Most of us don’t seek advice or reach out to others for help very easily. In part, it’s because we’re conditioned to see life as an individual endeavor rather than a team sport. Or because we believe that asking for help makes us look weak or incapable. We regard self-help as by-yourself-help. News flash: no one in the history of the world has ever achieved any level of happiness or success totally by themselves.
In his 1976 book The Long Run Solution, Joe Henderson suggested that becoming truly accomplished at running (or at anything) doesn’t typically require us to perform superhuman feats. In fact, success is frequently realized by those who simply do the things anyone can do that most of us never will.
In What Anyone Can Do, with the help of Leo Bottary’s Year of the Peer podcasts guests (and playful illustrations by Ryan Foland), you’ll discover that if you surround yourself with the right people, you’ll do the things anyone can do far more often. And when you do that, you and the people around you will realize more of what you want out of business and life. It’s that simple.
The Power of Peers (2016) made a strong case for how and why formal peer groups are so effective. This book steps outside the formal peer group arena to examine all the important relationships we have in our lives (parents, teachers, spouses, mentors, children, mentees, etc.) and provides a practical approach and specific framework for harnessing their power for your benefit (and theirs). It’s what anyone can do. You’re anyone, right?
Author’s Read Podcast – Excerpt from the Introduction
“What Anyone Can Do is engaging, enjoyable, and just plain fun to read. With the well-honed skills of a master storyteller, Leo Bottary shares delightful tales and practical takeaways from scores of engaging conversations with fascinating people around the central theme of supporting and learning from each other. His style is over-a-cup-of-coffee casual, but the lessons he conveys are vital to your success in work and in life. I found it immensely valuable, and you will, too.”
– Jim Kouzes, coauthor of The Leadership Challenge and the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
“Leo makes a clear case for something many people understand intuitively, but don’t always practice. You will do better in life and be more successful if you don’t try and do it alone. His anecdotes, advice and wisdom are worth the read.”
– JJ Ramberg, Host of Your Business (MSNBC) and Business Owner
“Our wealth is in our brains and our networks, but few of us know how to tap the second. Leo’s new book advances the narrative of his previous excellent book, The Power of Peers, by embracing the full range of people who surround us. He makes a powerful case that our happiness and success can be found among those who we invite into our circle. Enlisting the support of others to help us realize our dreams is something anyone can do. This fine book shows you how.”
Rich Karlgaard, Publisher and Futurist, Forbes Media
“Leo has brought clarity and inspiration to the subject of connection within corporate structures. There has never been a more imperative time than today for us to become proactive around the necessity of teams built with healthy bones, empathy, trust, and resilience. This is elaborated upon by way of interviews and real-life scenarios that will help managers and senior executives take brave steps forward to further bring connection to their teams. I see myself sharing this book throughout our agency.”
– Claude Silver, Chief Heart Officer, VaynerMedia
“If you want to make better decisions in life, surround yourself with good people. It’s never too late. Leo’s in my circle. You’d be wise to add him to yours too.”
– @BrianSolis, digital anthropologist, futurist, author of X: The Experience
“Today, the smartest person in the room IS the room. Few people understand that more than Leo Bottary. This book is your step by step guide to embracing the greatest untapped and most underutilized resource we have has individuals and organizations for reaching our goals; each other.”
– Angela Maiers, Founder, Choose2Matter
“We each live a human life in which we impact and are impacted by others. Leo’s passion and this excellent book provide us the mindset and tools to live more fully.”
– Scott Mordell, CEO of YPO
“I must say…Leo Bottary’s new book, What Anyone Can Do, is one full of golden wisdom preserved for us and the generations to come. The book is right on target when explaining why some individuals make quantum leaps in their life while others are just scared to leap. It breaks down why surrounding yourself with the right people is not only important but a gift that you MUST unwrap. Make a decision and read this book because that is definitely a great action step that Any One Can Do! Keep bringing the fire Leo!”
– Rahfeal Gordon, Global Leadership Advisor + Entrepreneur
“While everyone around us is trying to build a career, a fortune, a reputation and so on, Leo Bottary is busy building people. In the end, it’s all about people and no one knows that better than Leo. If you find yourself endlessly fascinating (as I find myself), you want to know how Leo sees it.”
– Lewis Schiff, Chairman, Birthing of Giants
“Human beings have formed communities of practice to address shared challenges since the beginning of history. They are at the heart of what makes us human. These learning partnerships among peers have been the key to our success as a species. And in very concrete and personal ways, Leo Bottary reminds us that they are how we create our future.”
– Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner, authors of Learning in Landscapes of Practice
“People look for answers to life’s problems in the self-help aisle, but they should grab this book instead. Leo’s take on teamwork stands out. Whatever your personal and professional goals, he shares a simple truth: it’s the people around you who will help you get there. Leo has laid out a step by step “people plan” for individuals and teams that shows exactly how leveraging and supporting a strategic network will get you through the worst of times and will lead to the best of times. An approachable and entertaining read, it’s one that you will need to buy multiple copies of. One for you, and some for the friends who surround you.”
– Ryan Foland, Managing Partner, InfluenceTree
“Success requires discipline…and a village. In order to be successful in business, you have to do things that other people won’t do and do them continuously. Leo’s book challenges readers to take a hard look at themselves to see what they’re willing to do to be disciplined enough to reach the next level.”
