Leadership Unbound by Jerre L. Stead
A Primer for Leaders and Entrepreneurs

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What factors does one need to take into consideration when starting up a company or organization? What questions does one need to answer before they can begin? Once those questions are answered, where do you go from there to ensure your success?

Leadership Unbound: A Primer for Leaders and Entrepreneurs, by Lawrence W. Corbett and Jerre L. Stead, has the answers to these questions and many more.

When Dr. Corbett suggested that he and Stead collaborate on a book to demonstrate the simple ways in which entrepreneurs in any field could develop a successful business, Stead quickly agreed. As president and CEO of Ingram Micro in the late 1990s, Stead developed a plan that led the company to unprecedented growth-from $8 billion to $30 billion in four years.

The combination of Stead's business acumen and Corbett's firsthand experience in establishing a successful new church was like lightning in a bottle. Readers will appreciate seeing how the tips and rules for success were actually applied to a successful venture that is still thriving to this day.

From the bare-bone basics, such as simply having a great business concept, to the minutest of details, Leadership Unbound: A Primer for Leaders and Entrepreneurs walks readers through the process of establishing a successful business from start to finish.

In clear, easy-to-understand terms, Corbett and Stead explain the ways in which a dynamic, forward-thinking pastor created a successful new church community in the middle of the desert by applying some basic business principles. Stead, as an accomplished business leader with decades of corporate expertise, clearly illustrates how anyone can apply these same principles to their own business venture with successful results.

In Leadership Unbound, Corbett explains his actions and thought processes leading up to the eventual establishment of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. One of the first things he considered-and that anyone looking to start a business or other kind of organization must also consider-is coming to terms with the "risk of failure."

Leadership Unbound offers practical suggestions for avoiding failure, such as doing your homework before doing anything else. Be clear in your vision and what you hope to accomplish and accept your personal and professional limits. These are but a few of the helpful suggestions readers will find in Leadership Unbound.

On accepting your personal and professional limits, both Stead and Corbett know the importance of engaging others in your venture that may have the skills you are lacking to help you succeed.

Corbett said of enlisting the help of others in establishing Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, "It was soon clear that it was imperative to empower others in this project. Who should they be? How could I identify and engage them? What should they bring to the project? Why would they be interested?"

"Larry knew the only way he was going to make it was to attract top grade people-and take a new and different approach, a very entrepreneurial, effective one. It's important that a vision has the substance to stand the test of time, and the Pinnacle vision has had this from the start," Stead remarked.

In the book, Stead parallels the development of Pinnacle Presbyterian with three start-up companies that began about the same time. He shares insights about what made GolfLogix, WorkWell Systems, and MD On-Line the successful companies they are today. He discusses what made the three companies and Pinnacle Presbyterian Church models for entrepreneurs everywhere.

"Planning questions" at the end of each chapter help keep the readers focused and on track, allowing them the chance to sit back and reflect on their own vision and to answer questions critical to their success.

Leadership Unbound is a primer based on years of experience in Fortune 500 companies and Presbyterian congregations throughout the U.S. and the world.
 

About Jerre L. Stead

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Larry Corbett and Jerre Stead met in 1997 when the Steads moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. By that time Larry had been at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church for seven years. Through the Steads joining the church, the men became friends, and Jerre served on the governing body as an Elder. Larry was on a two-week study leave when the idea came to him that the two of them should write a book comparing success in the church and in business. He sent an e-mail to Jerre with the proposal for this book. Jerre liked the idea and they were off. Larry brings to the book several years of experience as a pastor. A graduate of Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he has a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois. During his career, he has served six churches: ? Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a student associate pastor, ? Fairmount Presbyterian Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, as an associate pastor in charge of teen and adult education, ? Lakeview Presbyterian Church, St. Petersburg, Florida, as pastor, ? Westminster Presbyterian Church, Phoenix, Arizona, as pastor, ? Valley Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale, Arizona, as associate pastor in charge of administration and congregational life, and ? Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale, Arizona, as founding and, subsequently, senior pastor. He brings to this narrative a unique outlook about starting a successful church in north Scottsdale, Arizona. Jerre Stead, former senior executive at Honeywell, AT&T and CEO of Square D, NCR, Legent, and Ingram Micro brings the business acumen of what makes a successful entrepreneurial venture. A graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in business administration and the Harvard University Advanced Management Program in Switzerland, Jerre spent 21 years at Honeywell, Inc. in various management positions in the United States and Europe. In 1987 he was named president and chief operating officer of the Square D Company, a leading electrical distribution and factory automation manufacturer based in Palatine, Illinois, becoming chairman and chief executive officer in 1989. Jerre was named chairman and chief executive officer at AT&T's Global Business Communications Systems. He was promoted to executive vice president of AT&T and chairman of AT&T Global Information Solutions (NCR Corporation.) In January of 1995, Jerre became chairman and chief executive officer of the Legent Corporation, where he led a successful merger with Computer Associates. In 1996 Jerre was tapped to head Ingram Micro, where he continued to capitalize upon his longtime philosophy that people are an enterprise's only sustainable competitive advantage. As Chairman and CEO, he increased revenue at Ingram Micro from $6 Billion USD to more than $30 Billion USD in just four years, taking Ingram public in 2000 in what was then the largest tech IPO.
 
Published January 17, 2011 by Five Star Publications, Inc. (AZ). 154 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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