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Author Feature Jim Canfield: A Classic Rewrite of CEO Tools by Kraig Kramer  

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Leading an organization to success and maintaining that success is no easy feat. People sometimes look at successful companies and think “Wow, that’s a great company,” without thinking about how that company became a success. Executive leaders often find themselves scrambling to create a winning strategy that will take their company to the next level.

But what if there was a manual to help you answer questions like: Is your business positioned to profit in tough times? Can you make sense of what your CFO is telling you? Do you know what really creates sales in your business? Do you know how to hire, grow, and keep top talent? If you’re an Executive Leader and want to confidently answer those questions, CEO Tools by the late Kraig Kramer, updated and rewritten by Jim Canfield, may be just the book you need.

Meet Jim Canfield: Managing Director of CEO Tools, Author and Executive Coach

As managing director of CEO Tools and consultant to Aprio LLP, a CPA-led advisory firm, Jim provides winning strategies and business performance tools that empower CEOs to drive profitable growth. He brings a unique blend of experience, including extensive learning in leadership theory and practice as well as “been there, done that” practical experience from running several companies.

Jim has a long history of working with Executive Leaders. Before joining CEO Tools, Jim served as CEO of Renaissance Executive Forums, a leading membership organization for CEOs. He also worked with Vistage, the world’s largest CEO organization, as Chief Learning Officer and VP of west coast operations. He facilitated several CEO groups in Memphis, for which he won a “Chair Excellence” award. He has also logged over 10,000 hours as an executive coach.

When he’s not working, Jim enjoys a variety of hobbies including golf, cooking, yoga, and competitive athletic events. His goal this year is to compete in at least one competitive event every month in 2017. So far, these events have included several 5k races, a 32-mile bike race, a sprint triathlon, and an obstacle course race.

We were excited when Jim came to The Book Professor and wanted to rewrite Kraig Kramer’s, CEO Tools. The new version is titled CEO Tools 2.0.  It is updated with a new format and new case studies from companies that have followed and benefited from the book since its original publication.

It’s a challenge to take a classic business book that is known and loved by thousands and update it. The goal is to remain faithful to the original concepts and constituency, while attracting new readers to the work. Jim and his colleagues at Aprio will use the CEO Tools content as a launchpad for a suite of online tools, workshops, presentations, and a certification program for coaches and consultants.

 This book will be available in January! Stay tuned for its release date—you won’t want to miss this one! If you or someone you know has always wanted to write a book, reach out to us, and we will help you make it happen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Author Feature: Stephanie Winslow, Helping Families of Addicts Live in Hope, Peace, and Freedom

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So many people battle the disease of addiction, and out of fear of being rejected by family and friends, they often try to hide their addiction. Sometimes they find recovery and other times they don’t. But it’s not just the addict’s life that is turned upside down; the lives of the people who love them are also affected.

Loving an addict can be an emotional rollercoaster where one vacillates between hope, despair, anger, depression, unforgiveness, forgiveness, and fear. It’s exhausting for these families, and because their loved one is trapped in the cycle of addiction, the addict is usually unaware or simply doesn’t care how their behavior affects anyone else. That’s the ugly side of addiction. Even when the family of an addict has a strong faith, the disease of addiction will test the beliefs of everyone involved.

Fortunately, there are countless organizations that offer hope and help to the addict and their families. And it’s people like Stephanie Winslow, who’ve made it their mission to be part of that help.

Meet Stephanie Winslow

With an extended family that was affected by substance abuse, Stephanie hoped her immediate family would never be in that situation. But in 2009, her world substance-abuse-advice-winslowwas forever changed when she found out that her brother was an alcoholic.

They say that tragedy has a way of bringing you to your knees, and that’s what happened to Stephanie. As a spectator of her brother’s struggle with substance abuse, she realized she could have no impact on his choices or the outcomes. Because she dealt first-hand with her brother’s addiction, Stephanie felt called to share her personal journey and how she had to utterly rely on God to navigate these difficult waters.

