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New Book “The Carpenter” Reveals Why the Simple Act of Caring is the Most Powerful Business Strategy of All
The Carpenter by Jon Gordon
Faster service, quicker procedures and improved products are some of the important strategies that businesses are looking to instill in todays fast-paced business environment. While most businesses and entrepreneurs are looking for speed and accuracy to better serve their clients and customers, many are also looking for a way to stand out among their competitors. What they may not realize is that there are some surprising, simple secret strategies that separate the best from the rest.
Drawing upon his work with countless leaders, sales people, professional and college sports teams, non-profit organizations and schools, bestselling author Jon Gordon’s new book, “The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All” (WILEY: May 2014; Hardcover & e-book; 23.00; ISBN: 978-0-470-88854-4) shares an entertaining and enlightening story that will inspire readers to build a better life, career, and team with the greatest success strategies of all.
“The Carpenter” introduces readers to Michael, owner of a technology startup, who wakes up in the hospital with a bandage on his head and fear in his heart. The stress of building a growing business, with his wife Sarah, caused him to collapse while on a morning jog. When Michael finds out the man who saved his life is a Carpenter he visits him and quickly learns that he is more than just a Carpenter; he is also a builder of lives, careers, people, and teams.
As the Carpenter shares his wisdom, Michael attempts to save his business in the face of adversity, rejection, fear, and failure. Along the way he learns that there’s no such thing as an overnight success but there are timeless principles to help business and individuals stand out, excel, and make an impact on people and the world.
Gordon writes Caring is the greatest way to stand out in the marketplace. When you care more, youll invest more energy, effort, sweat, tears and years mastering your craft. When you care more you wont allow distractions to get in the way of your improvement, growth and progress. When you care more youll see yourself as an artist creating your masterpiece every day. When you care you will build a team that cares about each other and their customers.
Steve Jobs is a great example of someone who cared more. In Water Isaacsons biography he shares a story about Steve helping his father build a fence when he was a young boy. His father told him he must care about crafting the back of the fence as much as the front. When Steve asked why the back mattered since no one will see how it was crafted his father said, But you will know. Steve Jobs and Apple made caring one of their key strategies and it has separated them from their competition.
Through the characters and lessons of “The Carpenter,” readers will discover how to make caring a central part of their career, team and organization. Steps include:
Caring about the work you do Surrounding yourself with people who care Showing your team you care about them Building a team that cares about one another Showing your customers you care about them
Gordon states, The most successful people and companies find unique ways to show they care. Based on his work with numerous NFL, NBA and MLB teams and Fortune 500 companies such as Southwest Airlines, Publix Supermarkets and Northwestern Mutual Gordon provides compelling examples and practical action steps to make caring a success strategy for you and your organization.
About the Author Jon Gordons (Jacksonville, FL) bestselling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals, and nonprofits and the proof is in the countless success stories shared by his clients. He is the author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller “The Energy Bus,” “The Positive Dog,” “The Seed,” “The No Complaining Rule,” “Training Camp,” “The Shark and the Goldfish,” “The Energy Bus for Kids” and “Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture.”
For more information about the author and his other works, please visit http://www.JonGordon.com.
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German Shepherds first started being developed in the late 19th century by a man named Max von Stephanitz. Stephanitz is still today credited as having fathered the entire German Shepherd breed. An admirer of the German sheep dog of the time, he chose to breed selectively to procure his most desired traits and weed out those that were unnecessary or undesirable. Stephanitz bred his dogs for years, creating the founding root of the German Shepherd breed and eventually become the dog we know today.
When the German Shepherd was brought over to the United States, the breeders in America changed up the bloodlines of the breed by mating it with other types of dog. It is still up for debate whether these breeders aided or damaged the development of the German Shepherd, as American breeders were working towards a show-quality dog while the original German Shepherd was intended primarily for work.
German Shepherds in the United States have coats that are on the shorter side of medium, usually brown and black, tan and black, or cream and black, but not uncommonly producing an all white or all black variety. The truly German variety of the breed has a longer coat which is occasionally (but rarely) seen in the U.S.
German Shepherds were initially developed by Stephanitz as a working breed. To this day, even with the American cross breeding, German Shepherds excel in the work force as hunters, farm dogs, service dogs, narcotics dogs, and law enforcement dogs. German Shepherds are an exceedingly agile, strong, and athletic breed, with a very malleable temperament. They can be trained to work as aggressive guard dogs or be gentle helpers on the farm.
In their native country, the breeding of German Shepherds is so meticulously monitored that a registered shepherd must have had both its sire and damn Shutzhund certified, which means that they have been evaluated for temperament and ability by professionals. Shutzhund certification pays no mind to the size, coat, or general appearance of the dog, which is vastly different from the American variety of canine judging.
The primary visible difference between true German Shepherds and American German Shepherds, besides the length of their coat, is the lack of sloped hips. True German Shepherds have hips level with their shoulders, as the original breed was intended to. American German Shepherds have a distinct slope at the back of the torso into the hips. Sloped hips are argued over by many international breed enthusiasts, being the desired trait for showmanship in America, but also leading to an earlier onset and more significant risk of hip dysplasia.
Whether you are choosing to acquire an American German Shepherd or seeking out a true German Shepherd, you must research your breeder thoroughly. Because of the popularity of this breed and its potential for strength, there are many unethical breeders out there who are trying to turn a quick profit by mating irresponsibly. With proper research, either variety of German Shepherd can provide you with a loyal worker or a loving family pet.
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