Watering Rocks: How to Fail and Succeed as a Leader (2016)
By Dave Maurer
I wanted to write a leadership book long ago and intended it for my growing children – something they could find useful as they entered the workforce. I felt then (and still do) that it’s far easier and less painful to learn from the mistakes of others than to have to learn from your own. There are exceptions to this “rule” of course – some things have to hurt a little before their true importance is revealed – but I wanted to help my kids by offering some lessons learned by their Dad. That was more than 20 years ago and for many reasons, none of them very compelling, I have delayed getting these ideas, memories, lessons, and advice down on paper until now. These “kids” are now well into their 30s and are established in the work place – both in the military and the private sector. I hope I’m not too late.
Watering Rocks is essentially a collection of essays – some very brief, some not. Interested readers may range from very junior and new to the world of work to those who consider themselves “more seasoned.” Some of the content may be new while much of it will serve as a reminder of the leadership principles and skills that are important and should not be taken for granted. Some of the chapters are a deeper dive into seminars, presentations and lectures I have delivered over the years so they may even be familiar to some of you. Please enjoy the book and good luck on your leadership journey.
– Dave Maurer
– Michael M. Reuter
Director, The Gerald P. Buccino ’63 Center for Leadership Development
Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University
The Whole Professional: A Collection of Essays to Help You Achieve a Full and Satisfying Life (2015)
By Dave Maurer, et al.
If your life seems confusing, out of control, or like a tangled mess, then this book is for you! It contains the roadmap to get some clarity. Developing personally and professionally happens around four key areas:
Physical – my physical body and my health.
Emotional – my emotions and ability to control them.
Intellectual – what I know and how I grow my knowledge.
Spiritual – how I take care of my inward health.
All four are important. Without the balance of the four, there will always be a sense of a missing component. The assembly of authors featured in this book are all experts in their field and have mastered at least one of those four developmental disciplines. They come from all industries, experiences, and ages. Some have retired from their first careers or corporate life and are moving forward in their second or third careers. Some made the choice to leave a career path to start something new. Others continue to find success with steady careers and are striving to enhance and devlop their skills and abilities. And, still others looked at what awaited them in corporate America and decided to simply chart their own course in their early 20’s.
Each author offers advice that has been learned and honed through serious research and life experience. They want you to have an easier path to success and to start now developing the discipline it takes to grow personally and professionally. If you take the time to read the book carefully and put the lessons into practice, you’ll be able to get some clarity in your personal and professional life and lose some of that frustration you’ve been feeling.
If that sounds good to you, then check out this interesting, insightful and easy to read guide to achieving a full and satisfying life.
On Fire Leadership: Motivational Quotes for Military Leaders (2015)
By Dave Gerber, Special Contribution by Lieutenant Colonel David S. Maurer, USA, Retired
The military is my “family business.” Both of my parents served in the Army during WWII and afterward. I wore the uniform of the Army for more than two decades and I have two sons currently on active duty in the Army with multiple combat tours between them. I know and understand the military and I believe I know what makes service members tick. Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen are motivated by service, self-sacrifice and the honor and privilege of representing our great nation. The men and women of the military branches will find these quotes inspirational, and a reminder of who they are and why they serve. Their family members will also be reminded of their own daunting sacrifices in the name of freedom.
Leadership Essentials: How to Lead with Passion, Pride and Purpose (2014)
By Dave Maurer, et al.
The information and insights in this compendium on leadership comes from a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds. The concepts and strategies discussed have been tested in the real world and offer more practical solutions than theoritacal concepts. As a coalition of management and organizational development experts, we’ve spent our lives coaching and consulting with managers in all types and sizes of organizations. Our lessons learned and lessons taught are the focus of this book. We believe that leadership is a sacred practice and, properly done, results in the greatest level of efficiency.
Are You a King or Queen of Conflict in Project Management? (2008)
By Dave Gerber M.Ed. & Dave Maurer PMP
As project managers, we can often feel that we can take on the entire project single-handedly, and do a better and faster job than if we had to deal with the personalities and agendas (both overt and hidden) inherent in leading a team. If any endeavor in the world of work is ripe with potential conflict; it’s project management. Aggressive timelines, cost limitations, changing scope, and myriad other conditions and constraints fule underlying areas of conflict among team members, between leaders and staff, and with project sponsors and stakeholders. This book explores these conflicts and offers viable approaches to understanding their origins while dealing with one another more effectively and productively. The authors view conflict and its resolution through the lens of the acronym F.A.C.T.S. The elements of Fear, Anger, Control, Trust and Synergy serve to both explain project conflict and encourage and enable managers to work through it.