The Blueprint: 6 Practical Steps to Lift Your Leadership to New Heights

The Blueprint40 Years of Unmatched Leadership Experience Condensed into 6 Small Steps

In 1984, Doug Conant was fired without warning and with barely an explanation. He felt hopeless and stuck but, surprisingly, this defeating turn of events turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to him. Doug began to consider what might be holding him back from realizing his potential, fulfilling his dreams, and making a bigger impact on the world around him.

Embarking on a journey of self-reflection and discovery, he forged a path to revolutionize his leadership and transform his career trajectory. Ultimately, Doug was able to condense his remarkable leadership story into six practical steps. It wasn’t until Doug worked through these six steps that he was able to lift his leadership to heights that ultimately brought him career success, joy, and fulfillment.

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The Six Steps

Step 1. Reach High – Envision

Step 2. Dig Deep – Reflect

Step 3. Lay the Groundwork – Study

Step 4. Design – Plan

Step 5. Build – Practice

Step 6. Reinforce – Improve

In The Blueprint, part leadership manifesto, part practical manual, Doug teaches leaders how to work through the same six steps that he used to transform his journey. The six steps are manageable and incremental, designed to fit practically within the pace of busy modern life. Knowing how daunting the prospect of change can be, Doug arms readers with exercises and practices to realistically bring their foundation to life in every situation. Now, today’s leaders who feel stuck and overwhelmed finally have a blueprint for lifting their leadership to make meaningful change in their organizations and in the world.

The Blueprint hits booksellers March 4th, 2020.

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Select Advance Praise for The Blueprint:

“Doug Conant has long been one of America’s most effective and enlightened leaders. And now he has written an essential book on leadership. Unlike many books in this genre, his is not a collection of wispy platitudes — but an eminently smart and practical guide for building a foundation for your entire professional life.  If you’re hungering to become a better leader, The Blueprint belongs on your shelf and by your side.” — Daniel Pink, author of When and Drive

“Longtime Fortune 300 CEO Doug Conant has translated a career’s worth of wisdom into a practical manual on leadership in the face of turbulence. The Blueprint is a rare offering with perfect timing. Leaders at every level in today’s organizations must now be more courageous, well-equipped, and resilient than ever before. Conant’s process will help you to explore your unique strengths—fearlessly. The Blueprint will help you find your own clear voice as a leader (no matter what’s swirling around you). Read this book now – and better yet, buy a copy for everyone on your team.” — Amy Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School

“Doug Conant has proven himself to be a very disciplined CEO – focused, able to let go of what doesn’t fit, building greatness step-by-step, laying foundations for decades down the road while delivering results today. His example shows how effective business leadership can be quiet and bold, studious and decisive, disciplined and creative. Conant has so much to teach, and aspiring leaders at all levels would do well to learn from him.”   — Jim Collins, bestselling author of Good to Great

“Doug Conant and Amy Federman’s brilliant book will change your life – and your leadership – if you incorporate its ideas, using their in-depth six-step approach. The Blueprint shows you the importance of courage, integrity, humility and staying true to yourself as you grow into the authentic leader you are called to be.” — Bill George, Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School; former Chair & CEO, Medtronic; and author of Discover Your True North

“Doug Conant is a special breed: a hard-edged corporate CEO with an introspective nature who attributes his success to reflection, study, and thoughtful inner work rather than birthright or bombast. In The Blueprint he offers a powerful—and approachable– process for more fully connecting with the unique gifts that will allow your special leadership voice to come alive and impact the world.” — Susan Cain, bestselling author of Quiet

“As a leader, being self-aware and deliberate are keys to success. The Blueprint provides a simple but powerful opportunity to leverage the experience and wisdom of Doug Conant to refresh your thinking and approach. It can help you maximize your impact.” — Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Walmart

“Today’s busy leaders often question how they can lift their leadership profile while staying true to themselves. The Blueprint is the answer.” — Indra Nooyi, Former Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo.

“Doug Conant hasn’t just been a highly successful leader—he’s an unusually thoughtful one.  In this hands-on book, he shares a model that you can apply right away to elevate your impact.” — Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife


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