Dumb Asses by Juan Carlos Marcos, author of Warriors at the Helm: A Leader's Guide to Success in Business

Title: Warriors at the Helm
Author: Juan Carlos Marcos
Publisher: Elie Press
Pages: 174
Genre: Business
Format: Hardcopy/Ebook

 In Warriors At The Helm: A Leader’s Guide To Success in Business, Juan Carlos Marcos shares his almost four decades of experience regarding people dynamics in the corporate World. Whether you’re just getting started in business, or you are a thirty-year warrior, nothing is as valuable to your growth, and in preparing you for success, as learning through trial and error. However, modern-day corporate America can be very unforgiving or impatient through your learning process. This book represents the next best thing to being there, which is learning from others’ experience. Juan provides the reader with a practical tool that offers valuable insights into the distinctive and real differences between effective leaders (those that people eagerly follow) and those who lack the self-awareness to understand that they may be barriers to progress versus a catalyst. To further add texture to his insights, Juan elicits and shares thoughts from veteran executives who share personal experiences and perspectives derived from years of trench warfare. In Warriors At The Helm you will learn about the traits that make Leaders and Individual Contributors successful in business and how to manage the Dumb Asses and Egomaniacs (AKA Barbarians) that roam the corporate landscape. The book will provide you with the awareness and knowledge of the life “on the inside” that will help you emulate and demonstrate the behaviors that will keep your career on a positive and productive track.

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When I started the outline for Warriors at the Helm; A Leader’s Guide to Success in business, I knew I wanted to write about the difficult and sometimes annoying people that make work settings more challenging than they need to be.  These people exist in most organizations and are regarded by colleagues as duplicitous, lazy, obstructionists, blame-oriented and on and on. I reflected about my own experiences with people throughout my career that had made things frustrating, sometimes confusing and at times very irritating for me, but also solicited input from others to begin to create a profile of how I would make these people come to life in the book. When I interviewed colleagues and friends about their experiences with challenging people in the work setting, words like annoying, lazy, duplicitous, blabber mouths and others kept coming up. I wrote about all of those traits in the book, but I was struggling over how to best describe these people in a simple and impactful term. One thing that became clear in pouring over my notes was that my colleagues talked a great deal about people that did dumb things over and over and seemed not to learn or care about their impact on others. Interestingly the term Dumb Ass had come up multiple times. Thus the term Dumb Asses became one of the two categories of Barbarians that I cover in the book.  More important and also included in the book is how to manage these people.  

Juan Carlos Marcos was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States in 1962. He spent almost four decades in leadership roles in human resources in the corporate world, including experience in multiple industries. Among the companies he worked at included Saint Mary's Hospital Medical Center, in Madison Wisconsin, Graber Industries Inc., Boston Market and McDonald's Corporation. Now retired and working as a consultant, he took the time to fulfill his dream of writing his first book. Juan holds a bachelor's degree in business from Northern Illinois University and a master's degree in business from the University of Wisconsin. Juan lives in Evergreen, Colorado, with his wife Randi.
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