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Growing @ the Speed of Change Reviews


Growing @ the Speed of Change:
Your Inspir-actional How-To Guide for Leading Yourself and Others Through Constant Change

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"Growing @ the Speed of Change is another very valuable leadership tool to add to your arsenal...      
(Jim's) clear summation that change is with us to stay, makes it apparent that we need for find new tools (or brush off those we don’t use much) to deal with this constant ambiguity and confusion that most of us operate within. The comment that turbulence can be the hallmark of  the best of times or the worst of times, the choice is yours, is a very key thought to my mind. We now need to think about making good choices or to quote Jim 'harness this powerful energy force for positive change throughout our personal and professional lives.'"
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Steven Bryce C.A.,
Vice President, Finance,
Metro Retail Supply Chain Solutions Inc.

"I read Jim's latest book Growing @ the Speed of Change and interviewed him for my radio show on the Wave 94.7fm. I really enjoyed Jim's book because it is so practical. He relates the obstacles we all seem to be facing in this fast paced world and offers real solutions to the problems. I also really enjoyed interviewing Jim. He is very articulate and knows what he is talking about and is able to relate his knowledge in an understandable way. Which is very refreshing in today's world of self-help guru double speak! For anyone facing real life challenges or those who would like to avoid facing real life challenges I highly recommend reading Growing @ the Speed of Change."
Heather Buck
Wave 94.7FM

“I loved and was inspired by
Growing @ the Speed of Change. Jim has once again outdone himself! His writing style is superb, and his words entertaining and thought-provoking as he is able to motivate the reader above and beyond themselves. Everyone needs to be able to cope. However, the formula is the missing link. Jim stylishly explains how to get results by changing your views. As a homecare provider to an elderly parent, coping is important for your own sanity. As a government employee, change is something we grow accustomed to – some of us thrive and others, well…
Jim outlines how we can learn to cope with the unknown changes in life and how to deal with negativity. He deals with growth, leadership, work, imagery and much more. Reading the book gets you in touch with yourself.”

 Barbara A. Smith, Communications Coordinator, Manitoba Government

"Clemmer's writing is packed with wonderful nuggets. He quotes Keats alongside FDR. He combs history, science, and culture to offer readers an eclectic, practical, and actionable set of worthwhile thoughts.

Clemmer adroitly blends the inspirational, the philosophical, and the actionable. How many management gurus quote new age spiritual guru Eckart Tolle alongside Mark Twain and Nietzche, before then asking the reader to fill out survey gauging their organization's attitude toward conflict?"
Zach Clayon

"Clemmer continually reminds readers that 'leadership is an action, not a position.' Even in the opening pages when he’s recounting his own growth path, you learn the value of focus, consistency, and vision. Jim uses his own history and mixes it with pertinent leadership insights."
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Garth Roberts, CSP
7 Keys to Inspired Leadership
Making Meetings Move

Growing @ the Speed of Change is full of lots of valuable information for me to use personally and professionally. I like the layout of the book and the style in which it was written. The quotes from various sources, some modern, some not so modern, were well chosen and fit the chapters they were associated with perfectly. Throughout the reading of the book I kept tying back the discussion to my work as well as to my family, and life in general. It is a very practical book that will benefit anyone reading it.”
Doug Pringle, Claims Centre Manager, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia

Growing at the Speed of Change is timely advice and appropriate for today’s fast paced environment. In my busyness, I rarely get the time to read through a book in short order. However, Growing at the Speed of Change gives me the opportunity to take a gem from each page and apply it in my every day changing environment. I provided copies for my business partners, City Councilors, and City Department Heads, and have received many appreciative comments about the book! From business executive to the everyday employee, this book will give the extra initiative to change with the times rather than resist it!”

