We are thrilled to kick off our Spring 2014 season with The Case of the Missing Cutlery: A Leadership Course for the Rising Star by Kevin Allen — released today! This is Kevin’s second book published with Bibliomotion, and it has been a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with him again!
The Hidden Agenda: A Proven Way to Win Business and Create a Following was published by Bibliomotion in April 2012.
Kevin shares his inspiration for his latest achievement below. Congratulations!
What inspired you to share the story of The Case of the Missing Cutlery?
When I was coming up in the business, it was made clear to me leadership was about aloofness, fear, command and control. None of those things resonated with me. I followed a different path of empathy and engagement, and frankly was a bit of an outsider. The world has evolved, and 21st century leadership is connecting with the community of your people with emotional intelligence. My goal is to help aspiring leaders learn this powerful leadership method in practical and engaging terms. I want them to realize and be confident that they can be compelling and effective leaders by connecting with the hearts of their people and by being their own true selves.
You read this story on BBC Radio 4. What sort of response did that generate? Did you hear from any other young leaders with similar experiences?
At ten years of age I sat every Sunday in front of my grandfather’s shortwave radio listening to BBC World Service. It was utterly life affirming doing this, and I have heard from all sorts of people who felt a relief in the confidence of the instinct to lead through empathy and human connection over fear and intimidation. The folks from UK’s leading food retailer rang after hearing the broadcast, and I had the honor to share the story with 400 of their top people at their annual conference. What a thrill!
Who do you hope reads your book? What do you want them to get from it?
Anyone who is interested in understanding more about leading through emotional intelligence and new leaders hoping to tap into this powerfully effective leadership method.
What are you reading right now?
Another wonderful volume from my “she-ro”, Maya Angelou,” I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”