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Rising Tide Leadership Books

Rising Tide Leadership Books

Advance Praise for The Reality of Change

In the NFL, change is a never-ending reality in building a winning team and maintaining the winning culture of that team.  At times I have had to make difficult decisions that were easy for others to criticize and painful to execute. Yet without executing change, we couldn’t improve and we couldn’t compete.

My friend and a leadership mentor of mine, Dr. Fred Johnson, taught the concepts contained in “The Reality of Change” to me several years ago. These principles often help guide my decision making.  I suggest you dig deep into Dr. Johnson’s world and study this book’s contents as there are extremely valuable lessons to be learned.

John Schneider
Executive V.P. / General Manager Seattle Seahawks

Dr. Fred’s teachings and The Reality of Change are the definitive guide for individuals and leaders to transform change from a fear based reaction to a systematic process and powerful ally. The teachings in this book should be required reading for all of us and will improve your leadership skills and overall happiness.

Alan Roga, MD
Physician Executive and Entrepreneur

It’s easy to point fingers and blame others for not being who you were created to be. Having this victim role mentality is all too common and is the very thing that keeps people at Status quo. You can be different. The Reality of Change will teach you how to move toward your dreams with conviction and confidence, while inspiring others to follow.

Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila,
NFL Pro Bowler, Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inductee

It has been said that change is mandatory but growth is optional. For the transformational leader, however, both change and growth are necessary for success. How can one effectively lead their team or organization in this fast paced and dynamic work environment? This book offers proven insights and practical strategies to equip leaders for the reality of change.

Damian M. LaCroix
Superintendent, Howard-Suamico School District

An outstanding read for any leader who needs to competently launch and sustain change initiatives! The book offers a fresh perspective on leading change through a compelling story that illustrates how to effectively manage the perils of any change effort in order to achieve success.

David Radosevich, Ph.D.
Austin E. Cofrin Endowed Chair of Business, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay

Book Two


by Fred Johnson & Paul Metler




The Reality of Change.  What would happen if you transformed your view on change? What if you learned how to master positive change and lead others through the process? The impact of this transformation will surprise you. Your ability to embrace and engage in meaningful change will extend into all areas of life. Becoming better at change will lead to a better you, a better life. You’ll discover how to:

  • Gain confidence in leading change through knowledge of what’s to come.
  • Reduce stress and anxiety in your life.
  • Embrace and engage change as a pivotal leadership quality.
  • Counter resistance and naysaying while avoiding blame and taking things personally.
  • Master change in the context of other key leadership traits.
  • Successfully guide yourself into new and promising waters.



The Reality of Change will become a Catalyst for Positive Change in your organization.

Keynote Speaking


Dr. Fred Johnson and other talented InitiativeOne Team Members are available for event speaking based on The Reality of Change. Let us help you Master Positive Change before it Masters You!


Book One


By Fred Johnson & Paul Metler





Is Everyone on the Boat

Is Everyone on the Boat? Is an engaging parable about a cast of characters who embark on an exciting voyage. The boat represents any business, organization or institution. The final Port of Call represents the organization’s vision. With Sam, the Visionary Leader, you will discover within each situation that arises a valuable lesson about yourself, the people you work with and organizational life.

  • Recognize your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of others.
  • Understand the values that drive those in leadership.
  • Maximize your time in a fast paced business culture.
  • Develop a strategy for implementing positive change.
  • Equip yourself with practical insight for implementing positive change initiatives.



Is Everyone on the Boat? will infuse new health in your leadership culture.

Keynote Speaking


Dr. Fred Johnson and other talented InitiativeOne Team Members are available for event speaking based on Is Everyone on the Boat? Let us bring increased clarity and focus to your leadership culture.