There are leaders in media and then there are leaders in media. Dave Kerpen stands above the crowd, having achieved what most dream of, gathering around him a community of great people (plus 600,000+ LinkedIn followers).
I’ll take the liberty of putting his LinkedIn profile below, which recounts his #1 bestselling book, founding and leading a major online media firm, Likeable Media, and his family life.
I’m honored and flattered that he reviewed my book and posted it on Inc.: “This Book Gets It: Learn to Lead Yourself and Others”
Here’s an excerpt:
This Book Gets It: Learn to Lead Yourself and Others
Industry leader Joshua Spodek’s new book teaches how to become a better leader
The Art of People has been described as How to Win Friends and Influence People for today’s world, but even How to Win Friends doesn’t have clear, actionable First Action Steps to Take. Almost no book does.
That’s why I was so pleasantly surprised by Joshua Spodek’s new book, Leadership Step by Step: Become the Person Others Follow. I previously wrote about how he wrote 70 gratitude emails and the positive results he got from it, in “Broaden and Deepen Your Network Using This Simple Hack.”
His book also does what few books do: he gives clear, actionable instructions to put into practice each principle he describes. So you don’t just learn theory from him, you improve your life.
When Joshua met me at my office, it was clear how he came to write similar to me. He likes people. He’s interested and interesting. And he didn’t start social, like some people do. He had to learn the skills through practice.
He lives by his principles–as exemplified by writing the gratitude emails. Many people hear about such exercises. Few do them. Fewer still do them thoroughly, reflect afterward, and share their experiences for others to benefit from.
Read the rest at This Book Gets It: Learn to Lead Yourself and Others.
About Dave Kerpen:
I’m a father of 2 beautiful girls, Charlotte and Kate, and baby boy Seth, the husband to an amazing business partner, Carrie Kerpen, and friend to many. I’m an entrepreneur, author, and speaker. I’ve been writing here on LinkedIn for 2 years, so I’ve amassed a pretty incredible community of 600,000+ people. Welcome to the “family”!
In my day job, I’m the founder and CEO of Likeable Local, a social media software company serving thousands of small businesses, as well as the chairman and cofounder of Likeable Media, an award-winning social media and word-of-mouth marketing agency for big brands.
Following my sponsored wedding which raised over $100,000 including $20K for charity, my wife Carrie and I started and built theKBuzz (founded in 2007) into Likeable Media, the only 3-time WOMMY Award winner for excellence from the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the US according to INC Magazine.
As one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s top 10 up and coming leaders, I have been featured on the Today Show, CNBC’s “On the Money”, BBC, ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Early Show, the New York Times, and countless blogs. I have also keynoted at dozens of conferences across the globe including Singapore, Athens, Dubai, San Francisco, Cologne, Toronto, Bangkok, and Mexico City.
I am a Venture Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners an early-stage venture firm, which is leveraging Gen Y to support Gen Y.
My 1st book was a NY Times bestseller – Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook and Other Social Networks (Now in its 2nd edition). I followed up Likeable Social Media with 2 more books, Likeable Business & Likeable Leadership. My newest book, The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want, is out now: http://buyartofpeople.com
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