Entrepreneur: Rookie Smarts Book Review

Originally Published November 20th, 2014 in EntrepreneurMiddleEast.com.

By Amal Chaaban

"Oracle alum and author Liz Wiseman has written a terrific book on why sometimes being completely inexperienced in a position is actually a tremendous asset (instead of a liability). She starts by telling her own story at Oracle, and intersperses later chapters with pertinent examples of where rookies had what seasoned veterans in the particular industry didn’t. Further, she even goes so far as to break down the types of rookies, and the best assets of each of these types. A great read, quick and to the point, Wiseman doesn’t be labour each item, rather she frames it in a very concise explanation further elaborated upon by charts where necessary. If all of that wasn’t enough, each chapter has a useful chapter summary at the end which readers of this column will know I love to see in books. Read Rookie Smarts if you want a new way of looking at hiring practices to invigorate your company."

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  • “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.”
    University of Michigan professor and author of Leadership Sustainability
  • “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
  • “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 like a challenger.”
    Chairman and CEO, Salesforce.com
  • “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.”
    Wharton professor and author of Give and Take