Martin Harder, Mayor of City of Winkler, and business owner

This book is brimming with practical advice and abundant wisdom.  For those embarked on transforming organizations there couldn’t be a more useful tool to inspire and outline the leadership behaviors needed across all levels and positions."
Jack Zenger, CEO of Zenger Folkman, and co-author of the best-selling The Extraordinary Leader and The Inspiring Leader

“The world is changing rapidly and successful people need to adapt. This is an excellent handbook to prepare people to thrive through change. I love the chapter on ‘I don't have authority.’ The gist of that message is even though people don't specifically have the authority, there are lots of things they can do to still bring about change. One thing I love about Jim Clemmer’s books is his liberal use of quotations… this book could be characterized as a positive thinking book, but it acknowledges that it requires a lot of action to get things done. At the same time, he provides a lot of tools on how to think and be positive to your advantage. It was an enjoyable read.””
Jim Estill, Technology CEO and Board Member of Blackberry maker, Research in Motion (RIM)

"Change is here to stay! Learn how to successfully handle it with this practical and enjoyable guide."
Marshall Goldsmith - million selling author of What Got You Here Won't Get You There, Succession: Are You Ready? and the upcoming MOJO.

"There is no doubt, change is a constant. However, what we need today is transformational change -- change that produces profound personal, organizational, and even global results. Jim Clemmer’s newest book “Growing @ the Speed of Change” can help both individuals and organizations achieve the level of remarkable change they desire. This book chalk full of helpful advice, proven theory, and practical application. In a world in need of transformational change agents, Jim is your guide, and this book is your roadmap to a better future."
Mark Rodgers, PhD Habitat for Humanity Canada, Vice-President

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.... and Dickens was talking about the times of the French Revolution when you could see things as awful or wonderful and it is really from your own perspective. Jim Clemmer uses this type of example and takes it to the next level, keeping you entertained as he teaches you how to lead. I would use brilliant but I would prefer to say this is the type of book to keep handy in the office and to read snippets to keep energized and leading in the best way possible. So I'm off the pity bus and heading for Winner's Circle.”
Jacoline Loewen, Managing Director, Loewen & Partners Inc.

"I read a lot of business books but what I liked about this one is that it was full of quotations which brought the writing to life...the book was witty, yet made me search my soul and think about how I lived my life and what I wanted for my life. This is a real easy read and a must for anyone wanting to make sense of this changing world!"
Anna Farmery, The Engaging Brand

In keeping with his tendency toward excellence in writing, Jim Clemmer has produced another outstanding book that educates and motivates the reader. Also, as usual, he manages to elegantly combine essential ideas on change, performance, leadership and personal growth into a single cohesive package. He takes what might otherwise seem like only tangentially-related pieces of a huge life-puzzle and styles them, explains them and compacts them into a very related, smoothly flowing whole. And, as you read, you'll find he has the additional magic gift of entertaining you while teaching you.

In Growing@ the Speed of Change, you will learn how to cope with change and unpredictability. How to think about reality. How to deal with negativity -- your own and others'. How to choose positivity. How optimism and happiness is easily within your grasp. How to make your life and work full of purpose and value. How and why to be a leader. Compassion. Connection. Courage. Flexibility. Adaptability. Good humor. More.

As with his prior book, Growing The Distance, Jim Clemmer has written something that you can't read straight through, no matter how much you want to try. And you do want to try to keep reading, because each section is so compelling you don't want to stop. Nevertheless, every section is so densely packed with ideas, anecdotes and examples that you are forced to stop and reflect upon what you are reading by the time you've finished only a few pages.

Furthermore, the exceptional formating of his content works to assure you will stop and think and perhaps even take some action. The book is almost a collection of related articles. Almost a magazine. Almost a training manual. Almost a series of tutorials. All of these in one. And more. Where you need to break and think, what direction you need to take, what more relates to the current content and why it's all so important -- all are connected by and obtain their flow through the formatting. The book's underlying structure is also rather like a well-formed college-level class syllabus (if professors presented syllabi so stylishly.)

