Janet McCraken Author Interview 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. =>I like antidotes

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

Ans. =>speaking, training, motivating others, camping

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

Ans. =>54

What does your family think of your writing?

Ans. =>My teenage daughter thinks it’s “cool”.

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

Ans. =>That I could.

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

Ans. =>one.  But I have written a ton of training curriculum.

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

Ans. =>Get an editor.

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

Ans. =>All the time.  Our book helped them to become a better leader and they use our book for developing their staff.

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

Ans. =>Adults.  I want to help people grow, change, and improve their life.

 What do you think makes a good story?

Ans. =>I don’t think I could write a story if it wasn’t true.  I am not that creative.

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

Ans. =>Be a teacher

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

Ans. =>I have never wanted to be a writer.  But I had something powerful to share and my friends and clients encouraged me to put it in a book.

How long does it take you to write this books?

Ans. => 2 years from start to finish

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

Ans. =>I am a CEO of a company, so my writing is after hours.

How you become a published author? Any inspiration?

Ans. =>I was diagnosed with colon cancer and began writing to my daughter in case I wasn’t around to answer life questions for her.  People read “Alyssa’s Life Book” and suggested that I publish it.  While I didn’t publish her personal book, I did take some of the writings and added so much more.

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

Ans. =>I am a leadership coach, trainer, and CEO.  Some of my information, stories, and ideas come from my clients, some are my personal experiences, and some from leadership books that I have read over the last 30 years.

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

Ans. =>Staying In Leadership Shape

Getting Into Leadership Shape Author Interview

15 Exercises to Strengthen Your Character and Competence

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