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The monk and the riddle : the education of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur

Author: Randy Komisar; Kent Lineback
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business School Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Silicon Valley is filled with garage-to-riches stories and hot young entrepreneurs with big ideas. Yet even in this place where the exceptional is common, Randy Komisar is a breed apart. Currently a "Virtual CEO" who provides "leadership on demand" for several renowned companies, Komisar was recently described by the Washington Post as a "combined professional mentor, minister without portfolio, in-your-face  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Randy Komisar; Randy Komisar; Randy Komisar
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Randy Komisar; Kent Lineback
ISBN: 1578511402 9781578511402 9781578516445 1578516447
OCLC Number: 42780347
Description: ix, 181 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue: The riddle --
The pitch --
The rules of the game --
The virtual CEO --
The deferred life plan --
The romance, not the finance --
The big idea --
The bottom line --
The art of leadership --
The gamble --
The whole life plan --
Epilogue: The road.
Responsibility: Randy Komisar with Kent Lineback.

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Describes how one Silicon Valley insider has blazed a path of professional - and personal - success playing the game by his own rules. This book imparts lessons about the differences between  Read more...

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