#20: Nilofer Merchant — Unleashing Onlyness to benefit from the ideas and potential in every person
Nilofer Merchant is one of the world's top business & management thinkers, and is also one of my new favorite humans. As an operator, she was involved with the launch of over 100 products that collectively generated more than $18 billion (yes, with a B) in revenue, and has gone on to write 3 books, and has taught at Stanford, Santa Clara University, and lectured at Yale as well as to board rooms and audiences globally.
The part of her work that we go deep on in this conversation is the concept of Onlyness, which is that spot in the world only you stand in, a function of your distinct history and experiences, visions and hopes. We explore how to connect with the thread of purpose that only you can see, create belonging with yourself and others, and by doing so make a dent on the world.
Nilofer and I share a belief in the power of including all people's potential, that if the we could benefit from the ideas and potential in every person, there is no problem we couldn't solve. This is a conversation about how to connect with your Onlyness and bring it into the world to make the contribution only you can make.
Links & resources mentioned
Nilofer Merchant (@nilofer)
Nilofer's book: The Power of Onlyness
Amy Edmondson @ Harvard Business School
Amy's book: The Fearless Organization
Leah Georges - How generational stereotypes hold us back at work
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