Curve Benders

Book description

A personal growth roadmap guiding you into the future of relationships in work, life, play, and giving 

Curve Benders is a personal growth roadmap. It will guide you through the complicated intersection of work, life, play, and giving. Countless new forces will shape the future, so the strategic relationships we form in these areas of life are, of necessity, changing. This book will show you how to move into the future and dramatically alter your growth trajectory in both its direction and ultimate destination. David Nour, the author of Relationship Economics and a top thought leader on business relationships, has identified 15 forces that will heavily influence what we do and how and where we engage our current and prospective relationships to create value and make a difference in the lives of others. 

 This book aims to provide you with a step-by-step guide for personal, professional, and organizational growth. The author highlights how certain relationships enable a non-linear growth trajectory. These relationships, in addition to augmenting what we can accomplish, often shape who we become. These relationships are “curve benders,” and this book will show you who and where they are, how to find and engage them, and, equally valuable, how you can become a curve bender to impact the lives and livelihoods of others profoundly. 

  • Gain insight into the value of your current strategic relationships and how they help you achieve your work, life, and giving goals 
  • Reconceptualize relationships to identify the people with the power, not only to help you achieve but to change who you become 
  • Learn how to become a “curve bender” who makes an outsized impact in the lives of others 
  • Become better at finding and engaging people, navigating the 15 forces that are reshaping our world 

This book is about strategic relationship planning, personal growth, and, ultimately, about you. Read Curve Benders to launch yourself into your best future. 

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Introduction: Don't Doubt Waze!
    1. Transactions versus Transformations
    2. How Will You Get There?
    3. This Book's Promise
    4. Notes
  6. Chapter 1: Work–Life Blending
    1. Infrastructure of Our Lives
    2. Aligning Corporate Strategy
    3. Organization's Value Agenda
    4. Four Non-Linear Growth Strategies
    5. Your Personal Market Value
    6. Chapter 1 Summary
    7. Notes
  7. Chapter 2: 15 Forces Impacting Your Future
    1. Extent of Your Control
    2. Five Personal Forces
    3. Three Organizational Forces
    4. Five Industry Forces
    5. Your Priorities Scorecard
    6. Chapter 2 Summary
    7. Notes
  8. Chapter 3: Accelerated Relevancy
    1. Seven-Step Path to Your Curve Benders
    2. Sustained Relevance
    3. Linear versus Non-Linear Growth
    4. Five Steps That Accelerate Your Relevancy
    5. Chapter 3 Summary
    6. Notes
  9. Chapter 4: Curve Benders as Risk Mitigators in Your Personal S-Curve
    1. Relationship Intelligence
    2. Power of Learning Moments
    3. Bending Your Growth Curve While Avoiding Fender Benders
    4. Your Personal S-Curve
    5. Relationship On-Ramps, Growth Boosts, and Exits
    6. Chapter 4 Summary
    7. Notes
  10. Chapter 5: Organization of the Future
    1. Core Business Blind Spots
    2. The Sandbox Engine
    3. Unlocking Real Innovation
    4. Courage, Commitment, Construct
    5. Chief Entrepreneur
    6. Entrepreneurial Impact at Walmart.com
    7. Chapter 5 Summary
    8. Notes
  11. Chapter 6: Curve Bending in the Lives of Others
    1. Curve Bending Mindset and Cadence
    2. Seekers and Solvers
    3. Compounding Refraction Points
    4. Curve Benders in Companies
    5. Workhorses versus Show Horses
    6. Chapter 6 Summary
    7. Notes
  12. Chapter 7: Your Curve Benders Roadmap
    1. Your Future Growth Timeline – Four Phases
    2. Your Repeatable Actions – Five Steps
    3. Phase One: Act Now
    4. Phase Two: Strategize to Evolve
    5. Phase Three: Visualize Non-Linear Growth
    6. Phase Four: Sequence Your S-Curves
    7. Final Step: Curve-Bending Impact
    8. Chapter 7 Summary
    9. Notes
  13. Final Thoughts
  14. Acknowledgments
  15. About the Author
  16. Other Books by the Author
    1. Relationship Economics – Forthcoming Third Edition (Wiley, 2021)
    2. Co-Create (St. Martin's Press, 2017)
    3. Return on Impact (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
    4. ConnectAbility (McGraw-Hill, 2010)
    5. The Entrepreneur's Guide to Raising Capital (Praeger, 2009)
  17. Index
  18. End User License Agreement

Product information

  • Title: Curve Benders
  • Author(s): David Nour, Lin Wilson
  • Release date: April 2021
  • Publisher(s): Wiley
  • ISBN: 9781119764212