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Praise For Adapt or Perish from Business, Education, and Military Leaders


"Afraid of change?  Read this book.  It will pave the way for solutions in both your personal and business life.” 

Mel Bartholomew

Engineer, inventor, and

author of  Square Foot

Gardening – the largest

selling gardening book ever!


“Every transitioning veteran would benefit greatly from reading the chapters on military lessons for business and transitioning from the military and personally assessing how your salient points apply to them individually. You've provided them wise counsel.”

Lt Gen F. L. Hagenbeck

former Superintendent,

 United States Military

Academy, West Point


“Adapt or Perish is a must read for anyone seeking a fulfilling career and not just a job! I highly recommend it.”

Jeannette Frett

Chief Talent Officer

Howard University


Adapt or Perish offers the kind of advice that is valuable to everyone from the newly diploma-ed job applicant to the senior professional with a lifetime of work experience.  It is a roadmap for those who understand they must change the way that they embrace change itself.  Well then, what are you waiting for?  Ready... Set... Read!”

Stuart Manis

Director of Sales

and Marketing,

Kramer Consultants


“Adapt or Perish is a treasure chest of practical information on how to navigate personal careers through various challenges. It has an easy to grasp layout and it’s well written. Any business person will find it indispensable. I highly recommend it.”

Emil Stempel

Professional Engineer


Adapt or Perish is an impressive breadth of topics covered by knowledgeable industry experts sharing their insights, aha moments and research. This is a must read for those facing transition and more important for those managing people that have been through transition. I appreciated the chapter on “Generation Trends” and was able to relate it to personal, social and work situations giving me a new perspective of how to better influence, motivate and build teams; for example, the benefits of pairing generations within a team.  The reference list of supporting material is likewise impressive and adds credence to the material presented in the book.  It is unlikely I’ll read all of the references and, after reading this book, likely won’t have to.  Thank you for this wonderful compilation in Adapt or Perish.”

Donald Baddorf

Vice President,

Investment Solutions


“Find out what it takes to succeed in the new normal. From managing social media to managing your career, from understanding generational tendencies to managing risk, this book is a road map to a successful future for individuals and organizations.  Filled with valuable charts and easy exercises, it will help you take control and move forward.” 

Eugenie R. Brown

VP Business Development


“You capture the essence of what it means to survive dealing with job loss and achieve ongoing success in life. I especially enjoyed the sections referring to professional responsibility, motivating people and resiliency. Furthermore, the personal references spoke to me such as ‘make happy moments’ and ‘I’m going to be OK.’ Thank you team!”

Marilyn L. Burtt, MBA


“Change is one characteristic that separates the good talent from the great talent.  As an executive recruiter, the companies I work with want people that can adapt to change and do it quickly. The blend of the authors’ experiences and coaching is valuable for all levels of an organization, including CEOs. I will encourage the people I work with to read this book. The title says it all.” 

Brad Remillard

IMPACT Hiring Solutions


“So many ‘self-help’ books preach, ramble, and simply leave us with a sense of having wasted our time. Adapt or Perish is a rare combination of identifying the key areas of need yet keeping it light and interesting. It is a book you can easily read in an afternoon that might change your life forever. It features subject matter experts who succinctly shared their expertise and provided tangible exercises, which showed me what well-developed thought was given to this book.”

Cindy Pickens

Founder, CaféNet

regional networking



Adapt or Perish is a great collection of valuable information from very credible sources. Bringing together the wisdom of so many renowned experts provides information in a single resource that generally requires sifting through dozens of books.”

Nancy Salzman, Esq.

Dean, Extended Education

Brandman University


“I think Adapt or Perish will be a very valuable read for managers at all levels including small business.”

Lt. Col. Gene Wolf 

 (Former Commander)

Squadron 40 California

Wing - Civil Air Patrol

Auxiliary U.S. Air Force

“Change is a constant theme in business and this book gives us answers! What a refreshing set of topics and talented authors. A must read for any entrepreneur or executive.”

