The Corporate Gardner breathes new life into the sometimes overwhelming topics of management techniques, leadership development, continuous improvement, customer focus, team building, staff development, and interpersonal communication. Through storytelling, the book demonstrates the fundamentals for developing team members, turning around complex projects, discovering improvement opportunities, and working more effectively and efficiently with staff and management.
Interesting characters take the reader on a journey of discovery as this entertaining and insightful story provides a clear, concise, and informative introduction to the wisdom of some of the top professionals in management/leadership theory.
This timely book addresses the need for useful and easy reading guidelines as aging Baby Boomers turn over organizational governance to a new demographic of young growing professionals. The book represents a unique way of capturing the learned wisdom of decades of hands-on experience.
Written more as an engaging novel than a “how-to” book, this approach provides a quick and exciting way to:
• introduce complex management/leadership strategies
• encourage simple reading of detailed theories
• present the practical steps needed for individual and team development
• provide an easy-to-grasp compilation of practical insights
The Corporate Gardner is organized based on the typical progression of change, starting from discovery through implementation, to invention and each chapter addresses the soft skills needed to be successful during the different stages. At the end of each chapter there is a summary of the key learning points that can be used as a quick reference guide for future review, or for easy sharing of the information. The chapter review’s are presented as if the main character was taking notes after each meeting with his mentor.
Reference books for further exploration are included in an appendix at the end of the book, with the information arranged by author under specific subject groupings. This is by no means a complete list. Hopefully, The Corporate Gardner will open the door to a library filled with invaluable information for those learning to lead others.
The author’s wish is that readers find the story informative and enjoyable and hopes going forward, that there is an ever-growing number of green thumbs in leadership.