Stellar Management Teams

The authors argue this is because we have been entrenched in an era of guru leadership but that it must come to an end if our management teams are to rise to the top.

Author: Vesa Ristikangas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351244094

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 220

View: 496

Management teams at all levels, and individual team members in particular, are often disengaged and disconnected from the management function itself. Statements such as, "we lack common goals or they are unclear", "I have no influence", "I am not listened to nor taken into account", and "I do not feel valued – actually, nobody does", are commonplace. The authors argue this is because we have been entrenched in an era of guru leadership but that it must come to an end if our management teams are to rise to the top. An individual is not capable of controlling the complicated system of an organization, with its countless variables, especially in conjunction with the rapid change in both the economy and market forces, which are unpredictable and uncontrollable. No matter how talented the individual, no one person is in a position to manage this complex system alone – not even a guru leader. The authors contend that what is needed now are resilient trendsetters who will bring about a new era of top-performing teams that together form a "collective guru", which they refer to as a Stellar Management Team. In this book, the reader undertakes a metaphorical journey to the stars, which symbolizes top-level interaction and collaboration. The journey is the development from an ordinary management team into a Stellar Management Team, which elevates its operation up to a new level of performance and success.

Stellar Management Teams

The authors argue this is because we have been entrenched in an era of guru leadership but that it must come to an end if our management teams are to rise to the top.

Author: Vesa Ristikangas

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780815373131

Category: Leadership

Page: 238

View: 791

Management teams at all levels, and individual team members in particular, are often disengaged and disconnected from the management function itself. Statements such as, "we lack common goals or they are unclear", "I have no influence", "I am not listened to nor taken into account", and "I do not feel valued � actually, nobody does", are commonplace. The authors argue this is because we have been entrenched in an era of guru leadership but that it must come to an end if our management teams are to rise to the top. An individual is not capable of controlling the complicated system of an organization, with its countless variables, especially in conjunction with the rapid change in both the economy and market forces, which are unpredictable and uncontrollable. No matter how talented the individual, no one person is in a position to manage this complex system alone � not even a guru leader.� The authors contend that what is needed now are resilient trendsetters who will bring about a new era of top-performing teams that together form a "collective guru", which they refer to as a Stellar Management Team.� In this book, the reader undertakes a metaphorical journey to the stars, which symbolizes top-level interaction and collaboration. The journey is the development from an ordinary management team into a Stellar Management Team, which elevates its operation up to a new level of performance and success.

How to Write a Stellar Executive Resume

HUMAN RESOURCES EXECUTIVE-COMPENSATION, EMPLOYMENT, GENERALIST Strategy ... in the U.S. Asia cultural management teams comprised of highly collaborative, ...

Author: Brenda Bernstein

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1510729305

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 120

View: 419

How to Write a Stellar Executive Resume is a step-by-step guide that empowers readers to create an effective and stand out from the crowd as a top candidate for an executive position. Brenda Bernstein, a Certified Executive Resume Master and author of the #1 Bestseller How to Write a Killer LinkedIn Profile, shares the tips and tricks she’s learned from more than two decades of helping job seekers get connected with the right position. Readers will discover: • The importance of knowing the target audience and how to best connect with them • Key social media tips for spreading the word about their skills and experiences • Why good ol’ cover letters are important, and how to use them effectively • Power verbs to use, and words to avoid • Samples of successful resumes For many executives conducting a job search, it may have been quite a while since they were last “looking.” It’s easier than ever to apply for a job – and as a result, there’s a lot of competition for a limited number of openings. There’s a lot to learn about the recruiting world we live in, and the best ways to use the tools at our disposal. This book provides practical, proven, up-to-date best practices for creating an effective executive resume that gets results.

Coaching the Team at Work

... CA Vesa Ristikangas and Tapani Rinne (2018) Stellar Management Teams, Routledge, London Leigh Thompson (1999) Making the Team: A Guide for Managers, ...

