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Author: Julie Benezet Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Business Growth Consulting Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781538487211
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The Journey of Not Knowing is a fast-paced, entertaining book that gets to the heart of a critical state in today’s business climate and society overall: the constantly changing, ambiguous twenty-first century and the uncharted waters ahead. This book will inspire leaders of any size organization to come to grips with the scariness of the unknown while it advances a new approach to leadership that leverages the discomfort of the new as a powerful source of inspiration rather than a deterrent to building a better future.

Written by former Amazon executive, coach, and lawyer, Julie Benezet, the book combines storytelling, business experience, and human psychology to create a roadmap through the ambiguity of building something better in the context of the realities of humans in organizational life.

The book tells a story of a day in the life at Arrow, Inc., a fictional company. It follows the defended behaviors throughout that day of its eight very recognizable leadership team members as they work first to avoid and then finally to solve the mystery of why a client fired them. The reward of the discovery is a critical piece of new business and substantial personal growth. To get there, each of the team members must face their past, present, and future. The memorable characters in the book are persons with whom the listeners may cringingly identify. The book creates a framework for them to confront their own resistance to change, and tools to start them on their way toward pursuing new possibilities for their lives once they can confront and embrace the scariness of the unknown.

The author opens the book with a description of an experience at Amazon that led to her belief about leadership and the unknown. It ends with a primer on the Journey of Not Knowing leadership model, using the Arrow story to illustrate its principles.

The Journey of Not Knowing forms the core of a leadership program that been attended by executives from around the world over the past five years.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Benezet shows very simply how we become trapped by our hooks into endless dreary cycles of limitation, and how we can liberate ourselves into the vast opportunities that await when we risk stepping beyond the known.”

    Susan Cannon, coauthor of The Way of the Mysterial Woman

  • “Benezet captures the spirit of a real leader…one who has the courage to take on the unknown with a balance of analytical brilliance and drive for making things better when there is no roadmap.”

    Gail Ayers, CEO of CREW Network

  • “The book skillfully raises awareness of how defensive behaviors against the unknown can get in the way of their success as leaders, and how they might overcome them to achieve strategic results…I highly recommend this great read.”

    Patricia Langer, EVP, Human Resources at NBC Universal, Inc.

  • “A largely involving story-oriented breakdown of how to chart a steady managerial course in uncharted territory.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Ms. Benezet’s background in psychology, anthropology, the law, and her business experience coalesce into a single, multidimensional book that also shows off her gift of storytelling…What I found was a remarkable compendium of basic truths about working within complex organizations.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Award Silver Medal Winner for Business & Economics
  • IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Winner for Nonfiction Cover Design

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About the Author

Julie Benezet is a former lawyer and early Amazon executive. She now consults, writes, and speaks on leadership, succeeding in the twenty-first century, and decoding human behavior in the face of change. Julie led for ten years the “Challenges of Leadership” program for executives at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She lives in Ashland, Oregon, with her husband and two orange cats.

About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.