Shattered Covenants: Book I: Present and Past Imperfect

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Present & Past Imperfect is the first book in a series of seven novels entitledShattered Covenants which¿narrates¿ the formation,rise, decline and fall of McKenzie Barber, a global management consulting firm. Present & Past Imperfect takes place during a single week in November 1987 withflashbacks to the founding and organizational evolution of McKenzie Barber. Thereader meets John McKenzie, the founding father of the discipline of managementconsultingandtracks the ascendancy of Ernie Grey as John McKenzie's successor to theNovember¿ 1987 reality of a falteringenterprise under the leadership in the post-Ernie Grey era. Thecentral character of Present & Past Imperfect is Joe Baxter, an executivecompensation consulting partner, who is trying to hold his place in thestructure of¿ afirm with shifting leadership and political tides.Thereader is introduced to a number of¿ memorable characters which includeHamilton Burke III, a swashbuckling former Green Beret , who competes forChairman successionatMcKenzie Barber only to fall short;¿Clyde Nickerson, the ultimate bureaucratic villain;¿ Bridgette, Baxter's high powered retailingexecutive wife;¿ Leon Harwell , alegendary investor; Hakim Selim, Harwell's wilyinvestment manager; Dominique de Hartog, once aMcKenzie Barber consultant, now a corporate predator;¿ Stephany Hart, anarrogant Wall Street¿ industryAnalyst;¿ Bonnie Grow, an ambitious youngconsultant; Frank Alvardi, Baxter's mentor and JoeDiMaggio look-alike; Jon Grunwaldyt, the ultimateorganization politician; and Lon MacMasters, whohas¿ been parachuted in to bringfinancial discipline to the sliding performance of¿ McKenzie Barber's¿ New York office. Theremaining books in the Shattered Covenants series include:Ø The Road toMcKenzie BarberØ TheConsultant Ø The ChairmanØ The PartnerØ The House ofHarwellØ Twilight& EndgameShatteredCovenants offers a sweeping look at men and women's careers in businessorganizations, the

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DwightFoster, the author of Shattered Covenants, is a native of Minnesota who transferred to New York City in 1980. He retired as a consulting partner from aninternational public accounting firm¿ in January 1990 to form an executivesearch firm.ShatteredCovenants is a first novel, which represents an eight year writing projectdealing with the passing of leadership in a professional services firm. Present& Past Imperfect is the initial¿ book in a series of free standingnovels narrating the formation, rise, decline, and fall of¿ McKenzie Barber, a fictional globalmanagement consulting firm.Later¿ books in the series include:Ø The Road toMcKenzie BarberØ TheConsultantØ The ChairmanØ The PartnerØ The House ofHarwellØ Twilight& Endgame ShatteredCovenants deals with the¿passing of CEOs (i.e. kings) and their ultimate effect on thecareers and lives of the courtiers, and rank and file professionals who followthe leadership of the CEO.Theauthor has spent his business career in the consulting industry, and for thepast twelve years, has headed up a well-recognized executive search firm.Dwight Foster has published previously in management studies and magazinearticles and is quoted from time to time in the national press. His experiencein the practice of executive search and familiarity with¿ organization and business models overthe past thirty years provided the motivation to write a sweeping novel. Theprimary narrator of Shattered Covenants, Joseph Baxter, Jr., is the son of alabor martyr from Minnesota's Iron Range who rises to a Board Room world traveling, executivecompensation consultant. Baxter is a modern day Candidewho develops the cunning to survive in a ruthlessly competitive business world.DwightFoster is a University of Minnesota Alumnus, the father of two adult children, and is married toDorothy Choitz Foster, a well-known journalist andconsultant to the cosmetics and fragrance industry. The Fosters make their hom

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