A star Harvard Business School professor shows 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. Now, Huang teaches the rest of us how to create our own and keep it sharp.
How do you find a competitive edge when you feel like the world is against you?
How do you get people to take you seriously when they're predisposed not to?
Star Harvard Business School professor Laura Huang has come up against that problem many times - and so has anyone who's ever felt out of place or underrecognised. Many of us sit back quietly, hoping that our hard work and grit will speak for themselves. Or we force ourselves to fit the mold of what we perceive as 'successful', stifling the creativity and charm that makes us memorable.
In this perfect guide for ambitious readers of Amy Cuddy's Presence and Angela Duckworth's Grit looking for the missing piece that will take them to the next level, Huang offers a different approach.
She argues that success is rarely about the quality of your ideas, your credentials and skills or the effort you put in. Instead, it's about how well you shape others' perceptions - about your strengths, yes, but also about your flaws. It's about creating an edge by confronting the factors that seem like shortcomings and turning them into assets that persuade others to take notice.
Drawing from her research on gut feeling, pitching and investment decisions, as well as stories about previously overlooked Olympians, assistants-turned executives and first-time entrepreneurs, Huang shows that success comes from knowing who you are and using that knowledge unapologetically and strategically. This book will teach you how to find your unique edge and keep it sharp.
Edge is for anyone who has found themselves feeling underestimated and unequipped to deal with a tough situation - so, all of us. Huang melds her groundbreaking research with heartfelt stories to show how all of us can - and indeed, must - create our own advantage
Edge is a superbly researched, deeply insightful and persuasive book that is destined to be a guidebook for self-empowerment and success. It's truly out of this world
Laura Huang's research on bias and gut feeling has moved the field forward significantly. Not only is she an incredible researcher, she has written a compelling, crucial book that will help readers take control of their toughest challenges with poise and authenticity
Edge is fun to read, beautifully written and resonant - a worthy addition to every entrepreneur's toolbox. Laura Huang is a powerful new voice for those that seek to make a ruckus
Laura Huang is an associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. Prior to joining HBS, she was an assistant professor of management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Her research has been featured in The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes and Nature. She has won a number of awards for her research, including a 2016 Kauffman Foundation Fellowship and was named one of the 40 Best Business School Professors Under the Age of 40 by Poets & Quants. Her speaking and consulting clients include Google, Uber, Blackrock, Eldridge Industries, Keystone, Bionic and the Level Playing Field Institute.