Unorthodox success principles from a billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Eli Broad's embrace of "unreasonable thinking" has helped him build two Fortune 500 companies, amass personal billions, and use his wealth to create a new approach to philanthropy. He has helped to fund scientific research institutes, K-12 education reform, and some of the world's greatest contemporary art museums. By contrast, "reasonable" people come up with all the reasons something new and different can't be done, because, after all, no one else has done it that way.
This book shares the "unreasonable" principles - from negotiating to risk-taking, from investing to hiring - that have made Eli Broad such a success.
If you're stuck doing what reasonable people do - and not getting anywhere - let Eli Broad show you how to be unreasonable, and see how far your next endeavor can go.
©2012 Eli Broad (P)2012 Gildan Media, LLC
"In The Art of Being Unreasonable, my friend Eli Broad lets us in on his secrets to success in business, philanthropy, and life - and he asks the right questions, looks for the right answers, and never stops working until he gets results. At a time when our country needs to focus on what works, Eli's audiobook is a blueprint for effective public citizenship." (President William Jefferson Clinton)
"As a creator of successful companies, Eli Broad has few equals, and The Art of Being Unreasonable clearly shows why. It's also an audiobook that powerfully makes the case that wealth finds its ultimate purpose in public service." (Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Chairman, Microsoft Corporation)
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On one hand, I imagine a very compelling, driven character that is as savvy and straight as a businessman can be. On the other, I'm listening to an ego piece. I wish I could get a better glimpse into what this man is rally like in his darkest hour. It could be, some of my distaste is my own envy too. Looking forward to learning more about this Los Angeles magnate. First, let's see how Richard Branson's audio book is.
"Fine as autobiography, not as a business book"
Anyone who likes autobiographies of successful business figures.
No. I don't like to listen to self aggrandizing content, and from what I heard this guy's ego won't allow him to do anything but that.
I didn't notice.
Not really, no.
"Good Book, but culd have been great"
The book is quite good, but could have been better, i wish he would have spend more time on how he actually became more successfull, rather than when he had already reached success and then discussing the successes at a later stage, as once you have millions it is easy to have access to opportunities that regular folks donot. nonetheless good advice on being artful unreasonable.
I would recommend it as an autobiography, not as any kind of "how to" book.
His life story is interesting.
This is a book about how Eli Broad built himself an empire, but it does not cover any great amount of detail. You could not use it as a template or how-to guide. There are a few chapters that are intended as lessons, and those are good. He is blunt and to the point, doesn't have time to waste and is always moving forward.
"This Book Could Have Had Great Potential!!!"
I was lured into the book about a man who started not one, but two fortune 500 companies. I wanted to hear his story, how he did it, what he would do over again.
There was very little about KB Homes, little about Sun and mostly about his art collecting and donating to charities. All worthwhile endeavors, but it is supposed to be a book about growing businesses being unreasonable.
"Too much talk about Art..."
Good book until the end when he goes on and on about art works and philanthropy.
"repetition of platitudes"
Based on other reviews here, I imagined something along the lines of Richard Branson's autobigraphy which I loved. Nothing like it. This, is ghost written, highly repetitious and boring. There is revealed nothing that one could considered "unreasonable" in any sense of the word. Indeed, no actual content as far as I could tell. It's a shame since this man's life should have been an interesting story. It remains for someone else to write it.
"Best Book that I have read!"
This book is a must for any student, teacher, or administrator that wants to change the world!
It reaffirmed my entire life. I am motivated now to start the Eli Broad Academy of Construction and Finance. I just have to fly to L.A. now to get his permission.
"To The Point Inspirational"
After a long time I read a book which is to the point and relate big idea to small with several examples. I am now fan of Eli Broad.
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