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

By Douglas Conant with Amy Federman
368 Pages

Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Lift your leadership to new heights

Doug Conant, Founder of ConantLeadership, former CEO of Campbell Soup Company, and former President of Nabisco Foods, shares transformational insights in his new book, The Blueprint. Conant is the only former Fortune 500 CEO who is a New York Times bestselling author, a top 50 Leadership Innovator, a Top 100 Leadership Speaker, and a Top 100 Most Influential Author in the World. 

Get Unstuck

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.

  1. Reach High – Envision
  2. Dig Deep – Reflect
  3. Lay the Groundwork – Study
  4. Design – Plan
  5. Build – Practice
  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.

“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.

What People Are Saying

Fred Hassan

Doug stands out as a high performance CEO who is also a people builder. He demonstrates that one can get outstanding results while also being a good human being
Fred Hassan

Partner, Warburg Pincus; Former Chairman & CEO, Schering Plough Corp & Pharmacia

Tony Earley

Doug, your presentation was a big hit! You weren't just a consultant telling us what we should be doing. You had been in our chairs and saw first-hand what worked and what didn't work.
Tony Earley

Chairman & CEO, Pacific Gas & Electric

Stephen M.R. Covey

Touchpoints is a remarkable book that will forever change how we view the work of leadership
Stephen M.R. Covey

Author of The New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling book, The Speed of Trust

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