Perhaps when you finish the book, you'll feel as if you have obtained a diploma in personal and professional change management.
C.S. Clarke, Ph.D,

"This was quite readable with a great flow. The short chapters were each about the length of a magazine article which made them great for reading a little at a time. The double column format was a bit distracting initially, but it grew on me. Overall it was positive and amusing and even had a nice, well described section on quantum physics! The nice personal anecdotes really helped to illustrate the personal and professional application of the tools. I found it to be very much like The Secret for business."
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The Leader's Digest Reviews



The Leader's Digest:
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"If you're looking for a book that illuminates the topic of leadership in a useful, readable, and lively way, this is it."
Warren Bennis
Distinguished Professor of Business, USC, and Co-author of GEEKS AND GEEZERS: How Era, Values and Defining Moments Shape Leaders

“Hi Jim, I'm writing to you from the shade of a palm tree here in Florida. The weather has been the 80's and sunny. I just finished my vacation reading, The Leader’s Digest. Very enjoyable...and inspiring. I really appreciate the way you've structured the book, with a wonderful mix of quotes, fables and stories, research, personal examples, illustrations and graphics. This is very effective and makes for an easy and enjoyable read (with or without the Piña Colada).

Like a lot of people, I have a stack of those ‘I'll get around to reading sometime’ books. I could have picked any one of them to pack in my carry-on bag, but I'm glad I picked your book. Now I'm looking forward to cracking open Growing the Distance when I get home!”
Scott Martin, Vice President
Hydro Human Resources & Employee Safety, Ontario Power Generation

"Easy to digest...presenting it in easily accessible snippets is a smart way to reach leaders who are usually busy, well, leading rather than reading."
"Recommended Readings," Marketing Magazine

"An incredibly readable and useful collection of wit and wisdom on today's most critical success factor — leadership."
David Chilton, author The Wealthy Barber

"The Leader's Digest is an easy and very inspiring read. Jim has managed to condense and concentrate the many perspectives, research, and wisdom on leadership into a highly digestible format that allows each reader to customize the book to his or her own needs and interests."
Peter Urs Bender, Author of Leadership from Within

"This book is a stirring compilation of wisdom regarding leadership. It assembles thoughts from incredibly diverse sources and makes them understandable and capable of being applied. No one can read it without learning (or re-learning) some important lessons about leadership."
John H. Zenger, Vice Chairman
Novations Group

"Remarkably thoughtful, provocative and useful. Jim has captured the collective wisdom on leadership from the world's greatest experts and thinkers, and encapsulated it in an exciting to read, comprehensive digest, using examples that will turn average Managers into great Leaders."
Joseph Sherren, Canada's Corporate Health Guru, Co-Author, Vitamin "C" for a Healthy Workplace

"The latest from the leadership guru...a wonderful, simple, easy format and style that delivers the guts of exceptional leadership in digestible bits and bites."
Peter Jensen, Sports Psychologist, Author, and Founder of Performance Coaching

"In a clear voice that rings true, Jim Clemmer brings you an insightful, yet common sense, approach to everyday leadership dilemmas. This book will guide you into the learning that will turn leadership challenges into opportunities for growth. As you continue to refer to it, this book will be come a 'trusted advisor' that will continue to deepen the integrity of your leadership practice."
Hubert Saint-Onge, Knowledge Management Expert and CEO
Konverge Digital Solutions

"If you have a pulse it is certain you will at some time, in some situation, for some purpose, be called on to lead. I strongly and enthusiastically suggest you read this book before you need to!"
Ian Percy, Author of Going Deep: Exploring Spirituality in Life and Leadership

"As soon as I heard of Jim Clemmer's new book, The Leader's Digest, I asked him to personally present an overview to our entire Canadian region management team. At this presentation everyone will be presented with a copy of the book, which will become required reading. Being in a leadership role for more years than I would like to remember, I have come to realize the importance of staying current with new and innovative leadership ideas and techniques. Growing the Distance and now The Leader's Digest fit to a tee the direction we at Laidlaw see ourselves moving toward. One of my pleasures in life is to see young, bright managers grow into leaders. For some this is a natural phenomenon, but others may need a little more direction and coaching. My suggestion is for everyone to familiarize themselves with the Leadership Wheel; this is what it's all about."
Gary Wilson, Senior Vice President
Laidlaw Education Services, Canadian Region

