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