Reboot

Leadership and the Art of Growing Up
Narrated by: Jerry Colonna
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (417 ratings)

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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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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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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
  • 07-24-19

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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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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Completely self-indulgent

What an empty scam of a book...

Giant nothing burger and obvious vanity project. Incredible.

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  • TJ
  • 08-08-19

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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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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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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Digging into the warriorship

The path of a leader is not layered with rose petals - life can get hard, personal time is sacrified but the leader must have an open heart for others all the time. Jerry helps leaders by asking the right questions.

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just ok<br />

first and last chapter were most beneficial.

expected more business analogies

narration was very good


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  • Yvonne Flynn
  • 04-14-20

Wonderfully wise and heartwarming

This is a book for everyone.. whether you are the CEO of a multi-million corporation or you simply want to be a better CEO of your own life. Jerry Colonna is a wise storyteller and a skillful coach. In his wonderful narration of this book, he demonstrates what it means to show up with open heart and strong back. His love of poetry enriches this book. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-22-20

Sort out your unsorted baggage

Jerry demonstrates how the bits of our past that haven’t been dealt with play themselves out in our present.
Jerry teaches for us to be the best leaders we must be the best person we can be. To be the best person we can be we must fully open our hearts.

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  • Niall
  • 01-12-20

Awful

The self indulging author goes far too deep into each little anecdote. feels like a blog post or two padded out to stretch to a book. All I took from this was the regret that I started it and felt the need to finish. If it was printed, it would not be worthy of wiping ones hole with.

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  • Dbroadhurst
  • 12-01-19

Couldn’t bear the audio

It’s as if you’re a child. The whispering voice is so wet and wimpy. I couldn’t stand it. I think I’ll read it instead.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-19

Mixed Emotions

A book that sits on 2 shelfs... Business and Autobiograpgical, which is no doubt why I had mixed emotions on its value. The whispering delivery undermined some of the impact of the words. Overall an enjoyable listen and thank you for the intro to Padraig O Tuama and Parker J Parker.

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  • Chris Hopkirk
  • 08-23-19

Reboot gets to your soul

I have been looking for an insight like this ever since I started my journey of self awareness and acceptance. This resonated with me so much that it is enabling me to be a better leader and person. Can’t recommend it more highly, particularly those that are leading companies and people. Thanks Jerry

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  • Otto
  • 04-14-20

Will read it again and again

The content of this book is for slow consumption for me as lesser guman. I strice to understand tge teaching.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-28-19

A journey of self excavation

Recommended to me as a business book. Was so much more and I'm now looking forward to the practicalities of answering these questions. Further, immersing them into my own coaching world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-19

Poetic

Loved the way he told people’s stories. His strong was very poetic but went a little long in parts and lost me a few times. Reads like a novel and his voice is great for narration.