- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - US (17 June 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062749536
- ISBN-13: 978-0062749536
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 367 g
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"Reboot is a tour de force - brilliant, brave and deeply emotionally resonant. It will inspire those who may sorely need, but don't seek help, to act. Reboot is powerful, penetrating and psychologically masterful. It's a gift."--Dr. Rory Rothman
"An unusually raw and revealing exploration of how our leadership journeys are shaped by the defining moments of our childhood..."--Adam Grant
"This book is filled with honesty, vulnerability, and insight. This book teaches us to be brave and pursue radical self-inquiry in an effort to get to know ourselves, to be truthful with ourselves, and to love ourselves. In this pursuit Jerry shines a light on a path that defines a healthier sense of what it means to be a leader. There are countless books offering various ways to become a better leader in the business world. But this is the only book with the insight and wisdom to offer a unique perspective: to be a better leader requires us to be a better human."--Bijan Sabet
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Jerry Colonna helps start-up CEOs make peace with their demons, the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have helped them to succeed--and have molded them into highly accomplished individuals--yet have been detrimental to their relationships and ultimate well-being. Now this venture capitalist turned executive coach shares his unusual yet highly effective blend of Buddhism, Jungian therapy, and entrepreneurial straight talk to help leaders overcome their own psychological traumas. Reboot is a journey of radical self-inquiry, helping us reset our lives by sorting through the emotional baggage that is holding us back professionally and, even more important, in our relationships.
Jerry has taught CEOs and their top teams to realize their potential by using the raw material of their lives to find meaning, to build healthy interpersonal bonds, and to become more compassionate, bold leaders. In Reboot, he inspires leaders to hold themselves responsible for their choices and for the possibility of truly achieving their dreams.
Work does not have to destroy us. Jerry firmly believes work can be the way to achieve our fullest selves. What we need, sometimes, is a chance to reset our goals and to reconnect with our deepest selves and with one another. Reboot moves and empowers us to begin this journey.
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What I like about this book:
• Colonna has been a big-cheese venture capitalist (co-founder of Flatiron with Fred Wilson), successful entrepreneur, and CEO coach. The stories with which he illustrates the principles come from first-hand experience, not second- or third-hand journalism, and thus ring true.
• The archetypes that Colonna introduces to help us become better leaders have staying power: the Broken-Open Hearted warrior who can empathize and therefore lead better; the Irrational Other, who can get us stuck in self-righteousness; the Crow, whose protective negativity we'd do better to embrace than ignore.
• Colonna shares the teachings of his own seriously wise teachers: leading American Buddhist Sharon Salzberg; Parker Palmer; and his late therapist, Dr Avivah Sayres. The whole book is permeated with teachings from Eastern wisdom and contemplative traditions, of which I'm a perennial fan.
• The journaling prompts at the end of each chapter are deep. The three that I liked the most, which may well be the centerpiece of the book: "What am I not saying that needs to be said? What am I saying that’s not being heard? What’s being said that I’m not hearing?" And a profound question he asks all his clients: “How are you complicit in creating the conditions of your lives that you say you don’t want?”
The book is also a candid memoir of Colonna's struggles: a turbulent childhood with an alcoholic dad and mentally ill mom; suicidal ideations; debilitating migraines; crippling self-doubt. Colonna's transformation of the raw material of heartbreak into success and stewardship is the inspirational rocket fuel of this book.
In terms of total quantity of life-altering wisdom, I'd put this book alongside "The Untethered Soul" and "The Power of Now." It's written with candor, compassion, and grace. Get it for an entrepreneur or leader you love. I'm hoping that's you.
-- Ali Binazir, M.D., M.Phil., Happiness Engineer and author of The Tao of Dating: The Smart Woman's Guide to Being Absolutely Irresistible, the highest-rated dating book on Amazon, and Should I Go to Medical School?: An Irreverent Guide to the Pros and Cons of a Career in Medicine
> "Reading the book should feel like a coaching session or boot camp"
It is anything *but* that. Which is very ironic because the introduction is written extremely well yet immediately the first chapter transports you to an empty white room with two stools. On the other stool is Jeremy Colonna just talking without giving you eye contact or any physical indication that you're there. And just talks. If you take a potty break between chapters, you come back and find that he's still been talking without having noticed that you went to the bathroom. After a while, you wonder if he's okay.
I haven't encountered a book so difficult to read purely due to the author's laziness. I can acknowledge that there are lessons and important takeaways in each chapter. However, this book is not a business or coaching book. It's really Jerry Colonna's stream of consciousness and memoirs that was written for himself or maybe close friends he knows of.
This book is a swamp of extremely long set of anecdotes about certain memories of his startup career. Random anecdotes do not make a story. For example, the first chapter is an almost *whopping* 20 pages of his childhood memories. It goes into 9/11, kids who used to bully him, 3 paragraphs about the weather and seasons, his dad's relationship with his grandpa, his mom having several children. However, you, the reader, are left utterly confused when the coaching will begin. Maybe you're still in the introduction? Maybe you missed the coaching? So you reread the chapter and confirm that you aren't crazy, Jerry was just talking into the void.
While the grammar, prose, and presentation of the book is very nice and clean, it does not look like the author or editor put any effort into asking serious questions like:
- Why is this paragraph, this sentence , this story, or important to my reader?
- Is this lesson that I learned while running a business something that my reader can learn?
- What journey should the reader go on? What is my responsibility as an author to guide them?
My suggestion, this should have been **two books:**
- One book that is Jerry Colonna's book about his memories that is for the audience that is Jerry Colonna and his friends. Which I suspect are all the 5 stars on amazon, whose reviews don't even indicate that they've read the book at all; just are praising the person.
- Another book that is for the audience of startup founders and executive members that is heavily re-engineered to enlighten **them**, the customer. The people who wrote the 2 star reviews who were also left dumbfounded like me.
It's such a shame, because the way the book is written is what is holding it back. There are lessons about finding purpose, being honest to yourself, self inquiry and the values of overcoming challenges somewhere in pages. But Jerry didn't seem to want to share them or be clear at all. It was made purposefully difficult to read with extremely forced and artificial Buddhist commentary that only had a purpose of being theatrical. I think it's critical that this book be rewritten to surface up the important and tone down the noise.
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