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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469942097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469942094
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,510,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

I owe my ability to solve problems and simplify complex matters to the contrasts that have existed in my career. After college I worked in Grandpa’s construction business while pursuing my dream of becoming a professional musician. I swung a hammer and negotiated with rural homeowners by day and dealt with savvy New York City promoters by night. My first success came in promoting my band to the point of international interest and record deal negotiations in two short years. When I discovered I didn’t like the entertainment business, I got my first real job: selling insurance. I earned multiple insurance and investment licenses and won multiple sales awards. I also experienced my first economic downturn when 80 percent of my clients went broke. This first job quickly taught me the stark contrast of feast and famine. I then entered the best run organization I have witnessed. Its strong culture and effective management provided a sharp contrast to the loosely run sales office I had come from. As I worked my way up through the ranks to vice president, I learned the power of constantly assessing an organization even after it seemed perfect. I earned one of the highest insurance designations, the CPCU, as well as the AU. I taught continuing education in New York and as an adjunct professor at a local college. I returned to the Manhattan financial district to overhaul a young company. There I experienced my first crisis and the contrast between the pre and post-9/11. I formed Capacity Consulting Inc. and took an engagement with a young company. That engagement turned into a full-time job. I formed seven companies from scratch and those additions helped the company go public in its 5th year. There is no contrast like private versus public. My work with this dynamic company gave me considerable experience in due diligence, feasibility, lawsuits, crisis, PR, strategy, problem solving, and more. With this knowledge, I started 6 more ventures on my own and engaged in dozens of feasibility studies on others. I started helping established companies solve problems, improve, and buy other companies. I‘ve been able to experience so many different industries, leadership personalities, sizes, and growth patterns having consulted on or assisted in hundreds of projects, closures, startups, plans, assessments, turnarounds, and reorganizations. I would say, “What a ride,” but I know I’m only at the halfway point. I am looking forward to the second half. - Eric

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Eric,

I just finished your book this morning, and while we spoke about most of the concepts in our meeting. I really thought that you explained the thoughts really well. It was a down-to-earth discussion-type of read, and I know that it must be helping all the people who bought it and read it.

I know that it helped me to clarify (and validate) some things that I have run into in the work force myself. I find it interesting that some of these things are timeless and that they occur across industries...because PEOPLE are the common denominator.

The jealousy of the owner's car, the delayed responses to infractions of professionalism, and the part about some people playing dirty all had special places in my mind and experience as well. I think that by the time we're through our 30's many people have had similar experiences.

What is interesting is that there are also many people who have NOT had these experiences...and I am always intrigued by the difference of opinions of those who have not. Some people call it cynicism - what happens as people get older. But I think people realize that they have been wasting one of the most valuable resources - their TIME.

That is what your book says to me...don't waste time. Try to get the best performance out of yourself and your people (team, company, etc.) so that there is good use of the little time we all have. That is why I think that a focus on leadership is so important today...

Thanks for writing the book! And thanks for giving it to me to read...I thought it was great!

All the best,
Keith
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"Employees, Kids and Pets" - What a great read! Eric Egeland takes such a basic concept and humorously provides insight into "clarity of vision" for behavior. Why do people behave a certain way? Or, to ask the same question another way, why don't people behave a certain way? It's so simple that you will wonder why it's been such a mystery all this time. Enjoy the read!
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By Mary J. Gardner on February 7, 2013
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This was truly a great book. It was very entertaining and an easy read. I read it in one sitting and really enjoyed it. I was amazed at how much I learned from this book. I have recommended it to several people. Actually, I will read it again because I am sure I will learn even more from a second read. Don't hesitate to buy this book because you won't be disappointed.
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By New Village Administrator on January 13, 2015
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I read this book based on other reviews. I am looking for some improvement in my management skills. Some very good examples and hit it right on the head identifying specific employees. I now need to apply some of this book and control more situations.
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