“When it comes to the often daunting challenge of collaborating, most leaders wish they had a practical guide on hand to help them navigate uncharted territory. Fortunately, David Savage is now Produces his new resource, Better by Design: Your Best Collaboration Guide., should be a part of every leader’s toolbox.David Savage has put together a promisingly simple, practical guide. streamline the collaborative process and improve the outcome of trusted relationships David Mitchell, former Executive Director of the Canadian Public Policy Forum
Non-Fiction Authors Association (NFAA) Member of the Week : David B. Savage, author of Break Through to Yes
By Stephanie Chandler April 23, 2018
Member of the Week: David B Savage, Author of Break Through to Yes
Name: David B. Savage, www.davidbsavage.com
• Break Through To Yes: Unleash the Possible in a Collaborative Culture 2018 Edition
• Break Through to Yes: The Series Collaborative Podcasts
Book 1: Foundations of Collaboration
Book 2: Collaborative Guest Podcasts
Book 3: 10 Basic Steps to Collaboration
Book 4: Unlocking Possibilities Possible with Collaboration
• Better by Design: Your Best Collaboration Guide
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What is your book about?
This is a synopsis from Kirkus Review:
“A book with insight into the power of successful collaboration.
Canadian collaboration expert Savage (contributor to Ready, Aim, Excel, 2012) ) offers no further work Although it is about organizational cooperation, this book can be understood more broadly as a treatise on building a culture of cooperation in families, groups, businesses, and governments. In a collection of brief chapters, Savage guides the reader through a discussion of the meaning and value of collaboration. The author complements his own experience of more than four decades with numerous citations from experts and the results of surveys he has conducted; indeed, he collaborated extensively in collecting comments on this episode…”
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/david-b-savage/break-through-to-yes /444 write your book?
We are at a point in human history where we are educated and connected and have unprecedented resources for us. Conflicts, misunderstandings, mismanagement of organizations and their leadership, loss of productivity, waste of time and resources due to limited perspective, distraction, and harsh positions harm the present and our future. Stop wasting time, resources, people and reputation on poorly managed projects. Go from challenge and complexity to innovation and success through collaboration.
I serve current and future leaders who choose to turn away from fear, isolation, and barriers and seek to seek innovation and evolution by working better together . “We” is much stronger than “me”. Through my books, seminars, podcasts, and coaching, I want us to create a better shared future.
Can you describe your writing process?
I dream up ideas, then wake up at 5 a.m. to make coffee and write down those ideas. I write, I write, I write… to capture the flow of concepts and stories. Only then did I go back to editing.
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Here is an interview with Author David Savage
David Savage is a published author of seven books. Here is an interview with David Savage.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a collaboration, business development, dispute resolution, and negotiation consultant, coach, author, and speaker. I have published seven books on collaborative leadership, one on leadership, and one of appropriate dispute resolution.
Since 1975, I have been actively involved in Canadian oil and gas, renewable energy, health care, entrepreneurship, stakeholder engagement, business development, coaching, and conflict management. Over a ten-year period, with other leaders I collaborated to develop 5 companies and 4 not for profits. Since 2007, my company, Savage Management, has focused on building capacity, innovation, and accountability in people and in and between organizations and communities.
Collaboration, critical thinking, complexity and creating shared value are my focus.
In addition to my writing, speaking, and consulting, I am a director of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Association, Co-Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (D5080), President of The Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise, and active volunteer for The Great Divide Trail.
How many hours a day do you write?
Since writing and publishing seven books and forty-five podcasts on collaborative leadership between 2016 and 2018, I have been actively exploring, learning, coaching, and consulting.
Now in mid March 2022, I am back to writing at least an hour a day four days a week.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I am working on three books this year.
- Mogry (a young adult fiction book with my 12-year-old granddaughter and 14-year-old grandson).
- Nobody Gets to be Right (a nonfiction book on leadership, collaborative thinking, difficult conversations, and innovation).
- Get Down (storytelling based on my father’s experience leading 75 men behind Nazi lines in France in World War II).
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
My first solo-book, Break Through to Yes: Unlocking the Possible within a Culture of Collaboration, was three years in its creation. My latest book Better by Design: Your Best Collaboration Guide was completed in six months.
My Mogry book will be about 18 months.
Where did you get the idea for your upcoming book?
Each December, I ask my coaching and consulting clients “what is your one word for the next year that will set your intention? I receive many and diverse responses. One of my friends in California stated “Transmogrification”. I did not know this word. I learned it means; to transform in a surprising or magical manner. A few nights later, I had a dream that involved my grandchildren in a magical transformation of perceptions and actions. That dream was the basis for Mogry that two of my grandchildren and me are now writing together.
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
I write to learn, to create, to connect and to influence. Like most writers, I work hard earning income and building influence while I write. My writing, coaching, consulting and life is not separate, each inform and energize the others.
How did you get inspired to write your recent book?
I was inspired to write Better by Design because collaboration is a new field of leadership and desperately needs wisdom, clarity and a global learning network. Since 2014 when I started writing my first Break Through to Yes book, I realized that there were few books on collaborative leadership and none of them had more than two authors. My book includes the wisdom of over 100 leaders from 8 nations.
The word collaboration still is one of the most misunderstood and badly practiced forms of leadership. The word is confused with meetings, manipulation, or project planning. I assert collaboration must be the basis for your ever evolving organizational culture.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I enjoy book reviews good and bad. They are, simply, another’s perspective based on their preferences, expertise, and intelligence. Reviews help me to understand readers and how I may better serve them.
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
Just write. And write what moves you. Write from your heart. If others like it, bonus. If you have stories that never get written, it’s a loss to you, your network and the energy of our world.
I was told years back, “the perfect book has never been written.” Just write, edit, publish, and market. Otherwise, your book is not actually a book.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Firstly, write, write, write, network, talk with others, learn, stand true… For writers there are many costly traps or “sure things” that will drain your finances. Writers must become and stay financially sustainable. Be careful with your book (baby). And be conscious of your intention and readers for your book.
The best money is often the money you didn’t spend.
A friend had a brilliant book. She took five years to write it. Finally found a publisher and received a massive contract (i.e. #1mm signing). Yes, that is impressive. But the book that came out eighteen months later was “bastardized”. Yes, she sold a lot of books with her big publisher. Yet, she lost her own book. I share this as a value consideration; what are you writing for? For me, my books are my words, intentions, offerings… I do not write for the $. So many books are published and so few make $. Why not be true to your heart and message? When you make money, it will be because you stayed true to your message and audience.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Freedom to create, to play, to explore, and to influence.
Will you have a new book coming out soon?
Late this year or next spring, Mogry and Nobody Gets to be Right.
What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?
I enjoy collaboration and welcome contacts from readers, writers, negotiators, conflict resolvers, peace builders….
Amazon Author Page of David Savage
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