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Author: John Sviokla, Mitch Cohen Narrator: Erik Synnestvedt Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9781469030807
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Imagine what Atari might have achieved if Steve Jobs had stayed there to develop the first massmarket personal computer. Or what Steve Case might have done for PepsiCo if he hadn’t left for a gaming start-up that eventually became AOL. What if Salomon Brothers had kept Michael Bloomberg, or Bear Stearns had exploited the inventive ideas of Stephen Ross? 

Scores of top-tier entrepreneurs worked for established corporations before they struck out on their own and became self-made billionaires. People like Mark Cuban, John Paul DeJoria, Sara Blakely, and T. Boone Pickens all built businesses—in some cases, multiple businesses—that are among today’s most iconic brands. This fact raises two profound questions: Why couldn’t their former employers hang on to to these extraordinarily talented people? And why are most big companies unable to create as much new value as the world’s roughly eight hundred self-made billionaires? 

This book breaks down the five critical habits of mind of massive value-creators, so you can learn how to identify, encourage, and retain such individuals—and maybe even become one yourself. The Self-made Billionaire Effect will forever change the way you think about talent and business value.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The first billion is the hardest. I know from experience. If you are interested in giving it a shot, The Self-made Billionaire Effect is a good starting point. Great research. Great stories. Great opportunity.”

    T. Boone Pickens, chairman, BP Capital Management

  • “Fresh, provocative, and insightful, The Self-made Billionaire Effect will challenge your thinking about how entrepreneurs succeed in creating megahit businesses. This is a racy read, where storytelling and personalities carry some important lessons to be considered and applied even for those working in stable and slower-growth businesses.”

    Donald J. Gogel, chairman and CEO, Clayton, Dubilier, and Rice, Inc.

  • “This well researched, fun-to-read book provides top management with a set of insights vital for finding and keeping the talent needed to design and deliver breakthrough value.”

    Linda A. Hill, professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School 

  • “John Sviokla and Mitch Cohen have mined a rich vein—self-made billionaires—in an attempt to find common patterns. What I particularly admire is their nuanced insights: these men and women are not solitary, risk seeking, creative, overnight successes. They work in teams; they manage risks and rewards; they are as good at execution as they are at ideation.”

    William A. Sahlman, professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

  • “A fabulous profile of value creation that all organizations need to ponder as they build talent for the future.”

    Thomas Colligan, former vice dean and director, Aresty Institute of Executive Education, the Wharton School

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About the Author

Dr. John Sviokla is the head of Global Thought Leadership at PwC, where he also works with clients on strategy and innovation. His work has appeared in many publications, such as Harvard Business Review, Strategy + Business, and the Wall Street Journal. John taught at the Harvard Business School for twelve years. He has nearly thirty years of experience researching, writing, and consulting on topics of innovation, technology, strategy and economic value.

About the Narrator

Erik Synnestvedt has recorded nearly two hundred audiobooks for trade publishers as well as for the Library of Congress Talking Books for the Blind program. They include The Day We Found the Universe by Marcia Bartusiak, A Game as Old as Empire edited by Steven Hiatt, and Twitter Power by Joel Comm.