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Connecting the Dots: Leadership Lessons in a Startup World

Narrated by: Allan Robertson
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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Legendary Silicon Valley visionary and one of the world's greatest business leaders, John Chambers shares the playbook and philosophy that transformed Cisco into a global tech titan and now inspire a new generation of leaders.

With numerous start-ups moving from zero to a billion to bankruptcy in a matter of years, it’s clear that sustaining a business in the digital age is no walk in the park. Over 20 years, John Chambers transformed a company with 400 employees and one toaster-size product (a router) into a tech giant that's the backbone of the Internet. Along the way, he's outlasted and outmaneuvered practically every rival that ever tried to take Cisco on - Nortel, Lucent, Alcatel, IBM, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard, to name a few - and turned more than 10,000 employees into millionaires, more than any company in history. When Chambers stepped down as executive chairman in December of 2017, he left a company that didn't just shape the first Internet era but is leading the next wave of innovation in areas from cyber-security to self-driving cars.

Now, in collaboration with award-winning journalist Diane Brady, Chambers shares the stories and strategies that helped his company win again and again through multiple market shifts. Posing a unique mode of thought proven to attain success, the message of this book is clear: it is not the biggest or the richest players who win but the ones who are able to stay ahead of the trend by connecting the dots.

Both enlightening and practical, this is essential listening to inspire a new generation of leaders.

©2018 John Chambers (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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This is a very inspirational book

This should be required reading for leads in tech startups about the ability to develop a balance of culture and strategy in an organisation.

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Awesome, just awesome

This is must listen audiobook not only for entrepreneurs and startup founders but anyone who wants the leverage the power of technology and would like to change the world to make it better place to live.