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The Pioneer's Way: Leading a Trailblazing Life that Builds Meaning for Your Family, Your Community, and You

The Pioneer's Way: Leading a Trailblazing Life that Builds Meaning for Your Family, Your Community, and You

by Jennifer Hayden Epperson


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The Pioneer’s Way is a rousing call to those who want to be the solution to the problems in their own communities and beyond.

Senseless school shootings, cure-defying epidemics, threats of environmental disaster: these are the kinds of headlines that riddle the news every day. The challenges we face range from the horrific to the heartbreaking. We wonder, when will it stop?

Frustration and fear won’t bring about beneficial change. Passionate men and women are needed to step into the gap and serve as change agents even though many assume that there are few areas left in which to innovate. While many advances have been made, there is still a need for everyday people to create, innovate, and impact their spheres of influence to advance the common good. Motivated by curiosity, conviction, and a conquering spirit, they can move to fill unoccupied spaces to nurture, persuade, understand, and solve some of society’s lingering dilemmas. Those who do the initial significant work in these areas are the ones who bring about such needed change. They are pioneers.

The Pioneer’s Way establishes a working definition of the pioneer, explores pioneering versus leadership, and offers essential characteristics of the pioneer. These are illustrated by colorful examples of pioneers both past and present—motivating readers with inspirational, frontiering stories, while equipping them with the journey’s essentials for moving forward to make needed, significant change. Readers will journey down a systematic path that will help them navigate unfamiliar territory so they too can respond to the pioneer’s call and answer it through effective, beneficial action in both their lives and the lives they touch.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642934571
Publisher: Bombardier Books
Publication date: 10/20/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,156,389
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Since childhood, Dr. Jennifer Hayden Epperson has been motivated by stories of those who have gone “where no one has gone before.” This fascination became more personal when she learned that many pioneering people—pilgrims, inventors, and church and state founders—were nestled among the branches of her own family tree. Motivated by her own bumpy pioneering experiences as the first female manager in two media organizations, she has become more ardent about sharing valuable leadership insights and inspiration with others, including in the university classroom and through professional training overseas in Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

1 Wanted: New Pioneers for New Frontiers 1

Leg 1 The Quest 19

2 The Irritant: "I gotta get out of this place!" 21

3 The Trajectory: "Where do I go from here?" 31

4 The Way Forward: "Follow the yellow brick road?" 43

5 The Equipment: "Use the right tools for the right job" 55

6 The Team: "It's what you know and who you know" 73

Leg 2 On the Trail 91

7 "Thrival" as a Mindset: "Failure is not an option" 93

8 The Unknown: "We're not in Kansas anymore" 112

9 The Scenic Overlook: "Lets pull over for awhile" 129

10 The Conflict: "Managing skirmishes in the backseat" 151

11 The Slippery Path: "I've fallen and I can't get up" 172

Leg 3 The Arrival 189

12 Create Constellations: "Aligning the luminaries" 191

13 Ensuring a Future: "Choose what happens next" 209

14 Portrait of a Pioneer 236

Endnotes 255

Acknowledgments 269

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