Welcome to Face The Challenge:
My motivation for writing the business leadership book Face
The Challenge was founded on my own needs as an aspiring young mover-and-shaker to develop my leadership
skills and to better understand human motivation; and my fervent belief that: "all human achievement is directly proportional
to the personal will and determination of the Leader" (H. Garrett Hayward).
The book on leadership training,
Face the Challenge, is a culmination of the knowledge that I have acquired over the past 40 years
from my association with over 500 leaders, an extensive analysis of the best business leadership books available, and my personal
experience in leading, training, and developing over 5,000 hourly and supervisory personnel.
The general thesis of this business leadership skill development
and training book is the belief that every leader's motivational impact is ultimately determined by his or her behavior; and
that productive leadership skills and behaviors can be improved through further knowledge, training, and development; and
thereby enhance his or her overall effectiveness.
The leadership book Face the Challenge
is also dedicated to overturning the absolutely ludicrous managerial mind-set that seems to be inundating America: that
we are no longer capable as a nation to compete in the global marketplace, that America's competitive sun is finally setting,
and that it is all but inevitable that China or India are going to overtake or surpass us economically sometime during the
21st century. Further, that America has lost its innovative edge, and that the most magnificent history of invention
and economic progress the world has ever known is at long last grinding to an ignominious halt.
attitude is the result of a failure of leadership at all levels: Federal, State, and Local governments; volunteer organizations,
and most importantly in the private-industrial sector. It is further exacerbated by a “get all you can, everyone
for themselves” business mind-set; and a lack of social responsibility on the part of business leaders to protect America’s
golden economic goose: consumer purchasing power. There also seems to be a rampant stampede to clear the economic shelves
at any cost by outsourcing, depressing wages, and maximizing profits before the inevitable doomsday bomb resulting from this
mindless shortsighted corporate strategy finally detonates.
For in the immortal, 100 year old words of the Theodore
Roosevelt: "The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of
duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life."
This ruinous economic tsunami can
only be turned back one Leader at a time, one worker at a time, and one day at a time. Thus, "it is for us...to be dedicated
here to" turning back this pernicious tide and to again march forward so that the brilliant work of those who came before
us shall not wither on the vine. "It is...for us to be here dedicated to" ensuring that those who come after us inherit
the same future and promise as was handed down to our generation. "That we here highly resolve that" our forebears did
not create this magnificent economic juggernaut in vain. That "...we take increased devotion to" the glorious purpose for
which they so mightily struggled for. And that we endure any hardship necessary to make certain that the promise
of America is never diminished. (with apologies to Abraham Lincoln).
Readers are encouraged to learn more about the business leadership
book Face The Challenge by reading "About The Book."
“In the interest of conquering more distant
H. Garrett Hayward