SVP of People Operations, Google, Inc.
  • “Agility, resilience, grit, and a growth mindset—these are the attributes effective leaders need in a changing world. Rookie Smarts shows leaders at every age and at every stage of their careers how to master these skills.”
    DAVE ULRICH
    University of Michigan professor and author of Leadership Sustainability