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About the Author

Craig Hickman is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen books, among them such international bestsellers as The Insiders: A Thriller, The Oz Principle, Mind of a Manager Soul of a Leader, The Strategy Game, and Creating Excellence. His business novel, An Innovator’s Tale, led to a four year turnaround assignment as CEO of HTI, a specialty chemicals division of Headwaters Incorporated (NYSE:HW), where he turned around the struggling division and formed a joint venture with Evonik Degussa GmbH. Prior to joining Headwaters, he founded Management Perspectives Group (MPG), whose clients included some of the largest domestic and international companies such as Procter & Gamble, American Express, PepsiCo, Unilever, Dow Chemical, AT&T, Amoco, Nokia, Honeywell, and the U.S. Government. He earned his MBA with honors
from the Harvard Business
School, and has consulted for corporations and organizations around the world, lecturing abroad for the U.S. State Department and serving as a member of the board of directors for several companies. Currently, he is a Business Unit President at Partners In Leadership (PIL), where he heads the Chicago office. PIL is the premier provider of Accountability Training and Culture Change® services around the world. Clients include many of the “most admired companies in the world,” almost half of the Dow Jones Industrial Average Companies, and more than half of the Fortune 50 largest companies. Craig and his wife Laura live in the Chicago area.

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  • File Size: 753 KB
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  • Publisher: CreateSpace (March 10, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 10, 2014
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IX70S40
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Craig Hickman is a New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, among them such international bestsellers as The Oz Principle, Creating Excellence, Mind of a Manager Soul of a Leader, and The Strategy Game. Currently, he is Author & Regional Vice President at Partners In Leadership, the premier provider of Accountability Training® services around the world. Clients include thousands of companies (almost half of the Dow Jones Industrial Average Companies) in more than 50 countries. Prior to Partners in Leadership, he was a company CEO at Headwaters Incorporated (NYSE:HW), where he turned around the struggling specialty chemicals division and formed a joint venture with Evonik Degussa GmbH, a Fortune Global 500 company headquartered in Frankfurt and Essen, Germany. Before that, he founded Management Perspectives Group, a management consulting firm specializing in strategic change, organizational culture transformation, and leadership development, which he later sold to SMS, Inc. A compelling and thought-provoking speaker, Craig has facilitated change in corporations and organizations around the world, lecturing abroad for the U.S. State Department, providing voluntary leadership development services in Brazil, and serving as a member of the board of directors for several companies. He earned his MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Laura, live in Chicago.

His books include the international bestseller Creating Excellence: Managing Corporate Culture, Strategy and Change in the New Age (NAL/Penguin, 1985), now a Penguin Classic and translated into fourteen languages, and its companion, The Workbook for Creating Excellence (NAL/Penguin, 1986). He co-authored the critically acclaimed The Future 500 (NAL/Penguin, 1987), described by The New York Times as "a valuable history of American business and management theory." In 1990 he authored the groundbreaking international bestseller Mind of a Manager, Soul of a Leader (Wiley, 1990), and in 1991, he authored Practical Business Genius (Wiley, 1991), a book Ken Blanchard called "indispensable." In 1994, he co-authored the New York Times bestseller, The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability (Prentice Hall/Penguin, 1994, 2004). His innovative and bestselling business game books--The Strategy Game (McGraw Hill, 1993), The Organization Game (Prentice Hall/Penguin, 1994), The Productivity Game (Prentice Hall/Penguin, 1995) and Starting Up (Prentice Hall/Penguin, 1997)--have received high praise from business people and widespread attention from the media, "perfect for developing thinking and decision-making," according to Industry Week, USA Today, and Business Week. His co-authored work, The Fourth Dimension: The Next Level of Personal and Organizational Achievement (Wiley, 1996), introduced the MetaWork System and was described by Stephen Covey as "a truly remarkable book." His first business novel, An Innovator's Tale (Wiley, 2002), was praised in the Minneapolis Star Tribune as "a Robert Ludlum-like novel with sound business lessons on innovation." Management Malpractice (Platinum Press, 2005), on how to cure unhealthy management practices that disable companies, was described by Unilever CEO, Alan Rice, as a guide for business leaders "to identify and correct the classic problems." His latest published work, The Insiders: A Thriller (BookSurge, 2009), is an award-winning novel about a clandestine society of CEOs who trade on each other's secrets. In response to questions about his fiction writing, Craig asserts, "Sometimes, you can only tell the truth through fiction." Articles, commentaries, and reviews of his work have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, Crain's Business, Working Woman, Success, Industry Week, Nation's Business, Training & Development, Training, HR Magazine, Across the Board, Boardroom Reports, Journal of Business Strategy, Executive Excellence, The Times (London), Canadian Business and various other newspapers and magazines worldwide.

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Bold and terrific storytelling! The themes are very current and relevant. Only the gullible and willfully ignorant can deny the existence of a secretive cartel of self-anointed elites and cutthroats behind the reigns of political and economic power in the world. This book is the story of their exposure and overthrow at the hands of fearless men and women who risk everything, defying the certain danger to themselves and those they care about. And though they war with a seemingly unconquerable enemy, and though their loved ones do fall victims to the cruel retaliations of the gangster cabal, yet they persist and personally confront the evil to destroy it. Hickman has delivered not only an explosive and intricate tale of high-stakes global manipulations and cyber-age conflict, but he presents a brilliant package of possible reforms to our top-heavy system of illiberal servitude. An 'alternative path' is offered for those who would unchain humankind and unleash our potential for progress, by encouraging self-expression and achievement through entrepreneurial enterprise. If only this book was a history of recent times rather than a hopeful fiction of a future awaiting fulfillment. Buy it, read it, pass it along!
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The plot in this novel starts out interestingly enough, but it becomes somewhat surrealistic. That is compounded by an over abundance of economic theory and altruism. The novel is slow reading, and is definitely not a page turner. It pits a super rich robber baron class of individuals against the liberal elements of society. Having just finished Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy, which contains detailed information about the clashes between the early Republicans and Federalists in the United States (which sometimes got violent - you might also read If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy -From the Revolution to the War of 1812 which covers some of that), I was interested in making the comparison. With all the present day rhetoric about the upper rich trying to buy elections, you might have an interest in this novel, but be prepared to read a lot about economic conflicts (although it is not as bad as Das Kapital).

As usual, a lot of spear carriers get taken down, but a lot of guilty parties fade away, maybe to return, or maybe not. You might also be interested in the latest novel by C. J. Box Stone Cold (A Joe Pickett Novel).
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I waited patiently for the Insiders sequel and Hickman did not disappoint! A timely and relevant read that thrills with every page turn. I couldn't put it down and hated to reach the last page.
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Hickman has done it again. Just when you think you know where it's going, the surprises start. The intrigue and plot twists are real, and if you look hard enough, just about every twist is subtly foreshadowed. This is great writing. (I had to go back and reread to see what clues I missed)
When reading a sequel, you never know how good it's going to be. I loved the Insiders and wondered what would happen in the next book. I should not have worried. Concealed Measures stands on its own, and was even more insightful after reading The Insiders.
As an award-winning director and writer for the screen I read a lot of books and analyze a great many stories.

This new offering is simply an outstanding piece of writing. Bravo Mr. Hickman, you done it again. I absolutely give Concealed Measures a big thumbs up.
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