Thank you to my many close and personal friends and family too numerous to mention whose support was caring and continuous.
The following individuals deserve a special thank you.
Nick Battista, a great friend, inspired me to write this book. He was my mentor and provided encouragement and advice throughout the project. The book would not be in print without him. I am truly indebted to his support and wish him the best in bringing his four novels to print.
Bob Diforio is an agent only superlatives can describe. I am very fortunate to be the recipient of his persistence and personal reassurances that led to placing this project with AMACOM, the highly regarded publishing arm of the American Management Association.
Ellen Kadin, Senior Acquisitions Editor at AMACOM Books, had the wisdom to recommend revising the scope of my first proposal to what appears in this book. The professionalism and support of the AMACOM marketing, sales, publicity and administrative staff are also very much appreciated.
Members of the Executive Forum, a select group of senior executives devoted to sharing expertise as they move through their careers. It has been and continues to be a privilege to be a job search resource for Executive Forum members, and I will always appreciate the support and encouragement that I received from the membership throughout this book project.