– Jeffrey Hayzlett, Primetime TV & Radio Host, Speaker, Author and Part-Time Cowboy
“My story about starting my business is very similar to Bottary’s—especially the immaturity and defiance part. The only difference between our two stories is that I found Vistage before I ran out of cash and my group kicked my financial butt into gear. Without them, my story would have ended much the same. What Anyone Can Do is a breath of fresh air about the need for a coach, accountability partner, or peer group. If there is a goal we want to achieve, it has to involve some sort of help and Bottary details who you should include in your network. This book will be the holiday gift for all of our clients and every one of my friends who owns a business.”
– Gini Dietrich, CEO of Arment Dietrich and founder and author of Spin Sucks
“There is no one more qualified than Leo to bring the world a little closer together. This book is a must read for everyone who wants to acquire the ninja skills needed to build a bulletproof network in business and life.”
– Brian Mac Mahon, Sensei, Expert DOJO
“Leo drives home, with overwhelming evidence, how anything can be accomplished with a vision and a group of people to support you along that journey. I’m reminded of the poet John Dunn’s famous words: no person is an island unto themselves.” Those who pretend to be island need to wake up, read this book and start to harness the power of diverse expertise and accountability that peer boards maximize. You can do anything and peers are a crucial ingredient to success.”
– Peter C. Fuller, President, LiveFused and Vistage Chair
“How often have you thought of yourself as ‘the only one’ who is experiencing both the good and the bad? How often have you suddenly found comfort, solace and a new lease on life by looking around at the people who surround you? We have made choices about those with whom we work, play, socialize and love. Leo Bottary’s book, ‘What Anyone Can Do’ is a comforting hand, a pat on the shoulder and an absolute command that we pay attention to those that surround us and step out of our isolationism. It is a reminder of Mick Jagger’s comment, ‘You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need.’”
– Cecelia K. Houser, Ed.D., Principal, Korn Ferry/Hay Group
THE POWER OF PEERS: How the Company You Keep Drives Leadership Growth & Success takes a look at how and why peer groups for business leaders are so effective. (Published 2016)
Birds of a feather flock together. We’re all in the same boat. Great minds think alike. While just figures of speech to some, they reflect a simple truth—it’s the company we keep that often determines the level of personal growth and professional success we achieve in life.
Business leaders exchange information and ideas. They network to make deals and build partnerships. They work together to optimize best practices, and they reach out to leaders outside their companies to accelerate growth. Simply put, CEOs and business leaders provide value to one another that they can’t find anywhere else. In The Power of Peers, authors Leo Bottary and Leon Shapiro introduce peer advantage, a concept that transcends peer influence. This is what CEOs and business leaders experience when they are more selective, strategic, and structured in the way they engage their peers. Peer advantage gives CEOs the insights to compete and the courage to act.
The Power of Peers features stories of business leaders from a range of industries to illustrate the five essential factors for peer advantage, how it impacts personal growth, and why it has proven so effective in helping leaders identify future opportunities and challenges. It’s what top, growth-oriented executives have relied upon for decades to be successful in business and in life.
“True peer advantage is an experience like no other. The Power of Peers shows you how to achieve it.”
—Marshall Goldsmith, #1 NY Times best-selling author of Triggers, MOJO, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
“There is no problem you can’t solve if you have a group of peers watching your back. The Power of Peers makes a powerful case for peer groups and shows how to structure them, allowing any leader to accelerate an organization’s scaling up.”
—Verne Harnish, founder of Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) and author of Scaling Up
“Shapiro and Bottary know their stuff. Their combined experience plus the examples cited in this book make The Power of Peers a valuable walk-through into the world of what peer organizations can do to improve your leadership and success skills.”
—Chris Brogan, CEO Owner Media Group and NY Times best-selling co-author of Trust Agents
“The Power of Peers gives voice to a concept that I have long witnessed to be true in business – learning from others who have had similar or related experiences holds incredible value. Business owners are at a disadvantage if they do not have a set of people surrounding them to provide both counsel and support. From my own experience as a cofounder of a company, a journalist, and member of a peer group, I can say that peer advantage is the real deal.”
—JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC’s Your Business and cofounder of Goodshop
“In The Power of Peers, Shapiro and Bottary interview dozens of business leaders who tell a similar story to my own—that of seeking out a different kind of help from a group of peers—and in so doing provide a reasonable roadmap to help you learn what you just don’t know.”
—Gini Dietrich, CEO of Arment Dietrich and author of Spin Sucks
“The Power of Peers provides a cogent and engaging explanation for why peer advisory groups work. So if you sit at the top of an organization or business and want to continually push your leadership and management performance to new levels, and do it in an environment that is supportive and fun, and yet hard-hitting and pragmatic, read this book.”
—Craig Weber, author of Conversational Capacity and recipient of the Vistage Worldwide Speaker of the Year award
“Peer influence is evident in every stage of our life. Kids follow their friends and mirror their older siblings. Teenagers group together in cliques that walk, talk, and dress alike. As we mature, we grow as individuals, yet our peers remain a powerful force in our lives. We’re all in this together. Whether it pertains to business or physical fitness, the more you surround yourself with peers who hold the same values and share the same goals, the more likely you are to accomplish those goals.”
—Jesse Campanaro, CEO Total Gym
“When I started my first business, most, if not all, decisions were mine. Ultimately, the business prospered, but if I had had a trusted peer group to share ideas with, I’m certain we would have been far more successful. With The Power of Peers, Leon Shapiro and Leo Bottary take you on a thoughtful journey that redefines the old adage of ‘you are known (and far more successful) by the company you keep.’ Read this book today and take action tomorrow, or you may look back years from now with just a bit of regret.”
—Robert H. Thompson, author of The Offsite: A Leadership Challenge Fable, founder of LeaderInsideOut.com, and host of Robert Thompson’s Thought Grenades radio