Faced with a difficult business turnaround, the author, 46 at the time, sought help from his pastor who connected him with Christian executives who were using the Bible to run their businesses. These contacts yielded a biblical foundation for leadership based on Isaiah 9: 6-7a. Three aspects of this scripture are very important - Son, Government and Promises. Son refers to Jesus, Government refers to how we lead, and the Promises are wonderful, counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Acting on the advice of the Christian executives and his newfound way of understanding God's Word, Mr. Cooper developed and implemented seven (7) Compelling Leadership Principles, applying them to the turnaround challenge. The holy grail of superior business results, employee engagement, was maximized. All business functions under Mr. Cooper's leadership started to coalesce and create as never before and real teamwork was achieved. For example, the engineering team was awarded over 100 patents in 18 months! This book tells the story of how the principles were applied and details the amazing transformative achievements of the business and its employees.
Prior to developing this book, Mr. Cooper had completed an engineering degree and an executive development MBA in economics. Management experience included all conventional business components while working at several major corporations. As a student and practitioner of leadership he was always looking for the best way to lead his organizations. After leaving industry he taught in several colleges in Florida, North Carolina and Delaware. From his industry experience, especially the challenge to "launch a business in eighteen months or be let go," he created a college course demonstrating the practical application of his Compelling Leadership Principles. Mr. Cooper continues to seek teaching opportunities and offer help to small businesses.