 Mark J. Kohler

CPA, Attorney,

Author of  What Your

CPA Isn't Telling You


“This step by step guidebook takes you through the process of embracing changes in business. It provides you with useful tools and tips for personal development by finding the ideal position.”

Gwen Bernal,

Human Resources Executive


Adapt or Perish could also have been titled Thrive or Perish. Each chapter in this book has great information and ideas about how to make the changes necessary to succeed in the current business environment. There is red meat here for business owners, C-level executives, directors, and managers as well as those seeking their next position. I highly recommend Adapt or Perish for all who want to succeed in our changing business environment.”

Richard Horstmeyer, MD

Past President of

Experience Unlimited


“This book addresses the ongoing challenges of adapting to change without fear of failure in an ever increasing social media presence within an electronic age of information.  The in-depth insight of adapting the vision of the business model, continuous strategic planning coupled with the importance of the selection leaders are addressed in a compelling manner for a world ever so transitioning to a transactional based global economic model.  A must read.”

Col(R) Edward G. Carson

Chief Executive Officer,

 Growth Management and Constructive Changes, LLC


“This book will give new and seasoned business professionals insightful strategies for adapting and thriving in a constantly changing global marketplace.”

Beverly Jones

Higher Education



Adapt or Perish is a book for everyone who would like to succeed in this fast changing world. Look for the opportunities that exist in the change, embrace it and become the leader of tomorrow.”

Sushma Rajput

Toastmasters Founder's District Public Relations Chair, Div F 2010-2011


“Adapt or Perish is a comprehensive collection of wisdom and advice from some of the nation's leading experts on change.  Their perspectives on successfully leading organizations through an environment of shifting landscapes equip the reader to effectively adapt in business, leadership, and in careers.  Where continuous change is now the new normal, Adapt or Perish is a guidebook on change management that deserves to be in every executive's library.”

Frank Borst,

President & CEO at

Masterpiece Consulting

Concern – Will America Keep Taking Risks?

By Steve Amos

Everyone has seen the news about the Deep Horizon oil platform exploding, burning and sinking in the Gulf of Mexico. The large oil spill is very memorable, and the news stories are telling about the people who will be negatively affected by the large oil spill. Very heart wrenching.In addition British Petroleum is getting ripped in the press as everything from incompetent to evil money makers. BP is responding announcing they are doing everything they can to clean up the problem, and will pay for all the damages. Properly so, I may add.The real question is what will happen long term? Is this going to be like Three Mile Island accident, where the nuclear industry fell behind the rest of world in developing nuclear energy? Think about it. One accident caused a whole industry to stop in its tracks over 30 years ago. Almost no new plants have been built for three decades.

What is the result? Most of the technology has moved to other countries. Canada and France develop much more nuclear electricity than we do. The other scary side effect is these plants were designed to be replaced after 25 to 30 years and then replaced by modern plants. We have

Will one oil spill stop more drilling and exploration? Will the US be more dependent on imports to provide the gasoline and diesel for our cars and trucks. Most of us drive cars, and all of us buy groceries and goods delivered by trucks. Are we going to stop producing energy we need to complete in a global economy?

There are over 30,000 drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. There are plenty of opportunities for more accidents and oil spills. Are we going to stop driving and eating? No. We can not stop taking reasonable risks.

Our military is trained in taking risks. They professionally get in harms way and fight enemies who would love to kill them. We don’t see them hiding in a military base in the US. We see our men and women all over the world in the worst conditions performing admirably. They do it by preparing for the risks and using training to overcome.

The US has to keep drilling for oil as well as developing alternatives. This will take decades to resolve. In the meantime talented men and women will come up with solutions to these problems and improve processes to make them safe. We must continue to develop energy and take risks to succeed.

Meantime our prayers are with the families of the lost and the injured from the accident.

Three Reasons Companies Will Hire You

On this episode of Adapt Television, Adapt or Perish co-author Steve Amos shows you the three main reasons companies will want to hire you.