The purpose of her book is to show Christian families of active alcoholics and addicts that feel trapped, hopeless, and weary–and are ready to drop the burden of their loved one’s addiction–how they can start living in hope, peace, and freedom.

Stephanie’s book will be available soon! Stay tuned for its release date. You won’t want to miss it!

 “My story is meant to highlight the transformation that is possible when we place ourselves at the feet of Jesus and surrender our plans, our grief, our striving, our problem solving, and our best intentions for His plan and His purpose for us and our loved ones.”

-Stephanie Winslow

What about you? Do you have a story to tell that can save lives, change lives, or transform society? If you are someone you know has always wanted to write a book, reach out to us, and we can help you make it happen!

 

 

 

 


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Author Feature: Helen Gennari-Helping Domestic Violence Victims

Domestic violence against women continues to be one of the biggest problems in our country. Sometimes it’s obvious who these victims are, and other times she might not “look” like your average victim. Domestic violence victims come from all races, and all social, education, and economic classes. They could be someone you see in your own neighborhood.

These victims are not just abused physically, but emotionally, verbally, financially, and spiritually. You might be thinking, why don’t they just leave their abuser? It’s not as easy as you think. Many times, they’ve grown up in in a cycle of violence that began in childhood, and it follows them into their adult life. The feelings of being unworthy and undeserving were ingrained in them as children, and many of them witnessed horrors in their own home.

Take a look at some of these statistics:

  • 1 in 4 women will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • 3 women are murdered every day by a current or male partner in the United States.
  • Over 4 million women experience physical violence by an intimate partner every year.
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  • 8 million: The dollar amount working women lose every year due to time off from the job because of the abuse perpetrated against them by current or former male partners. The loss is equivalent to over 32,000 full-time jobs.

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Meet Helen Gennari: Author, LCSW, MSW

Helen Gennari is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and advocate for abused women who has taught and counseled many women toward self-empowerment. She offers compassionate guidance and hope for healing, especially to women who have grown up with family violence. She believes that abused women can be more than survivors–that they can return to their true selves, replace the patterns that kept them imprisoned, and thrive as whole happy people. After working with Woman’s Place in St. Louis, a shelter for abused women, Helen was confronted with her own issues, which led to writing a book she initially never planned to write.

Hope and Help for Abused Women

helping abused womenWhen Helen first came to us with her book, she already had much of it written but needed some help to pull it all together and get it ready for publication. Her book: From the Heart of an Abandoned Daughter: My Personal Journey Through Family Violence and Beyond is her personal story about growing up with and surviving family violence, and how to work through the emotional aftermath. We are honored to have been a part of this journey for Helen and are humbled by the countless women that she helps daily. This book is a must-read for anyone affected by domestic violence and/or childhood family abuse.

If you or someone you know has an autobiography or memoir you would like to write, please contact us today and we can help make it happen!

 


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Author Feature: Maryanne Dersch-Helping Nonprofits Develop their Own Personality and Attract Long-Term Donors

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When you hear the term nonprofit organization, you might think of groups like The American Red Cross, Girl Scouts of America, and Habitat for Humanity, just to name a few. All of these groups do wonderful work and have provided assistance and guidance to millions of people across the globe. But when you work for a nonprofit and are responsible for soliciting donors, you quickly realize the intricate planning and strategizing that must be executed to succeed. Nonprofit fundraising is not easy. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could attract more long-term committed donors year after year? “If only it were that easy,” you might think. With the right guidance and innovative strategy in place, it can be.

Meet Maryanne Dersch, Principal of Courageous Communication, LLC, Strategist and Resident Extrovert at 501creative

Maryanne Dersch has spent more than 25 years working in the nonprofit world, where she helps clients reach their communication and branding goals. As Strategist and Resident Extrovert at 501creative, she generates new business, gives workshops, writes messaging, and facilitates focus groups and discovery sessions. From this experience and her experience with cognitive behavioral therapy and behavior change psychology, she believes that teaching people how to communicate more efficiently requires a change of feelings, which changes their thinking and then changes their behaviors. As a leader within your nonprofit, if you see your organization as smart, stable, interesting, confident and strong, then you can begin to communicate more effectively about it to others. Look at the feelings and thinking FIRST, then the behavior.

