What do facing your fears, leadership, and success have in common?
They require us to view ourselves with honesty and to view others with empathy and respect. We all face a variety of monsters – hurdles of all shapes and sizes. But you can learn to see the beauty in the monster. That’s when you start to build the confidence needed to face the normal risks associated with learning and success.
Don’t fear the challenges and imperfections, whether in yourself or others. It’s time to stop denying, avoiding, or denigrating them. It’s time to go dancing with monsters.
Todd is an authentic storyteller! I started reading it and couldn't stop! He talks about the fundamentals of leadership in the most engaging way! I can see Dancing with Monsters becoming THE business book for workshops and coaching interventions and that's how I am personally intending to use it. He talks about the psychology of fear without becoming psychological and how it can be a leader's Achilles Heel. A definite MUST READ!
- Dr. Maria Katsarou-Makin, Founder – Leadership Psychology Institute
WHAT’S INSIDE DANCING WITH MONSTERS?
PART 1 – THE DILEMMA
PART 2 – DANCING WITH MONSTERS
A Broken Team
The Monster’s Ball
PART 3 – THE DECISION
Dancing With Monsters is your guide to self-improvement and professional success. You can be a better you. You can be an effective leader. You will move past your fears and realize that more is always possible!
Meet Maria and Noah – two young professionals striving for personal happiness and professional success. Meet Joe Vampire and his merry crew of misfit monsters. They just want to believe in themselves and to be the very best monsters they can be. It’s a story within a story that brings you to a discussion section packed with clear and actionable advice that just might help you change your life.
Meet The Author
DR. TODD DEWETT
DR. TODD DEWETT is a globally recognized leadership educator, author, and speaker. After working with Andersen Consulting and Ernst & Young, he completed his PhD at Texas A&M University in Organizational Behavior as well as a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship.
He was an award-winning professor at Wright State University for ten years, teaching leadership-related courses to MBA students and publishing research. His activities grew to encompass speaking, training, consulting, and eventually online educational courses.
To date, Todd has delivered over 1,000 speeches around the world (including several TEDx talks) and created a library of courses enjoyed by millions of professionals. His clients include Microsoft, IBM, GE, Pepsi, ExxonMobil, Boeing, MD Anderson, State Farm, and hundreds more.
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A PERSONAL NOTE
FROM DR. TODD DEWETT
My name is Todd Dewett and I’m on a mission to build better leaders, better workplaces, better careers, and better lives.
My career has been dedicated to understanding and helping people. Along the way, I’ve learned that no matter our successes, we’re all stressed, we all experience doubts, and we’re all busy! That’s why my take on education is always ultra-focused and practical. My courses are fairly brief, my speeches are funny and emotional but highly actionable, and my books use stories and advice that get right to the point. My new book DANCING WITH MONSTERS is a fast, endearing fable. It packages knowledge and motivation in plain language, positivity, and plenty of emotions.
The humans are relatable. You’ll feel like you know them and can feel their pain. The monsters – well, the monsters seem so human too! As they struggle, you will relate. As they begin to thrive, you will feel their elation.
You’re about to take a transformational journey. It’s a story you’ll remember. It’s a book you’ll share. It’s a guide that will fill your career with purpose and meaning.
This exciting, quick-moving fable has all the important lessons of a 300-page textbook many leadership and business programs would assign to their students. Since the lessons are relayed in story form, the reader is connected, emotionally invested, and empathizing with the characters - which all means the lessons are more memorable than a traditional business book. But Dr. Todd Dewett doesn't stop with the fable. He closes with practical advice leaders in all industries and levels need to take seriously and leaves us with helpful reflection questions to guide our discussions on this book, unpack the lessons, and plan out our future leadership solutions. I am confident this book will help many leaders and future leaders dance with monsters with eagerness and greater success throughout their careers.
Chrissy Roth-Francis, Ed.D.
Director of Talent Development, LinkedIn
Our unseen and unacknowledged fears arguably have a more profound impact on our leadership effectiveness than any other element. This book is an incredibly fun yet deeply insightful journey into understanding these dynamics, along with a very pragmatic point of view on how to move forward from where you are. Todd’s ability to cut through the surface and get to the root of leadership derailers comes through in his writing here as well as he does in his live seminars.
Global Vice-President, IBM Security, and Author of The Emotionally Authentic Christian
Through an engaging story, Todd shares a practical framework for personal and professional growth. The value of candor, collaboration, courage and commitment come to life. He reminds us that great progress can be made when we embrace our imperfections, face our fears, and try new things. As Todd shares, “Take a step. Get the scare. Grow. Win.” This book is a must for leaders at all levels! The advice and tips on overcoming your fears and using them as a springboard for growth, the value of continuous learning and thoughtful communication are all foundational to building strong relationships and increasing your confidence as you lead yourself, lead others and lead the business.
Victoria Di Santo
Director, Organizational Development & Effectiveness, Brother International Corporation
Success begins with your story. And when you change your story, you change your results. Join this journey of discovery about how the monsters we encounter along the road to success can be conquered in a simple sentence. Thanks to Dr. Dewett, your once upon a time starts now.
Wall Street Journal best-selling author & Vice President Customer & Market Insights, Salesforce
Todd’s written a playful, powerful book on how we can address our fears to embrace authentic leadership. Find me a leader who doesn’t have fears and self-doubt—this book tackles them head on. It’s full of real-world tips, including my favorite “If you want a high-performing team, it’s a war for chemistry, not talent” (aka, no jerks). I appreciated his call to action on realizing the power of now and opening up to share your own vulnerabilities in order to bond with and motivate your team—and accomplish more together. Great read!
Director of Content, Business & Creative at LinkedIn Learning
Dancing with Monsters provokes deep thought and reflections around some key questions: “What do you want?”, “Why do you want it?”, and “What are you afraid of?”. I would recommend any seasoned, new, or aspiring leader read this book and invite answers to those questions. We’re all afraid of something and we all have hopes & dreams in the clouds.