Leading Without Authority: How the New Power of Co-Elevation Can Break Down Silos, Transform Teams, and Reinvent Collaboration (Hardcover)
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Never Eat Alone redefines collaboration with a radical new workplace operating system in which leadership no longer demands an office, an official title, or even a physical workplace.
“An actionable methodology for any team to thrive during the decade of exponential change ahead.”—Peter H. Diamandis, founder of XPRIZE and Singularity University, bestselling co-author of Abundance, Bold, and The Future Is Faster Than You Think
In times of stress, we have a choice: we can retreat further into our isolated silos, or we can commit to “going higher together.”
When external pressures are mounting, and employees are working from far-flung locations across the globe, says bestselling author Keith Ferrazzi, we can no longer afford to waste time navigating the complex chains of command or bureaucratic bottlenecks present in most companies. But when we choose the bold new methodology of co-elevation as our operating model, we unlock the potential to boost productivity, deepen commitment and engagement, and create a level of trust, mutual accountability, and purpose that exceeds what could have been accomplished under the status quo.
And you don’t need any formal authority to do it. You simply have to marshal a commitment to a shared mission and care about the success and development of others as much as you care about your own. Regardless of your title, position, or where or how you work, the ability to lead without authority is an essential workplace competency.
Here, Ferrazzi draws on over a decade of research and over thirty years helping CEOs and senior leaders drive innovation and build high-performing teams to show how we can all turn our colleagues and partners into teammates and truly reboot the way we work together.
About the Author
Keith Ferrazzi is the founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, a management consulting and team coaching company that works with many of the world’s biggest corporations. A graduate of Harvard Business School, Ferrazzi rose to become the youngest CMO of a Fortune 500 company during his career at Deloitte, and later became CMO of Starwood Hotels. He is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Fortune and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who’s Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone. His mission is to transform teams to help them transform the world.
“Leading Without Authority is the must-read guidebook for radical transformation. Keith Ferrazzi’s concept of co-elevation provides an actionable methodology for any team to thrive during the decade of exponential change ahead.”—Peter H. Diamandis, founder of XPRIZE and Singularity University, bestselling co-author of Abundance, Bold, and The Future Is Faster Than You Think
“Ferrazzi is breaking new ground in defining what leadership can mean in the emerging world of work. He shows that humility, curiosity, and candor can serve as the connective tissue binding us to our mission, to one another, and to a sense of purpose larger than ourselves.”—Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global
“I’m excited to bring ‘co-elevation’ (as a new word, as a new book, and as a concept) to Zappos to help bring our culture and our business to the next level.”—Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, New York Times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness
“Ferrazzi brilliantly shows how building mutually beneficial partnerships marks the future of all work, and demonstrates how anyone can lead if they’re willing to make themselves vulnerable and put the project mission and their partners first, turf and hierarchy last.”—Kristin Yetto, chief people officer at eBay
“A brilliant, unique approach to building relationship capital by creating trusting and lasting human connection, not merely digital contact—inside and outside your company.”—Peter Guber, co-owner of the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Los Angeles FC
“A masterful guide to thriving in today’s very weird workplace . . . Get this right, and it doesn’t matter that the business world is roiled by change and disruption.”—Dave Asprey, founder of Bulletproof, New York Times bestselling author of The Bulletproof Diet
“Ferrazzi has gone into the trenches to figure out what it really takes to empower people and make teams more than the sum of their parts. This book will be a staple in every leader’s library.”—Adam Grant, host of the TED podcast WorkLife, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals