And Dignity For All

I just completed reading an inspiring book titled, And Dignity For All by James Despian and Jane Bodman Converse.

To me, the book was partly a biography of James Despian, where he gave examples of how he learned and applied leadership traits.

I wonder whether he actually practiced what he preached. Hm.. I guess Caterpillar Inc.'s employees that worked under him will bear witness to that!

Here is the official introduction to the book. Is it worth a read, you decide!

I am not your typical senior executive. I don't have an MBA. I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth. No, this is the story of someone with an unlikely resume f success. I was married when I was 16. I didn’t go to college. What I learned, I learned on the job. I watched and I listened. I read and I asked. I tried and failed. I learned and I tried again.

This book is the story of a lifetime of experiences and the lessons I learned that enabled me to become a true leader of people. I began my career as a swapper in a factory that makes the largest earthmoving equipment in the world. I ended it at the same company- a vice present of a $20 billion corporation. This story includes how we transformed a factory and an entire division into highly profitable leaders in our corporation and industry. It tells you how to do the same in what ever business you find yourself.

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Matty said...

Somehow, the intro to the book doesn't make me want to rush out and buy it.
I 'get' that the writer was a plodder,,,he didn't take risks,,stayed with the same company, day after day, learned from his peers,,,,and grew with the company, in salary and position.
Seems to me, many of us could write a book like that.
Please let us know when you're done, you can't judge a book by its cover.

Enhance Life said...

Hi Matty,
Yes, I agree with you when you say "you can't judge a book by its cover". Its the same as "you can't judge a movie by the book!" or was it the other way around.Hm..

I read the entire book and their were plenty of examples where he had taken risks, both within the company and in his personal life.And he didn't stay in same company, either. (Chapters: The sound of silence,Alone with my fears and turning it around are evidence.)

Anyway, I am not trying to carry out a marketing campaign for the book!. I read it, and found SOME of it inspiring. Therefore, I thought of sharing it with my fellow readers :-)


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