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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469931044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469931043
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,524,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dave M. Lukas is a modern day “Renaissance Man,” recently turned age 30. He’s an accomplished speaker, entrepreneur and investor, known for his no-nonsense, common sense approach. He has been invited to work with thought leaders such as Brian Tracy, Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, and others. He founded his first business at the amazing age of 5, and continued to develop business successes through college, after which he moved to a Fortune 500 company, where he was Rookie of the Year, Sales Consultant of the Year, & Top 25 Producer (out of 1500). He is also an accomplished management executive and has developed numerous winning sales organizations. Dave consults with companies at all stages of growth, often taking ownership positions. As Vice President & co-owner of Grasp Technologies, Dave has led 100% growth in each of the past 5 years. He has been published alongside John Mariotti in Forbes Online and is author of the upcoming, highly anticipated book, The Ten Year Career. Dave holds a BA in Management & Finance from Baldwin Wallace College. John L. Mariotti, CEO and founder of The Enterprise Group is an Internationally recognized executive, award winning author and keynote speaker recently turned age 70. In his 47-year career, he led major global businesses as President of Huffy Bicycles, and Group President of Rubbermaid Office Products. He was also Chairman of World Kitchen, Inc. John has served on multiple corporate boards, advised and spoken to numerous well-known companies, been read by millions, heard by thousands. His 9 Books include two award winners: The Shape-Shifters (1997) and The Complexity Crisis, one of 2008’s Best. He blogs for American Express—Open Forum, for FORBES—Prosper Now, and on his own “Telling It Like It Is.” He holds a BSME from Bradley Univ. and an MSME from the Univ. of Wisconsin.

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Hi! My name is John Mariotti and I have written a lot of books that you can find on amazon, but I'd like to share with you how these books came into being.

After getting my education at Bradley University (B. S. M. E.) and then the University of Wisconsin (M. S. M. E.) I got married and started by my career which now spans more than 45 years. It's easiest to describe it in three stages.

The first part--about 15 years--was as an engineer in telecommunications, then a supervisor, a manager and a VP climbing the corporate ladder. I started writing as a young engineer, to pay the bills for our furniture (as newlyweds). I learned a lot in this 15 year period. I stopped writing as we had children, to coach just about every sport they played, and enjoy family time plus my career. My wonderful wife (Maureen, now of 48 years) took great care of me and the family so I could do all these things.

I moved to the second stage--another 15 years--running entire companies, when I became a President (at age 38), of a brand new plant start-up for Huffy making bikes in the USA (OK). The recession of 1982-83 shuttered the plant, but not my career. I landed on my feet, running Huffy Bicycles--the combination of three bike divisions--for 10 years--during which we became the biggest bike maker in the world. Starting at 11,000 bikes per day in 1982 we grew to making over 21,000 bikes/day when I left in 1992--all Made in the USA (OH). I left Huffy to join Rubbermaid, America's Most Admired Company as Group President of a multi-national Office Products Group. But Rubbermaid was "falling apart" and I left there to "do my own thing."

I decided to share what I learned over the past 30 years, founding The Enterprise Group, and I also resumed writing, started doing keynote speeches and consulting work. Since founding The Enterprise Group in1994, I have advised or addressed many leading American companies such as Emerson, Scotts, Titleist, DirtDevil, CharBroil, Hills Pet Nutrition, Deere, and many others.

The past 18 years have been exciting, diverse and fun. I've written ten books (all available on amazon.com), thousands of articles and blog posts, some for big names like Industry Week, Fortune (fsb.com) and Forbes.com. Two of my books were award winners too: The Shape Shifters (1997) and The Complexity Crisis (2008). I also wrote five books for a publisher in the UK, which spread my works around the world. Like so many writers, I had to write a novel, thus "The Chinese Conspiracy" was born. It's an exciting fictional thriller built on the factual reality of America's risk from Cyber-Attacks. Read the reviews on amazon.com--they are quite good! Since 2001 I have also published THE ENTERPRISE, a weekly email newletter and later as a blog and founded the Reunion Conference series, which I hosted for 16 years--so far.

In this latter stage of my career, I also continued trying to help companies by serving on boards. Earlier I had served on not-for-profit boards, and held industry leadership positions. First I was Chairman of the Board of the Productivity Communications Center, then Board Chairman of Goodwill Industries of Dayton (OH), and also President of the Bicycle Institute of America, representing the U.S. Bike industry in Washington with the International Trade Commission, the U. S. Trade Representative, the U. S. Customs Office, and members of Congress, dealing with Legislative, Trade and Product Safety issues. Then I was asked to serve on corporate boards too finally serving on six of them over a ten year period--until most of the companies were sold or merged out of existence. I remain on just one...World Kitchen, Inc.

You can find me at www.mariotti.net or contact me at mariotti@usit.net.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hawaii Howie on March 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
The author's article for the book was published at Forbes online, it has since 'disappeared' as in scrubbed, still available in google cache. Now this intrigues me to finish Mr. Mariotti's book, so far I've found it very convincing. Now with Sheriff Joe Arpaio's fraud and forgery findings. I'll be back to update.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tom Watson on April 28, 2012
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Hope is Not a Strategy sets forth the pure,simple and honest truth about effective leadership and management. Factual examples are used to illustrate President Obama's lack of leadership followed by a how to lessons in true leadership. This is an easy read. Every American of voting age needs to read this book. It would make a great text book for business management and political science courses. We are buying it as a gift for family and recommending it to everyone we know.
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By Ishkotay on March 23, 2013
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With everything going on in the world today, this book provides the reader with much to think about. Enjoyed the read and would recommend it to others.
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1 of 25 people found the following review helpful By T. Pierce on March 26, 2012
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John Mariotti lists among his accomplishments president of Huffy bicycles...absolutely hands-down the crummiest excuse for locomotion the world has ever experienced...how could what he thinks be important?
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