The Kingmaker by Tony Bridwell
A Leadership Story of Integrity and Purpose

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Occasionally, the tale’s focus on glitz...feels at odds with its overall message, although these details and some charming character nuances...also enliven what in other hands might have been dry, didactic text. Bridwell also helpfully provides a seven-point summary of his takeaway points at the book’s end.
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At the heart of this leadership story is the central idea that success—where purpose, talents and resources come together to

meet the needs of others—cannot be achieved in isolation.



In The Kingmaker, Kyle Ellis, the CEO of powerhouse PR firm Ellis International, is known in an elite circle of people as The Kingmaker. Unlike others in his field, Kyle has the ability to unlock the true potential within his clients while guiding them to the world’s highest levels of power.



After years of masterfully engineering careers to the height of success, Kyle suddenly finds that an alarming number of his “Kings,” as they are known within his close network, are falling from power. Over the course of only a few short weeks, two of Kyle’s most high-profile clients have collapsed into trouble. Kyle is forced to step in to play damage control not only to save their careers but, in one case, their very life.



With longtime friend and driver Parker McIntosh offering keen insights into the motivations of people in their circle, the two form a perfect pairing to master the strategic chessboard of business and politics.

 

About Tony Bridwell

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As an author, international speaker, consultant and coach, Tony Bridwell has been making a difference at some of the world's largest organizations for the past 20 years. He is the former Chief People Officer of Brinker International and a current partner with global consulting firm, Partners In Leadership.Tony is a highly recognized thought leader in corporate culture, L&D, and human resources, being named 2015 HR Executive of the Year by DallasHR (the local SHRM affiliate) and also receiving the 2015 Strategic Leadership Award from Strategic Excellence HR.Tony has been a facilitator and featured speaker for audiences of several thousand people and has presented for multiple conferences and associations, including the CHRO Exchange, Dallas HR (SHRM), the HRSouthwest Conference, ATD San Diego, and the California Restaurant Association. Tony is also a member of SHRM and serves on the board of directors for two non-profits.When he is not spending time with his family, Tony turns his efforts toward mentoring a small group of young men, cycling and writing. With three grown children and two dogs, Tony and his wife, Dee, have called the Dallas area home for almost 30 years. Tony is also the author of The Difference Maker: A Simple Fable About Making a Difference in the Life of Others.
 
Published June 14, 2016 by Elevate. 176 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Help, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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on May 26 2016

Occasionally, the tale’s focus on glitz...feels at odds with its overall message, although these details and some charming character nuances...also enliven what in other hands might have been dry, didactic text. Bridwell also helpfully provides a seven-point summary of his takeaway points at the book’s end.

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