Joel DiGirolamo Leading Team Alpha

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Leading Team Alpha

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Leading Team Alpha is a novel about a software business, Dandadata, that suddenly finds itself trailing its major competitor when they announce a new version of their product. Dean, a manager at Dandadata, has been working on NU technology with a small team of four people and must build his team and incorporate NU technology into the DandaData mainstream product to save the company.

Navigating treacherous market forces and political headwinds, Dean incorporates research-based leadership elements as he learns them from Dr. Solomon (Sol) König, a local university professor.


- A quick, entertaining story illustrating the fundamentals of leadership based on scientific research


- Demonstrations of how to have effective, difficult conversations with team members


- An excellent book for leadership programs and new manager training


The academic community has studied leadership for over half a century yet little has leaked out to the business community. Leading Team Alpha is a unique book, presenting the scientifically determined fundamentals of leadership in a novel.


Sol teaches the history of leadership research, the five-factor model of personality, the role of the ego, worker motivation, and more. As we journey along with Dean we experience the depths of despair in political battles lost, the clash of diverse cultures, frustration of divergent views, and vindication with just rewards. The story takes place primarily in Ann Arbor, Michigan with several scenes in Bengaluru India.
Leading Team Alpha is a winner of the Reader View Literary Award 2010 for Business/Sales/Economics.

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Award-winning author Joel DiGirolamo has more than 30 years of staff and management experience in Fortune 500 companies. He has a BSEE, MBA, and a master s degree in psychology. Joel has been a keynote speaker at international conferences, and is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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Contemporary business writers have for some time embraced the parable as a means for conveying ideas on leadership, management and communication, as well as many other business topics. Many of the blockbuster bestsellers of the past decade took this format. Ken Blanchard, rising to meteoric status with the short parable, The One Minute Manager, continued to write a shelf full of parable books. Spencer Johnson gained international business fame with a parable about two mice and two little people in a story called Who Moved My Cheese? Author Steve Lundin did the same with Fish. The success of these and others spawned numerous little parable books. They became known as business books you could read during a short flight. ... Lexington author and Business Lexington columnist Joel DiGirolamo offers readers a unique approach to the business novel with Leading Team Alpha: Leadership in Novel Form. Like a parable, Leading Team Alpha, seeks to teach. Its uniqueness is that it does so using the novel format. The book opens with a theme of compelling urgency that sets the story's action. The novel is set in a software company that overnight finds itself in danger of being outmaneuvered by a major competitor. In order to save the company, the book's main character, Dean, must build a team capable of rising to the challenge. He also must develop his leadership skills. While he has experience with a small group, this new challenge will push him well beyond that. He decides to seek out his former college psychology professor, Dr. Solomon Konig. Dr. Konig turns out to be the Yoda of leadership theory young Dean has been searching for. He begins by explaining to his eager student that there is no concrete definition of leadership, only views of different aspects. With that nebulous definition, the good doctor proceeds to give Dean lessons on leadership. He begins historically with Thomas Carlyle in 1849 and a model for trait leadership the idea that leaders are born, not made. Developing a full leadership model, Dr. Konig proceeds in his meetings with Dean to teach the history of leadership research, the five-factor model of personality, the role of the ego and worker motivation. He guides him through developing an effective organization and the importance of motivation. The character of Dr. Konig is pivotal to the novel. The eccentric professor not only gives leadership insights, but he proceeds in an almost mystical way. The novel suggests that the leadership skills discussed will not only build business acumen, but personality and spirit. Many readers will find themselves cheering for Dean as he overcomes internal and external business challenges. Most readers will also relate to Dean's frustrations within the workplace, especially those created by those supposed to be working together on the same team. This is where the novel format works well, as the reader relates personally to the characters. In this way, DiGirolamo engages us not only on an intellectual level, but an emotional one as well. The story is set in Ann Arbor, Mich., although this is of minor importance. The action moves to Bengaluru, India, which creates an opportunity for both global and cross-cultural business insights. Leading Team Alpha is formatted for use as a teaching or reference text on leadership. DiGirolamo includes extensive references, divided into specific areas of interest, such as Creative Teams and Goals. It is particularly well suited for anyone wanting an introduction to leadership or looking to take a next step in leadership development. Kentucky authors continue to gain acclaim for high-quality novels on a wide variety of topics. DiGirolamo is to be congratulated for adding this fine volume on leadership to the shelf. --Business Lexington, January 6, 2011

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