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The Power of Onlyness by Nilofer Merchant

The Power of Onlyness

The Power of Onlyness by Nilofer Merchant
Aug 29, 2017 | 304 Pages
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“Onlyness shows us a brand new path to power: one that is accessible to the young and the old, the quiet and the forceful, the sanguine and the troubled.”
—Susan Cain, bestselling author of Quiet & co-founder of Quiet Revolution

“No longer do we need to worry about how our ideas will be judged. By showing us how to mobilize communities around our ideas, Nilofer Merchant shows us why and how we can elevate the power of our ideas to limitless heights unfettered by conformity.”
—Amy Cuddy, author of Presence

“With The Power of Onlyness, Nilofer Merchant passes all three tests of a masterpiece: 1) memorable stories; 2) actionable insights; and 3) urgent relevance to now!”
—Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence
“Merchant discovers her onlyness when she walks out on an arranged marriage. At first, she doesn’t know what to call it but a lifetime of encouraging men and women to summon the best of themselves teaches her how to nurture it—in herself and others. Now we need her empowering work more than ever. Onlyness doesn’t mean you work alone; but you train yourself, sometimes against the odds, to recognize your own value and increase your chance of finding allies!”
—Sherry Turkle, author of Reclaiming Conversation and Alone Together
“With captivating stories and keen insights, Nilofer Merchant urges us to cast aside conformity and embrace our own unique identity and purpose. The Power of Onlyness is a bold, inspiring book that will leave you feeling infused with power and ready to take on the world.”
—Dan Pink, author of Drive and To Sell is Human
“Nilofer Merchant’s spectacular gift is to make tangible what we already feel to be instinctual: the power of the individual alongside the power of a community in the service of one idea can change the world. But Nilofer also explains what may not feel so instinctual: that all of us have the capacity to create change, no matter our social, racial, gender or economic status. This book is one of the most hopeful pieces of writing I’ve read in a long time. Nilofer defines and explains the value of individuality and collaboration in equal measure. It’s a true celebration not just of humanity but of all the possibilities we can accomplish together.”
—Stacy London, style expert, TV personality, and author of The Truth about Style

“For any would-be activists who hear the voice: ‘not me’ or ‘not now,’ Merchant makes the strong case for ‘yes you’ and ‘yes now’—and even shows you how to jump in.”
—Van Jones, host of CNN’s The Messy Truth, author of Rebuild the Dream and The Green Collar Economy

“This is an illuminating book about the context in which great, world-changing ideas emerge and take root, with stories and insights galore.”
—Eli Pariser, co-founder and co-CEO, Upworthy

“The Power of Onlyness is the wake-up call that the world needs so badly right now. It’s a reminder that, quite simply, we all matter. That each perspective has inherent value. That each person’s unique vantage point is literally a position of power. That each voice matters, and should be used. Be warned: after reading this book, you won’t be able to ignore that voice again. You will be compelled to speak up and to use it, in bigger, bolder, louder ways than ever before.”
—Jessica Jackley, founder of Kiva

Praise for 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era:

“Social media is a game changer, yes, but it’s only part of the larger shift of the social era, writes Nilofer Merchant, [who] sketches out the new paradigm’s core principles.”
—Fast Company (Best Business Books of 2012)

“A rare combination: strategic, well researched, and actionable. Nilofer Merchant helps executives see what’s at stake in the connection economy.”
—Seth Godin, author of Tribes and Linchpin

“Traditional strategy is dead. But do not fear—Nilofer Merchant shows how your organization can thrive with the new rules of the social era. Buy yourself a copy—and one for every member of your board.”
—Charlene Li, founder, Altimeter Group; author of Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead and co-author of Groundswell

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