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The narrator will be reading the Preface, Foreword, Notes from the author, Epilogue, and a section of the book in which people were interviewed. This section will be read from the first person perspective.
Does your leadership matter?
Do you positively influence others?
Is your advice and coaching remembered?
Leadership Residue: A Leadership Fable is an inspirational tale of how to be a quality leader while maintaining values we often lose sight of along the road to success.
As senior vice president of Whizz Bang Technology Solutions, Dorothy is quickly becoming known as a bulldozer boss. With a big payday looming large, Dorothy demands her team to clear up technical problems threatening the sale - or else!
As the dust settles on her recent explosion, Dorothy can't shake the memories of leaders from her past and the leader she originally set out to be. But is it too late? And is it even possible to change?
This is not your typical list of top ten ways to be a better leader. Galen Bingham tells a story, shares tools and compiles real life examples from business executives, educators and non-profit leaders to reveal how your leadership can matter to others - even when you're no longer present.
Whether leading thousands in corporate America, influencing dedicated volunteers for a cause of passion or excelling as an individual contributor, have confidence you are leaving positive leadership residue. 2017-01-30 21:21:58 GMT 2017-02-09 16:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 9 8 0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 10 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 9 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
Preface: Grandma’s Famous German Chocolate Cake
Educators, ministers, friends, and family felt the vibration of wooden planks as they crossed the only bridge leading into a small riverboat town on the Mississippi Delta. All were traveling a familiar road to attend a home-going celebration. Willie Mae Gaddy lived to be eighty-six years old.
In May 2007, countless stories told of visiting my grandma during her life in a sleepy Civil War town called Helena—West Helena, Arkansas. Everyone reminisced about leaving my grandma’s house “fat-cat full” and with smiles equally wide on their faces. Grandma Gaddy once said, “We can’t give you a lot of money, but we can make sure the memory of your meals in this house will carry you through the short-money times.”
It was true. As tough as times might get, just thinking about Grandma’s kitchen could transport everyone to happier times—times laced with tastes and aromas of sweet potato pie, pecan pie, thirty-day friendship cake, and coconut pound cake. The flavors came back to life as vividly as if floating from her kitchen.
Lean in, and you just might be able to smell a hint of vanilla and cinnamon coming through these pages. It was never difficult to guess what treat would emerge next from my grandma’s kitchen. My nose could solve every mystery. Her legacy remains well after she has gone. What a wonderful legacy to leave for friends, family, and strangers to remember.
What if leaders could conjure the same sense of legacy? We have all been called leader. Whether due to a formal title, circumstances calling on unique expertise, or tenure, at some point everyone has felt the weight of leadership.
Most take on the role with reverence, understanding the responsibility associated with the label. If you’re like me, you’ve worked late hours and compromised family commitments, adopting the burdens of others as if they were your own. Have you ever wondered if your extra effort really matters?
Think for a moment. Do you work hard? We all work hard. Most of us with any fortune, will move on to more important responsibilities. Our direct reports will move on as well. Will it matter that you were the leader instead of someone else? Did your late hours really make a difference in the long run? Will your leadership inspire others even when you’re no longer around? Or will your coaching be forgotten as easily as someone typing a new organizational chart?
If you deem yourself an effective leader, I hope these pages will encourage you to keep going even when few are aware of your efforts. I hope this book will persuade you to use a longer lens to evaluate how others experience your leadership. I hope to show you how lessons learned under your leadership can be remembered as fondly as my grandma’s famous German chocolate cake, which was my personal favorite.
This book is not about management tactics that promise seven keys to superior leadership, five steps for ensuring accountability, or methods for learning how to walk and talk with leadership authority. Instead I will attempt to encourage all leaders, but people leaders in particular, to embrace three primary responsibilities:
1. Paint a clear picture of winning.
2. Inspire others to join the vision.
3. Remove barriers that inhibit success.
I have written this book in three distinct sections. The first is a fable about a leader whose leadership journey caused her to drift away from who she had hoped to become and the leadership principles she used to locate the road to influence the remains. In the second section, I avail tools and resources for anyone interested in creating a legacy that will stand the test of time. The final section compiles true stores from business executives, educators and non-profit leaders who correlate their personal success with principles revealed in these pages.
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