Author: David Clutterbuck

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1529352320

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 371

'This book is a must for anyone involved in organizational coaching' Adrian Moorhouse, Managing Director, Lane4 & Olympic Gold Medallist Coaching the Team at Work 2 is the result of research over 20 years with practising team coaches and with major corporations around the world. It recognises that in a complex and constantly evolving business and social environment, teams can only keep up if they adapt frequently. But to adapt, they must have clarity about their internal and external systems and how these contribute to or undermine performance. There are multiple aspects of team function that underpins performance - and each influences and is influenced by the others. This revised edition explores the six most significant aspects: * Purpose and motivation * Systems and processes relating to external stakeholders * Relationships, especially within the team * Systems and processes relating to internal functions (such as quality and decision-making) * Learning (how the team adapts to keep up with the pace of change) * Leadership (how the functions of leadership are exercised within the team) When these aspects are aligned, a team can perform at its best; but when any one or more of the aspects is malfunctioning, the result is underperformance. This book helps team coaches develop their skills to support teams in understanding these complex dynamics and, as a result, in developing more effective ways of working together.

The History of the Book in the West 1914 2000

CSS Stellar, incorporated in 1999, combined the businesses of(a) CSS International ... the provision of signage at events, and (b) Stellar Management Group, ...

Author: Alexis Weedon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351888161

Category: History

Page: 640

View: 303

This collection brings together published papers on key themes which book historians have identified as of particular significance in the history of twentieth-century publishing. It reprints some of the best comparative perspectives and most insightful and innovatively presented scholarship on publishing and book history from such figures as Philip Altbach, Lewis Coser, James Curran, Elizabeth Long, Laura Miller, Angus Phillips, Janice Radway, Jonathan Rose, Shafquat Towheed, Catherine Turner, Jay Satterfield, Clare Squires, Eva Hemmungs Wirtén. It is arranged into six sections which examine the internationalisation of publishing businesses, changing notions of authorship, innovation in the design and marketing of books, the specific effects of globalisation on creative property and the book in a multimedia marketplace. Twentieth-century book history attracts an audience beyond the traditional disciplines of librarianship, bibliography, history and literary studies. It will appeal to publishing educators, editors, publishers, booksellers, as well as academics with an interest in media and popular culture.

Venture Capital Valuation Website

Most venture-backed companies have stellar management teams, with strong cultures of fairness, which would be beneficial to a hypothetical buyer of a ...

Author: Lorenzo Carver

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470908289

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 848

Imagine selling $2 million "worth" of Google stock and only receiving $50 in return? This scenario happens every day for venture-backed companies. Failure to quickly understand high-growth company valuation can cost trillions of dollars. Yet very few leaders involved in a venture-backed company have a definitive understanding of how valuation techniques are being applied to their financial statements and the decision-making process. Featuring extensive case studies of high-profile corporations, including Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft, Venture Capital Valuation provides the knowledge and techniques necessary to understand and value high-growth companies. Sharing his twenty-year track record helping thousands of investors, practitioners, and entrepreneurs measure and realize high-growth venture, author Lorenzo Carver draws on real-world cases from investors, founders, and advisors to illustrate how each corporation was impacted by valuations. By putting these techniques into a context and framework, Venture Capital Valuation simplifies them so that anyone founding, running, and investing in these innovative companies can apply them immediately. Featuring a companion website where readers can access and download additional case study material, as well as different valuation materials mentioned throughout the text, Venture Capital Valuation explores: Why what you don't know about valuation will cost you money How VCs, angels, founders, and employees give up investment cash flow every day Facebook at $80 billion valuation versus Enron at $80 billion valuation Deal terms, waterfalls, and the pre-money myth Whether venture-backed companies should even consider a discounted cash flow (DCF) model Separating enterprise value from the allocation of that value Valuing total equity Using Future Value (FV) and Present Value (PV) to value future cash flows today Why applying the typical DCF model to a venture-backed company hardly ever works "Enterprise Value" + "Allocation Methods" = Value Destruction Undervaluing companies and overvaluing employee options Why you should D.O.W.T. (doubt) venture capital returns 409A valuation professionals discussing topic 820 (FAS 157) with VC CFOs An invaluable resource for anyone who wants to make the most out of their investments, Venture Capital Valuation shows business appraisers and venture capitalists how to maximize their returns and avoid losing money—before the damage becomes irreparable.

The Change Riders

The executive team has had numerous heated agreements over the beauty of the
problem . ... Why does it take otherwise stellar management teams so incredibly
long to recognize they are in trouble and even longer to mobilize their ...

Author: Gary D. Kissler

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 9780201563405

Category: Management.

Page: 336

View: 633

The author brings a point of view to human resource management that blends his interests and work experience to generate innovative solutions to tough business problems.

Startups and Downs

... I would need more money to hire the team, rapidly acquire new customers, ... didn't have a stellar management team (power fail!) in the eyes of the VC.

