Fit to Lead: The Proven 8-Week Solution for Shaping Up Your Body, Your Mind, and Your Career

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Praise for Fit to Lead

"If you want to get more out of life and lead others to do the same, I strongly recommend that you read this book."

—Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., "the father of aerobics" and author of Faith-Based Fitness, from the foreword

"Fit to Lead hits the nail right on the head. So many young men and women in their thirties and forties are pushing to succeed and forgetting about their body development. The end result is of course that when they get into their fifties and sixties they are unable to perform at their peak level because they haven't looked after their bodies. This book can help solve the problem, if you take it to heart and put it into action. I thoroughly recommend it."

—Dr. Peter J. Daniels, founder and president of the World Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies

"The best fitness book I've ever read. Fit To Lead can help the busiest person achieve their fitness goals".

—Chuck Norris, Actor

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"The information in this book can help you gain an advantage in achieving your goals, because the more fit you are, the better chance you have to win in the game of life."

—Frank Beamer, head football coach, Virginia Tech Hokies

"Fabulous book! I'm truly impressed by the straight-to-the-point information that helps sift through all the diet and nutrition myths. I would recommend Fit to Lead to all executives or anyone with a busy schedule. Clearly, this book offers the right ideas for becoming fit, staying healthy, having more energy...all of which create better productivity!"

—Sherry Ann Petta, president and founder, Especially Specialities, Inc.

"Reading Fit to Lead won't do a damn thing for you. Read and follow it, and you will take control of your life, both physically and mentally, forever."

—Arnold J. Kleiner, president and general manager, KABC-TV

"There's no doubt about it. The more fit I am, the more productive I am. If I'm exercising regularly and eating right, then I can better handle the stressors that I have to face every day as a busy executive. Fit to Lead truly contains a detailed program to help me achieve the optimal level of fitness necessary to be a top performer."

—Charles J. Barnard, senior vice president, southwest, regional director, Corporate Real Estate, Bank of America

"Finally, here's a book that acknowledges the vital link between fitness and leadership. Fit to Lead is a must-read for leaders of all organizations, and at all levels, from the mail room to the executive suite. The insights and practical advice provided are sure to improve the quality of life, not only for every reader, but also for the organizations they lead."

—Robert E. Ashcraft, director and associate professor, Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Arizona State University

Publishers Weekly
As more people search for helpful hints on how to get and stay in shape, these authors offer their blueprint for success, a formula that's been used by hundreds of prominent figures, including President Bush. They base their philosophy on a quote from President John F. Kennedy: "Physical fitness is the basis for all other forms of excellence." The authors have extensive knowledge of the subject: Neck is a management professor, Mitchell served on Bush's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Manz is a consultant and author and Thompson teaches a course on fitness for executives. While most of their material is meant to inspire people to start exercising, change their diet and overhaul their mind (using mental imagery and self-observation), their underlying message is that if readers get their bodies into shape, their minds will soon follow. And when their minds are sharper, they become stronger leaders. The copious examples of both individuals and companies who have answered the "fit to lead" challenge validate the book's basic premise (e.g., the founder of Domino's Pizza runs four miles a day; Columbia/HCA Healthcare's CEO uses time between flights to jog around airports). Procrastinators will especially benefit from the chapter "No More Excuses," where the authors give rebuttals for every possible exercise excuse. Even the busiest executive who claims she or he has no time to exercise will find a way to change lifestyle here, and while the book is geared towards business executives, workers of all stripes will find it rewarding. (May) Forecast: St. Martin's will send the authors on a seven-city tour to promote the book. That exposure, along with national broadcast, radio and print publicity, may yield strong sales. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312325374
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher P. Neck, Ph.D., is an expert on employee and executive fitness. He frequently consults Fortune 500 companies and is often quoted in The Wall Street Journal.

Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., is the medical director of The Cooper Wellness Program at the Aerobics Center in Dallas, and is a health columnist for USA Today Weekend.

Charles C. Manz, Ph.D., is a speaker, consultant, and award-winning author of fifteen books, including the bestsellers Business Without Bosses and Superleadership.

Emmet C. Thompson II, D.S.L., is the Executive Director of the Fit To Lead Institute.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Foreword xiii
Introduction: Meeting the Challenge of Being Fit to Lead xvii
Part I
Chapter 1 Why Should You Get Fit? 3
Chapter 2 The Fit to Lead Prescription 10
Chapter 3 No More Excuses 27
Chapter 4 Eating for Fitness 49
Chapter 5 Fit from the Inside Out 71
Part II
Chapter 6 Creating Your Fit to Lead Plan 105
Chapter 7 Your Total Life Makeover: The Eight-Week Plan 114
Chapter 8 Becoming a SuperLeader 175
Notes 193
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