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What Anyone Can Do

How Surrounding Yourself with the Right People will Drive Change, Opportunity, and Personal Growth. (2018)

Most of us don’t seek advice or reach out to others for help very easily. In part, it’s because we’re conditioned to see life as an individual endeavor rather than a team sport. Or because we believe that asking for help makes us look weak or incapable. We regard self-help as by-yourself-help. News flash: no one in the history of the world has ever achieved any level of happiness or success totally by themselves.

In his 1976 book The Long Run Solution, Joe Henderson suggested that becoming truly accomplished at running (or at anything) doesn’t typically require us to perform superhuman feats. In fact, success is frequently realized by those who simply do the things anyone can do that most of us never will.

In What Anyone Can Do, with the help of Leo Bottary’s Year of the Peer podcasts guests (and playful illustrations by Ryan Foland), you’ll discover that if you surround yourself with the right people, you’ll do the things anyone can do far more often. And when you do that, you and the people around you will realize more of what you want out of business and life. It’s that simple.

The Power of Peers (2016) made a strong case for how and why formal peer groups are so effective. This book steps outside the formal peer group arena to examine all the important relationships we have in our lives (parents, teachers, spouses, mentors, children, mentees, etc.) and provides a practical approach and specific framework for harnessing their power for your benefit (and theirs). It’s what anyone can do. You’re anyone, right?

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“What Anyone Can Do is engaging, enjoyable, and just plain fun to read. With the well-honed skills of a master storyteller, Leo Bottary shares delightful tales and practical takeaways from scores of engaging conversations with fascinating people around the central theme of supporting and learning from each other. His style is over-a-cup-of-coffee casual, but the lessons he conveys are vital to your success in work and in life. I found it immensely valuable, and you will, too.”   

– Jim Kouzes, coauthor of The Leadership Challenge and the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

“Leo has brought clarity and inspiration to the subject of connection within corporate structures. There has never been a more imperative time than today for us to become proactive around the necessity of teams built with healthy bones, empathy, trust, and resilience. This is elaborated upon by way of interviews and real-life scenarios that will help managers and senior executives take brave steps forward to further bring connection to their teams. I see myself sharing this book throughout our agency.”

– Claude Silver, Chief Heart Officer, VaynerMedia

“What Anyone Can Do is a brilliant primer on what we can all do as leaders to surround ourselves with a strategic network of peers who will challenge our ideas, drive us to be more disciplined, and share in our success.  For all of those committed to continuous self improvement, you will find that Leo has built a step by step guide to turn aspirations into actions.”

 – Sam Reese, CEO, Vistage Worldwide

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