Inspiring both for who they are and for what they have accomplished, the extraordinary leaders, organizations, and communities profiled in DreamMakers offer new insights into achieving change with integrity and compassion. Here in their own inspiring words are thirteen stories of eminent leaders who have led grand-scale organizational transformations in the face of resistance, fear, and adversity.
Sharing the underlying strengths that contributed to their success – passion, courage, resilience, dedication to close personal relationships, commitment to community, the ability to focus on people's talents, and belief in a vision linked to a broader cause – these remarkable men and women offer inspiration, help, and support for meeting the challenges of leadership.
In addition to the stories of such outstanding individuals as Joe Brodecki, fund-raiser for the United States Memorial Museum, Marilyn King, former Olympian and founder of Beyond Sports, and David Cole, former president of America Online, DreamMakers profiles communities and organizations that have realized impossible dreams:
The county of Surry, Virginia, with its model community.
The tiny island nation of Aruba, with its transformative Aruba Quality Foundation.
Detroit's Youth on the Edge of Greatness program, which has given more than 600 "at risk" teenagers new lives.
SRA International transformed itself with shared vision and values.
U.S. Customs Service re-invented and modernized for the 21st century.
The stories in this book demonstrate what all of us can accomplish once we unleash the DreamMaker within – a capacity for visionary leadership that can promote profound change in organizations, the community, and the world.
Michele Hunt is a leadership change catalyst and founder of Vision & Values, a leadership consulting firm based in Washington D.C., whose clients have included Hewlett-Packard, Mobil Oil, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Episcopal Divinity School at Harvard University, Motorola, Swiss Reinsurance Company, Broken Hill Properties of Australia, and Boeing.
Appoined by President Clinton to serve as director of the Federal Quality Institute, she was formerly on the top management team at Herman Miller, Inc., as corporate vice president for people and quality. Hunt is a member of the Society of Fellows at the Aspen Institute and services on the board of directors of the ServiceMaster Company, the Foundation for Enterprise Development and the Society for Organizational Learning chaired by Peter Senge.
Here’s what people are saying about DreamMakers
"Michele Hunt has served in as diverse an array of work settings as most of can imagine. She has been doing one job-seeing people. Read this book and see what Michele sees: the commitment that energizes our work, the love that unifies our actions, the dream that lives within us."
Peter N. Senge, author, The Fifth Discipline
"Michele Hunt opens doors to lives that illuminate and inspire. DreamMakers is a book about hope, values and the human spirit with stories that move and stir. A book to be read many times, always with a grateful heart-grateful to the individuals who make our dreams."
FrancesHesselbein, President and CEO, The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Non-profit Management
"Michele Hunt, a DreamMaker herself, touches us with some profoundly beautiful tales of wonder at the workplace. Her book is as instructive as it is motivational. Michele mines nuggets of common good sense – nuggets that are essential to success in organizations and in life but are so hard to define and crystallize. These are no fairy tales, but down-to-earth and concrete narratives of what organizations must do to achieve their goals."
Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor and Founding Chairman of the Leadership Institute at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California; author, Organizing Genius.
"People with a purpose do make a difference. Michele Hunt is a people person, and in this book she helps us understand the potential there is in the people we work with and the people we live with – extraordinary people who provide a hope for the future."
C. William Pollard, Chairman of the Board, The ServiceMaster Company
"DreamMakers captures the difference between those who manage and those who lead, whether in the private or public sector. It should be read by every manager who thinks the road to success is paved with only analysis and execution. DreamMakers shows that the analysis and execution are meaningful only when they support the vision and values of the leader of the organization."
C. William Crain, President, London Fog
"The remarkable people Michele Hunt introduces us to in DreamMakers and her reflection on their stories are a profound affirmation of the tremendous power in living, working, and striving not just in our own interests but ultimately in service to others."
Jack Kemp, Codirector, Empower America; former congressman
"This book is an inspiration to read. It is a celebration of the extraordinary potential of ordinary people. Every page is a tribute to the dignity and diversity of individuals. But it is not jut idealism and vision. The people in this book are grounded in the real world."
Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach, Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs Europe, and former head of Prime Minister Thatcher's Policy Unit.
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