Laura Huang, a preeminent Harvard Business School professor, says that success is about gaining an edge: that elusive quality that gives you an upper hand and attracts attention and support. Some people seem to naturally have it. She says the rest of us can create our own successes from the challenges and biases we think hold us back, turning them to work in our favor.
Huang argues that success is rarely just about the quality of our ideas, credentials and skills, or our effort. Instead, she says achieving success hinges on how well we shape others' perceptions—of our strengths, certainly, but also of our flaws. It's about creating our own edge by confronting the factors that seem like shortcomings and turning them into assets that make others take notice.
Come for a fascinating conversation about how to find your unique edge and keep it sharp.
Associate Professor, Harvard Business School; Author, Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage; Twitter @LauraHuangLA
In Conversation with Tracy Chou
Founder and CEO, Block Party; Twitter @triketora
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