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Permission to Screw Up


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The underdog success story of one of today's most inspiring young entrepreneurs, who made it big not in Silicon Valley, but by putting a new twist on one of the least glamorous industries.

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Kristen Hadeed launched Student Maid, a cleaning company that hires only students, when she was a junior at the University of Florida in 2009. It has since grown into a company that has employed hundreds of students, and has been widely recognized for its industry-leading retention rate and its culture of trust, accountability, and empowerment. Hadeed now spends much of her time helping organizations across the country improve their own workplace cultures. Her TED Talk has received more than 2 million hits and her company has been featured by national media outlets. This is her first book. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.


"A brave and generous book, the ideal antidote to the perfection and invulnerability we pretend are essential to succeed."
--Seth Godin, author of Linchpin and Tribes

"If you're looking for the sunshine and rainbows version of success, this isn't the story for you. If you're looking for the down-to-earth, nitty-gritty, honest journey of a leader, proceed to chapter 1."
--Susan Cain, author of Quiet "Permission to Screw Up pulls back the curtains and reveals what it's really like to be a leader--a must read for anyone who wants to start a company. Kristen isn't afraid to own up to the mistakes she's made along the way, and encourages us to do the same."
--Kip Tindell, cofounder and chairman of The Container Store "As a fellow entrepreneur and CEO, I say hallelujah to one of us finally admitting out loud that despite the success, most of us get it wrong more than we get it right. Kristen tells the truth in such an entertaining and informative way, that anyone contemplating starting a business or leading a team will no doubt be inspired after reading this book."
--Raegan Moya-Jones, cofounder and CEO of Aden + Anais "Boooom! Kristen Hadeed is a bona fide millennial badass. Her story is an inspiring read for anyone who's got the guts and tenacity to be a high impact leader. This book is a master class on how to create a brilliant culture that drives big results."
--Sarah Robb O'Hagan, CEO of Flywheel Sports and author of Extreme You "Permission to Screw Up is incredibly inspiring. Thank you, Kristen, for having the courage to admit that you aren't perfect and for reminding us that no one is. We can still get it wrong--a lot--and be considered a success. No matter where you are in life, I promise you will get something out of this book."
--Anne V, supermodel

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