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John Amaechi

How YOU can fill the leadership void

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The Promises of Giants by John Amaechi explores the societal concept of masculinity and its negative impacts on boys and men. It offers insight into how to redefine masculinity and cultivate a healthier, more fulfilling life for all gender identities.

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    Everyone is a giant.

    John Amaechi is a giant. At over two meters tall, he has to pay attention to what he’s doing, so he doesn’t accidentally hurt anyone. A careless move on the dancefloor can break a nose. Pointing to the restroom can knock a passerby to the ground.

    But Amaechi is a giant in another, more significant sense. After retiring from professional basketball, he became a psychologist. He wanted to explore and share two life-changing abilities that he’d discovered on his journey to success – both on and off the basketball court: the first was that he had the power to tap into his own potential. In fact, everyone does. No matter who you are, what you do, or where you sit in your workplace’s organizational chart, you’re like Amaechi: a giant. Whether you realize it or not.

    And as a giant, it’s crucial to understand your innate power because of the second truth Amaechi discovered: that you can use this power to empower and elevate others – or leave a trail of unintended destruction in your wake.

    Being a giant means committing to success – but not just your own. Giants understand that success isn’t an individual pursuit. It occurs in an environment where everyone is given the chance to thrive. That means taking a two-pronged approach to achievement.

    Firstly, when you’re a giant, you commit to a journey of deep, thorough, and continually developing self-knowledge. Being armed with this knowledge puts you in a position to develop strategies that will help you achieve your goals.

    Secondly, you actively build an environment where injustices are called out and addressed, so that everyone has the chance to explore and use their unique gifts and talents. This will help them on their journey to success, and may even contribute to your own. 

    Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? But if you want to do something extraordinary with your life – whether that’s heading up a successful business, advocating for marginalized communities, or nurturing meaningful connections with everyone you meet – you need a solid game plan. That game plan is a series of promises you must commit to keeping, every day of your life.

    In the blinks ahead, we’ll explore some of those promises. Keeping them will give you a roadmap that will let you achieve your goals, distinguish yourself as a leader, and make the world a better place.

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    What is The Promises of Giants about?

    The Promises of Giants (2021) offers a series of strategies that will transform you into an extraordinary leader. Regardless of what you do or where you are on your career journey, this series of practical tips will expedite your success while empowering those around you. 

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    The Promises of Giants (2021) is a thought-provoking book that delves into the challenges and promises of leadership in today's world. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Offering a unique perspective on leadership, it challenges traditional notions and presents fresh ideas for those looking to make a meaningful impact.
    • Through compelling storytelling and insightful analysis, the book explores the qualities that set exceptional leaders apart, inspiring readers to strive for greatness.
    • Backed by research and practical examples, the book provides actionable strategies and tools for individuals to develop their leadership skills and navigate complex environments.

    Who should read The Promises of Giants?

    • Ambitious dreamers
    • Success hunters
    • Leaders wanting to drive change

    About the Author

    John Amaechi OBE is a former professional basketball player turned organizational psychologist, executive coach, and founder of consulting company APS. Best-selling author of the memoir Man in the Middle, Amaechi is also an advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights in sports. 

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