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Ordinary Greatness: It's Where You Least Expect It ... Everywhere

ISBN: 978-0-470-46172-3
160 pages
July 2009
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How to leverage ordinary greatness to create a competitive advantage for any organization

Enabling readers to maximize leadership skills, no matter the venue, Ordinary Greatness helps those who are in leadership positions to optimize their organizational results by improving their ability to recognize and create greatness in those who they lead. Featuring real-world stories, this practical guide helps readers relate to both famous and everyday heroes and shows leaders how to improve their immediate environment. In addition, actionable tips and insights are included to equip business leaders to remove the blinders that keep them from seeing their organization's ordinary greatness.

Pamela  Bilbrey and Brian Jones are organizational consultants, executive coaches, and international speakers and workshop facilitators

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Chapter 1 What Is Ordinary Greatness?

Chapter 2 Ordinary Greatness Observed.

Chapter 3 Why People Do Not See Ordinary Greatness.

Chapter 4 How Leaders Open Their Eyes to Ordinary Greatness.

Chapter 5 Characteristics of Ordinary Greatness.

Chapter 6 Creating the Context for Ordinary Greatness.

Chapter 7 Promoting Ordinary Greatness.

Chapter 8 Cultivating the Potential for Ordinary Greatness.

Chapter 9 Changing the Way You View the World.

Chapter 10 Ordinary Greatness in Challenging Times.

Closing Comments.

Appendix A Assessments.

Appendix B Questions and Answers.

Notes.

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About the Authors.

Index.

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Author Information

Pamela Bilbrey helps organizations maximize their current strengths and bring out their ordinary greatness to achieve extraordinary results. A sought-after consultant, coach, and international speaker, she has authored three books and over fifty articles on employee engagement, leadership and team development, and organizational change. She was senior vice president of corporate development at Baptist Health Care, a Fortune 100 Best Places to Work organization and a Baldrige National Quality Program recipient. She also founded the Baptist Health Care Leadership Institute.

Brian Jones has been described by his clients as "a breath of fresh air" and "the most effective consultant we've ever hired." He travels the country helping teams and organizations achieve real results with ordinary, yet great tools and advice. As the former director of people development for Baptist Health Care, he was instrumental in the organization's recognition as Training magazine's Top 100 Training Organizations in America for five consecutive years. He is the author of several articles on leadership development and employee engagement.

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Reviews

"In their book…Pamela Bilbrey and Brian Jones flip the script on how we should recognize and reward greatness in both our professional and personal lives. They remind us to set aside our beliefs that great people must be well-known celebrities or larger-than-life figures, and consider the people around us who practice greatness every day while no one is looking." (Pensacola News Journal, August 18, 2009)

"Attaining greatness in and out of the workplace may seem like a lofty aspiration-to say the least-but according to Pam Bilbrey and Brian Jones, the prerequisite steps are surprisingly pedestrian in nature." (Sales Marketing Management Monitor, July 21, 2009)

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