Novels

The Executive Gardener and the Fairy: Insights on Leadership for Life and Business

In today’s fast paced, stressful world, where demands in the work place are ever increasing, leaders must constantly be examining their own values and priorities while inspiring staff and maintaining incredibly high levels of productivity and quality. During this process, business life has become less than enjoyable for many at the office. A common statement can be heard echoing through the corporations of America, “Work is no longer fun!” Moreover, this is spilling over into home lives as people frantically try to balance priorities. What is so complicated in having fun and making the most of every moment?

The key to this office dilemma is: people need to give themselves permission to have fun and playfully communicate, stretching the boundaries of traditional business restraints. How? It comes from within our attitudes. Before we can truly relax and flow creating an environment of playful synergy, we must look at what motivates us. Moreover, the question becomes can we adjust our mindsets and expectations to better serve and inspire all those around us?

This thought-provoking parable was written to address the issue of attitude. So often we are asked today during workshops, how do you want to be remembered? Furthermore, in today’s world when there are increasing numbers of baby boomers approaching retirement, people are asking themselves, “What’s it all about Alfie?”  This story was written to address these questions. It is about a retired executive, who not only is faced with the door of retirement, but a haunting question from his daughter Olivia, “Would you do it all over again? Would you give more to your family than to the office?”  The hope is that the reader will follow Frank’s strategies of self-examination, fine tuning his or her own priorities, releasing tensions and inhibitions, bringing forth a sense of flow, fun, creativity, balance and above all service.

Ultimately, once we loosen the knots of tension and negativity, we can fly to great heights, supporting each other, just like the grace and sense of service found in our own Canadian Geese. Synchronicity is attainable; we just need to remain open to creating it!

Praise for The Executive Gardener and the Fairy

Have you ever paused to enjoy a rainbow? If you have, you may have discovered that it is a blend of colours, each contributing to the beauty of the whole. This book The Executive Gardener and the Fairy: Insights on Leadership for Life and Business, is not unlike a rainbow. The beauty of this book lies in its ability to educate, inspire and provoke contemplation. This is a parable of how it is possible to achieve personal, professional and spiritual growth through serving family, community and work. Exploring its tenets will remind that there is life outside of work. Rainbows don’t last forever, but the choices that we make in life may. Let this book guide you in your choices.

Rick D. Hackett
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Organizational Behaviour & Human Performance, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University

Novels

The Executive Gardener and the Fairy: Insights on Leadership for Life and Business

In today’s fast paced, stressful world, where demands in the work place are ever increasing, leaders must constantly be examining their own values and priorities while inspiring staff and maintaining incredibly high levels of productivity and quality. During this process, business life has become less than enjoyable for many at the office. A common statement can be heard echoing through the corporations of America, “Work is no longer fun!” Moreover, this is spilling over into home lives as people frantically try to balance priorities. What is so complicated in having fun and making the most of every moment?

The key to this office dilemma is: people need to give themselves permission to have fun and playfully communicate, stretching the boundaries of traditional business restraints. How? It comes from within our attitudes. Before we can truly relax and flow creating an environment of playful synergy, we must look at what motivates us. Moreover, the question becomes can we adjust our mindsets and expectations to better serve and inspire all those around us?

This thought-provoking parable was written to address the issue of attitude. So often we are asked today during workshops, how do you want to be remembered? Furthermore, in today’s world when there are increasing numbers of baby boomers approaching retirement, people are asking themselves, “What’s it all about Alfie?”  This story was written to address these questions. It is about a retired executive, who not only is faced with the door of retirement, but a haunting question from his daughter Olivia, “Would you do it all over again? Would you give more to your family than to the office?”  The hope is that the reader will follow Frank’s strategies of self-examination, fine tuning his or her own priorities, releasing tensions and inhibitions, bringing forth a sense of flow, fun, creativity, balance and above all service.

Ultimately, once we loosen the knots of tension and negativity, we can fly to great heights, supporting each other, just like the grace and sense of service found in our own Canadian Geese. Synchronicity is attainable; we just need to remain open to creating it!

Praise for The Executive Gardener and the Fairy

Have you ever paused to enjoy a rainbow? If you have, you may have discovered that it is a blend of colours, each contributing to the beauty of the whole. This book The Executive Gardener and the Fairy: Insights on Leadership for Life and Business, is not unlike a rainbow. The beauty of this book lies in its ability to educate, inspire and provoke contemplation. This is a parable of how it is possible to achieve personal, professional and spiritual growth through serving family, community and work. Exploring its tenets will remind that there is life outside of work. Rainbows don’t last forever, but the choices that we make in life may. Let this book guide you in your choices.

Rick D. Hackett
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Organizational Behaviour & Human Performance, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University

The Corporate Family

A distant cousin to The Executive Gardener and The Fairy. The questions that plagued my writing mentor Jonathan Bennett, were:  What about Lilly, how did she feel? What were her interactions with Frank? He provoked further asking me to have the courage to delve into the sweetness and spice of their relationship. Hence, the birth of the Corporate Family. This novel attempts to address the perspectives of the stay at home partner verses the workaholic  over achieving mate. At the end of each of Lilly’s chapters, the reader is introduced to Lilly’s poetry, which therapeutically  comforts and guides her. Throughout the story the reader is to resources that Frank uses to find a greater understanding of himself as a business executive, husband and father. At the end the reader is offered a resource guide which offers to be a portal to further self discovery on leadership coaching for life and business.

The Corporate Family

A distant cousin to The Executive Gardener and The Fairy. The questions that plagued my writing mentor Jonathan Bennett, were:  What about Lilly, how did she feel? What were her interactions with Frank? He provoked further asking me to have the courage to delve into the sweetness and spice of their relationship. Hence, the birth of the Corporate Family. This novel attempts to address the perspectives of the stay at home partner verses the workaholic  over achieving mate. At the end of each of Lilly’s chapters, the reader is introduced to Lilly’s poetry, which therapeutically  comforts and guides her. Throughout the story the reader is to resources that Frank uses to find a greater understanding of himself as a business executive, husband and father. At the end the reader is offered a resource guide which offers to be a portal to further self discovery on leadership coaching for life and business.