Or Get in the Way!

Adventures in Corporate America

by D. Charles Gossman



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/6/2022

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 140
ISBN : 9781663240224
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 140
ISBN : 9781663237002
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 140
ISBN : 9781663237019

About the Book

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.

About the Author

After a long career, concluded as a telecommunications industry executive, D. Charles Gossman is enjoying his second career as a college professor. He wrote and now teaches a series of management courses at a State College in Florida. Elected to Florida’s Telecommunications Industry Association Hall of Fame in 2007, he now resides with his wife in Palm Beach. He is also the author of Tales from the Oak Hammock and Occupying Force.