Author Interview with Ed Beard Getting Into Leadership Shape

Getting Into Leadership Shape: With 15 Exercises to Strengthen Your Character and Competence

If you are serious about wanting to get into leadership shape, then you will need to exercise. This book will give your leadership a workout, retrain your leadership muscles, and improve your leadership cardio. Developing the eight leadership competencies in this book will get you into shape as a leader, and when you commit to the exercises at the end of each chapter, you will not only get into leadership shape, you will stay there… In sports, no one would argue that some sports enthusiasts are naturally more athletic than others. In leadership, some of us are more naturally gifted leaders than others, but anyone who exercises leadership will end up a better leader than had he or she not exercised at all… What is your reason for getting into leadership shape? To gain a promotion? Or have you been placed in management and need to develop the skills to excel? Do you want to learn how to be an accomplished leader because your non-profit organization’s cause is important to society? Or is it simply that you have a life value of self-improvement and want the personal satisfaction of challenging yourself? Whatever your reason for wanting to be a better leader, when you exercise your leadership abilities you will improve.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Ans. =>  Telling stories.  Sharing stories in poem form.

 What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Ans. =>  Drive draft horses

 When did you write your first book and how old were you?

Ans. =>  2016 at 55 y/o

What does your family think of your writing?

Ans. =>  It’s a business book so they don’t much pay attention to it.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Ans. => I thought I knew how to communicate clearly until the editor clearly pointed out how ambiguous my writing can be.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

Ans. =>  Just one, but it’s not my favorite.  The next book will be my favorite.

 Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they

Ans. =>  Don’t write how you speak.  Written communication can be very different than verbal communication.  Get plenty of feedback.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

Ans. =>  Yes occasionally.  Feedback is that the book is dense and could have been two books.  There are some great unique ideas conveyed in it and it has worked out well as subject matter for monthly learning get togethers.

 Do you like to create books for adults or children…Why?

Ans. =>  Adults so far but if I would write a children’s book if the inspiration came to me.

 What do you think makes a good story?

Ans. =>  When there is something to learn about yourself.

 As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Ans. =>  Be a farmer or a veterinarian.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Ans. =>  Never thought of it that way.  I just defined an end point / subject and wrote to that.

How long does it take you to write this books?

Ans. => Just over a year

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Ans. =>  Work was busy but I write best in the morning so I took advantage of that.

What brought you to write this book series?

Ans. => I’ve written the one book.

How you become a published author? Any inspiration?

Ans. => First and foremost believe in yourself and your message.  Secondly take action.  Research publishing options that best fit you and hire a great editor.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Ans. =>  Ideas come from real life events and real life learning.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Ans. => I can’t multitask when writing.  I have to sit down in the morning hours and just take an idea and add words to it.

Getting Into Leadership Shape Author Interview

15 Exercises to Strengthen Your Character and Competence

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

Ans. =>  Just one book but my second book will be my favorite.

What’s next for you? What are you working on now?

Ans. =>  Staying in Leadership Shape

About your book/s

Ans. =>  Explore concepts that are critical to success in everyday life but have a hard time finding a place inside the corporate walls.  Concepts such as forgiveness, grace, and transparency.

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