Early in my professional career, like most of my peers, I read many how-to, business, technology, leadership, history, economics, philosophy, design, and every other type of book I thought might give me the secrets to understanding success and how to achieve it. After being saturated with cliches, storytelling narratives, and prescriptions, I began to realize that none of the books ever addressed what I was experiencing and what seemed to be missing from the narratives. I could not relate to most of the stories from CEOs and the overly simplistic formulaic representations of the "7 secrets you need to know", and the annual proclamations of this years potion just did not work. I was seldom working with people who I could relate to without needing to put on a smiley face to conform to the unwritten protocols of corporate society.
As I advanced in my career, through sheer force of competency and restrained tolerance for conformity, I developed a sense that all notions of leadership where a fabricated myth, an ideology of personality, that devalued the work of the collective in favor of iconic symbolism. This disdain for authority and concentration of power based solely on personality lead me to the conclusion that large organizational structures were ineffective at solving the real problems of society and the economy.
I thought I must fine another way besides existing in a corporate job and leaving my fate to others to determine. This is what lead me to becoming an entrepreneur, leaving behind the jobs that dictated the means and the end and only within limited parameters could any creative problem solving take place. The moment of inspiration came for me to write a book, but this was 25 years ago, it would take a bit of hubris to write about what I had not yet done myself. So I set aside my own impulse to have a voice in favor of finding it first so that when I did write a book I would have something to say that was based on my own direct experience ...more