Brief Book Overview
The provocative true stories detailed in the unfortunate series of events in Dr. Cato's early life experiences do more than just share one little girl's childhood plight and subsequent resilience to overcome this adversity. Taken as a collective, they also provide inspiration and a wellspring of knowledge from which all leaders can draw. The information and insightful reflection from a more mature standpoint reveals how anyone can continue playing the role of a victim or decide to deny its powerful grip in order to live life happily - not only to grow and thrive as a person, but also harness the strength associated with learning how to use negative experiences in a positive mannter. For example, the renewal of hope Dr. Cato eloquently provides is a source for current leaders to utilize as a guide in developing those whom they lead, or it can help people currently struggling with ghosts of the past work through their issues, yet it can also catapult the entire theory of systems leadership into forward thinking that embraces both emotional and professional aspects of human relationships.
As Nancy E. Gill, Ph. D., Author of Helping Kids Hope: A Teacher
Explores the Need For Meaning In Our Schools and In Our Lives and Shine In Your Own Way: Inspiration For Parents of Failing Kids describes her first awareness of Dr. Cato's book concept: "Doreen Cato told me she was exploring the role of childhood trauma on leadership, and shared the story about her grandmother, who in 1932 was cruelly institutionalized for 32 years. Her grandmother was sane when committed, simply for imitating a man to work in a factory to feed her five children. I knew it was trust allowing me to see beneath the surface of a very introspective and brave person. Reading Dr. Cato’s manuscript as she prepared it for publication was, in some ways, a great relief. In presenting one painful episode after another, it was heartbreaking, but it was also genuine, insightful, hopeful, and inspiring—because it made clear how healing paths can be found in the midst of great suffering and despair. Leaders and survivors of childhood trauma will come to understand, appreciate, and rely on strengths nurturing their capacity for hope and strength in others. This is a very helpful perspective on both trauma and leadership, and it is something that Dr. Cato understands very well."
A Charitable Cause
50% of every book sold will benefit the children and families of First Place.
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