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Character: The Ultimate Success Factor

Character: The Ultimate Success Factor

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Character: The Ultimate Success Factor demonstrates how character, expressed through perspective, action, and resilience, determines success. Based on the personal, corporate and military experiences of Dr. J. Phillip (“Jack”) London, a successful defense industry executive, as well as many other real-life examples, the book presents the time-tested lessons behind character-driven success.

The book insightfully explains that while a variety of factors form our abilities and influence the events in our lives, character is the key to long-term success. Character is a unique set of moral and ethical qualities that define what you believe in, what you stand for, and what you expect of yourself and others. London asserts that how you act on these qualities – your statement of character – will determine how far you will go; if you succeed or fail. Success is also uniquely defined as acting with honesty and integrity, performing to the best of your ability, and appreciating the people who helped you achieve your goals. Enduring success is never gained by unethical or unlawful means, for dubious purposes, or at great moral cost.

The development of character-driven success is unveiled in 17 lessons grouped into five progressive sections. Based on the architectural wedge-shaped piece at the summit of an arch that holds the other pieces in place, the first section is titled Keystone: Character.  Expressions of character, from personal behavior to the role and influence of others’, form perspectives about success. The second section called Blueprint: Vision, adds the next step of deciding what you want to achieve. While taking the strategic steps of setting out the big picture, character is also developed by using judgment, dealing with change and the unexpected, and identifying unique opportunities to be distinctive. Structure: Action, the third section, focuses on the frequent challenges in achieving goals, such as struggles with taking the first steps, decisiveness, self-expression, and taking the lead. The value of our efforts is examined in the fourth section called Appraise: Resolve. Every so often we need, or are forced, to stop and assess things. Sometimes, it’s assessing a risk. Other times, it’s assessing whether to go any further. The final section, Build: Momentum, discusses the most important lesson; that we are building ourselves and our future, because we are all a work in progress.  This is success in its most genuine and most realistic form.

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Ebook… under $1 for a limited time | Business Plans Explained: The Things You Need to Know About Business Plans that most people don’t

Business Plans Explained: The Things You Need to Know About Business Plans–that most people don’t

Business Plans EXPLAINEDHere is something that is very important to understand about business plans that entrepreneurs and business owners often never think to ask and rarely explained to people starting their first business. Very often entrepreneurs that write their own business plan to save money, or have someone inexperienced write their plan; end up with the very type of plan that won’t get the job done for them. This is the single most important reason why you should learn more than just “how to write a business plan” or have just any “writer” do your business plan.

If you follow what’s in this guide, you will be able to create a more compelling and powerful business plan. If you are having someone write your plan for you, then use this guide as a means to check their work to make sure they write a plan for you that has all the elements that make it stand out from all the other plans that investors and funding sources receive.

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REVIEW | So You Want to Be a CEO – “a sound methodology” from a former NYSE listed company CEO

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So You Want to be A CEOTom Faught outlines a sound methodology for getting to the next level and beyond. He shares insights based on both real-world experience and careful introspection. The “plan” allows for varying degrees of flexibility, depending on one’s current position and career goals. With a hands-on approach, Faught points out one’s glaring weaknesses, strengths, and areas of obligatory improvement. My copy is filled with my notes and I’m not sharing my copy. Get your own! Happy reading…

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UPCOMING | Stuck in the Middle | A Generation X View of Talent Management

When people don’t employ personal talent management in the way of owning their own succession plan; when companies and organizations don’t build and sustain an integrated talent management strategy; they remain stuck in the middle; somewhere between who they are and who they want to be. How to get unstuck, how to break free from the middle is what individuals and organizations often don’t understand.

That critical understanding (and ability to take action on it to improve your situation) is what you’ll find in this book as told through the eyes of a member of Generation X.

Stuck in the Middle | A Generation X View of Talent Management by Dr. Curtis L. Odom is a “Must Read” for business executives looking to help their organization and for professionals who want to improve the trajectory of their careers!

