Growing Influence

A story of how to lead with character,
expertise and impact

Grow. Lead.

Emily is a career-driven thirtysomething with big ambitions and a young family. She is making an impact as a manager at a tech company, but after being passed up for multiple promotions, she finds herself at a loss for how to improve. Fate answers her in the form of a kind—and surprisingly direct—older man in a coffee shop. A well-respected CEO before he retired, David has deep and rich leadership knowledge. Emily needs direction, and David is the perfect mentor.

Growing Influence offers readers both practical advice on how to develop leadership skills and a relatable account of one woman’s growth by applying the principles in the book. Unlike nonfiction business books, or business memoirs, this story is a true “business fable” that is both impactful and transformative.

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  • “A timely lesson on the importance of character and the art of dignity.” — AK Turner, New York Times bestselling author

  • “I love that this isn’t your typical instructional guide on leadership; it’s a beautifully written story about a mentor who teaches a young woman valuable lessons for life and business. It should be mandatory reading in corporate America.” — Stephanie Chandler, author of Own Your Niche and CEO of the Nonfiction Authors Association

  • “It is hard to write a business fable that’s the right blend of business and story. Ron and Stacy have certainly done that with Growing Influence. The lessons on how to truly create influence are both contemporary and timeless.” — Justin Foster, cofounder, Root + River

  • Growing Influence uses the #metoo theme to teach all of us how to have a more positive influence and greater success in our careers and families. Whether you are a CEO or just starting down the leadership path, Growing Influence provides practical principles that can transform leaders, their teams, and the companies they work for.” — Rick Stott, CEO, Superior Farms

  • Growing Influence is a powerful and transformative story about leadership that is perfect for anyone facing adversity and desiring a new approach and mindset. The lessons are humbling yet encouraging, and the book inspired me to reflect on my own leadership development.” — Tyler Andrew, president and CEO, Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific

  • “Ron Price I just finished up my year as District Governor in Southern Indiana. Your Growing Influence book was a big help to me—I just loved it. Cheers to you.” —Jessika Hane, SHRM-SCP, Human Resources Director at Oliver Winery 

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About the Authors

Ron Price

Ron Price is an internationally recognized business advisor, executive coach, speaker, and author. Known for his creative and systematic thinking, business versatility, and practical optimism, Ron has worked in 15 countries and served in almost every level of executive management over the past 40 years.

Stacy Ennis

Stacy Ennis is a creative consultant, success coach, speaker, and writer, as well as the cofounder of Next Level, a women’s leadership training program. Her background includes serving as the executive editor of Healthy Living Made Simple, a Sam’s Club magazine that reaches around 11 million readers, and a longtime ghostwriter for a Nobel Prize winner.

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