The phrase, “Lead, follow, or get out of the way,” is attributed to founding father Thomas Paine. Two hundred years later, those three choices are still quoted by the no-nonsense industry leaders who push through any obstacle to succeed at all costs. Dan Graham, however, found an important fourth choice that Paine never considered: sometimes, you have to get in the way!
Whether competing with rocket scientists as a fresh-faced junior engineer or dodging labor union threats during his executive years, Graham prevailed despite a personality assessment that considered him too quiet and not promotable. In his journey through corporate America, Dan was exposed to great leaders, poor leaders, and just about every other kind in between. Like many today, he faced anxiety over missed promotions, combative relationships, toxic management, and foolish corporate directives. He also came to realize the importance of luck in shaping a career.
Or Get in the Way! is a lighthearted look at corporate America’s leadership challenges through Dan Graham’s eyes. While much has changed over these last few years, many will catch a glimpse of the universal truths revealed in his corporate adventures. Enjoy this thinly veiled memoir, as we look in on Dan’s extended journey through a maze of jobs, humorous escapades, and—more importantly—life lessons still relevant today.