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In a time of constant change, success depends on seeing the world through rookie eyes, and in this essential guide, the bestselling author of Multipliers explains why we are often at our best when we are doing something for the first time—and how to reclaim and cultivate this curious, flexible, youthful mind-set called Rookie Smarts.

In a rapidly changing world, experience can be a curse. Being new, naïve, and even clueless can be an asset. Rookies are unencumbered, with no baggage to weigh them down, no resources to burden them, and no track record to limit their thinking or aspirations. For today’s knowledge workers, constant learning is more valuable than mastery.

Leadership expert Liz Wiseman argues that the most successful rookies are hunter-gatherers—alert and seeking, cautious but quick like firewalkers, and hungry and relentless like frontiersmen. Most importantly, she identifies a breed of leaders she refers to as “perpetual rookies.” Despite years of experience, they retain their rookie smarts, thinking and operating with the mind-sets and practices of these high-performing rookies.

Rookie Smarts addresses the questions every experienced professional faces: Will my knowledge and skills become obsolete and irrelevant? Will a young, inexperienced newcomer upend my company or me? How can I keep up? The answer is to stay fresh, keep learning, and know when to think like a rookie.

Rookie Smarts isn’t just for professionals seeking personal renewal; it is an indispensable resource for all leaders who must ensure their workforces remains vital and competitive.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wiseman masterfully shows why novices can outdo veterans; expertise blinds us to fresh ideas and the untapped brilliance of the newbies around us. With sage insights and fascinating examples, Rookie Smarts is a must-read.”

    Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take

  • “Given the author’s experience—Wiseman helped build Oracle’s corporate university and is the president of a Silicon Valley–based research and development firm—it’s no shock that she offers an exceptional guide to staying vital in the changing marketplace…For readers who are struggling to catch up with changing business needs, this book is a must-read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Wiseman 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

  • “Through robust research, Rookie Smarts shows that inexperience can actually be a powerful gain for organizations. And for those of us whose rookie season is years behind us, the book delivers solid strategies for cultivating our own ‘rookie smarts’ and empowering the rookies we lead.”

    Bill Hybels, senior pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

  • “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.”

    Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, Salesforce.com

  • Rookie Smarts makes a compelling case for thinking and acting like a perpetual rookie. Wiseman’s brilliant and unusually imaginative gem shows you how to keep questioning your most prized beliefs, how to avoid becoming a boring clone, and how to build vibrant workplaces that prevent soul-crushing complacency.”

    Robert Sutton, Stanford professor and coauthor of Scaling Up Excellence

  • “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.”

    Dave Ulrich, University of Michigan professor and author of Leadership Sustainability

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About the Author

Liz Wiseman is president of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development center headquartered in Silicon Valley. She advises senior executives and leads strategy and leadership forums for executive teams worldwide. A former executive at Oracle Corporation, she worked as the vice president of Oracle University and for seventeen years as the global leader for human resource development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s in organizational behavior, each from Brigham Young University.