"The Leader's Digest is an excellent traveling book for today's busy executive. It is filled with common sense leadership advice built upon solid research. The book's easy-to-read format spiced with humor makes for pleasurable learning and provides the inspiration to turn its common sense principles into common leadership practice."
Bob Brennan, President
ServiceMaster Canada

"I have read all of Jim's books over the years. I especially enjoyed The Leader's Digest. I picked up several inspirational and practical ideas that will help me begin a new venture at our University. I agree with Jim's comment that "it is one thing to know, and another to do." When I owned and operated my business I saw to it that all our employees had the opportunity to read Growing the Distance. It was a morale boost for all of us. The Leader's Digest is a very effective next step to expanding those timeless leadership principles. I plan to share it with all my colleagues who are trying to grow businesses in today's complex environment."
Steve Farlow, Executive Director
Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship School of Business & Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University

"Jim Clemmer is a wise and special man. His insights into leadership are powerfully illustrated in his newest work The Leader's Digest. Learn from him . . . I do!"
Dr. Peter Legge, CSP, CPAE, LL.D. (Hon)

"Jim returns to his favourite themes of leadership authenticity, accountability and action in this user-friendly leaders' handbook. Through anecdotes, musings, examples and best practice research, he manages an irresistible combination of simplicity and profundity, theory and pragmatism, strategy and tactics. A source of inspiration for leaders at all levels."
Nancy Semkin, Director Leadership Development
Royal Bank Financial Group

"I wanted to give you some quick feedback on The Leaders Digest. The feedback is that I thoroughly enjoyed it! I couldn't put it down once I started and found it to be an easy read. The way you have written the book and formatted the chapters (quotations, anecdotes, stories, references to family, humor) is revolutionary. The linkages to your previous books allowed me to easily understand and digest (no pun intended) the material and concepts.

And by the way, "Let's be Frank" is a classic! I'm going to facilitate a session with my management team based on those pages.

I find the Frank stories to be a reflection of the truisms in the workplace and Frank to be the spirit in all of us. He runs into the same issues and challenges that we have all faced at one time or another, but perseveres through what seems like an insurmountable series of set backs to ultimately get him and the business to where it needs to be. There are many timeless themes embedded in there that I really enjoyed.

I am an advocate of the ageless principles that your books convey and have worked hard at molding my behaviors so I demonstrate these skills as regularly as possible. I don't let people of rank or in power sway me from my values. Neither did Frank.

I'm a Clemmer disciple that can't get enough of this stuff!"
Alan Zimmermann, Director
Business Customer Support, AT & T Canada

"I am thoroughly learning, applying, and enjoying every chapter in the The Leader's Digest. This book sums up beautifully and professionally all those 30-something books I have on leadership, team building, and so forth. Thank you for giving management a breath of refreshing and soothing air! Well written, well said, and well done!"
Tanya Paoletti, Information Services
McGill University Health Centre

"I'm currently reading The Leader's Digest. The book is fantastic! It will be a book that I return to again and again. Jim has described some people I know right down to the last detail!!! The 'talk the talk' kind who will never be able to 'walk the walk' - awesome book! I have recommended it to my colleagues as it is a great follow-up to a team building exercise we had a few weeks ago."
Barbara Foubister
The Canadian National Institute for the Blind

"The Leaders Digest is a thought provoking, inspirational book which is having the dual effect of both confirming and developing my leadership skills. I love the layout, quotes and creative magazine style approach."
Steve Lambert, Manager
Durham Probation Service Public Protection Unit, Durham City, County Durham, UK

“A good friend of mine, Craig Ross, Safety Director for Barrick Gold Corporation, lent me a copy of a book he recommended entitled The Leader’s Digest by Jim Clemmer. I found this book very different from other leadership books on the market. The book is written in a true digest format. This unique aspect makes it easy to read. After reading just a fourth of the book, I was online ordering a copy for myself. Clemmer states, “One of my goals in writing The Leader’s Digest was to distill all the information on leadership down to its essentials—to provide a series of executive summaries or briefings on the key elements of leading people.”