Author: Mona Bijoor

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1950906094

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 130

View: 864

Entrepreneurship is a cycle of failures and recoveries-hopefully with more successes than not. This national bestseller is about resilience and navigating the process. How do the best entrepreneurs think about failure-as it's happening and in hindsight-and ultimately win? Today’s media is replete with stories about major entrepreneurial successes, IPOs (initial public offerings), mergers, and acquisitions. Reporters and readers alike have also been captivated by the stories of entrepreneurial failures, downfalls, and massive exits (think Travis Kalanick, Elizabeth Holmes, and Doug Evans). However, entrepreneurship is rarely linear, and a lot happens between the headlines and reality. Entrepreneurship is a cycle of failures and recoveries—hopefully with more successes than not. Start-Ups and Downs: The Secrets of Resilient Entrepreneurs shares the wisdom of one entrepreneur who successfully disrupted an entire industry but felt as if she was never prepared for what came next. Mona Bijoor has created a guidebook for navigating the process, from pitching with power to coping with competition, with inspiring stories from respected entrepreneurs, including Nat Turner, cofounder and CEO of Flatiron Health; Courtney Nichols Gould, founder and co-CEO of SmartyPants Vitamins; and Stephen Kuhl, cofounder and CEO of Burrow, intended to lift up anyone determined to keep pushing forward. This book is about resilience. How do the best entrepreneurs think about failure—as it’s happening and in hindsight—and ultimately win?

ECSCW 2005

Efforts to realign STARS constrained time difference between teams, ... project team developer interaction; ASU/Stellar management interaction; ...

Author: Hans Gellersen

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402040238

Category: Computers

Page: 489

View: 299

The emergence and widespread use personal computers and network technologies have seen the development of interest in the use of computers to support cooperative work. This volume presents the proceedings of the ninth European conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). This is a multidisciplinary area that embraces the development of new technologies grounded in actual cooperative practices. These proceedings contain a collection of papers that reflect the variegated research activities in the field. The volume includes papers addressing novel interaction technologies for CSCW systems, new models and architectures for groupware systems, studies of communication and coordination among mobile actors, studies of cooperative work in complex settings, studies of groupware systems in actual use in real-world settings, and theories and techniques to support the development of cooperative applications. The papers present emerging technologies alongside new methods and approaches to the development of this important class of applications. The work in this volume represents the best of the current research and practice within CSCW. The collection of papers presented here will appeal to researchers and practitioners alike, as they combine an understanding of the nature of work with the possibility offered by new technologies.

THE BEST INVESTMENT WRITING VOLUME 2

Why, the stocks of high-quality companies, of course ... companies with stellar management teams, fortress balance sheets, and wonderful products or ...

Author: Meb Faber

Publisher: Harriman House Limited

ISBN: 085719674X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 478

View: 978

The Best Investment Writing is back for a second year, with 41 hand-selected articles. These are the best recent pieces of investment writing from some of the most respected money managers and investment researchers in the world. You’ll get valuable insights into: - Why $1 trillion will flow into Chinese stock markets - How share buybacks are good for dividend yields and per share growth - The truth about cryptocurrencies - Why it's a myth that bonds lose value if rates rise - The four pillars of retirement income - And so much more! We likened The Best Investment Writing - Volume 1 to a masters course in investing. The second year of the program begins now, with The Best Investment Writing - Volume 2. See how it can help you become a better investor today. With contributions from: Stan Altshuller, Rob Arnott, Cliff Asness, Noah Beck, Charlie Bilello, Chris Brightman, Adam Butler, Anna Chetoukhina, Jonathan Clements, Andreas Clenow, Tavi Costa, Aswath Damodaran, Elroy Dimson, Leigh Drogen, Ed Easterling, Meb Faber, Rick Friedman, Steven Germani, Rodrigo Gordillo, Charles Grant, Wes Gray, Rusty Guinn, Corey Hoffstein, Morgan Housel, Ben Hunt, Nils Jenson, Vitali Kalesnik, Norbert Keimling, Russel Kinnel, Michael Kitces, Samuel Lee, Feifei Li, Adam Ludwin, Tom McClellan, Paul Marsh, John Mauldin, Chris Meredith, Peter Mladina, Jim O'Shaughnessy, Michael Philbrick, Dan Rasmussen, Barry Ritholtz, Cullen Roche, Jeremy Schwartz, Jon Seed, Joseph Shim, Steve Sjuggerud, Kevin Smith, Ehren Stanhope, Porter Stansberry, Mike Staunton, Larry Swedroe, Todd Tresidder.

