Juxtapositions: Comparing Mild to Wild Success – Irreverently
In his book, “Juxtapositions: Comparing Mild to Wild Success – Irreverently,” Kerry Plemmons tells organizations – businesses, governments and nonprofits – that they need a revolution, a way to build wild success throughout an organization. Plemmons is a professor of practice at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. He’s been an entrepreneur for 30 years and consults regularly with corporations like Microsoft, MillerCoors and Janus Capital Group. He’s known for his humor, infectious energy and sage (and not so sage) business advice.
“Being a revolutionary means thinking beyond imposed constraints and crossing the ridge without knowing what lies on the other side,” Plemmons says. “Juxtapositions pushes leaders to embrace a little risk to proactively design a wildly successful organization. That might mean letting it be okay to drive a Prius with a gun rack, adding a side of tofu to the prime rib and pissing off the bureaucrats.”
Plemmons says too many organizations drift into their cultures on accident rather than on purpose. His book aims to transform frustrated leaders in to gentle revolutionaries and provide a blueprint that will guide them on a journey of success.
Some excerpts from the book:
- The juxtaposed organization has foggy leadership, confused middle management and angry front-line employees.
- Strategies need resilience because the first one rarely works.
- Organizations and leaders need the self-confidence to surround themselves with people to disagree in order to find the creativity that drives creative cultures and strategies.
The book is available on Amazon or on his website at www.kerryplemmons.com.
Kerry Plemmons has more than 30 years of entrepreneurial experience with success in launching and running small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. and Mexico. As an executive with Starbucks, Plemmons opened stores in the western U.S. and Canada. Prior to Starbucks, he partnered in creating the Pour la France chain in three states and Mexico. Since joining Daniels full time in 2004, Plemmons has consulted senior executives at MillerCoors, Environmental Chemical Corporation (ECC), Microsoft, Janus Capital Group, and many more.