SMART GROWTH

How to Grow Your People to Grow Your Company

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Kim Scott
Whitney Johnson offers a clear philosophical framework and actionable advice on how to love our lives and do our best work, along with wonderful stories that show us what she means. I loved this book!
Thomas Peters
Whitney Johnson has few equals when it comes to the topic of personal growth. And now she has offered a true masterpiece. Her model is instructive and straightforward, but that’s the least of it. I love, love, love the case studies. The people she has visited with and the stories they have given to her deserve the word ‘peerless.’ Yes, it is a serious study, but it is also a true, genuine page-turner.
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If I were a CEO, I’d want every one of my leaders to read this human, engaging, and realistic book about building high-performance, high-growth teams.
Bob Proctor
This is a groundbreaking book in a class by itself. It hooked me with the first sentence, and it kept getting more intriguing. Smart Growth is required reading for anyone interested in growing a company in the most satisfying ways.
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Simply genius. Brava!
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Whitney Johnson brilliantly demystifies the process of growth by showing us not only how to start something new, but also how to keep going, even when it’s tough. Exceptional stories make Smart Growth a delight to read. Actionable insights make it essential to read for business leaders who want to grow their companies.
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Smart Growth is a brilliant and beautifully written book. The stories are so compelling that you can almost miss their solid foundation of good science and business acumen. Whitney is a collector of wisdom and she generously shares what she’s collected. She takes our hand and guides us to where we want to go even if we were perhaps afraid to go there. Smart Growth is good for you, your team, and your business. I loved it, you will too.
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There are so many memorable concepts and inspiring stories in Smart Growth, I can’t pick a favorite. By the end you’ll be ready to learn and grow yourself and your organization in ways you may not have yet imagined. This book is a powerful reminder that the fundamental unit of growth and change in our ecosystem is each one of us.
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I always learn from Whitney Johnson. Smart Growth examines the often-overlooked intersection between the growth of individuals and organizations. It offers valuable insights whether you are looking to take on new personal challenges, or successfully lead a diverse team.
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Growth and change can often feel frustrating and slow, both for ourselves and our businesses. Whitney’s expert advice changes this with Smart Growth! Full of powerful stories, research, and thoughtful insights, you’ll walk away from this book armed with all you need to grow successfully. A must-read!
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It seems like everything is smart these days–phones, watches, TVs, refrigerators. Learning and growth are now smart too, with Whitney Johnson’s latest book. Smart Growth will transform your view of learning – it has already opened up an exciting new way to think about growth and development for me personally. This book is maybe the smartest product of all!
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In Smart Growth, Whitney Johnson makes the seemingly complex game of growth simple, weaving a framework one can easily adopt from the stories of a diverse group of leaders. And she nailed it. Read this book, employ her framework, and be amazed by the results.
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Creating a Culture of Learning and Growth

Growth is the goal. Helping people develop their potential—enabling them to articulate and become the self they want to be, are capable of being, and that best serves them and others in the short and long term—is what we as individuals and leaders strive toward.

But how do we grow? It turns out it happens in a predictable way, which means we can understand where we are in our growth and chart a way forward. In this compact, complete guide, Whitney Johnson dives more deeply than ever into the S Curve of Learning so that you can envision how growth happens and direct yourself and others in your organization to create a culture that fosters it.

The growth and learning journey comes in three phases: the Launch Point, the Sweet Spot, and Mastery. Compelling examples of successful people will show you when and why growth is slow, how to keep going, what to do when growth and learning are almost too fast to keep up with, and how to leap from one growth journey to another.

As individuals grow, so do organizations and societies. Growth is learning put into action—action that betters the world as we better ourselves and our small niches, both personal and professional, within it. Growth occurs when learning is internalized—when we try something new and invest the effort to move it from being something we do to something we are.

This book is tremendous. I couldn't stop reading. An elegantly simply framework and a seriously smart book.

Stephen M.R. Covey

The New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Speed of Trust

It's rare a book makes me slow down and immerse myself, but Smart Growth did. It had me thinking about my own growth. Important and sure to be influential, I can't recommend this book enough.

Tom Rath

#1 NY Times bestseller, How Full Is Your Bucket, and StrengthsFinder 2.0, Amazon's top selling non-fiction book of all time.

About Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson is the CEO of human capital consultancy Disruption Advisors, an Inc. 5000 2020 fastest-growing private company in America. Ranked #8 on the 50 leading business thinkers in the world as named by Thinkers50, Whitney is an expert at smart growth leadership.

Whitney is an award-winning author, world-class keynote speaker, host of the Disrupt Yourself podcast and frequent lecturer for Harvard Business School’s Corporate Learning. She is a popular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, has 1.8 million followers on LinkedIn, where she was selected as a Top Voice in 2020, and her course on Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship has been viewed more than 1 million times.

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Tom Roth
It’s a rare book that makes me slow down and immerse myself, but Smart Growth did. It had me thinking about my own growth. Important and sure to be influential, I can’t recommend this book enough.
Kim Scott
Whitney Johnson offers a clear philosophical framework and actionable advice on how to love our lives and do our best work, along with wonderful stories that show us what she means. I loved this book!
Thomas Peters
Whitney Johnson has few equals when it comes to the topic of personal growth. And now she has offered a true masterpiece. Her model is instructive and straightforward, but that’s the least of it. I love, love, love the case studies. The people she has visited with and the stories they have given to her deserve the word ‘peerless.’ Yes, it is a serious study, but it is also a true, genuine page-turner.
Tom Roth
Kim Scott
Thomas Peters