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Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson
Whitney Johnson is the leading thinker on driving corporation innovation through personal disruption. She formerly co-founded Rose Park Advisors, a boutique investment firm with Clayton Christensen, and was an Institutional Investor-ranked analyst for eight consecutive years, including at Merrill Lynch. She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and the author of two books, the acclaimed Dare, Dream, Do and the newly released Disrupt Yourself. She was named a Future Thinker Finalist by Management Thinkers50 in 2013, and one of Fortune’s 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter in 2014.

A disruptor of ideas and wielder of influence, Whitney uses her talent to build movements. Having immersed her life and studies in the idea of personal disruption, this innovator and former institutional investor-ranked Wall Street analyst infuses communications with a palpable business story. Her prolific insights on personal disruption, disruptive innovation, and startups are imbibed and shared by tens of thousands of loyal followers.

Whitney’s exceptional focus and discernment for momentum—when it’s building, when it’s peaking and when it’s gone—has enabled her to pick winners—whether stocks, start-ups, concepts or people.

Books By Whitney Johnson

  • Weaving Influence Recent Launch
    Disrupt Yourself

    Disrupt Yourself

    Are you a high potential charting your course within your current organization, a leader trying to jumpstart innovative thinking in your company? Or are you ready to do something new?

    Consider this simple yet powerful idea: disruptive companies and ideas upend markets by doing something truly different – they see a need, an empty space waiting to be filled, and they dare to create something for which a market may not yet exist. An expert in driving innovation via personal disruption, Whitney Johnson, will help you understand how the frameworks of disruptive innovation can apply to you: if you want to be successful in unexpected ways, follow your own disruptive path. Dare to innovate. Dream big dreams. Do something astonishing. Disrupt yourself. In this book, you will learn how to apply these frameworks to building a business, career – and you.

    We are living in an era of accelerating disruption – those who can manage the S-curve waves of learning and maxing out will have a competitive advantage. But this is a skill set that needs to be learned. Disrupt Yourself will help people cope with the unpredictability of disruption, and use it to their competitive advantage.

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  • Weaving Influence Recent Launch
    Dare, Dream, Do

    Dare, Dream, Do

    Whitney Johnson, popular Harvard Business Review blogger, has a goal: to help us identify and achieve our dreams. Her belief is that we can each achieve greater happiness when focusing both on our dreams and on other people in our lives.

    In this inspiring book, Johnson directs her attention to teaching women, in particular, a three-step model for personal advancement and happiness. She first encourages us to DARE to boldly step out, to consider disrupting life as we know it. Then she teaches us how to DREAM, to give life to the many possibilities available, whether to start a business, run a marathon, or travel the world. She shows us how to “date” our dreams (no need to commit!) and how to make space for dreams. Finally, Whitney’s model brings out the businesswoman in her; she teaches us to DO, to execute our dreams. She showcases the importance of sharing dreams with others to give them life, creating your own “dream team.”

    Rich with real stories of women who have dared to dream, DARE, DREAM, DO offers a practical framework to realize one’s true potential, which will no doubt inspire others to follow suit. Although Whitney focuses on the stories of women, her blog is popular with men as well, and her advice speaks to either gender.

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