Howard's Gift: Uncommon Wisdom to Inspire Your Life's Work
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Howard's Gift: Uncommon Wisdom to Inspire Your Life's Work

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"A timeless classic . . . This is a book of head and heart, of wisdom and emotion . . . Tuesdays with Morrie meets What Color is Your Parachute?" —Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSNi

With forty years at Harvard Business School, Howard Stevenson is renowned as an entrepreneur and business strategist, author, philanthropist, and professor. He has mentored more than ten thousand busi...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 17th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published October 2nd 2012)
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If you have a high-paying job with good benefits but do not feel fulfilled by your work, you live in what Howard Stevenson calls a "velvet-lined rut."

If you take up golf not because you enjoy it but to establish business connections, you live what he calls a Pseudo three-D life.

Howard Stevenson has a forty-year career with the Harvard Business School. As a professor and entrepreneur, he inspires thousands of students, faculty and fellow entrepreneurs—including Eric Sinoway. Sinoway takes Howard...more
Wayne McCoy
What is your legacy? What is your life's work? This is a book full of uncommon wisdom for our times, that offers the reader a chance to see the bigger picture of their life.

'Howard's Gift' deals with the inflection points that we run, both positive and negative, force us into choices. The book builds logically chapter upon chapter and deals with subjects like our celebrity culture, asking if the juice is worth the squeeze, and helping you form a personal board of directors for your life's work....more
I received "Howard's Gift" as a Goodreads first reads giveaway. Eric Sinoway proves that IF you have a plan for your life you will be successful. Success is not an accident and Howard Stevenson theories show you how to plan, implement, and be successful. An inspiring read regardless of age.
About half of the wisdom in this book applies to the self-inflicted wounds of striving too hard. For the first time I have a theory about the sing-song cadence of business book filler: these people need permission (and some background elevator music) to slow down and contemplate life outside the jet stream.

A telling example on page 188 of the edition in hand relates the author attending a hospitality industry awards gala in Manhattan after lapsing for some while. "Ten or fifteen years ago I wou...more
take advantage of opportunities, figure out what you're good at, have balance in life, etc. I may be missing something, as I am not in business, but for the most part the wisdom dispensed here seemed common, contrary to the title.

It's great that the author looked up to his business school prof Howard Stevenson, and this is a nice tribute, but being a third party to their conversations did not prove particularly rewarding. One difficulty is that "my wise advisor told me......" is not a scintillat...more
Won as part of the Goodreads first reads program.

I am very happy for Mr. Sinoway that he had a mentor that made a huge impact on his life. Those relationships are wonderful, and I can understand the desire to share. Unfortunately, there is little unique or compelling about Howard's wisdom. This book reeks of pretension and privilege, if you aren't a graduate of Harvard Business School this book won't have much bearing on your life, and even if you are, it won't tell you anything about work/life...more
Karen Laurie Thomas
Good book to read around New Years when we are thinking about our life and how it could/should be.. It's not a preachy self-help "follow this prescription and you'll have a fabulous life" type of book. Rather, it offers a view into one man's philosophy from the viewpoint of one of his closest students. Some passages between the author and his mentor were a bit drawn out, but the book is worth reading. I found it helpful for giving me something to ruminate upon when the house is quiet or you have...more
Charles Assisi
Lovely book, offers clarity, and makes eminent sense to people who understand the language of business. Not the kind of book you read over one sitting. My problem though is that the author tries to add literary flourishes when none are needed. This is a wise book and does its job well. The "flourishes" are distracting and irritating to say the least. Had it not been for those irritants, I'd have happily put a five star rating there
I won this on First Reads.

I take reading and reviewing books very seriously. Due to deaths and major family health issues, I have not been able to dedicate time or energy towards reading or reviewing. I do not want to do either half heartedly, so I will have to post this for now and will come back when things slow down. At that time I will update this with a proper review.
Dawn Lennon
A rich, conversational book that captures the boundless wisdom that evolved from the career success of Howard Stevenson, esteemed professor at HBS, entrepreneur, and businessman. Touching, inspiring, and eminently useful to overcoming career navigating challenges and self-confidence and self-doubt issues.
Jane Zeytoonian
Howard gives advice on living out our individual journey. I was fortunate to meet the author and Howard at Mt Auburn Hospital's grand rounds. Every seat in the auditorium was taken, and many young doctors were sitting on the stairs to be apart of this presentation.
I thought the authors offered some wise career developing advice. Like that they also incorporated consideration for other dimensions of life, aiming towards a wholesome approach. Will need to re-read to pick out the "pearls" most relevant to me at this time.
Sep 01, 2012 Nell marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1st-impressions
I won this in Good Reads first reads giveaway. I have just incorporated my business and am looking forward to sage advice for the next steps. Hoping to build my business and really learn how to be an entrepreneur. I hope the book arrives soon
Lyla Ibrahim
A good inspirational read, not just for entrepreneurs or people involved in business. If you're just someone who looking for inspiration for life, this is the perfect book for you. You enjoyed reading Tuesdays With Morrie, you'll enjoy this one.
For a work book group, Howard is a member of our Board of Directors. This is a thought provoking book that I hope to revisit without a deadline to finish. Many good ideas on how to plan and live a satisfying life.
Good balance of career-life advice with practical examples. Especially enjoyed the sections on how to structure your life plan, and the five aspects of healthy corporate cultures.
Oct 22, 2012 Katherine is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read for entrepreneurial studies. The subject of inflection point driven careers is both relevant in today's business landscape and inspiring for readers.
Sep 11, 2012 Janet marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I can always use another good friend to help me guide thru life. Hopefully will win this book!
Howard's wisdom is wonderful. Sinoway's writing, however, leaves much to be desired.
Anette Hillegass
Very interesting book ... would recommend ;)
A few good ideas. Not much new here.
great book about your life's work
Apr 03, 2013 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-new
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I am the President & Co-Founder of Axcess Worldwide, a partnership development company that creates inspired ideas and connects extraordinary brands and people. As an entrepreneur, I am involved in interesting and challenging projects. I am the author of Howard’s Gift: Uncommon Wisdom to Inspire Your Life’s Work, a book I wrote in cooperation with iconic Harvard Business School professor, Howa...more
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