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Prolific author and business adviser John Izzo details how to improve your life and make a difference in the world. Drawing from his background in leadership, personal development and corporate culture, Izzo articulates solid theory, practical strategies and examples of how otherwise ordinary people have “stepped up” to fill a need, right a wrong, or make things better for themselves and others. Izzo’s compendium of practical ways to take action at times is very effective, even though he sometimes slips into New Age-speak and repeats his main points. getAbstract recommends this blueprint for change to anyone with a bent for self-improvement.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What it means to “step up,”
  • How to use your personal “Five Rows of Responsibility” to improve society, and
  • How to apply eight strategies to know when and how to step up for the greatest good of all concerned.

About the Author

John Izzo is a best-selling author, community leader and frequent public speaker on topics including leadership, corporate culture, personal development and socially responsible business practices.



“The Five Rows of Responsibility”
You can improve your life – and the lives of others – in your Five Rows of Responsibility. Imagine how your smile affects the people in the five rows around you on a plane, and think of that as confirmation that you have a sphere you can influence. Your...

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    Rob Valli 1 year ago
    The summary is about accountability...seemingly a less appreciated trait today, as many are too quick to seek blame in others whilst self-reflection might just be the answer.
    Izzy states, "People with a “flexible mind-set” succeed more often than those with a “fixed mind-set." In tech based economy, exponential growth is the new paradigm. Thus, the 'art of agility' becomes a key success factor!
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    Alice Smith 6 years ago
    This book inspires you to step up, take action and believe in the power of one=> you, in all aspects of your life!

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