Imagine a book of leadership secrets by two recognized leaders, one a successful business executive, the other a legendary general. Now let your mind take a whimsical and innovative left turn, and you have: The Leadership Secrets of SquirrelsMore than 60 acorns of wisdom to make you a better leader—today! Simon Silverback, founder and CEO of Consolidated Acorns, Inc., draws on his own experiences and the writings of a revered squirrel general to create a book whimsical in concept but serious in content. Each secret is based on squirrel behavior familiar to everyone worldwide: 14 Secrets on Crossing a Road20 Secrets from the Nutground10 Secrets at the Birdfeeder4 Secrets from a Squirrel’s Tail10 Secrets in the Trees 4 Secrets about Owls Each secret in this unique book begins with a quotation by the general followed by a concise statement of (well-researched) squirrel behavior and how that translates to a leadership secret. Simon Silverback is the pen name of Len Boswell, a publishing executive with more than 30 years experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds, who also served as “translator” for the book. FROM THE FOREWORD, by Robert L. Lorber, coauthor of Putting the One-Minute Manager to Work. I’ve been blessed to able to work with business leaders from all over the world. I’ve worked closely with hundreds of CEOs of corporations, senior business leaders at all levels, university leaders, a few country leaders, and community leaders, and most of them will love the fun concepts in this little book. I know you are skeptical; there are thousands of books on leadership, and now one from a squirrel’s perspective? I was skeptical too at first. The manuscript was shoved under my door, no more than a loosely bound pile of leaves, with markings as curious and unintelligible as hieroglyphs, looking more like the work of a sudden gust of wind than the work of a leader and fellow mammal. But once translated, the book grew on me, as I hope it does on you. I love creative new ways at looking at how we can help become better leaders in all aspects of our lives. A CAUTIONARY NOTE FROM SIMON SILVERBACK: Reading this book may seriously alter your views and beliefs about leadership and squirrels. In fact, once you’ve read this book, you will never look at leadership—or squirrels—in quite the same way again. Um, and you’ll be better for it. Be the squirrel!
Len gives an overview of the book:
Born in a hospital that has since been torn down, grew up on a street that has since changed its name, in a house that has since changed its number. Everywhere around me my life seems to be erasing itself. Before the eraser finishes its work, however, I spend my time on both...