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Stuck in the Middle | A Generation X View of Talent Management

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Stuck in the Middle | A Generation X View of Talent Management

Stuck in the Middle | A Generation X View of Talent Management

ISBN: 978-1-937592-05-9 (hardcover with dust-jacket)
Page Count: 188

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Part of making things happen as an individual, in your career, or as a company is taking a hard look at things and saying, “These are my flaws. These are my shortcomings. These are the self-defeating actions where I’ve shot my success in the foot.” Any person or company who says they’ve never done those things is hindering their success, ruining their achievement, and unwittingly keeping themselves stuck in the middle. The unwillingness to do a hard current state assessment is a barrier between getting what you want and continuing to lack what you need. Finding that progress gap is the secret ingredient in the magic formula for understanding what it is that you need (not necessarily what you want) and then taking the steps to get that result (which leads to what you want). Talent management is indeed a business imperative to build and grow a successful organization … but more importantly it is also a personal imperative for professionals to build successful careers.

When people don’t employ personal talent management in the way of owning their own succession plan; when companies and organizations don’t build and sustain an integrated talent management strategy; they remain stuck in the middle; somewhere between who they are and who they want to be. How to get unstuck, how to break free from the middle is what individuals and organizations often don’t understand.  That critical understanding (and ability to take action on it to improve your situation) is what you’ll find in this book as told through the eyes of a member of Generation X.

From the author:

I think the best way to teach is to provide examples… preferably real and not hypothetical ones constructed purely for the sake of answering a question. Real experience. Real events. Real decisions… with real outcomes. ‘What I did, why I did it, and what happened next’ kind of examples. That is how I’ve approached this book you have in your hands. There will be some , what I feel are astute, Generation X observations on life and certainly on career at it relates to talent management but these are only part of what I want to share with you. I meet a lot of people who, like me, are Gen Xers who are trying to figure out “How do I make it in corporate America?” I have had career success and reached fairly senior positions for ‘someone of my age’ with more than one Fortune 100 company. So people come to me and ask, “What does it take to get to where you are?” How did I do it? Did I have to sell my soul, strike a deal with the devil, or some different compromising scenario that was traded in an effort for quick success?

And then I tell them my career story, which you will find in this book. It is a story steeped in my passion to help organizations solve the dilemma of how and when to buy, build, or borrow the talent they need, while not losing focus on running their business today. This story and the same passion will speak to individuals as well and give them insights and actionable advice on applying proven talent management principles to improve the trajectory of their own careers.

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So You Want To Be A CEO?

So You Want To Be A CEO?

Outlining the requirements for management success in the 21st century, the author proposes both a senior management career path to achieving top executive responsibilities and how the CEO successfully meets his or her challenges once that apex position is achieved. 

Thomas Faught is the author and his over forty years of global management experience, including more than a decade as a Chief Executive Officer of a NYSE listed company, underscores the dynamics of this book.  It is intended for the aspiring individual who currently has some management experience, the ambition and dedicated focus to be the business leader, the self-confidence to recognize and be comfortable with risk taking and to exercise “out of the box” thinking in accomplishing the vision they develop for their organization.

The book covers all the dynamics of these objectives, including the importance of the family, effective time management, discipline in all of its meanings and the real relationships between the business leader, the Board of Directors,  the executive team, shareholders, employees, the market,  and the increasing influence of government actions and involvement.

The author brings to the thinking expressed in the book considerable global business knowledge as well as a direct management background in working with the government. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy during President Reagan’s Administration, was the President and Chief Executive Officer of a major corporation engaged partly in government contract work, and has acted as advisor to several Directors, Commanders and leaders of government and military organizations.  Thus, he has “worked both sides of the – management – street.”  He also is a Marine, having served as an enlisted infantry rifleman-radio operator and subsequently as a Marine officer. He holds a MBA from Harvard and a BS Degree from Oregon State College.

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