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Morgan Olson, Plant Superintendent at Boise Cascade, in Oregon bought copies of Growing @ the Speed of Change for his supervisors. He then assigned one section per week for them to read and brought them together to present their assigned section and discuss the material they studied and share their learning. When he asked for summary feedback on the book here are excerpts of what emerged:
“…the last 6 chapters were full of techniques and thoughts I can use all the time. I'll re-read those sections a few more times before I put this book away.”
Dave Hoeflein
“Your book is packed with practical information; is easily digestible; has depth and is well researched. It takes it through the entire A to Z. "How to" spectrum of life. I can now understand why you are so passionate in sharing something that is so close but yet can seem so far in these modern times!! Your book has brought it a lot closer, at least for me."
Maurice Rousseau, Edmonton
“…it was a good eye opener on the fact that things have always and will continue to change. It gave me many ideas of how to deal with and except change myself and to be able to communicate the need to deal with change to others. I wanted to think sometimes that I was too busy to have reading assignments but that was not the case. I just have not been used to doing much reading lately and it did me good to read material that could expand my supervisory/people skills. Your method of pulling the group together for thoughts and discussion about the reading was enjoyable and I liked hearing what others thought about the information."
Bruce Greenough
“I enjoyed reading this book. It presented things to me in more of a real life type situation rather than a clinical way. I found this to be a lot easier to read and more of the information stuck with me. I also liked the book reviews that we did as a group, This made me make the time to read the book rather than keep putting it off.”
Jeff Nice
“I liked how Jim presented change as ‘the way it is.’  Change is always going to be a part of our lives/careers and how he presented some interesting ways of dealing with it and leading those people who can't deal with it, i.e. those on the Bitter Bus or live in Pity City.  It was an interesting read and definitely will add value to my leadership skills.  Aren't quantum mechanics cool? :)  Looking forward to our next read.”
Jason Simpson
“This was an excellent book…brought in examples from real life and real people which I think helps to make it more meaningful.”
Chad Hurliman
“An easy to read book. As I read portions of it, my mind would visualize how we produce the positive outcomes and kept me very interested. I got a lot of food for thought.”
Jim Dalton
“Full of very useful points. The book's suggested outlook on life has many benefits I was previously un aware of.  My wife is about 3/4 through the book deciding to read it after I had mentioned several times.  So far she likes the book commenting how many of the behaviors of people are timeless. It's a good book that offers some great life lessons.  Review process was very good, you did a great job of reviewing the important aspects of the book and covering things efficiently.”
Chris Castleman
“An easy book to read with great ideas and explanations on how we must respond to change if we are going to keep our sanity. I like your suggestion of offering this to all plant employees. Your going through the chapters brought out much discussion in the sessions I attended and I thank you for offering this to us.”
Steve Schlegel
“I enjoyed reading through this book.  I thought that Jim’s illustrations of how a person’s decision to use change as a tool to grow, as a positive, can be such a powerful tool.  I thought it was a good refresher for all of us, especially with the changes we have seen in the last few years with markets and run-time.  I also like how you broke up the book into sections, so it didn’t require us to sit down a read (and digest) the whole book at once.”
Shawn Grandeen

“Jim Clemmer's latest book
Growing @ The Speed of Change is arguably the most important book I have read on this topic, combining as it does our mental perception of what exactly ‘reality’ is, with solid practical advice on how to proceed in the so-called ‘real’ world. The book has a continuing thread as one reads through, but it is also cleverly constructed to allow selection of a chapter at random and extract pearls of wisdom that stand in their own right. Highly recommended, and a must-read for anyone involved in change in the workplace and in life - which surely includes everyone!”
Roy Green, B.Sc., MCQI, C. Eng (UK), CQP, Senior Member and Former Chair, Director and Senior Advisor of  the Toronto Chapter of the American Society for Quality.

"I know Jim to be a wonderful consultant and presenter. Now you can know him too. His work is a compelling (and humorous) reminder of what we know and what we often forget. A great gift to a new manager, a great reminder to those of us who have been around awhile."
Valerie Atkin

“Jim's new book,
Growing @The Speed of Change is one of the best books that I have read in some time. I just couldn't put it down. Jim really hit home on a number of fronts from e-mail controlling us to the balance between our personal and professional life. The book delivers the message of leadership is action and not a position. The ‘browser’ format makes it easy to read. After a good friend of mine had a stroke last spring, I took it as a wakeup call to a healthier lifestyle. Jim's insight has really helped with this approach."
John Fine, Ontario Director, Bell Technical Solutions

"Jim, I just wanted to write to you today to let you know how much I enjoyed G
rowing @ The Speed of Change. This book inspires you into action to recalibrate your leadership style and its effectiveness, not only in the business world but in your home life also; leadership is an everyday action, in everything that we do, at work, at home and in our communities.
There are many great relevant examples that everyone can relate to, from taming the e-mail beast and better utilizing the electronic tools, to becoming more effective in multitasking. I am looking forward to applying the learning from this book to improve my everyday effectiveness.
As a Human Resources Professional, I can honestly say I had an edu-taining experience, and look forward to your next project; this book belongs in every organization’s Leadership Development tool box….
Canadian Leaders that apply the learning’s from this book/how-to guide will clearly make our country more competitive in our growing ever-changing global economy.
In my work I have often used the phrase “inspired into action”. You have coined it the best, I really like Inspir-actional.”
Steve Ilott, Alma, Ontario, Canada

"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.

“Growing@The Speed of Change is a must read. Wth applicable ‘historical’ quotes and sidebars to support/enhance the heading and contents in each chapter made quite an impact on this reader. This is quite an effective literary approach.  With very short chapters Clemmer speaks volumes on each topic. His conversational writing style doesn’t go over the head of the layman reader. It is energizing to read his emphasis and reiteration of navigating constant change and continually moving upward to leading self and others.”
Kamara Hennessey, Music Educator, B.Mus. RMT.,
Burlington, ON Canada

"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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