Success Is What You Leave Behind - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124172241, 9780124172258

Success Is What You Leave Behind

1st Edition

Fostering Leadership and Innovation

Authors: Cato Laurencin
eBook ISBN: 9780124172258
Paperback ISBN: 9780124172241
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st June 2018
Page Count: 200
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Success Is What You Leave Behind: Fostering Leadership and Innovation reveals the 14 proven practices that Dr. Cato T. Laurencin has come to rely upon in building his distinguished career as a renowned orthopedic surgeon, biomedical engineer, educator and mentor. Writing with a personal voice, Dr. Laurencin shares stories from his own experiences to reflect the principles he has learned and how one can utilize them in their own career. Among other topics, he discusses how to be a leader, handling challenging moments, fostering creativity and innovation, using skills and successes to help others, and what he’s learned from some of the giants in the world of the life sciences and medicine.

Key Features

  • Shows effective methods for elevating the reader's own capabilities and mentoring others to do the same
  • Offers guidance on how to consider hurdles and approach them so that you can move forward
  • Features insights on fostering innovative ideas and driving change to produce new outcomes


Those in the fields of life sciences, biomedical sciences, and biomedical technology as well as entrepreneurs and inventors

Table of Contents

1. Know Who You Are. Don’t Let Others Define You
2. Walk with People Smarter than You
3. Do an Adhimu Chunga
4. To Stumble Isn’t to Fall, It’s to Walk Faster
5. If You Can Walk You Can Dance, If You Can Talk You Can Sing
6. Go Beyond Expectations, Theirs and Yours
7. If You’re Going to Compete, Take an Unfair Advantage
8. Do Good Things and Good Things Will Happen
9. You Know What You Know, but You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know
10. Reasonable People Act Reasonably
11. Three Things You Should Be Able to Say: "I Don’t Know," "I’m Sorry," and "I Love You"
12. Better Together than Best Apart
13. Success Is Not What You’ve Done, It’s What You Leave Behind
14. Mourn Once, Celebrate Ten Times


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About the Author

Cato Laurencin

Cato Laurencin

Dr. Laurencin is the Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Professor of Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Connecticut. In addition, Dr. Laurencin is a University Professor at the University of Connecticut (the 7th in the institution’s history). He is the Director of both the Institute for Regenerative Engineering, and the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Dr. Laurencin serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at UCONN.

Dr. Laurencin earned his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton, his medical degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Harvard Medical School, and his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology from M.I.T.

A board certified orthopaedic surgeon and shoulder/ knee specialist, he won the Nicolas Andry Award from the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. His discoveries in research have been highlighted by Scientific American Magazine, and more recently by National Geographic Magazine in its “100 Scientific Discoveries that Changed the World” edition.

Dr. Laurencin is an outstanding mentor and he has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in ceremonies at the White House. Dr. Laurencin has received the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for mentoring, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Mentor Award.

Dr. Laurencin previously served as the UConn Health Center’s Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine. Prior to that, Dr. Laurencin was the Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia, and Orthopaedic Surgeon-in-Chief for the University of Virginia Health System.

Dr. Laurencin is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is also an elected member of the National Academy of Inventors.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT, USA

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