Cover: The Not So Subtle Art of Caring: Letters on Leadership
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The Not So Subtle Art of Caring: Letters on Leadership
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Virgin’s Richard Branson, Zappos’ Tony Hsieh and Tesla’s Elon Musk, apart from their obvious success, all share another thing in common. Each utilizes storytelling to maximize their effectiveness as leaders. Many of the most influential leaders of our and all time, including arguably the most influential leader in history, used storytelling whenever they had a particularly important point to make.
Encouraged by these influences, a father who was a known storyteller and a Nigerian priest who used stories to bridge a language barrier, author, and successful businessperson, Phillip Kane used stories each Friday throughout his career to help business associates relate to key issues facing the organizations he had the privilege to lead. These weekly letters had less to do with what was going on in the business than how people thought about what was going on in the business. By helping shift and align his teams’ point of view, Kane and the teams he led were able to accomplish more and win more often. All because of the stories he told.
Many of them are assembled here in one place for the first time. Organized around key themes like encouragement, trust, and gratitude, Kane also provides additional insights for existing or aspiring leaders looking for a different, better way to appeal to those who should be following them.
Featured twice in Kouzes’ & Posner’s, The Leadership Challenge (Wiley), first-time author, Phillip Kane’s storytelling technique and the leadership lessons he imparts are key for any leader seeking to create winning teams built on a fundamental foundation of kindness and service to others.
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United States
Author bio
In his day job, Phillip Kane is a husband, father, and caring leader. He has had a successful business career of more than 30 years in some of the world’s best-known corporations. Working for brands like Goodyear, Pirelli, Rothschild, and NAPA, Kane has had the privilege to lead thousands of individuals and has managed billions of dollars in value for stakeholders. Consistently recognized by the leaders of these organizations for excellence, Kane though credits any personal success to those he has led and who have made each win possible. Born in Detroit, the grandson of an International Harvester (now Navistar) truck dealer, Kane has spent a lifetime in and around cars and trucks. An Eagle Scout, Kane has been serving others since he was a young boy. Crediting his father and a Nigerian priest with almost every good thing he has learned about life, leadership, business and the art of storytelling, Kane uses stories each Friday to help business associates relate to key issues facing the organizations he has the privilege to lead. These weekly letters have less to do with what is going on in the business than how people think about what is going on in the business. By helping shift and align his teams’ point of view, Kane and the teams he leads are able to accomplish more and win more often. Much because of the stories he tells. Many of them are assembled here in one place for the first time. Kane has been recognized twice by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, authors of The Leadership Challenge, for the impact of his storytelling on teams. Kane lives in Ohio with his wife, Annie, of 27 years, 3 children, Caroline (23), Charlotte (21) and William (17), and the wonderdogs – Moses, Daisy, Eddie and Pete.
Professional Speaker Topics
Care centered leadership, stewardship, change management, life is a choice
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

Life is a choice, Another day in paradise

  • Phillip Kane, Author

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