The economy has made major leaps in the past decade. Have you made the leap along with it?
Work is different for this new generation than it was in the past. Long-term careers are on the way out, and "gigs"—part-time, contract, or freelance work—are becoming more common. Whether you're in the midst of a career or just getting started, now is the time to prepare for changes headed your way.
President of Crown and former CEO of an international company, Robert Dickie has a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw from. With these he outlines seven proven strategies for operating in our ever-changing landscape and helps you make an action plan to achieve results.
What does it look like to avoid anchors, create multiple income streams, and brand yourself? The Leap will help you navigate these and other critical tasks for having lasting work in a changing economy.
A must read for job seekers! Robert Dickie lays out a cutting edge, yet practical game plan for everyone jumping into a job search.
Katie King, Business Development Executive, Grant Thornton LLP and 20-year veteran to the staffing industry
Robert is one of the most thoughtful and genuine leaders I know, and the power and effectiveness of his advice, anecdotes, and action plans is evidenced in Robert's own success in applying them to his own life. My only regret is that I didn't have such a powerful "how to" guide at my disposal earlier in my own career!
Brett R. Keith, Managing Partner, Rockwood Equity Partners LLC
With his real world experience and insight, Robert Dickie names one of the critical issues for the American worker. Since 2007, each person must chart a course into the new economy. Instead of leaving us on the edge of the cliff, he provides real-time guidance and role models for resourceful people wanting to take the leap onto solid ground. Instead of waiting for the world to change, Dickie encourages us to take the next step with an accountable mentor, proven principles, and biblical wisdom. This book shows how a person can use a strong work ethic and apply it to the real world we live in now. How we work today really matters, and this book gives us the courage to jump and the knowledge to land safely.
Dr. William Shiell, First Baptist Church of Tallahassee
A must read! Robert shares very useful insights and direction for the large and increasing numbers who are, or soon will be, confronting career changes necessitated by our rapidly changing global economy impacting every facet of life.
Rod Dammeyer, Former Partner of Arthur Anderson and CEO of Itel Corporation, current CEO of CAC
By combining godly wisdom from his experiences and those of some truly great men and women, Robert provides a solid framework for young professionals to process the otherwise bewildering choices around education, profession and life itself.
Henry Kaestner, Executive Chairman of Bandwidth.com, Managing Partner, Sovereign's Capital
I was so excited to learn that my good friend Robert Dickie had been asked to write a book on life, leadership and love. The Leap captures the way Robert lives his life perfectly. This book takes the idea of being a servant leader and presents us with a step by step guide to be just that—a true servant leader. The Leap will help those at the beginning of their journey and also serves as a check-up for those of us already moving down life's path. I recommend this to all that want to "walk the walk" more than they want to "talk the talk."
Ron Simmons, State Representative Texas House District 65, Chairman Retirement Advisors of America and Vice Chairman, Autism Society of America
Robert speaks in my Innovation & Social Media class at Lee University about the importance of personal branding. He is a very engaging speaker and brings real, actionable advice that can immediately impact anyone's future job prospects. Robert comes with a wealth of knowledge on the current job market and shares his wisdom freely. My students love hearing him speak. I look forward to utilizing his book as a resource in the classroom.
Jared Powers, adjunct professor, Lee University Department of Communication Arts
This book is full of real life examples, practical application, and inspiration for every age group. I see glimpses of my husband, Larry Burkett's teachings woven throughout each chapter and know that he would have been pleased to see Robert passionately following in his footsteps to help others. I am proud that Robert is carrying on his legacy through his writing and with his work at Crown.
Judy Burkett, co-founder of Christian Financial Concepts
In The Leap, Robert Dickie has nailed it—he's provided a resource that can help anyone in the marketplace find both firm footing and a realistic, optimistic perspective on their career. This is no academic summary, either—Robert walks the talk personally and professionally and provides proven, rock solid guidance.
Chris Herschend, Vice Chairman, Herschend Family Entertainment
Experience, integrity, and insight are interwoven throughout Bob's work, life and book, The Leap, which will give those ready to take a chance on a life "immeasurably more than they can ask or imagine." When you pick up a book, most readers hope to enjoy the material and learn something. You'll get all that and more in Bob's insightful book that also provides practical steps for people ready to begin their next adventure.
Kristi Stone Hamrick, Columnist, Speaker, President KSH Media, Inc.
The world has undergone some dramatic changes since the advent of the Internet. The way we live and work will continue to evolve as the remaining two thirds of the world's population come online. Scary? Daunting? Confusing? Perhaps a little, but with Robert Dickie's book The Leap you will gain valuable insights into how to seek out the opportunities and derive value from this increasingly connected world.
Nikki Parker, Regional Director, Freelancer.com
People who are highly skilled at identifying problems are everywhere in our culture. "Don't blame the messenger," is their laid-back attitude. They stay on the sidelines waiting for someone else to take the leap and actually do something. Robert Dickie is a member of that rare fraternity of doers and this book is another example. I can't think of a better primer for the child/grandchild/intern/recent-hire about to tackle the world or for a mid-career person who needs a "between-the-ears" check-up. Blame the messenger? No. Congratulate this messenger and his timeless message.
Lieutenant Colonel Gary Gibbs, United States Air Force, (Ret)
Whether you are early on in your adult life and career or find yourself at a crossroads, The Leap will give you tangible takeaways that you can start implementing today to create quick but lasting positive results. This book is a practical application manual for the positive values that Bob Dickie has established for himself as a father, friend, military officer, business leader and man of faith.
Newton B. Collinson IV, former president Collinson Media & Events, entrepreneur
The Leap is about you! It is full of ideas, tools, experienced insights, and practical ways to apply them no matter what your stature in life. This book will speak to all who seek to avoid going through life just putting one foot in front of the other. It is about leaping to where you want to be instead blindly of walking the path in front of you.
Jeff Lamkin, CEO, SeaOates Group