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  • The Power of Onlyness

  • Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World
  • By: Nilofer Merchant
  • Narrated by: Nilofer Merchant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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The Power of Onlyness

By: Nilofer Merchant
Narrated by: Nilofer Merchant
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Summary

An innovation expert illuminates why your power to make a difference is no longer bound by your status.

If you're like most people, you wish you had the ability to make a difference, but you don't have the credentials or a seat at the table, can't get past the gatekeepers, and aren't high enough in any hierarchy to get your ideas heard.

In The Power of Onlyness, Nilofer Merchant, one of the world's top-ranked business thinkers, reveals that in fact we have now reached an unprecedented moment of opportunity for your ideas to "make a dent" on the world. Now that the Internet has liberated ideas to spread through networks instead of hierarchies, power is no longer determined by your status but by "onlyness" - that spot in the world only you stand in, a function of your distinct history and experiences, visions and hopes. If you build upon your signature ingredient of purpose and connect with those who are equally passionate, you have a lever by which to move the world.

This new ability is already within your grasp, but to command it you need to know how to meaningfully mobilize others around your ideas. Through inspirational and instructive stories, Merchant reveals proven strategies to unleash the centrifugal force of a new idea, no matter how weird or wild it may seem.

Imagine how much better the world could be if every idea could have its shot, not just the ones that come from expected people and places. Which long-intractable problems would we solve, what new levels of creativity would be unlocked, and who might innovate a breakthrough that could benefit ourselves, our communities, and especially our economy. This limitless potential of onlyness has already been recognized by Thinkers 50, the Oscars of management, which cited it one of the five ideas that will shape business for next 20 years.

Why do some individuals make scalable impact with their ideas, regardless of their power or status? The Power of Onlyness unravels this mystery for the first time so that anyone can make a dent. Even you.

©2017 Nilofer Merchant (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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"The Power of Onlyness is a book for our times...we wonder if we, as one person amidst [the] din, can make a difference. We wonder if one step will truly add up, over time, to a thousand or a million steps toward progress. The Power of Onlyness says yes, emphatically, and we couldn’t need that kind of encouragement more. . . . Just as Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence, or E.Q., eventually became a widely used phrase describing what was previously thought of as a ‘soft’ personal quality...onlyness has the potential to change the way we think about people and the ideas they generate.... Merchant is asking us to look less at types of people, as Goleman did, or groups of people, as [Susan] Cain did, and instead appreciate the individual as having a unique perspective that no one else can claim. From that position, your ideas are unique to you.... Merchant isn’t calling for a cacophony of voices, disparate and competing. Her book is not about individualism as much as it is about community. . . . Merchant forces us to dig deep, into the book and ourselves, and it goes beyond self-knowledge and self-empowerment, obliterating the fear of otherness with an understanding of the onlyness of us all. The Power of Onlyness calls us to identify what is good in ourselves and to connect with what is good in others so that, together, we can indeed dent the world." (Sally Haldorson, 800-CEO-READ, staff pick)

"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)  

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  • Ed Shepherdson
  • 07-09-17

Everyone has a purpose

Overall story and message the author was communicating is a very important message. Every voice is important and we should all learn to listen to these voices and create an environment to take action.

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  • Derek Brookmeyer
  • 10-06-18

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

I read this book while in transition out of full time corporate employment into a self employed freelance career. It was great timing to be empowered by Nilofer’s theory on onlyness. She shares beautiful and inspiring stories of people making a difference in the the world by harnessing their uniqueness. While the book is filled with great rhetoric, it was Nilofer’s personal stories that have stuck with me. She is an excellent storyteller and her message will resonate with anyone looking to make the most of life. I listened to the book and really enjoyed hearing Nilofer narrate, which solidified the authenticity of her words.

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  • M Reid
  • 20-11-17

Listen up!

The Power of Onlyness is amazing. It takes you on a journey toward finding your purpose and passion and how others have taken those steps and where to really begin. I highly recommend!

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  • Victoria Rieser
  • 19-09-17

Not what I expected

Would you try another book from Nilofer Merchant and/or Nilofer Merchant?

possibly.

Has The Power of Onlyness turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

Would you be willing to try another one of Nilofer Merchant’s performances?

maybe

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Power of Onlyness?

the stories were ok.

Any additional comments?

I expected more than what was delivered in this book, I was hoping to gather some kind of knowledge from experiences and take notes from the book. It didn't deliver what I was expecting and I wasn't able to finish the 8 hours... i read about 4 hours in and it just didn't keep me interested to finish.

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  • Deanna
  • 17-10-17

Exceptional

I will figure out what to use my power for...you have inspired me. The difficult part is figuring out just one thing. I would love to help with numerous things!!