Nonprofit Fundraising: Attract Like-Minded Donors and Raise More Money

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Because of her successful career in nonprofit branding and communications, Maryanne came to us with a book idea to help other non-profits achieve the same success. Maryanne is writing the book: Courageous Communication: How Co-dependence is Making Your Nonprofit Brand Boring and What to Do About It. The purpose of this book is to show nonprofit organizations how to stop trying to be everything to everyone and to develop their own organizational personality, so they can attract like-minded donors and raise more money. This book that can help you reach new non-profit fundraising goals will be available in 2018. Known by friends for her love of her three adoptive children, ultra high heels, extra large Diet Cokes, and very short karaoke rotations, you won’t want to miss Maryanne’s take on this topic. Mark your calendars!

If you or someone you know has always wanted to write a book, reach out to us, and we can help make it happen!

 


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Author Feature: Femalepreneur – Tammy Fadler

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Last week we talked about the “Femalepreneur” and how they face many unique challenges. They work hard, work smart, and get it done, but they also juggle home and family responsibilities and face obstacles that men usually don’t. Reduced financing. Societal predispositions. Lack of support. Scant resources. It’s tough out there. But it can be done.

Picture this:  It’s 1973, and you’re a female immigrant from Vietnam. You arrive in America with $10, a single suitcase, a fifth-grade education, and a dream to own a business. If the odds are against femalepreneurs today, can you imagine what it was like 40 years ago for someone who could barely speak English? But somehow, whether it’s 2017 or 1973, we women know how to make a way when there seems to be no way, regardless of what the path looks like.

Meet Tammy Fadler, Speaker, Author, and Real Estate Mogul

Born in Vietnam and the oldest of 12 children, Tammy Fadler worked in food service for the U.S. Army before the American military pullout in 1973. Fearing for her family’s safety and economic outlook, she emigrated to America with only $10 in her pocket. After working a series of jobs, Tammy owned a successful Vietnamese restaurant in 1981 until it was destroyed by fire. She took the wisdom she learned about money and hard work and chose a career in real estate, which gave her the flexibility she needed while raising two young children. Her inexperience and language barrier was  a challenge at first, but she slowly climbed her way to the top of the real estate chain and became a top performer with Century 21 and the St. Louis area’s first REMAX franchise. (Source)

“You can go, but I want you to always remember one thing: you can make the money, but never let the money make you.”                      

            -Tammy’s Father

With faith and the wisdom of her parents to carry her, Tammy went on to graduate from college (without even having a high school diploma!) and become one of the most highly sought after international speakers, authors, and real estate moguls. Today Tammy Fadler is the owner of Signature Properties and SP Commercial, two highly successful independent real estate firms. In 2012 she released her memoir, Finding the Pearl: Unstoppable Passion, Unbridled Success, a story about her life in Vietnam and her journey to personal and professional success.

Because of the success of her book, Tammy recently came to The Book Professor to help her publish a companion tammy fadlerworkbook. The purpose of this workbook is to use the lessons from Finding the Pearl to lead her speaking audiences who feel vulnerable and alone to realize that they are loved by God and have what it takes to achieve their dreams.

Tammy Fadler lives in the St. Louis, MO area and is surrounded by her two adult children, a host of grandchildren, and many relatives who have immigrated from Vietnam.  For more information about Tammy and how to contact her, please visit: http://www.findingthepearl.com/index.html


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Author Feature: Rich Daniels-Fathers Know, Value & Love Their Children

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A couple of weeks ago we discussed the problem of fatherless children in our country. The role of the father is often overlooked in our culture. But when a father is absent from a child’s life, either physically or emotionally, its effects on the family and our society as a whole– and especially on children–are traumatic. From behavioral problems, teenage pregnancy, suicide, to the influx in our prison population, the epidemic of fatherlessness should not be ignored.