The principles outlined in the book are truly timeless. Thus, they are not new leadership principles. Through a wide range of examples and comparisons, Clemmer describes ways in which these principles are proven effective. Clemmer encourages, “We need to continually rediscover and repackage them for today’s circumstances.” One of the key comparisons made in the book is management versus leadership. In short, Clemmer defines management as “pushing employees toward a goal” and leadership as “pulling employees toward a goal.” In my experience, I have seen a lot of strong managers fail from lacking the ability to lead. More so now than ever, today’s workforce demands not only strong management but also strong leadership, especially when it comes to safety and health compliance. Companies must respond and produce managers with strong leadership qualities if they are to succeed in their goals. The Leader’s Digest is a great tool that can assist all managers in any industry with understanding the principle difference between management versus leadership and the importance of leadership in the workplace.

The Leader’s Digest does not directly address safety and was not written specifically for the safety professional. However, a safety professional can turn to any page in it, read an excerpt and be able to apply any one of the “timeless principles” Clemmer has collected to the safety profession. I greatly enjoyed this book. The Leader’s Digest will not collect dust on my shelf. It will be a book that I will refer to quite frequently throughout my career. I highly recommend it for all safety professionals—as we are not only managers of safety but also leaders of our workforce in our endless challenge to achieve and maintain a proactive safety culture.”
Mark Chavez
Jacobsen Construction Company, ASSE News (October 2006), reprinted courtesy of the Utah Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers

Growing the Distance Reviews

Growing the Distance:
Timeless Principles for Personal, Career, and Family Success

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"... writes persuasively about the need for better balance in our lives...urges readers to consider their legacy...offering the chance to relax, reflect and regroup...interweaves anecdotes, quotes, fictional stories and his own musings in a leisurely style..."
The Globe & Mail

"Jim has given us all much to think about and grow on. Very satisfying! At the deepest and most personal level, I am glad I read this book. If, like me, you think that getting one powerful, actionable insight from a book is worth the price, Growing the Distance is the bargain of the millenium."
Ian Percy, Psychologist and Author of Going Deep

"Simultaneously practical and inspirational, Jim Clemmer takes a refreshing approach to leadership and personal growth. Growing the Distance is full of wisdom, anecdotes and pithy advice in an informal, easy-to-read digest format. Great reading for all walks of life."
Nancy Semkin, Manager
Leadership Development, Royal Bank Financial Group

"...If you want to read a book and be enthusiastic about your leadership potential, Growing the Distance is a must. It will inspire you and help to mesh together the various roles and activities of your life. This book is truly different and will find a happy home on your bookshelf!..."
weLEAD Online Magazine

"A road map of the heart that tells you about the personal development pathways and towns along the way and lets you choose which ones to stop at . . . enjoyed the book's multi-level layout and Jim's flowing writing style."
Mark Brzezicki
DOFASCO Blast Furnace Supervisor, now Supervisor of Training and Development

"The content and lay-out of Growing the Distance are extremely effective. With the discounts available, it will have a wide range of reader interest for companies buying large quantities."
Kerry Hawkins, President
Cargill Limited

"I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone who wishes to do some thinking or learning about how you can grow, how you can influence people and become a leader in whatever sphere you operate in. The book is written so that it is easy to understand, full of good advice and examples, and not only well worth reading but entertaining and insightful as well."
The Honourable John C. Crosbie, P.C., O.C., Q.C.
Former Senior Cabinet Minister, Federal and Provincial Governments of Canada

"Jim Clemmer has written a witty and wise book filled with leadership wisdom that is rock solid. Read it and reap."
Lance Secretan, Author of Reclaiming Higher Ground