Alternative Investments

... of September.2 How did this huge fund with its stellar management team collapse so quickly when much of the world's economy was performing quite well?

Author: CAIA Association

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119651689

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 960

View: 233

Whether you are a seasoned professional looking to explore new areas within the alternative investment arena or a new industry participant seeking to establish a solid understanding of alternative investments, Alternative Investments: An Allocator's Approach, Fourth Edition (CAIA Level II curriculum official text) is the best way to achieve these goals. In recent years, capital formation has shifted dramatically away from public markets as issuers pursue better financial and value alignment with ownership, less onerous and expensive regulatory requirements, market and information dislocation, and liberation from the short-term challenges that undergird the public capital markets. The careful and informed use of alternative investments in a diversified portfolio can reduce risk, lower volatility, and improve returns over the long-term, enhancing investors' ability to meet their investment outcomes. Alternative Investments: An Allocator's Approach (CAIA Level II curriculum official text) is a key resource that can be used to improve the sophistication of asset owners and those who work with them. This text comprises the curriculum, when combined with supplemental materials available at caia.org, for the CAIA Level II exam. "Over the course of my long career one tenet has held true, 'Continuing Education'. Since CalSTRS is a teachers' pension plan, it is no surprise that continuing education is a core attribute of our Investment Office culture. Overseeing one of the largest institutional pools of capital in the world requires a cohesive knowledge and understanding of both public and private market investments and strategies. We must understand how these opportunities might contribute to delivering on investment outcomes for our beneficiaries. Alternative Investments: An Allocator's Approach is the definitive core instruction manual for an institutional investor, and it puts you in the captain's chair of the asset owner." —Christopher J. Ailman, Chief Investment Officer, California State Teachers’ Retirement System "Given their diversified cash flow streams and returns, private markets continue to be a growing fixture of patient, long-term portfolios. As such, the need to have proficiency across these sophisticated strategies, asset classes, and instruments is critical for today's capital allocator. As a proud CAIA charterholder, I have seen the practical benefits in building a strong private markets foundation, allowing me to better assist my clients." —Jayne Bok, CAIA, CFA, Head of Investments, Asia, Willis Tower Watson

American Business Since 1920

Managers could not seem to identify problems or pinpoint responsibilities. ... Not surprisingly, Ford's once‐stellar management team disintegrated.

Author: Thomas K. McCraw

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119097290

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 408

View: 366

Revised edition of American business since 1920, c2009.

Women Who Work

You can build the finest hotel in the world, but if you don't have a stellar management team in place (once you open the doors) to exceed your guest's ...

Author: Ivanka Trump

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0735211337

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 942

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! Ivanka is donating the unpaid portion of her advance and all future royalties received from Women Who Work to the Ivanka M. Trump Charitable Fund, a donor advised fund that will make grants to organizations that empower and educate women and girls.* "This is a chatty step-by-step guide to living a happy life and getting ahead in a career." —USA Today "The advice is spot-on for everyone, not just women." —Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com and author of Delivering Happiness I believe that when it comes to women and work, there isn’t one right answer. The only person who can create a life you’ll love is you. Our grandmothers fought for the right to work. Our mothers fought for the choice to be in an office or to stay at home. Our generation is the first to fully embrace and celebrate the fact that our lives are multidimensional. Thanks to the women who came before us and paved the way, we can create the lives we want to lead—which look different for each of us. I’ve been fortunate to be able to build my career around my passions, from real estate to fashion. But my professional titles only begin to describe who I am and what I value. I have been an executive and an entrepreneur, but also—and just as importantly—a wife, mother, daughter, and friend. To me, “work” encompasses my efforts to succeed in all of these areas. After appearing on The Apprentice years ago and receiving a flood of letters from young women asking for guidance, I realized the need for more female leaders to speak out publicly in order to change the way society thinks and talks about “women who work.” So I created a forum to do just that. This book evolves the conversation that started on IvankaTrump.com, where so many incredible women (and men!) have shared their experiences, advice, ambitions, and passions. Women who work lead meetings and train for marathons. We learn how to cook and how to code. We inspire our employees and our children. We innovate at our current jobs and start new businesses. Women Who Work will equip you with the best skills I’ve learned from some of the amazing people I’ve met, on subjects such as identifying opportunities, shifting careers smoothly, negotiating, leading teams, starting companies, managing work and family, and helping change the system to make it better for women—now and in the future. I hope it will inspire you to redefine success and architect a life that honors your individual passions and priorities, in a way only you can. * The Ivanka M. Trump Charitable Fund (the “Fund”) is a donor advised fund that supports the economic empowerment of women and girls. Ivanka Trump is the grant advisor to the Fund and sole member of IT WWW Pub, LLC (the “LLC”), which receives royalties from the publication of Women Who Work. The LLC will contribute a minimum $425,000 to the Fund, which is the unpaid portion of the advance, net of expenses. In addition, the LLC will contribute all future royalties it receives that are in excess of the advance to the Fund during the period from May 1, 2017 to May 1, 2022.

