Lincoln Speaks to Leaders

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This book was written by two authors who each present a different perspective to the work which is sub-titled "20 Powerful Lessons for Today's Leaders from America's 16th President.

Gene Griessman has performed in his one-act play "Lincoln Live" since 1990.  His contributions to the book consist of words written in the first tense which are presented as though they came directly from Abraham Lincoln himself.  The interesting twist is that he combines the history of Lincoln's day with events from modern day.

Pat Williams, the NBA Senior Vice-President of the Orlando Magic sports team, translates the topics and themes presented by Griessman into lessons which can be used in the personal and business lives of the readers.  He brings the lessons to life with examples from his own professional sports career which spans almost five decades as well as parenting stories as a father of nineteen children.

The co-authors are supported by Peggy Matthews Rose who has also used her journalist expertise as a co-author with Pat Williams in the past.

The lessons outlined in this book are practical and include chapters which offer strategies for a number of topics including branding, dealing with the enemy, communicating, harnessing depression, learning through reading and listening, improving self, handling defeat, and finding success.  Each is written in a simple but attention-getting style that captures the reader to the point that one just doesn't want to put the book down!

If you are interested in leadership and are ready to be inspired, I would highly recommend that you get the book and then prepare to become totally enraptured as the time quickly passes away without you even being aware of it.

Dr. Linda Hancock, the author of “Life is An Adventure…every step of the way” and “Open for Business Success” is a Registered Psychologist who has a private practice in Medicine Hat. She can be reached at 403-529-6877 or through email

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