Startup Leadership: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Turn Their Ideas Into Successful Enterprises by Derek Lidow

Startup Leadership: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Turn Their Ideas Into Successful Enterprises by Derek Lidow

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About the Book Club Meeting

The PMIWDC Reston Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting on Startup Leadership will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. We will meet in the first floor meeting room in the offices of L-3 from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

Read more about the format of the book club in "About the Book Club" below.

About the Book

Startup Leadership: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Turn Their Ideas Into Successful Enterprises by Derek Lidow

(Current price is under $21.58 for hardback plus shipping on Amazon or $15.19 for the kindle version. The book may also be available from your local library.)

Anyone can start a business. But only leaders can succeed.

Most entrepreneurs know the long odds: only a fraction of them will lead their enterprises to become self-sustaining companies. Derek Lidow is on a mission to improve the odds of success. Throughout his long career as CEO, innovator, and entrepreneur he has tested virtually every aspect of launching a business. Lidow now argues that success is far less dependent upon a firm’s idea or any grand strategy than it is upon something more personal: leadership. Emerging companies have specific leadership requirements, stage by fast-moving stage. Few founders have been able to leverage the tremendous power of this under recognized reality until now.

Startup Leadership demonstrates how to adopt the skills required at each stage of the journey. Whether you are at the idea stage or managing a more mature enterprise, you can start to recognize the fundamental conflict: how to balance your selfish drives with the more selfless leadership required by the organization. The book shows you how to achieve balance by: 

  • Assessing your unique motivations, traits, and skills
  • Creating a personal leadership strategy that leverages your strengths and mitigates your weaknesses
  • Mastering how to lead teams, including boards
  • Understanding the five prerequisites for driving change
  • Taking control of your inevitable crises, thereby strengthening your team and your leadership.

With Lidow’s help, you will learn how to become the startup leader your business needs, and you ll move forward with your plans with greater confidence and success.

Event Location

L-3 1st floor Conference Room
11955 Freedom Drive
Reston, VA, 20190

Agenda and Cost:

5:30pm - 6:30pm: Open book discussion

Free meeting for Chapter members.

Preregistration, reading the book before the meeting, and bringing a copy (e-book okay) of the book to the meeting is required.

You can purchase the book through Amazon. An E-book version is fine. It may also be available from your local library.

Special Instructions
PDU's Available:
Based on the amount of time you will spend in self-directed study of negotiation – we estimate four to six hours of reading, which converts to 4 - 6 PDUs for qualified PMPs who are under the 30 PDU limit for their current three year certification cycle. Please note that these PDUs will need to be reported as Category C: Self-Directed Learning. For full details on PDU reporting refer to the PMP Handbook.
PDUs Available: 
4.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
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