What Others Are Saying:
"I have proudly walked the Union beat for over 30 years now. Every institution, business, labor, political, civil, religious, etc. would be far better off with a leader like Sandy Coletta. But they would have to be willing to take the leap of faith that comes with original thinking in place of conventional wisdom"
John (Jack) V. Callaci
Director, Collective Bargaining and Organizing, United Nurses and Allied Professionals
"What a wonderful read! Sandy brings together leadership lessons and insights with her heartfelt personal reflections for how to build your own creative style as a successful leader. Her book is easy to read but makes you think at the same time. It gave me some wonderful ideas about how to be human yet professional and very impactful as a leader. I'll be gifting it to others and reading it again and again!"
Kate Goonan, M.D.
Managing Director, Navigant Consulting
"How refreshing to read a business book that leads with the human spirit and the importance of stepping back and viewing the situation through the lens of life's experience. The best leaders are those that are both pragmatic and kind - staying focused on the goals of the organization, while saying connected to the real needs of the people they are serving. Through her winning stories and real life examples, Sandy Coletta hits a home run with "The Owl Approach to Storytelling."
President, Director of Client Services
Haggman Advertising, Design & Public Relations , Inc.
Many leaders have been trained to keep their personal lives, their humanity out of the work setting. Sandy Coletta must have missed that part of leadership training. When she began her new role as President of Kent Hospital she introduced herself through a story about how the first day going to a new school felt when she was young. For the next eight years, her stories became a routine part of the hospital culture. This entertaining and informative book will help both aspiring and experienced leaders open themselves up to using their own life stories to enhance employee engagement and achieve organizational goals.
Sandy Coletta combines a how to guide for storytelling with examples of actual stories about her life that she shared with the staff at Kent Hospital during her tenure as the President of Kent Hospital. Reader of The Owl Approach to Storytelling: Lead with Your Life will know when to use stories, where to "discover" those stories and why the moral matters. Communication is effective not just when a message is given but when it is heard and remembered. Who will listen to the story and whether they will remember the message is the most critical factor and Sandy shares with you how she was able to do that and how you can do the same!