Thursday, January 9, 2014

Featured Book - The Pinocchio Principle

The Pinocchio Principle
Becoming a Real Leader
Diane Bolden


In times of massive change, it is more important than ever for each of us to tap our inner reserves of wisdom, creativity and resilience to rise up to the challenges and opportunities that face us as individuals, organizations, and communities. The Pinocchio Principle is a road map to help you get back to the basics of who you are, what you are here to accomplish, and how you can leverage your best and worst experiences to lead authentically — regardless of your vocation, title or role. 

Drawing from her experience as an executive coach and using Pinocchio as a metaphor, Diane Bolden guides you through a process of learning to integrate your head with your heart, utilize your intuition, challenge your limits and move out of your comfort zone to unearth your greatest work while inspiring others to do the same. The Pinocchio Principle blends wisdom with inspiration and humor and includes numerous stories and examples of personal and professional transformation as well as practical tips and tools that will help you become a true leader to others in the only way possible: by first leading yourself. 

Author Bio

Diane Bolden is passionate about working with leaders to unleash human potential. An executive coach, speaker, author and organization development professional with more than 19 years of experience in leadership development, coaching and consulting, Diane has worked with managers, directors and vice presidents/officers in Fortune 100 and 500 companies and nonprofit organizations to achieve higher levels of performance and success by helping them to bring out the best in themselves and everyone around them. Her first book, The Pinocchio Principle ~ Becoming the Leader You Were Born to Be, was released in January of 2011.

Diane has a Masters in Business Administration from Arizona State University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona. She is a Certified Corporate Coach and a graduate of Corporate Coach University.

Diane is committed to working with leaders who seek to continually improve themselves so they can make a larger impact and contribution to their organizations, their communities and everyone around them. She has helped her clients and their teams get to the heart of their challenges and tackle their most significant issues and opportunities while learning to access and utilize their own internal wisdom, intuition, and natural talent.

Diane has proven expertise in leadership development. She has taught, facilitated and designed numerous programs over the years, and worked with managers, directors and vice presidents/officers and their teams to help them learn and apply strategies for improving their effectiveness. Her experiences led her to recognize that people learn best when they are faced with challenges that require them not only to develop new skills but to effectively apply them. She complements this knowledge with the philosophy that often what is required is not only learning, but unlearning. As Diane works with her clients to align their intentions and actions with desired results, she also helps them identify and eliminate habits, patterns and assumptions that keep them from doing their best work.

Many coaches shy away from advising their clients, leaving them at a loss as to how to best approach organizational and leadership challenges. Diane draws from her experience and knowledge of organizational behavior and leadership development and blends it with a powerful coaching approach that allows people to access their own wisdom and leverage their strengths to rise up to challenges and opportunities.

Diane is a native Phoenician who is happily married and blessed with three beautiful children.


”This book is a must read for leaders, managers and anyone who wants to bring out their best and the best in others. Heartfelt, wise and powerfully written, The Pinocchio Principle speaks to the deep yearning within us to be free of limitations and live from our greatest potential. Using a simple, universally known story, Bolden leads her readers on a voyage of self discovery and through her own transparency invites us to explore and examine closely what truly brings meaning and purpose to our lives. I couldn’t put it down!” ~ Victoria Crawford, Founder of Way of Discovery; coach and author of "The Art & Practice of Trust; Finding Your Way through Uncertainty, Change and Transition" 

”Diane Bolden has revealed the secret to life’s success, utilizing a simple yet powerful analogy that leads us away from an ego-driven life to one that uncovers our true, underlying authentic self. She helps us discover the courage to uncover the person we really are inside and act with that intent. It is this authenticity that leads us to a life of fulfillment both as leaders and human beings. This is an extraordinary and thought-provoking book that will make you a better leader and person. A great read!” ~ Michael R. Foley, M.D., Academic Chairman and Program Director for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Banner Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Clinical Professor, University of Arizona; Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Center for Humane Living 

”Finally, a book that gives me permission to think the way I do, instead of trying to influence me to think differently! Incredibly insightful with cleverly written anecdotes, analogies and lessons that gave me a deeper understanding of personal leadership. An inspirational book that educated, entertained and enlightened me!” ~ Sherri Thomas, author of "Career Smart – 5 Steps to a Powerful Personal Brand" and "The Bounce Back", named 2013 Best Career Book by the Indie Book Awards

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