Degrees of Strength: The Innovative Technique to Accelerate Greatness

Degrees of Strength: The Innovative Technique to Accelerate Greatness

by Craig W. Ross, Steven W. Vannoy

Improve performance, increase responsibility and accountability, build agile, capable teams, and do it with one quick read. What would you pay for greater responsibility and performance momentum within your team? Degrees of Strength shows you how. Short enough to read in one plane ride, your team will be inspired to solve the problems that have slowed


Improve performance, increase responsibility and accountability, build agile, capable teams, and do it with one quick read. What would you pay for greater responsibility and performance momentum within your team? Degrees of Strength shows you how. Short enough to read in one plane ride, your team will be inspired to solve the problems that have slowed success, even those tenacious ones that have plagued your team or family for years. This is a story rooted in the professional and personal life. A regional VP's job is on the line, and her family is, too. She needs to find a way to turn her team's performance around and has no money to throw at the problem. It's real. We've worked with these people. What follows is the struggle of change as her team fights with each other—and with themselves—to implement the new technique. In the end, they win more than they could have imagined.

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"This captures how we went from worst to first… a leadership approach that galvanizes your work force and quickly differentiates you in the market." –Ray Pasko, VP Sales, CIBA VISION NA

"This technique enables leaders to celebrate the human brilliance that is available in every interaction!" —Scott Friedman, CSP, Motivational Humorist, 2004-2005 President of the National Speakers Association and author of Using Humor for a Change and the forthcoming book, The Celebration Factor

"While the title might imply it’s yet another book on knowing your own strengths, you quickly learn that it’s about seeing the strengths in others. The book reminds us that there is an opportunity to see people in a way that accelerates them—and therefore the business—forward." –Lisa Bacus, Executive Vice President, American Family Insurance

"Both refreshing and reflective. Real life stories from real life people, self aware and leading forward for themselves, their people and the companies. People often talk about people being our most important assets’, here we get to see how investing in the strengths of people can lead to improve our workers attitude and environment." —Rich Crawford, Chief Technology Officer, Owens-Illinois

"Our responsibility as people is to inspire the greatness in others—and the potential they bring to the world. This book celebrates the leaders who are making a difference in business, communities, and families. Leaders who live and lead in Degrees of Strength are the real change-makers." –John Paul DeJoria, Co-Founder John Paul Mitchell Systems, Patrón Spirits Co. and John Paul Pet

"Developing and maintaining culture is a narrow road that must be expanded to allow your people to unleash their true talents in today’s fast-paced environment we all operate under. Steve and Craig have taken a small, but powerful tool from their treasure chest and have summarized it in this short, but powerful read. I’m confident it will add value to every member in your organization, as their leadership has to ours." —Scott Teepe Sr., CEO, TP Mechanical

"This book provides the verbal communication and interpersonal techniques that allows leaders to apply and implement the leadership and management concepts and tools they already know, but weren’t sure how to put them into practice. It gives one a structured yet flexible approach to release their knowledge." –Bob Moschetta Vice President HSE-Training-Quality, Oceaneering International Inc. 

"Degrees of Strength is a provocative, gentle tapping of the soul. What a perfect reminder to approach life with a win-win attitude… and in the process ignite the potential in others. As always, Craig and Steve reveal a practical and brilliant way for each of us to discover what we are truly capable of achieving." —Jill Blashack Strahan, CEO, Tastefully Simple, and author of Simply Shine

"A remarkable way to ensure ‘servant leadership’ becomes a consistent reality— even in the toughest situations." –Susan McConnell, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana

"Degrees of Strength is based on Ross and Vannoy’s real live experience transforming companies. Here we learn a practical step by step approach to help us be spectacular in any situation!" —Patricia Fripp, Past President, National Speakers Association

"I define self-reliant leadership as knowing which questions to ask, and having the courage to answer them and act. Degrees of Strength provides a rich and unique story to help leaders see every person, each event, and all situations as a rich and rewarding learning experience to move their team from success to significance." –Jan Rutherford, Chief Commercial Officer, 3t Systems, and author of The Littlest Green Beret: On Self-Reliant Leadership

"Degrees of Strength is full of innovative ideas and practical tools to help people be their best. It is a wonderful complement to Appreciative Inquiry.” —Diana Whitney, President, Corporation for Positive Change; Author, The Power of Appreciative Inquiry and Appreciative Leadership

"Why have many people been making leadership so difficult? By using Degrees of Strength, we have the ability to more effectively communicate with others, face tough issues head on and move things forward faster." —Debra Fine, Professional Speaker and Best-selling Author of The Fine Art of Small Talk and The Fine Art of the Big Talk

"This technique has been foundational to our culture and, in turn, how we work to deliver greatness to our customers. With the opportunity to engage one another, and all of our stakeholders, in the most positive ways, why would we ever do it any other way?" —Bob Grieve, CEO, Heska

"I don’t usually read business parables, yet I believe so strongly in the power of greatness within each of us that I heartily endorse this read." —Chip Conley, Founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels and author of PEAK and Emotional Equations

"This simple yet profound approach to unleashing the greatness within people equips leaders with the ‘how to’ and the path forward." —Debbie Magers, Senior Vice President, Customer Logistics Services, Kellogg Company

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Meet the Author

Craig Ross has helped many organizations dramatically improve performance because of his uncanny ability to help them tell the truth. With Craig’s high energy and dynamic approach, he assists teams in creating alignment, communication, and trust, so they can better achieve their mission. For nearly a decade, he has partnered with C-Suite executives, leaders and teams influential within global organizations. His understanding of current business trends, along with access to thousands of leaders in numerous industries, allows him to deliver innovative leadership strategies to Verus Global’s expanding client base. Steven W. Vannoy founded Verus Global in 1990 with a vision to build resilient work cultures, more productive teams, and a higher quality of life for all. Now, with more than forty years of business leadership experience, he is a recognized expert in building the strength of corporations internationally, and also creating sustainable, healthy cultures in workplaces, communities, and families. Stomp follows the best-selling book, The 10 Greatest Gifts I Give My Children (Simon & Schuster), published in 1994.

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