Small Business Big Vision

By this point, you've outlined your business concept, showcased your stellar management team, and made a convincing case that there is a genuine need for ...

Author: Matthew Toren

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118098587

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 190

Lessons in applying passion and perseverance from prominententrepreneurs In the world of entrepreneurship, your vision solidifies yourresolve when things get tough, and it reminds you why you went intobusiness in the first place. Authors, brothers, and serialentrepreneurs, Matthew and Adam Toren have compiled a wealth ofvaluable information on the passionate and pragmatic realities ofstarting your own business. They've also gathered insights fromsome of the world's most successful entrepreneurs. This bookdelivers the information that both established and buddingentrepreneurs need, explains how to implement that information, andvalidates each lesson with real-world examples. Small Business, Big Vision provides inspiration andpractical advice on everything from creating a one-page businessplan to setting up an advisory board, and also delivers a call tosocial entrepreneurship and sustainable business practices. Thispowerful book: Offers instruction in whether and how to seek investors Outlines the pros and cons of hiring employees and providesguidance on how to find the best outsourced workers Presents a comprehensive action plan for effective social mediamarketing Explains how to build an information empire and become anexpert Small Business, Big Vision proves that with a flexiblemindset, practical skills, and the passion to keep pushing forward,entrepreneurs can find success, even in today's ever-changingbusiness landscape.

Alternative Investments

... the end of September.2 How did this huge fund with its stellar management team collapse so quickly when much of the world's economy was performing quite ...

Author: Donald R. Chambers

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119003377

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 960

View: 163

The official CAIA Level 1 curriculum book Alternative Investments: CAIA Level I, 3rd Edition is the curriculum book for the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Level I professional examination. Covering the fundamentals of the alternative investment space, this book helps you build a foundation in alternative investment markets. You'll look closely at the different types of hedge fund strategies and the range of statistics used to define investment performance as you gain a deep familiarity with alternative investment terms and develop the computational ability to solve investment problems. From strategy characteristics to portfolio management strategies, this book contains the core material you will need to succeed on the CAIA Level I exam. This updated third edition tracks to the latest version of the exam, and is accompanied by the following ancillaries: a workbook, study guide, learning objectives, and an ethics handbook. Most investment analyst education programs focus primarily on the traditional asset classes, pushing alternative investments to the sidelines. The CAIA designation was developed in response to the tremendous growth of alternative investing, and is the industry's premier educational standard. This book is your official study companion, bringing you fully up to speed on everything you need to know (with the exception of the ethics material covered in a separate handbook). Understand the complexities of each alternative asset class Learn the quantitative techniques professionals use every day Dig into the unique aspects of alternative investments Master the core material covered by the CAIA Level I exam More than 300 financial institutions and hedge funds have committed key executives to the CAIA exam, and this rapidly growing trend speaks to the designation's rising status as a must-have credential for anyone in the alternative investment sphere. Increase your chances of success by getting your information straight from the source in CAIA Level I.

The 10 Entrepreneur

The company had a stellar management team and raised more than $150 million. ... and Peter worked with the executive team on the grim task of firing more ...

Author: Patrick J. McGinnis

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241198801

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 706

Start something new, develop your career and diversify your skills - without giving up your day job You want to launch a business, try something new and make yourself more employable, but you don't want to lose the security of your job. You no longer have to choose. Instead, become a 10% entrepreneur. In The 10% Entrepreneur, Patrick J. McGinnis shows you how to integrate entrepreneurship into your life by investing 10% of your time and, if possible, 10% of your capital into side projects. You will generate more income, discover new opportunities, sharpen your skills - and get the life you've always wanted.

Managing IT as a Business

The corporate executive team must work with the CIO to assemble a top-notch management team. An IT leadership team in a large organization must have the ...