What if there was a solution to this problem? What if there was a resource to guide men that equips them with the tools and resources needed to raise healthy, productive, and emotionally secure children?

There is! And Rich Daniels has made it his mission to see the end to this nationwide crisis.

No Excuses! Men Can Have a Deeper Relationship with their Children

When Rich came to us with his book idea, we knew it was something we wanted to be a part of. Through stories of his own shortcomings and experiences as a books for fathersfather to his three beautiful and uniquely different children, Rich brings hope and inspiration, as well as a multitude of ideas for fathers to implement so that their kids feel they are known, valued, and loved. The key is to connect in areas that are important to the child and to engage with them there.

His book is Tourist In My Own Life: For Fathers Who Yearn For a Deeper Relationship With Their Children is practical, funny, and at times heart-wrenching as he reveals the excuses men make and the barriers they have to creating rich relationships with their kids.  The purpose of his book is to teach and encourage fathers who yearn for a deeper relationship with their children some specific attitudes, actions, and behaviors that will build rock-solid relationships and anchor their children because they feel known, valued, and loved.

Rich Daniels, Corporate Entrepreneur, Physical Elitist, and Father

From Kirkwood, Missouri, Rich Daniels is the husband to Megan and the father of three children, Grace, Luc, and Zoey. A corporate entrepreneur with twenty-five years at Monsanto, Solutia and Honeywell International and seven years in two start-ups, Rich finds his greatest purpose in bringing people together in community to serve others. Having completed twenty-five marathons and two Ironmans, he relishes the endurance sport of fathering more than any event. After forming a small men’s group, Rich felt lead to write a book to encourage other men to move from being a tourist in their own life to the full joy and richness of being a father.

This book will be available in October 2017. Stay tuned for its release date — you won’t want to miss this one! If you or someone you know has always wanted to write a book, reach out to us, and we will help you make it happen!

 


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Author Feature: Terry Lammers: Helping Business Owners Through Acquisition and Exit Strategy Planning

As a business owner, you’re constantly looking for ways to increase sales and profitability. But what happens when you’re ready to end things? Do you have an exit strategy in place for when it’s time to move on? Or what if business is booming, and you want to buy another company to expand yours? Do you know what to do? Most people don’t, and they can end up in financial ruin. But with the right guidance and insight, you can do it.

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Author Feature: Nancy Nelson – Helping Women Through Crisis and Grief

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Crisis. We don’t know why or how it will happen, but if you’ve lived long enough, it’s not a matter of if it will happen to you, but when. Now, we don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news or come across as negative. If anything, we believe that people can only survive with hope and help. But many of us here are also old enough to know that life isn’t always a fairytale and crises do happen to everyday people. Webster defines a crisis as: “an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending-especially one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome.” (Source)

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Client Profile: Craig Hughes – Teaching You How to Grow Your Small Business

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If you’re an entrepreneur looking to grow your small business, you’ll definitely want to read this book written by the owner of a taxicab company. We know what you’re thinking: Why would the owner of a cab company ever write a book, and what could I possibly learn from reading it? This man started out with a small taxi company and battled his way up to building a multi-million dollar business.

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How to Write a Nonfiction Book When It Hurts

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This year, our focus is to find 117 Solutions to our most difficult problems, an effort we call 117 Solutions in 2017. I’m encouraged by the response we’ve had, but I also feel humbled when I’m asked how to write an inspirational nonfiction book when it hurts. Not all stories are pretty, especially those about child abuse.

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Making a Difference with His Nonfiction Book

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I hope you are following our mission to find 117 Solutions in 2017 because you will meet many ordinary, yet inspirational people, who are working hard to make this world a better place. Tom Hofmeister is such a man.

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Local St Louis leader publishes self-help book

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self-help-book-publishing-kimberly-burkeKimberly Burke is a woman on a mission. She sets goals and nothing, but nothing, can stop her from achieving them, and she shows other how to do it in her book The Code to Greatness. Kimberly Burke is a growth coach, goal getter, and transformational speaker

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