Legacy Leadership Series
*** New Self-Study Series ***
A Collaboration with the Center for Cultural Innovation
Authored by Gary B. Stroud, PhD and Stephen M. Marek
Gary B. Stroud, PhD
Gary is the former program chair for human resource management in the graduate and undergraduate school at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. Before joining Franklin University, Gary spent more than 25 years in the corporate business world, starting his career with Johnson & Johnson in their human resources department. He played an active role in the development of their international manufacturing. Later, as vice president of human resources, Gary was responsible for human resources at manufacturing plants in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada, and England. He served as vice president of human resources in two Fortune 200 health-care companies and is currently the president and chief executive officer of Freshwater HR Consulting and Recruiting. His research interests are in mergers and acquisitions, leadership qualities, organizational behavior, ethics, and change behavior. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in human resources, and a PhD in business.
Stephen Michael Marek
Stephen is a Human Resource professional with 30+ years experience in the Long Term Care industry, 15 of those years serving as Vice President of Human Resources. Mr. Marek is recognized for customizing effective solutions to improve customer/employee and employer synergies. His publications have been recognized by the American College of Health Care Administrators and the National Association of Board of Examiners (NAB) as professional continuing education programming as self-study programs targeting Employee-Centered worplace practices such as recruitment/retention strategies and union avoidance. He also managed daily and long-term strategic planning and human resource initiatives for several of the largest long-term care providers in the nation serving in capacities from Manger of Training and Development to Vice President Human of Resources. He has earned distinction as “Executive-in-Residence” at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. In 2011, Stephen wrote “Almost”, an Editor’s Choice Award winning mystery novel. And in 2013, Stephen wrote Curing Hepatitis C, his first hand patient accounting and a deeply personal journey through the side effects associated with triple combination drug therapy and the curing of hepatitis C.
Over our many years in the healthcare business, we have observed an obvious divide between the words companies use to describe their workplace environments and the actual results many location mangers are able to achieve. Oftentimes, it is easier to terminate marginal performers than to educate, replacing them with the hope of achieving success through a new leader. It is much more difficult to allocate time and resources to ensure that workplace success is woven into the DNA of an organization.
This Culture and Leadership series comprises four “how to” books designed to help motivate managers to create their own “legacy leadership systems” within their organization, whether in corporate, regional, facility or departmental work environments. We have merged our common experience as human resource professionals in areas that any workplace manager can impact - if that manager has the desire to take control over the circumstances that directly impact his or her success.
Everyone desires to leave his or her mark on the workplace. That mark can be positive or negative. We believe that leaving a legacy of systems and processes that create long-lasting positive effects on an organization is what all leaders strive to achieve. The following pages are dedicated to the advancement of employee-centered workplace environments and the success of you.
We believe that perpetuating positive cultural continuity will profoundly affect an organization’s success for future years. We intend our books to be useful to those managers who desire to develop or enhance their skills in the areas of organizational development and employee behaviors and who believe that success hinges on their ability to inspire and influence those around them.
The Culture and Leadership series is made up of four distinct topics addressed in four separate books designed for the advancement of an employee-centered workplace environment and the success of its leadership.
Book 1: Excellence The Path Chosen (NAB Approved | 6 CEUs), provides the insight and tools to develop the vision and skills necessary to create an involved, engaged, and committed workforce. It addresses the issues of recruitment, retention, and employee workplace satisfaction - problem areas common to many workplaces - providing a leadership platform for future greatness.
Book 2: High Octane Mentoring (NAB Approved | 6 CEUs), lays out a detailed roadmap for new-hire employee success; including, individual processes and the leadership system necessary to develop, implement and maintain a highly effective, totally efficient and extraordinarily productive Employee-Centered Mentoring Program. This book provides the step-by-step processes necessary to construct, launch and manage a High Octane, Employee-Centered, Mentoring Program. It will assist you in the creation of high-performance employees from newly hired applicants while perpetuating positive cultural continuity.
Book 3: Those with Vision … Lead (NAB Approved | 6 CEUs), is the leadership guide to building a sustainable legacy leadership system within the workplace. It provides the nine Work/Life Principles that will change your leadership life and very possibly, your personal life, FOREVER!
Book 4: How Unions Organize (NAB Approved | 6 CEUs), provides the critical knowledge that every workplace manager must possess in order to keep unions out of today’s workplace. It is an inside look at how unions organize workplaces in todays modern work environment. It is based upon our experience in the trenches, dealing with union organizers, high-priced lawyers, corporate consultants, the government and the havoc an organizing effort wreaks on the workplace. This book presents the essentials that are taught at the very beginning of any union organizing effort, the essentials that management teams need to know - before the union’s message shows up on your employee’s computer screens. This book contains essential information that will save your workplace years of headaches and tens of thousands of dollars!
We wrote the Culture and Leadership series with the intention of helping motivated workplace leaders become better stewards of their human assets—one motivated leader at a time by leaving a wake of legacy leadership mechanisms in place to help those who will follow in your footsteps. We have loaded the pages of each book with as many insights, forms, and useful tips as we have available through our combined experience offering solutions to business issues that have eluded the vast majority of employers for years. Our personal anecdotes have been added in our “sidebar conversations” to share the benefits of having “been there and done that.”
We hope that you will find this Legacy Leadership Series of books helpful in some small way on your quest to be an effective and efficient leader. We encourage you to strive to leave in your business wake a legacy leadership system that will help those who come after you perpetuate positive cultural continuity. To build on your efforts to involve, engage and commit your employee-centered workforce to be all it can be to those who depend on it in so many ways for their very survival and well-being!