"If there is such a thing as a "universal book" then this is it. It brims with practical advice for people of all ages and all stages. It is replete with wonderful examples, and the reader will be amazed at the breadth of its scope."
Jack Zenger, author, president of PROVANT, Inc., and founder of Zenger Miller

"I am writing to let you know how much I appreciate your books and how they are helping us. I have been studying team building, leadership, training, and what we need to do to make our Centre an oasis, and your book has been of great help. I have been using Firing on all Cylinders, Pathways to Performance, and Growing the Distance. This is fabulous information, and is taking me places I always wanted to go -- but did not know how to get to."
Norman Reader, Corrections Officer
Lakeview Youth Custody Centre

“My name is Karly Stewart and I am 13 years old and in Grade Eight. I read your book Growing the Distance and learned many useful things from it. Even though it is about the workplace, I can apply these principles to similar situations that occur at school. It showed me that I shouldn't be afraid to take the lead.

I liked the chapters, ‘Responsibility for Choices’ and ‘Authenticity’. I really liked reading the quotes and anecdotes, which were very humorous and gave me something to think (and laugh) about.

At my dad's office they are giving away fifty copies of this book for their leadership group. I think that not only people in workplaces should read this book, but people my age should read it too. Even teens would be able to benefit greatly from it. I would recommend it to any one who wants to become a better leader. This is an excellent book for people of all ages and a valuable source of information and wisdom on how to grow the distance.


Growing the Distance is one of the best organized and inspiring collections of leadership advice I've ever seen! I must say that I didn't want the book to end! I bought several more copies for my friends and family!”
Dallas Gislason, Regional Development Coordinator
Saskatchewan Rural Development

Moose on the Table Reviews

Moose on the Table:
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“...most will recognize the real frustrations and challenges of a corporation, and a life, trying to pull itself back from disaster. I found myself thinking about my actions, or lack thereof, in similar situations from my past and wondering if I, too, could overcome my fear of moose on the table and lead change.

Easy and fun to read, Moose on the Table might be just the tale for those about to embark on a quest for change in their own lives or organizations.”
Laurie Blake, Editor
Workplace magazine

“What a delightful read and a brilliant way to help people understand the moose that must be dealt with in our lives. I was educational, inspiring, enormously insightful, and, as with all your work, empowering. It will change a lot of lives.”
Maurice O’Callaghan
Author and Professional Speaker

“I just finished reading Moose on the Table. I couldn't put the book down! Jim did a fantastic job. How true the fictional story was. I hope that Jim will write more books in fable form.”
Sharon Walling, Team Leader
Holy Family Memorial, Manitowoc, WI

“Jim, I loved the book and could not put it down until I finished! It is a great way to open the eyes of ‘Moose Hunters’ everywhere. I have recommended the book to our Coach network and hopefully you will be receiving many more requests for the book!”
Diane Cappel, Organization Effectiveness Coach
Dow Chemical

“One of the few books that I seized upon and read from cover to cover within a couple of days! It is a fast-paced story with an almost too-good-to-be true ending not revealed until the last two chapters. A real thriller. I've been there and done that, though perhaps not as elegantly, nor with the same company. There is a lot of truth to the underlying lessons portrayed.”
R. Max Wideman

“Jim's latest book, Moose on the Table, brings attention to a not so un-novel situation in a very novel way. Jim brings into focus a scenario that affects many people in many organisations in a way that makes reading about it fun. This increases consideration of the key issues that cause it to occur in the first place. It's too easy to pass over these learnings in a text book. Jim's storytelling makes them much more enjoyable and consequently increases the learnings and ability to reference it to others in the team.”
George Gilraine, Facilitator/Internal Management Consultant
Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals A/S

Moose on the Table is educational and entertaining. From beginning to end the story had me fully engaged. I particularly liked how Jim so creatively manifested Pete's subconscious battles with himself through the humorous and painful struggles with the character of Alfred. Their 'conversations' and confrontations revealed the fragility of the human spirit. It also reminded us to listen deeply to our inner voice. By doing so, we can reclaim our resourcefulness, resiliency, and intuition to successfully deal with adversity. Jim skillfully wove the threads of Pete's self awareness into a remarkable personal tapestry of tragedy and triumph through inner reflection leading to outer leadership. Readers will easily identify with and learn from the main character - Pete Leonard.

