How did the absence of a Sharpie at the finish line of a nationally televised and globally recognized triathlon in downtown Des Moines forever influence a prominent supermarket CEO?
What lesson did a generous volunteer and mentor impart to his best friend and state legislator about living… just before dying?
How did a question not asked enable the man who led a one-person committee to land the Solheim Cup in Des Moines reinforce the importance of family to a prominent newspaper reporter?
What leadership principle did the introduction of a pineapple-flavored soda to central Iowa reinforce to the president and employees of a successful bottling company?
And how did trash cleanup at a spring softball game impart a lasting and positive impression on the CEO of an Iowa foundation who also holds every passing record for the University of Iowa?
The answers to these questions are just a few of the lessons shared by some of Iowa’s most influential leaders in YOU Are Destined for Greatness!
Turn the pages and be inspired by this a one-of-a-kind compilation of stories shared by those who have excelled – and stumbled at times – in business, sports, academia, finance, retail, elected office and life! All with a uniquely-Iowa perspective born from our agricultural heritage and strong sense of community and togetherness.
Sixteen leadership themes (e.g. “Strength in Humility,” “Believe in Someone,” “Never Burn Bridges. Ever” and “Share Success, Own Setbacks”) come to life through author Aaron Putze’s conversations with charismatic people who possess boundless energy and enthusiasm. They inlcude: Miriam Erickson Brown (AE Dairy), Randy Edeker (HyVee), Kirk Ferentz (Iowa football), Angela Walker Franklin (Des Moines University), Hayden Fry; Bruce Harreld (University of Iowa), Jim Knuth (Farm Credit Services of America), Chuck Long (Iowa Sports Foundation), Gene Meyer (Greater Des Moines Partnership), Bob Myers, John Quinn (Waukee Chief of Police), Suku Radia (retired Bankers Trust), Scott Raecker (The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center), Terry Rich (author and speaker), Kirk Tyler (Atlantic Bottling Co.) and Wendy Wintersteen (Iowa State University), to name just a few!
It’s like twenty-seven biographies-in-one with historical tidbits including the nation’s longest-serving governor and the origins of such iconic brands as AE Dairy, Hy-Vee and Atlantic Bottling Company.
Also, several questions are posed at the conclusion of each chapter. They challenge the reader reflect on the stories and leadership lessons shared and bring them to life in work, family and play.
It’s a perfect attitude booster for you, your team, company, a friend, civic club, chamber or recent/soon-to-be graduate!
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