Author: Mark D. Lutchen

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118045756

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 126

With Managing IT as a Business you'll get practical advice on how to unleash the full potential of this critical function so that companies can derive maximum benefit. It offers a proven plan for bridging the gap between CEOs and CIOs that has, until now, impeded their ability to work together in order to craft objectives, establish budget guidelines, and develop metrics for measuring IT value and success. In short, with this book as a guide, business leaders will learn how to manage IT as they would any other functional business unit.

Fiscal Year Annual Performance Plan

Since this office was formally established on January 24 , 2003 , a stellar management team has been assembled to help me manage a workforce of 456 people .

Author: United States. Department of Homeland Security. Office of Inspector General

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Civil defense

Page:

View: 684


Orange Coast Magazine

"The role of a CEO is to develop a vision and then put the resources in place to implement it," Cripe explains, noting her stellar management team has made ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 276

View: 442

Orange Coast Magazine is the oldest continuously published lifestyle magazine in the region, bringing together Orange County¹s most affluent coastal communities through smart, fun, and timely editorial content, as well as compelling photographs and design. Each issue features an award-winning blend of celebrity and newsmaker profiles, service journalism, and authoritative articles on dining, fashion, home design, and travel. As Orange County¹s only paid subscription lifestyle magazine with circulation figures guaranteed by the Audit Bureau of Circulation, Orange Coast is the definitive guidebook into the county¹s luxe lifestyle.

Indulge Your Senses

assemble a stellar management team, each member an expert and passionate about what they do. I would use all the cool and clever marketing tricks I could ...

Author: Michael Dorf

Publisher: Post Hill Press

ISBN: 164293268X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 140

View: 743

“Simply put, Michael Dorf is a true hustler. When the internet upended the music business, he wasn’t romantic to the way things were done and like any great entrepreneur, focused on what’s happening today. It has been fun for me to watch Michael operate in this ever-changing world. There is a lot that can be learned from this man.”—Gary Vaynerchuk, Founder and CEO, VaynerMedia; and author, Crushing It As founder of the iconic Knitting Factory music venue in New York, Michael Dorf became one of the earliest pioneers of digital music in the 1990s and found himself addicted to the seductive promise of the Internet. But losing everything in the dot-com bust led to a renewed appreciation for the sensory pleasures of life and inspired him to gamble big with his latest crazy idea: Launching a wine-making facility in the middle of Manhattan for patrons who could also have dinner in a cozy three-hundred-seat venue while watching concerts by artists such as Elvis Costello, Steve Earle, Suzanne Vega, and Esperanza Spalding. After surviving another economic cataclysm—the Great Recession of 2008—Dorf found that his City Winery concept worked beautifully and he expanded it into a national network of clubs that continues to grow rapidly. Along the way, he realized why his venues are sold out nearly every night, from Boston to Nashville: Trapped in a digital bubble, increasingly separate from the real world, people are eager for the visceral, sensory experiences he offers. In Indulge Your Senses: Scaling Intimacy in a Digital World, Dorf tells riveting tales from his wild ride through three decades of business escapades and dispenses invaluable wisdom for readers—entrepreneurs, executives, students, professionals, lovers of music and wine—who are struggling to balance the virtual and the real in a world awash in technology. “Music, wine, food, and community—not only has Michael Dorf cracked the code on a recipe so many of us crave most in an increasingly disconnected world, he’s also managed to grow a brilliantly successful business while listening to his gut and sticking to his values. It’s a feat that all entrepreneurs would be wise to study closely.” —Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group; Founder, Shake Shack; and author, Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business “The lessons learned in Michael Dorf’s fascinating career make this as much a business book about how to thrive by indulging a customer’s senses in our digital age as it is a gripping tale from an insider in the New York rock and jazz world during a period of massive technological change.”—Steve Case, co-founder of the investment firm Revolution LLC and former CEO of AOL “Sonic Youth, Beck, John Zorn, Cecil Taylor—Michael Dorf showcased them all at his cutting-edge Knitting Factory. Neil Young, Aaron Neville, Macy Gray, Shawn Colvin—those artists and more have graced his upscale City Winery. It’s hard to imagine anyone in New York who has presented more great live music over the past thirty years. This book is the colorful story of how Dorf pulled it off, both before and after the Internet upended the music industry and changed our lives forever. It’s inspiring reading for anybody who cares about music, culture, and wine, and explains how to thrive by offering people a live experience they will always remember.” —Rita Houston, WFUV Program Director