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Q-and-A with Jann Freed, Author of Leading With Wisdom

We catch up with Jann Freed, author of Leading With Wisdom, which will be released by ASTD Press in August. Please provide a brief summary of your author chat at the ASTD 2013 conference bookstore.

Jann: I am going to talk about the journey of writing the book. I call this my Eat, Pray, Love book for leadership.

How is your perspective on this topic different from what else is out there?

Jann: This book is based on more than 100 interviews with thought leaders and their life experiences. I have synthesized their thoughts, writings, and advice into themes with examples.

What should people know about you?

Jann: I was in higher education for 30 years. This is my fifth book, but a book targeted to HR practitioners and learning professionals. I am also a leadership development and change management consultant with the Genysys Group.

What was the hardest part about writing a book?

Jann: For me, it was stopping the interviews to actually write the book. It was also hard to find my own voice after being in higher education for 30 years and trained to write in academic speak.

What was the most rewarding part?

Jann: The most rewarding part was how much I learned in the process of writing this book. It was a journey that began on sabbatical in 2004. Then it was rewarding finding ASTD as a publisher. I am honored.

What is your favorite ASTD or business book? Why?

Jann: It depends so much on what aspect of business I want to learn more about. Some of my favorite authors are some of the sages I interviewed: Margaret Wheatley, Peter Block, Parker Palmer, and Richard Leider.

Interested in learning more? Don’t miss Jann’s author chat at the ASTD 2013 International Conference & EXPO.

ASTD Bookstore
Sunday, May 19, 2013
10:30 a.m. CT


The Consultant School-How to Lead In Chaotic, Unpredictable Times (ft. Dr. Jann Freed)

In this episode of The Consultant School presented by The Genysys Group Ray & Amy talk with Genysys Consultant and author Dr. Jann Freed about Breadcrumb Legacy.   Download an article by Dr. Freed written exclusively for The Consultant School listeners.

Live a Life of Meaning – Every Day Width DR. JANN FREED, AUTHOR OF “LEADING WITH WISDOM”

Although this is not an easy time for anyone, it’s more important than ever to focus on giving thanks for what we do have. Living a life of meaning helps us give thanks by creating even more good in the world. But what is the secret of doing this more consistently when so much is demanded of us in both our business and personal lives? Find out by listening to Episode 177 – a “fan favorite” episode featuring our conversation with “Dr. Jann” Freed, Ph.D. She shares what she has discovered about the secret to living a life of meaning using a concept she developed, called The Breadcrumb Legacy.™


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