To learn more about the Adapt or Perish book, go to


Two Ways to Cope With Job Loss

 Adapt Television Host Lee Pound talks with Coach Emily Woodman-Nance about how to cope with job loss in today’s economy.

Adapt or Perish in this time of constant change

By Lee Pound

Change is part of life.

Every generation since the dawn of time has faced changes in the way they live, the way they do business, find food and relate to their fellow human beings. For some generations, this change has been very small, for others it has been huge.

Today we live in an era of constant change. For instance, my grandmother was born in 1878 and grew up riding in horse-drawn buggies. On her 91st birthday, she watched the first men land on the moon.

Since then, change has accelerated. New technologies arrive, flash into brilliance, then fade into obscurity in years, not decades or centuries. Like most change, many people and businesses ignore it, try to avoid it, then eventually accept parts of it. Many others never accept it and become irrelevant.

Those who succeed adapt their businesses to use these changes to their advantage. Others, and the examples are numerous, refuse to accept change, do what they’ve always done, and eventually disappear. For instance, buggy makers in 1900 said the automobile would never be accepted. They vanished. Businesses such as Blockbuster built industries around video tape rentals and sales and with new technologies arriving almost daily, find themselves near bankruptcy.

The lesson is that we’ve always had change. Past generations dealt with one, maybe two major changes in their lifetimes. In the 20th Century the pace picked up. The last generation saw dozens of major changes in the way society worked, the way information was distributed, and in the way we as individuals related to each other.

Our generation faces hundreds of changes in very short periods of time. We live today as no other generation has lived. We have access to more information, more diverse people and potential customers, and more parts of the world than ever before.

The phrase “Adapt or Perish” has more meaning today than it ever has in the past. Here are a few of the new technologies that have become available in the last few years:

  • Digital libraries. Google and others have digitized books, articles and manuscripts that were only available in physical archives and made them available to everyone.
  • Music business. Cheap digital downloads have changed the way the music publishers do business and the way musicians make money.
  • Publishing. New digital printing technologies have made book publishing accessible to everyone for just a few hundred dollars.
  • Networking. Digital social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn have made it possible for people to make instant connections all over the world and to meet people they could never have met as late as five years ago.
  • Marketing. Finding and targeting customers has never been easier for businesses and professionals.
  • Blogs and Videos. Getting your message out has never been easier. Everyone with an opinion can express it publicly and get an audience, large or small. Everyone can be on video thanks to inexpensive cameras and free delivery methods.
  • Job Searches and Employee Recruiting. The Internet has made so much information available to quickly that a Google search is one of the first steps take by both job seekers and employers. Those who don’t show up are increasingly irrelevant.

With this increased speed of change has come a decrease in planning for the future. We are so uncertain about what will happen five years from now that both individuals and corporations seldom plan more than a few months in advance. Corporations are obsessed with the next quarter’s results. Politicians don’t think past the next election. Employees have no idea what their next job will be.

In Adapt or Perish, we make the point that change is an opportunity. Those who embrace the latest technologies will make fortunes. Those who plan beyond the moment, who make room for adding new technologies as they appear, who have a long-term vision for their future, will be the leaders of tomorrow. Job seekers who stand out from the crowd of competitors will get the best positions. Those who build strong relationships will be the new influencers.

In the midst of accelerating change, we sometimes forget that new technologies are not new things that we must do. They are simply new ways of doing what we have always done. People have always created relationships, started businesses, marketed themselves, gotten jobs, expressed opinions, done research, read books, and traveled. We will continue to do all of these.  The difference is that if we do them in the old-fashioned way, we will stay stuck in the middle of a crowd of competitors. We will fall behind. We will become as irrelevant as the horse and buggy.

When we are in the forefront of change, we become the new leaders. We stand out in ways we never dreamed possible.

Adapt or Perish will change your life. It will make you aware of new ideas, new possibilities, new ways of thinking, new ways to become the new leaders of tomorrow. Read with care, implement with courage, and you will reap the rewards. For more information on the book Adapt or Perish, go to