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Big Leadership Ideas:
From the Locker Room
to the Boardroom
by Paul T. Thornton
About this Book
From Paul B. Thornton:
Whether you've coached a hockey team, been a Cub Master, a project manager or a CEO, you've had experiences similar to those I'm about to share. I invite you to take your personal experiences and fit them into The Possibilities Model. As you do, you'll gain insights into your personal leadership strengths as well as areas that may need improving.
So, you may be asking, "What's in it for me if I read this book?"
Without a doubt, a basic understanding of The Possibilities Model provides a clear view of the big dots you need to connect to become a leader who can make a difference. In the process, you'll gain confidence and tools that can help you change any situation.
Read, learn and enjoy the game!
About the Author
Paul B. Thornton is a speaker, author, coach, and professor of business administration at Springfield Technical Community College. He is also the president of Be The Leader Associates.
He currently resides in Chicopee, Massachusetts, with his wife, Mary Jean.
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Big Leadership Ideas is the story of Paul Thornton's journey from hockey player to coach to leader. His journey started when his Aunt Ruth and Uncle Gene took him to the local pond for his first experience on skates. Hockey was everything he had imagined…exciting, fast-paced, frustrating, challenging…but, at the same time, lots of fun. During his junior year in high school he was elected team co-captain and experienced his first leadership role. In prep school he played for and observed one of the top coaches in New England. During his college years he gained new insights about leadership from Paul Hersey, his favorite professor, and from his teammates. The burning question Paul continuously sought to answer wasWhat do the top coaches do to bring out the best in people and build great teams?
At age 27, he was hired to be the varsity hockey coach at American International College. Now he faced the challenge of coaching and leading 22 hockey playersbuilding them into a high performing team. Like any journey there were successes and setbacks. The story within the story involves his dinner dates, leadership discussions, and ultimate decision to marry MJ. Throughout the book Paul reveals his views of effective leadership. He focuses on the four steps all leaders must take to make a difference.
- See what is (current reality)
- Discover what's possible
- Describe what's possible (your vision)
- Pursue what's possible
Whether you've coached a hockey team, been a Cub Master, a project manager or a CEO, you've had experiences similar to those he shares. His "Possibilities Model" provides a clear view of the big dots you need to connect to become a successful leader. As you apply his leadership model, you will gain insights into your leadership strengths as well as areas that may need improving.
David Cottrell, President CornerStone Leadership Institute, states, "Big Leadership Ideas is engaging, entertaining, and has Paul's leadership message spread throughout. It's a great read because of the personal experiences he shares."
Read, learn and enjoy the game!
Big Leadership Ideas: From the Locker Room to the Boardroom was published by Foremost Press. It can be ordered at ForemostPress.com.
124 pp, $14.97