- Hardcover: 158 pages
- Publisher: Advantage Media Group (June 26, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599323168
- ISBN-13: 978-1599323169
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,916,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Step Up And Play Big: Unlock Your Potential to Be Exceptional in 8 Simple Steps
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—Chuck Davis, CEO, Stone Point Capital, LLC
—Jim Bollerman, Founder and CEO, Bollerman Companies
“Business executives are regularly flooded with books, conference offerings, internet solicitations and the like on the subjects of self-help, business acumen, improvement ‘how-tos’ etc. In this book, Chris Ruisi has really nailed down the key essentials of doing it right! This is an easy, informative and fundamental read for the business community in general, not to mention an executive who wants to move ahead.”
—Charles T. Parton, Vice Chairman, Community Partners Bancorp
About the Author
Chris Ruisi is a nationally recognized executive leadership expert, professional speaker, author and business coach who challenges business leaders to Step Up and Play Big. Chris uses his real life experiences as the former President and COO of USLIFE Corporation, and as a member of the Board of Directors to help his clients develop the practical skills and solutions necessary to navigate the demands of the current economic climate. Drawing upon his 30+ years as a senior level executive, Chris works with his clients to cultivate their vision, set goals, prioritize their strategies and execute a targeted, solutions-based plan.
As a highly sought-after speaker, Chris combines his expertise on how organizations, leadership and decision making works with real life anecdotes to create humorous, inspiring, informative and entertaining speaking programs.
"Chris has earned acclaim as a decisive, respected and effective leader with high level of integrity, among both superiors and colleagues alike." (Gordon E. Crosby, former Chairman of the Board and CEO of USLIFE.)
Others have praised Chris as "a rational problem-solver who is able to keep his cool and promote a calm sense of solution-finding, through the challenges faced by a major publicly traded company." He has also been acknowledged as "the kind of leader who has the unique ability to drive individuals to top performance levels."
One of his readers offered this quintessential description of Chris Ruisi: "Here's a guy who has made good decisions and bad ones and knows the difference. He consistently offers common sense wisdom and gives great advice, especially for those in a marketplace embroiled in chaos."
Top customer reviews
- Susan Belfer, President of Belfer Communications
If you love working 60+ hours a week, brining work home with you, and constant stress, this book is not for you. BUT, if you need direction to make help make business and life more manageable and up to your standards, read away.
Easy read with relatable, practice, and easily applicable content. If you're up for the challenge :)
Fast forward 3 months to the book launch event, where it was exciting and stimulating to see a room full of well-respected people in the community gather to support Chris and his book...again; I realized I was part of something special. While filming various promotional segments, I got little pieces of the puzzle that make up years of Chris' executive and leadership experience, as well as a sneak peek of the actual book itself. I saw firsthand that this is a man who lives by the guidelines and techniques he has established and succeeded with and I started to incorporate his advice and methods which truly triggered a new mindset for me...not only as a means to grow my business, but for me to grow as a person as well.
Once I started reading the book; the presentations, promo videos and marketing materials all unfolded into a wealth of information that included real-life experiences and stories, all told with a direct...to the point approach, but also filled with Chris' humor and candor. Each page is a plethora of information, concepts, exercises and "a-ha" moments and he makes you feel like you can accomplish anything you want to, but that you could also sabotage yourself. We are human and most of us have the flaws that Chris brings up, but awareness is part of the solution and Chris makes you very aware of those barriers to your success. I really like the use of sidebars, real life situations and tips that support the content...There's no fluff in this book. If you want a pat on the back and someone telling you, you're wonderful, read a different book. Chris makes you confront your fears and flaws and teaches you how not to become a victim of your own circumstances.
Early on in our relationship, there were two key phrases that resonated with me: "You have to become comfortable being uncomfortable" and "walk through life with a quiet confidence". These simple words of wisdom have become my mantras and words I live by every day. I constantly push myself to be better and do things that years ago I would've run away from. I've also learned to acknowledge my accomplishments and self-worth and successes, but not boast or brag about them...they are just apparent in the way I carry myself and as Chris says, people are drawn to and want to work with others who are confident in their abilities. I can honestly say that meeting Chris, working with him and reading Step Up and Play Big, has changed my life and it also won me 3 industry awards for best marketing video I produced for the book trailer.