Off-Centered Leadership: The Dogfish Head Guide to Motivation, Collaboration and Smart Growth

Shelf Talker by | Sep 2016 | Issue #116

Off-Centered Leadership: The Dogfish Head Guide to Motivation, Collaboration and Smart Growth
by Sam Calagione
February 2016 | Wiley, $25

For 20 years, Sam Calagione steered Dogfish Head according to his gut, addicted to the buzz that comes with risk and uncertainty. In Off-Centered Leadership, he explains why he’s changing his ways. His thrill-seeking leadership style has been challenged over the years, from a debilitating hockey injury to accusations of micromanaging. A muscle car and a tattoo later, Calagione is shifting away from leading employees toward his vision, and more toward inspiring them to develop their own. This book amounts to much more than a how-to guide from a successful entrepreneur (although it’s packed with savvy advice). Calagione’s professional identity seeps into his family life and his sense of self, and his candid reflections make for a motivational read. As Calagione grapples with his legacy and the future of Dogfish Head, he reassures fans that slowing down doesn’t mean repressing his existential spirit …. did we mention the muscle car? 

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