'Lead Like a Pirate' Sails Off the Shelf for Author Christopher Novak

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For organizations looking to transform their band of buccaneers into high performing teams, Christopher Novak's third book, Lead Like a Pirate, offers the perfect insight on turning diversity into strength, speed into advantage and heart into leadership.

Who says leadership books have to be stale, boring and as thick as a Manhattan phone book? Certainly not author, motivational speaker and leadership coach, Christopher Novak, whose third book, Lead Like a Pirate, is sailing off the shelves in large part because it takes professional development to a level it rarely reaches -- fun. That's right, fun. This 88-page, soft cover gem is intended to spark discussion, especially among frontline leaders, on leading effective teams and is a professional development resource that anyone can enjoy and everyone can learn from. Aye, matey, this be a book for any Captain and Crew!

Lead Like a Pirate was published recently by Dallas-based, Cornerstone Leadership Institute and has enjoyed strong sales across a broad spectrum of companies that include Safeway, Bridgestone Firestone, The Computer Merchant, Siemens Power Generation, Hawaii Carpenters Union, Outback Steakhouse, Taco Bell, Seton Medical Center as well as school districts, government agencies and non-profit organizations. With organizations buying dozens and even hundreds at a time, it would seem that Lead Like a Pirate is destined to be a top selling business book. Lead Like a Pirate is available through the publisher at http://www.CornerstoneLeadership.com or http://www.Amazon.com (retail $14.95).

Lead Like a Pirate is a fun, quick-read resource that introduces real-world team leadership concepts against a backdrop of tall tales and tall ships. With a hint of old English and a thread of historical truth, the book shares 5 Secrets of Tiger Eye Taylor, captain of the Ebony Ghost and a pirate legend for turning diversity into strength, speed into advantage and heart into leadership. His 5 Secrets -- the Captain, the Crew, the Mission, the Strategy and the Treasure -- are revealed through a series of wonderfully illustrated high seas adventures. Each adventure ends with a challenge from Captain Taylor to evaluate a specific situation and select the best course of action from among several options. Doubloons are later awarded based on the appropriateness of the answer. The last chapters examine the choices offered in each dilemma and explain the rationale for each preferred answer. Also included are concrete suggestions on how to apply the book's key learning points within the workplace.

"Lead Like a Pirate is not entertainment," according to the author, "it's themed-learning which means we take relevant skills that every leader needs to master and present them in a setting where learning is almost an unconscious result of being drawn into the storyline." It's the kind of book that today's busy leaders are drawn to because it respects their time while sharpening their skills. "Frontline leaders today don't have time to read massive, academic-style dissertations on leadership theory," Novak says, "but they will make time for common sense professional development that is creative, quick and meaningful. That's why this book is so exciting."

Lead Like a Pirate is Novak's third book, following Conquering Adversity (Cornerstone Leadership Institute; 2004; $14.95) and 4 Circles of Good Business (Core Concepts Inc.; 2006; $12.95). A highly sought-after keynote speaker for conferences, retreats and special events, Novak has inspired thousands of professionals with his high impact "Conquering Adversity" message. His speaking invitations include national and regional appearances for organizations like SHRM, CUPA-HR, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Florida Hospital Association, Colgate University and many more. In 2001, Novak, a former director of human resources at Cornell University, started his own business, The Summit Team, which specializes in leadership training and executive coaching. His clients include Syracuse University, Ithaca College, Lane Construction, Hess Corporation and Galaxy Communications. For information on the author or his services, visit http://www.Summit-Team.com.

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