Although I am solitary by nature, much of what I have been able to accomplish in each of my careers has been possible only because I always surround myself with a team of smart, hardworking, dedicated professionals. This book is no different, and although I offer up praise and appreciation sparingly, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the contributions that helped make this book a reality.
Special thanks to Swati Pandey, whose gift for prose transformed my thoughts and ideas into words better than I ever could have done alone. She is a talented young writer who I predict will have a long and prosperous future as a stunningly successful author. Quite simply, she was a joy to work with. Tim Rutten is a graceful wordsmith whose smart edits and wise counsel proved invaluable, and I appreciate his careful skill in refining the stories and lessons contained in these pages. Thank you to Karen Denne, my chief communications officer, for her exemplary coordination and invaluable qualitative oversight. Jim Newton’s generous advice and keen eye for talent contributed to this project in ways too numerous to list. Thanks to Dan Wolf for helping get this book off the ground and for his continuing encouragement.
I was fortunate to have had a supportive and adept team at John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Senior editor Richard Narramore saw the potential of this book in its very early stages and helped shape it. Thanks to Lydia Dimitriatis and Lauren Freestone for their assistance ...