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The Arc of Ambition : Defining the Leadership Journey

James Champy & Nitin Nohria

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Format: Paperback, 272pp.
ISBN: 9780738204277
Publisher: Perseus Books
Pub. Date: February 2000

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From international best-selling author Jim Champy and a rising star at Harvard Business School, Nitin Nohria, comes a provocative and inspirational approach to the art of management.

In business—or in any endeavor—ambition is the spirit of onward and upward, of striving for something worth achieving. It is the driving force behind all great experiments and risk-takings, triumphs and failures. For authors Jim Champy and Nitin Nohria, it is also the instinctive quality that makes the difference between mere management and leadership. Drawing from original interviews with contemporary figures from many walks of life—including business, politics, science, and the arts—Champy and Nohria take readers on a journey of discovery, pinpointing the defining moments, or turning points, in the evolution of leaders, as they wrestle with critical decisions and ethical dilemmas. In the process, they reveal some underlying truths about leadership, such as the ability to hold onto a dream and make it come true, know when it's time to change the business or see it die, and recognize when it's time to hand over the reins. Representing fundamentally new thinking from two of today's greatest business minds, The Arc of Ambition is certain to challenge and enlighten aspiring leaders everywhere.


Jim Champy and Nitin Nohria are two of the most creative business thinkers I have encountered. They always bring fresh and new ideas to tough business issues.
Gary C. Wendt, Former Chairman, President, and CEO, GE Capital Corporation


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James Champy is chairman of Cambridge-based Perot Systems Consulting Practice and a pioneer of the reeingineering movement. Co-author of the best-selling Reengineering the Corporation and author of Reengineering Management, he lives in Boston. Nitin Nohria is Richard P. Chapman professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. The author of over seventy-five articles and several books, including the award-winning The Differentiated Network, he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents
1Without ambition, no conquests are made, no lands discovered, no businesses created.
Ambition is the root of all achievement.
2Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see.
See what others don't.
3It takes a strong character and a lot of willpower to hold onto a dream under adverse circumstances.
Follow a steadfast path.
4Opportunity knocks with all the temerity of a brown trout hiding in an overfished stream.
Seize the moment.
5History is a long list of warnings about the folly of overreaching.
Temper ambition.
6Greatness must be driven by a purpose beyond money.
Inspire with a greater purpose.
7Compromise is bad for ambition.
Never violate values.
8Power comes from other people.
Keep control by giving it up.
9Reinvention is the key to longevity.
Change or die.
10The dead can't lead the living.
Leave gracefully.
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