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“Love the analogy/metaphor of music being compared to business. There are lots of similarities, as you show us. As a musician myself, I've often thought about how the two are similar - and how interesting it would be to create a speech, or in your case a book, around the topic.”

Shep Hyken – Customer Service Expert, Keynote Speaker & New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author

“So many of us are either music lovers or musicians as well as business people that this book has a wide audience. Gerald Leonard is an exceptional person in both fields. He understands systems and cultures and processes plus he is a world-class professional musician. I've performed with him in the National Speakers Association's "All Star Band" and was amazed by his rock-steady performance and his unbelievable versatility. He can do Mozart or Elvis or you name it! You'll learn a lot about systems and organizational culture in this book while being engrossed in Gerald's stories about his family, the companies we all know and admire and the back stories of what makes things work.”

Jim Cathcart – Mentor, Strategic Advisor, Motivational Expert, Sales Consultant, Entertainer & Author

“Gerald, thank you for the sneak peek at your newly released book. I enjoyed reading the metaphor of how a great culture is like an orchestra. You can't make beautiful music and enjoy harmony without a commitment from all to play their part. You must have the right leadership, and the right players, playing to their strengths. I work with companies all the time on building inclusive and high-performing workplace cultures, and your analogy is spot on as to what the end result should look like. Having a proper PPM process in place will certainly contribute to their achieving high-performance harmony. Thank you for sharing your expertise and strategies for how company cultures can be great, in sync, and high performing.”

Shirley Davis, Ph.D., CSP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP President of SDS Global Enterprises

“Gerald, you created a masterpiece. Using music as the metaphor for culture opened up my mind, and it is so true in the business world. I never equated music and business, but I now see the direct correlation.”

Darlene T. Carver, Co-author of THE MASTERS OF SUCCESS, along with Ken Blanchard, Jack Canfield, and John Christensen.

“I love this - it is spot on with what an organization needs to have a successful culture. Every single company, community, family, and the organization have a culture, even if it is by accident. Having an on purpose culture is vital to the success of any group - and I believe Gerald J. Leonard has it down.”

Brynne Tillman · Chief Learning Officer at PeopleLinx

“Nice job, Gerald. Congrats on breathing life into a topic that is often uninteresting - where everyone is using the same tired ideas. I don't think one needs to be a musician to appreciate your metaphor. With that said, I think a musician will readily see the layers of content you have created with this very unique and interesting book.”

Bill Cates, Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker, Author of Get More Referrals Now and Beyond Referrals

“Culture is so difficult to define and affect. This approach really makes sense.”

Serena E Sacks – CIO at Fulton County Schools

“Gerald, thanks for sharing this with us. I love the analogy of the orchestra to business, because just as the conductor needs to surround his / herself with the best players, so does the CEO or manager. Companies can't make beautiful "music" for their clients without the right people, in the right chairs. But you are also right to point out that every step in the process has to be right, both internally and customer-facing. Efficiency and creating an exceptional customer experience comes from planning and preparation, then execution. I'm sure companies, large and small, will benefit from reading this book... and so will their customers and bottom lines!”

Alan Berg – CSP Certified Speaking Professional®, Consultant, and Marketing Guru

“What I love about this book is the analogy. Ever listened to just the tuba? Or second fiddles? It's really not that interesting. But when you put it together, it can move your soul... And professional musicians know that a good conductor brings a vision that transports the performance to a whole new level... but it's the underlying culture that forms the platform on which the conductor builds.”

Stuart Easton – CEO of TransparentChoice

"This concept and book are genius! Gerald's performance/speech about the book's strategies- brilliant! Gerald uses his considerable music skills to turn you into a better business leader FAST. You could read other leadership books without his perfect metaphors and analogies and miss the small nuances that make for a great executive. His music descriptions help you see and hear your next moves immediately. Really, I have seen zillions of speeches on leadership. Gerald's approach is unique, thought-provoking and totally entertaining. Plus, it is relevant right now. Our cultures in about every aspect of our lives may have changed with this election. We might need a clear bass for moving forward like never before, so Gerald gives us the ideas and tools to stay on a stable track. Thank you, Gerald! You are ready for a fantastic TEDx talk!"

Jan Fox – 4X Emmy Winner, TV Reporter, Speaker, Coach and Author

“I first met Gerald in 2013 at the International Legal Technology Association Conference and found his presentation on the “Accidental Portfolio Manager” to be both intriguing and thought-provoking. Given his extensive work experience in project, program, and portfolio management, I knew he would be an asset as a PMI volunteer within its legal project management community as well as a speaker at our alliance engagement at FOSE 2014. Specifically, I recruited Gerald to discuss “The Value of Portfolio Management” with a largely government IT audience. His preparation and speaking skills were “top notch” and very well-received by attendees. Gerald has the unique ability to take a subject such as Portfolio Management and simplify it and make it understandable to a diverse group of professionals in various job fields. I look forward to working with Gerald in the future on other PMI alliance endeavors”.

Keith Rosenbaum

“Gerald Leonard spoke for the PMI Washington DC chapter’s PM Tools event in September 2014. According to the attendee surveys, Gerald’s presentation was very well received. These surveys contained a number of very complimentary comments regarding Gerald’s presentation style and delivery. In his presentation, he demonstrated a deep knowledge of portfolio management and responded with confidence to attendee questions. From my perspective as the event planner, coordinating with Gerald was exceptionally easy. Gerald was very professional and communicated clearly and frequently throughout the entire process”.

Lance Holland

“Gerald Leonard is a genius at public speaking. I’ve had the privilege of hearing him half a dozen times, and each time I walk away feeling that I’ve been given useful, actionable ideas that will improve my life. In addition, he has a unique way of drawing you in, using music to help underpin his message”

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