A child of immigrants, Margery Kraus knew the value of hard work from an early age. Graduating from college before she had finished high school, she learned to be a risk taker. As a young wife and mother coming of age in the 1960s, she faced plenty of people who told her, “You can’t do that.” But in the end, she did: she founded APCO Worldwide, a global consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC, specializing in public affairs, communication, and business consulting for major multinationals. Under her leadership, the company grew from nothing to almost $150 million in revenues. In Roots And Wings , Kraus shares the ten lessons she learned from motherhood and leadership that guided her along the wayan inspiration to all seeking to overcome obstacles, achieve career and personal success, and do the right thing.
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About the Author
Margery Kraus, founder and executive chairman of APCO Worldwide, a global consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC, specializes in public affairs, communication, and business consulting for major multinationals. She is the author of numerous articles in the fields of public affairs management and corporate reputation; has been a guest lecturer throughout the world; and has received many prestigious awards. Kraus serves as a trustee of American University and sits on the advisory board of the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, is the Chair of Women’s Presidents Organization, and has served on the boards of various industry, professional associations, and corporations. She has been married to her husband, Steve, for more than fifty years, is a mother of three, and has nine grandchildren.
Phyllis J. Piano spent more than thirty years as an award-winning corporate communications expert for some of the world’s largest companies. She is currently a member of APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council. She and her husband split their time between California, England, and the Midwest. Hostile Takeover: A Love Story , her first novel, was published in October 2016. Her second book, Love Reconsidered , was published in 2017. When she is not packing a bag, making artisan sourdough bread, or cooking with lots of garlic, Piano is working on her next novel. Learn more about her at www.phyllispiano.com.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Praise for Margery Kraus and Roots and Wings
Work/Family Balance: Can You Have It All?
Lesson One: Give Them Roots and Wings
Lesson Two: Praise in Public, Criticize in Private
Lesson Three: Be Fearless
Lesson Four: NurtureDon’t Underestimate the Power of Caring
Lesson Five: No Whining
Lesson Six: Make a Difference
Lesson Seven: Set Clear BoundariesCarrot and Stick
Lesson Eight: Because I Said So Doesn’t Cut It
Lesson Nine: Show Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way
Lesson Ten: Expand Horizons and the Ten-Year-Old Trip
About Margery Kraus
About Phyllis J. Piano
APCO’s Mission, Values, and Operating Principles