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Rookie Smarts Summary

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Rookie Smarts Summary

Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work

Remember your first day at work? The trembling, the fear of making a mistake, the attentiveness. Remember how many days you stayed up afterhours to perfect some skill?

Now, where did it all disappear?

Liz Wiseman is – sorry for the pun! – a very wise woman. And she might just have the answer to that question. And few more you haven’t even asked yourself.

Join us in reading her influential “Rookie Smarts”.

We have the best bits.

Who Should Read “Rookie Smarts”? And Why?

Liz Wiseman knows about leadership quite as much as anyone on this planet. After all, you don’t get into the Thinkers50 ranking list for nothing three times in a row! With this in mind, the very title of this book begs the question: why would Wiseman show any interest in rookie smarts then? Is she conspiring some paradigm shift?

The short answer is: she is. And whether you are a manager or a leadership trainer, you’ll want to find out what it is. But, unlike “Multipliers,” this book is also about beginners. And how they can use their enthusiasm to become leaders.

About Liz Wiseman

Liz WisemanLiz Wiseman is an American researcher and executive advisor, and the president of the world-famous Wiseman Group.

In addition to “Rookie Smarts,” she has authored two more well-received books, “The Multiplier Effect,” and the New York Times bestseller “Multipliers.”

“Rookie Smarts Summary”

Even by glancing in its content, you can tell what “Rookie Smarts” is about. That’s because it is a book neatly divided in two parts.

The more interesting, five-chaptered first one, titled “Rookie Smarts: Living on the Learning Curve” describes the benefits of the oft-dismissed rookie smarts and classifies them into four categories.

The second part, titled “Cultivating Rookie Smarts”, consists of three chapters which call for rookie revival and lay out the ways to do it.

Right away, Wiseman points to few studies which suggest that the rookie-expert (or in her word: veteran) dichotomy is obsolete and should be cast aside. Because both rookies and veterans have their good and their bad sides. And because the best companies are those which have learned to use them all.

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