Moose on the Table needs to be in everyone's motivational/self-help library. It's a novel to read and reread. Each time the story will be fresh and inspiring.”
Kamara Hennessey, B.Mus. RMT (ORMTA:CFMTA)
Program Coordinator (BFO~H/B)

"I just finished reading your book, Moose on the Table: A Novel Approach to Communications @ Work. I honestly couldn't put it down! I loved the book and the storyline. The characters are so true to life. I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who can seriously identify with one or more of these characters and situations. You hit the nail on the head (or should I say Moose head) and drove the message home. After reading the book, it has encouraged me to find my moose, work more effectively and have more courageous conversations with not only my own team but top management team members as well. No more going along to get along...that's not the kind of life I want to lead!"
Belinda Pianezza, Product Manager

"I’m a huge fan of Jim’s work and have just completed Moose on the Table. I loved it! I’ve worked for many organizations that could benefit from this fun, entertaining, eye-opening read. I’m hoping that we can get all of our management team reading the book. I have Growing the Distance and The Leader's Digest in my ‘success library’ that I share with the CIRA team. I’ll be adding to my collection soon, as I would like to order Pathways to Performance and Firing on All Cylinders.”
Heidi Hauver, Manager, Human Resources
Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

"I simply couldn’t and wouldn’t put it down. It had my attention right from the ‘get go.’ I thoroughly enjoyed it! I could very easily draw so many parallels (‘Moose’) between the book’s content and situations I have faced.

One of the toughest things we do in our industry (and life in general) is to question someone else’s behavior and good intentions without the possibility of losing some trust. Finding the courage to use the right approach when expressing our genuine (authentic) concern for someone’s safety is always a challenge. When an existing culture isn’t accustomed (yet!) to courageous safety leadership, these approaches can be considered invasive and uncomfortable.

A health and safety ‘moose’ in our industry is that delicate balance between ‘production’ and ‘risk -reduced production.’ In today’s supercharged metal hunt, the timelines for doing business have tightened exponentially. Therefore, managing health and safety risk can be quite a challenge and most often demands extreme amounts of courageous leadership. It will take some very hard work from some very special leaders to step up to these new challenges. Pete Leonard’s experiences in Moose on the Table provide a powerful example of just that courageous leadership that’s required to deal with our fast changing world and organizational challenges.”
Cam Duquette, Director of Health and Safety
FNX Mining, Sudbury Operations

"The format of Moose on the Table is highly entertaining and so easy to read. I tend to have a short attention span for dry, deep materials, and this has made my learning much more enjoyable. I am inspired by how Pete finally reawakens his inner leader and moves forward. This book is such an affirmation that 'courageous conversations' are imperative to the success of a department or company."
Gay Ainsworth, Administrative Assistant
Georgian College

"I have just finished reading your book. I found it an easy and very enjoyable read with fantastic ideas. I like the fable approach because it makes the reading more fun but you learn from it. Much better than reading a list of do’s and don’ts!"
Sandra Martone, Vice-Principal
Red Lake District High School

"A must read for courageous leadership! Moose on the Table serves as a primer for dealing with faulty processes and people issues that everyone else wants to ignore. Highly readable, refreshing and most of all, informative."
Jeff Mowatt, Bestselling author, "Becoming a Service Icon in 90
Minutes a Month"

"Jim, I completed Moose on the Table in one sitting and really enjoyed it. The book's message is such a strong one and so relevant I was wondering how you knew I needed to hear it! The storytelling format really worked for me. The analogies and examples are quite strong and very, very relevant. Using a light and funny approach to such a personal issue – living your values, not just talking about them and making excuses – is where the rubber meets the road for many leaders today. I'll pass the book along and order extra copies."
Dennis E. Mercer, CHRP, Senior Organization Development Specialist; Production Support,