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Hardcover Details
  • 05/2019
  • 1544503520
  • 160 pages
  • $21.99
Audio Details
  • 08/2019
  • B07WPSKKRK
  • 160 pages
  • $6.95
Paperback Details
  • 06/2019
  • 1544503504
  • 160 pages
  • $11.99
Ebook Details
  • 06/2019
  • B07RB2MZY9
  • 162 pages
  • $.99
Kayvan Kian
Author
What is Water? How Young Leaders Can Thrive in an Uncertain World
Kayvan Kian, Author
We live in a world that feels increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA). For young people, the sense of unease this world creates comes with serious difficulties. Many are asking: how can you lead, grow, and thrive in today’s world? In What is Water?, Kayvan Kian shifts the focus away from this overwhelm and toward ways of thinking that will help you grow stronger through it all. Drawing on everything from ancient Stoic philosophy to contemporary examples, Kayvan delivers an approach for dealing with our VUCA world that is simple, pragmatic, and easily transferable to teams, families, and communities. You are not alone in this struggle, and with this book, you’ll be empowered with a strong sense of choice in life, no matter what kind of situations come your way.

Finalist

Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 7.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Idea/Concept:  Kian's informed guide provides stimulating advice for aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs to excel in a "volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous" world. Making compelling references to figures from literature, history, art, and politics, the author presents a blueprint for navigating chaos and centering the self.

Prose: The writing here is clear and uncluttered. Practical, intuitive steps for achieving goals under difficult circumstances, offset the sometimes overwhelming number of references to literary and other outside sources.

Originality:  Kian's work, while far-reaching in its sourcing, nevertheless feels firmly planted in the current moment.  Kian acknowledges the noise and tumult inherent in the modern era and recognizes how young, capable leaders may struggle to retain focus. While many of the suggestions and techniques  Kian introduces are familiar, their context and presentation is  unique.

Execution:  Kian's guidebook blends the philosophical with the practical. Ironically, the text also has a tendency to be overstuffed with ideas and allusions, which are somewhat in conflict with the book's intent. Regardless, readers who like their advice books to be intellectually fortifying will value this unconventional guide to succeeding in an uncertain world.

Date Submitted: January 16, 2020

Formats
Hardcover Details
  • 05/2019
  • 1544503520
  • 160 pages
  • $21.99
Audio Details
  • 08/2019
  • B07WPSKKRK
  • 160 pages
  • $6.95
Paperback Details
  • 06/2019
  • 1544503504
  • 160 pages
  • $11.99
Ebook Details
  • 06/2019
  • B07RB2MZY9
  • 162 pages
  • $.99

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