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November 6, 2016 1PM to 3PM
John Calia shares an engaging story of a CEO confronting many challenges in his new world. While the fictional account allows for a more pleasant read than the typical business book, the obstacles described are broadly relevant. Contained within the story are countless lessons about leadership and interpersonal relationships within a corporation, and life in general. The author summarizes many of those lessons in his concluding remarks, but the wisdom extended much further. This is a book you will both enjoy and refer back to as a resource in leading others in an ethical and successful manner.
Jeff Bartkoski, CEO, Mercy Flight Central
The Reluctant CEO encapsulates simple but timeless principles of leadership in a in a fun and fast paced story. The book is an easy read and you won't want to put it down. Then you will want to read it again. I have already used a number of "Big Al says..." in working through a few difficult issues at my own company. This is a book I will keep close by and refer to again and again.
Kevin Hill, CEO, EFPR Group
In the Reluctant CEO, John Calia writes a great story about the difficulty and importance of maintaining one's integrity in a world that seems to have thrown that important trait to the side of the road. The book is about business, but also has imbedded in it some basic rules and tenets of living life in general. The book is an easy read, packed with lessons that can make you want to pause from time to time to reflect.
Mike Alcorn, CEO, CB Craft Brewers
John Calia is a great storyteller. The experiences he describes are absolutely real. He makes you face them just as a CEO must. I've been a private company CEO for twenty years, and these situations feel like they were taken from my life. If you have an interest in someday running a complex organization or even a small one, read this book. You'll feel like you've been there.
Bob Cannan, CEO, Eagle Productivity