About Me

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I'm that guy who stops his car, gets out, and moves a turtle to the side of the road. When I'm not rescuing turtles, I'm serving cats. When I'm not serving cats, I'm helping people lead more effectively. When I'm not assisting people to lead, I'm working with organizations to strengthen their leadership-development programs.

Before writing leadership books, I've worked at universities as an administrator and spent sixteen years working in corporate America. Since then, I've moved on to writing and consulting. Throughout my career, I've managed large and small teams. I've made plenty of mistakes and missed opportunities. Still, I've matured from these experiences--at least, I hope I have.

Even though I've accomplished much, I'm still learning. I continue to search for ways to push myself outside of my comfort zone.

One of my best career decisions was joining ISPI. At their conferences, I met scholars and practitioners who shared their craft with me on a personal level. I consider some, like Guy W. Wallace, to be good friends. Being a part of an association is one of the best ways to grow professionally because of the many members who sincerely want to help one another.

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My expertise is on how leadership is radically changing in the 21st Century. I analyze the best of what leadership books have to offer and write about the critical leadership patterns discovered among the books.


The process he uses is called meta-analysis, and the technique effectively examines leadership holistically. I applied this technique to discover recent trends about the evolution of leadership, which is the focus of my book, Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership.





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I received his Ph.D. and Ed.M. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from what used to be called the Department of Educational Organization and Leadership. Before that, I completed my bachelor's degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


After graduating, I worked for organizations in departments involved in training, performance improvement, knowledge management, or quality assurance. My titles including manager, senior instructional designer, director, and senior manager. The organizations that employed me were:



While working at FIS, the International Society for Performance Improvement, more commonly known as ISPI, designated me as a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT).


Now I'm an Entrepreneur and Indie Author.


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