Letters to Garrett: Stories of Change, Power and Possibility

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"I have a son who recently graduated from high school. In highschool he had life all figured out. He was a big man on campus.Suddenly he was leaving the world in which he so successfullyoperated.... He was caught in a vicious cycle in which his worldjust kept getting darker." —Robert E. Quinn (from thePreface)

"I used to like roller coasters. I've ridden some of thebiggest. But none of them provided a ride like the one I've been onin the past three years. I have been to the greatest heights andthe worst of depths. In the past year, as I ...

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Overview

"I have a son who recently graduated from high school. In highschool he had life all figured out. He was a big man on campus.Suddenly he was leaving the world in which he so successfullyoperated.... He was caught in a vicious cycle in which his worldjust kept getting darker." —Robert E. Quinn (from thePreface)

"I used to like roller coasters. I've ridden some of thebiggest. But none of them provided a ride like the one I've been onin the past three years. I have been to the greatest heights andthe worst of depths. In the past year, as I approached thosedepths, I felt lost. I had no constant in my life, save theunconditional love and prayers of those closest to me. For all Iknow, these people saved my life. "—Garrett T. Quinn (fromthe Preface)

When Robert Quinn's son Garrett went away to college, he wasfrustrated and wondered how he could shake off his feelings ofdepression and anxiety. It was a transition that was difficult forboth father and son. Bob finally realized that Garrett didn't needto be fixed; he needed his father's love and support. Bob invitedGarrett to exchange letters, and together they embarked on anextraordinary journey.

Their letters explore myriad topics— how to find purpose,live with increased meaning and power, and how we can clarify ourcore values. But the most important lesson learned is that humanprogress begins when individuals choose to transformthemselves.

"This book is for people like my son, those who are facing afirst great transition. It is for those trying to help a loved onethrough a transition. It is for people like me, adults in the realworld who want to contribute but find that life is not such an easypuzzle." —Robert E. Quinn (from the Preface)

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What People Are Saying

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"The Quinn's, father and son, have favored us with a 'coming ofage' story, how they each, in their own way, helped the other tobring out their best selves. It's an epistolary guidebook tolearning and loving and leading." —Warren Bennis, DistinguishedProfessor of Business, USC and author of Geeks and Geezers:Crucibles of Leading and Learning

"When you look into your child's eyes you look into one of themost powerful and bright mirrors of your own strengths and foiblesavailable. Quinn's Letters tells the story of a long hard look intothat mirror as part of a process he used to help his son through aperiod of adversity. Quinn successfully translates his expertise asa professional organizational change agent into a win in the mostchallenging of all change environments-loving and helping yourchild in distress. The book educates, instructs, nudges, previewsand provides very impactful personal examples and experiences thatilluminate the journey of nurturing and growing your children,yourself, and other individuals whose leadership development youhave a stake in. As a father, a son, and a professional in themanagement and leadership development arena, Letters-is one of themost moving, enlightening and heartening books I've read in awhile." —Michael McGrath, Vice President, Executive Planning andDevelopment, Charles Schwab

"Have you ever lost your way? Do you know someone who has losttheir way? If you are a parent, son, daughter, spouse, grandparent,teacher, or friend then at some point in your life you, too, mayhave questioned your path. Robert and Garrett Quinn have written awonderfully poignant account of their journey together as a fatherattempts to connect with his son to help him to find his way. TheQuinns' journey is a deeply moving and personal account of personaltransformation and profound contact. In the process of reaching outto his son, Quinn's deeply autobiographical letters contain awealth of ideas for helping you, the reader, find and live yourbest self." —Stuart A. Youngblood, Professor of Management, NeeleySchool of Business, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth

"Letters to Garrett is a masterfully written collectionof stories in which Robert Quinn (together with his son, Garrett)provide a touching dialogue of how to establish and sustain humanrelationships.... whether it is with a son or daughter, spouse,colleagues, peers and/or senior management within yourorganization....this book transcends the norm to help each one ofus create a more fulfilling life." —Roger S. Newton, Ph.D.,President/CEO, Esperion Therapeutics, Inc

"Bob Quinn and his son, Garrett, have given us a gem. In sharingtheir struggle to refine and enhance their troubled relationship,father and son elevate each other, and invite and inspire us tolead more extraordinary lives. Their book is full of light, truth,honesty, courage, and love-the elements of mighty change."—Douglas D. Anderson is founder and managing partner of the Centerfor Executive Development, Boston, Massachusetts

In the traditions of Covey and Fitz, Quinn puts timeless wisdominto a timely container of loving letters to his college freshmanson. As I read it, I found myself often agreeing, sometimespondering, occasionally quarreling, but always knowing that this isgood stuff. It's now in my eldest daughter's hands. It should be inyours.
Put away the chicken soup, Letters to Garret is a hearty stew....—Philip H. Mirvis, Author and Board Co-Chair, The Foundation forCommunity Encouragement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787961152
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/18/2002
  • Series: Business and Management Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert E. Quinn is a student of the business world and a giftedwriter and storyteller. He is the author of numerous books,including Deep Change (Jossey-Bass, 1996) and Change the World(Jossey-Bass, 2000).
Garrett T. Quinn is working in Ann Arbor and getting ready toreturn to college.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Letter 1 Introduction: Seek to Make a Difference.

Letter 2 Focus on Being Change.

Letter 3 Make the Choice to Be Extraordinary.

Letter 4 Pursue Your Best Self.

Letter 5 Maintain Profound Contact.

Letter 6 Avoid the Negative Zone.

Letter 7 Practice Responsible Freedom.

Letter 8 Use the Wholonics Constructs.

Letter 9 Ascend the Upward Spiral.

Appendix: Life Statement of Robert E. Quinn.

References.

Acknowledgments.

The Authors.

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