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Doug Heatherly

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Doug Heatherly “is an independent consultant, trainer, and author. The skills and techniques presented in his latest book, A PIRATE CAPTAIN'S GUIDE TO LEADERSHIP, are those he has personally and successfully applied over the course of more than 30 years as a supervisor and manager to develop hundreds of employees in a variety of challenging workplaces. Doug provides clients with business planning, organizational development, and project management services. He has led teams of up to 204 people, and consulted on more than a dozen large-scale business redesign projects, including three that were designated as "Best Business Practices" by the Centers of Excellence.

Doug Heatherly was a 1997 winner of the prestigious Project Leadership Award, recognizing the top five technology project managers in the United States. Dr. Heatherly is a co-developer and facilitator of the Leadership Skills Certificate program. More than 7,000 people have attended his seminars nationwide. He is a member of Bank of America's Small Business Online Community, and has provided the group's worldwide membership with more than a thousand articles, reviews, and forum contributions. His work has also been highlighted in a variety of industry publications and he has contributed to more than twenty management textbooks, learning instruments, and business journals.

Doug Heatherly holds a Ph.D. in Business & Ethics, and professional certifications in project management and leadership development. His client list includes over two hundred business organizations, government agencies, and non-profit groups throughout North America and the Pacific Rim. Doug is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and resides in the Austin, Texas area.” Doug Heatherly is the author of A Pirate Captain's Guide To Leadership: How To Turn "Workplace Pirates" Into Motivated And Productive Employees.

According to the book description of A Pirate Captain's Guide To Leadership: How To Turn "Workplace Pirates" Into Motivated And Productive Employees, “Every workplace has them. Employees with bad attitudes. People who ignore the rules. Rude or insubordinate workers. Individuals who put forth little or no effort, fall short of standards -- yet still expect everything in your organization to revolve around them! If you've attempted to manage these people, you already know it can be frustrating and time-consuming endeavor. LEADING them is the only real solution. A PIRATE CAPTAIN'S GUIDE TO LEADERSHIP gives you the power to turn "workplace pirates" into motivated and productive employees. This is not a "gimmick" book. It's a definitive "how to" manual for today's supervisors and managers. The pirate theme provides an entertaining metaphor, yet author Doug Heatherly focuses on the practical aspects of developing your employees. He gives you a proven set of leadership skills that you can apply not only with "workplace pirates," but with every person you supervise or manage.”

According to one reader of A Pirate Captain's Guide To Leadership: How To Turn "Workplace Pirates" Into Motivated And Productive Employees it “is a management book that's actually fun to read! The author presents a spot-on analogy between pirate captains and business managers, explaining how a good leader can turn "workplace pirates" into successful and productive employees.  The book provides great practical techniques on how to set goals, communicate well, inspire commitment, resolve conflicts and celebrate success. What's more, the author's wit, sharp writing, and clever analogy turns what can be a dry topic into an interesting and compelling read. When you're at the helm of a pirate ship, learning management skills becomes infinitely more entertaining and memorable!  I recommend this book to anyone who is in a management or supervisory role--be it in a workplace, a classroom, or your own household. It's also a great resource for those who aspire to a leadership position; acquire these skills now, and you'll accelerate your climb up the corporate ladder.”


A Pirate Captain's Guide To Leadership: How To Turn "Workplace Pirates" Into Motivated And Productive Employees
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According to one reader of A Pirate Captain's Guide To Leadership: How To Turn "Workplace Pirates" Into Motivated And Productive Employees, “As a manager of an all-volunteer staff I have been looking for a book that can help me keep my team committed to the cause and show initiative in their own roles. When you can't pay your staff, strong leadership skills is one of the most important attributes a manager must have to ensure the organisation continues to run efficiently. As someone with little prior management experience, I would have liked for the book to include some case studies to help me better learn to apply some of the techniques. However, this book does cover a great deal of useful information, concepts and techniques to help with teambuilding that can be applied to any organisation. It is very well written and entertaining, so it is easy for busy managers to digest the information without getting bogged down in longwinded theories and meaningless buzzwords. You won't find any of those here: the pirate analogy is a clever and easy-to-follow approach to workplace leadership.”

According to one reader of A Pirate Captain's Guide To Leadership: How To Turn "Workplace Pirates" Into Motivated And Productive Employees, “Doug Heatherly presents some excellent ideas for management that can be applied in any organization in which there are inexperienced leaders and difficult persons with attitudes. For instance, managers and supervisors who do not know how to handle their problem employees or problem students encounter great difficulties that can bring down their "ships". This book will teach them how to take command and to become the "captains of their ships" and of "a competent and committed crew". "Asking wisely", "apologizing gracefully", and "communicating skillfully" are among the ethical themes that Heatherly presents and develops. The book is an excellent guide filled with practical recommendations, strategies and solutions. It is also a great resource for anyone in a leadership position, like for instance someone running a household, coaching a team, or anyone else who is learning about how to deal with others and to tackle different behavior and relation issues.”

 

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