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Whitney Johnson, Author of "Disrupt Yourself"

Today’s guest is recognized as one of the world’s most influential management thinkers in 2015 and was a finalist for the Top thinkers on Talent at the biennial Thinkers50 ceremony in London. Whitney Johnson is best known for her work on driving corporate innovation through personal disruption. Formerly, she was an Institutional Investor-ranked analyst for 8 years at Merrill Lynch and is the former president and co-founder of a boutique investment firm with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen. Whitney is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, “Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work.” It was named by Inc. Magazine as a Top 100 Business Book in 2015. Whitney is also a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, a LinkedInfluencer and co-founder of Forty Women over 40 to Watch.

She has a very impressive background as an investor working at Merrill Lynch picking stocks. I ask her about her strategy, now that she advocates for the average investor. It might surprise you. Plus, the sad but important financial lesson that she learned as a child and what it taught her later as an adult. Whitney also shares her biggest financial failure, involving a business and a friend.

If you’d like to learn more about Whitney check out her website or follow her on Twitter @johnsonwhitney.

One of my favorite quotes from the interview: “Sometimes those really sad $ memories are what motivate us to make something of ourselves.” – Click To Tweet

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