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Reboot

Leadership and the Art of Growing Up
Written by: Jerry Colonna
Narrated by: Jerry Colonna
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
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One of the start-up world’s most in-demand executive coaches - hailed as the “CEO Whisperer” (Gimlet Media) - reveals why radical self-inquiry is critical to professional success and healthy relationships in all realms of life.

Jerry Colonna helps start-up CEOs make peace with their demons, the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have helped them to succeed - molding them into highly accomplished individuals - yet have been detrimental to their relationships and ultimate well-being. Now, this venture capitalist turned executive coach shares his unusual yet highly effective blend of Buddhism, Jungian therapy, and entrepreneurial straight talk to help leaders overcome their own psychological traumas. Reboot is a journey of radical self-inquiry, helping you to reset your life by sorting through the emotional baggage that is holding you back professionally and, even more important, in your relationships.

Jerry has taught CEOs and their top teams to realize their potential by using the raw material of their lives to find meaning, to build healthy interpersonal bonds, and to become more compassionate and bold leaders. In Reboot, he inspires everyone to hold themselves responsible for their choices and for the possibility of truly achieving their dreams.

Work does not have to destroy us. Work can be the way in which we achieve our fullest self, Jerry firmly believes. What we need, sometimes, is a chance to reset our goals and to reconnect with our deepest selves and with each other. Reboot moves and empowers us to begin this journey. 

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©2019 Jerry Colonna (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Wow.

Jerry Colonna is such a wonderful storyteller. I was moved, enlightened, and left a different person thanks to this book. I don’t think my review can really do it justice as I found this to be a book I wish I found when younger... but happy it came to me when it did. Such a beautiful writer and love that the audiobook is in the authors own voice. Loved it and will read again!

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  • Barrett
  • 2019-07-05

An empathetic and vulnerable look at leadership

Jerry Colonna’s work is a gift to anyone looking to become a more thoughtful, wholesome leader. He challenges us to understand our past so that we can move forward with a new story.

You won’t get a tactical roadmap to becoming a leader in 90 days or less. Instead, you’ll get something more meaningful, more nuanced. Something a bit more like leadership itself.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-10

Just not my thing....

Jerry Colonna is obviously a well accomplished VC entrepreneur/Coach but this just isn't my style. The whole answer a question with a question thing is a bit of a cop out. "Great humans make great leaders" doesn't seem to be that big of a revelation to me.

I'm probably being a bit too hard on the book. I was very excited to read/listen and it's just kind of left me feeling "meh". I know our childhood plays a much larger role in our development than most people probably believe, but he seems to spend an inordinate amount of time on it. A tree he climbed when he was 10 was chopped down and he's still crying about it 40 years later?!?!?!?! However, I'm kind of an a-hole. I'll re-listen in a few months and give it another chance.

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  • EK
  • 2019-07-24

This book cracked me wide open

As a former HR director and Director of a Nonprofit I recommend this book to all those looking to grow in their leadership and self. As the now CEO of only me I recommend this book to all who are looking to open their heart and get on the pathless path they were meant for. I can’t recommend this one enough. I will be listening to it again.

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  • TJ
  • 2019-08-08

A Must Listen...

If you’re a startup founder or ambitious person do yourself a favor and get this book now. Ambition can be a heavy load to carry and Jerry’s love, generosity and experience can help lighten your load. This book has helped me think more deeply about my life and uncover the obstacles I’ve placed in my way. There are tons of self-help books out there and I hesitate to call this one bc it’s not filled with false directions of how to live your life. Instead, it gives you questions and a helpful way to think about your life so you can discover YOUR OWN PATH. I’d also highly recommend his podcast Reboot.

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  • Chris Beebe
  • 2019-07-24

Jerry Colona at his Finest

I've sometimes struggled with Jerry's podcasts, but he (we?) seemed to have grown up a lot in this book. Weaving his past and present with those of his clients to resolve and restore real-world breakdowns makes this book unforgettable. No theory, no BS. If you don't break and weep at some point, listen again.

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  • Anthony
  • 2019-07-21

The heart of the matter ...

I've written 2 maybe 3 reviews in the past - I'm moved to do so again with Reboot!

As a startup CEO I've read (listened to) countless books on leadership, startup strategies, funding, etc., pretty much everything related to launching a successful tech startup. While they each had their value, I may have just found the most value in Reboot. While tactics & strategy are important, understanding our inner workings; those belief systems that drive (and often hinder) us are more important - a brain full of tactics doesn't stand a chance against an inner belief that we're not worthy or enough.

Thanks for spelling it out @jerrycolonna - very much appreciated!

Anthony at CarDana dot co

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  • 2019-09-10

This book will change your life, but only if you let it.

I loved everything about this book.
Thank you, Jerry, for gently forcing me to face the story of my life. Thank you for courageously sharing your story and those of your clients. They helped me tremendously. Thank you for showing me that part of growing up is accepting that we are always becoming and we are always growing. Thank you for forcing me to face the path-less path.
Always grateful, always becoming,
Silvia

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  • oxie
  • 2019-08-30

so much of Jerry's wisdom, condensed

I am a huge fan of Jerry's work and an avid listener of his podcast. it's fantastic to have one reference source to come back to, over and over. I am so grateful Jerry himself did the audiobook, the depth of his feelings and wisdom comes thru so strongly.

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  • Splento Photographers On Demand
  • 2019-08-24

What a brilliant book

It’s a great book, but I’d say it’s a bit early for me. I believe the lifecycle of a human consists of three main stages:
1) Just living (childhood)
2) Striving (adulthood)
3) True belonging (wisdom)

Many people never grow out of Stage 1. They just live, without purpose, without goals, without testing their metal. Some get stuck in Stage 2, but mistaken their false grit for true grit and spend most of their lives trapped in a never-ending cycle of “busyness”. And only those who have evolved from just living, experienced both false and true grit - can find their true belonging and zen. Skipping Stage 2 altogether or spending very little time in it, or hopping over it prematurely - will rob you of fully understanding what true belonging is. And bearing in mind that this book is all about true belonging, I think it needs to come with the caveat that one shouldn’t find zen (true belonging), until they have properly experienced true grit.

Roman
CEO, Splento

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  • S Smith
  • 2019-08-20

Reboot

The writing has excellent content and tone, but the narrator's voice was like a sedative. Jerry, I think you need to hire someone else to read for you. I loved the book, but listening to it was challenging at times.