Foundation of Growth
• A New Approach
• The Path We Will Follow
• Exploring The Unknown
Character Attributes of Growth
• A Fire in the Heart
• A Better Place to Be
• Building Commitment
• A Head Full of Know How
• Been There, Done That,
• Learned From It
• Building Competence
• Feeling Unstoppable
• The Heart of the Matter
• Building Self Assurance
Onward Toward Growth
• Thoroughness and Preparation
• What Companies Can Do
• Key Lessons and Reflections
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Steve is a managing partner with International Leadership Associates, a leadership
development and consulting firm.
is the director of Executive and Leadership Development at Fifth Third Bank.
......Steve Coats ........Tom
love the topic of growth and we love people who are willing to go after it.
We have learned a great deal about what it takes for them to be successful.
We are delighted to share these lessons and hope that you will benefit from
The journey of growth starts inside. It is much more about you, than your
external resources or environment. So you will learn a great deal about yourself
as you become acquainted with the common attributes we found among our growth
hope you will continue to communicate with us about your own experiences
and other role models of growth you have had the chance to work with or gotten
to know. Blog us with your insights, so we can all keep learning about what
it takes to let go of the boxand produce exciting, rewarding, even world-changing
Enjoy the ride!
years of research, we discovered something very unusual about people who have
broken the shackles of doing things the way they have always been done, and
have gone on to create new growth opportunities. These growth leaders never
allowed themselves to be boxed in by anyone or anything. But they did rely
on a few powerful, internal character traits, that allowed them to ignore
the proverbial box and change the rules of the game in fundamental and profitable
is No Box describes the internal attributes that were most consistent
among those who went out on a limb and stepped up to find imaginative, innovative,
even groundbreaking growth opportunities. Rather than providing another look
at the tasks or activities that you must do to produce change, this book focuses
on what you must have, in order to let go of your self-imposed box of limitations
and discover, produce and lead growth. There is No Box clarifies those attributes
that you must have in order to do what it takes to change and grow your piece
of the world.
SAMPLE EXAMPLES FROM THE BOOK:
Perhaps some of you have noticed the dramatic change in the styling of the
BMW automobile over the years, from its traditional boxy shape to one of more
streamlined elegance. That did not just happen. It came from the vision of
a man named Chris Bangle, who took the position as BMW’s chief designer
a few years back. You will read about what he had to endure to launch BMW
forward in new ways. I doubt if most of you have had websites devoted to your
firing, with thousands of signatures and rather scathing comments. Welcome
to Chris Bangle’s world!
Have you or
an acquaintance ever suffered from the painful malady of acid reflux? If so,
you are now likely aware that you can purchase the wonder drug Prilosec over
the counter, vs. requiring a prescription. You will learn about the remarkable
work of Lisa Allgood and her team, and how they were able to dramatically
change the way prescription drugs were made available in the OTC world. And
keep in mind there may be nothing more complicated and frustrating than the
drug approval process with the FDA.
heard of Jim Cramer, the absolutely wacky investment guru, who provides the
kind of advice that have generated millions in gains. He has this uncanny
ability to answer almost any question about almost any company. You will discover
just how much he does have in his head - and how he created a new market opportunity
for providing investment advice.
also have the opportunity to read about many others who have concentrated
on making the world a better place, through providing clean water or the gift
of sight to needy people in unfortunate circumstances, changing the way middle
school kids are educated (including getting parents involved), or helping
blind children achieve something unbelievable, beyond the reach of most sighted
Every chapter is filled with stories of everyday people who have created and
led remarkable growth opportunities to greatly advance their organizations
or the world at large.
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