Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What the Experts are Saying about Dr. Jordan Jensen's New Book

Praise for Self-Action Leadership: 

The Key to Personal & Professional Freedom

"In Self Action Leadership, Jordan Jensen has assembled a leadership masterpiece anchored steadfastly in true principles of philosophy and human behavior. In wonderfully written prose, Jordan reminds us of who we are and what it takes to live and lead with honor. Moreover, he challenges us to live up to the high calling of being human beings with a special mission on this Earth. To accomplish our mission, we must do two major things: grow in our sense of personal responsibility, and in turn, care for others and help them to do the same. I grappled with these two areas in a primal way during more than five years as a POW in Vietnam. Now I’m thrilled to see how Jordan has laid out SAL by using the vehicle of story to illuminate his own, unique journey of transcending adversity. In so doing, he has inspired us all to become who we are capable of becoming. Bravo!”

Colonel Lee Ellis (retired)
U.S. Air Force, Vietnam POW Survivor (Hanoi Hilton), author of Leading With Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, and President & Founder of Leadership Freedom LLC and FreedomStar Media

"There is no more important contributor to your own effectiveness than how you lead yourself.  If you want to learn a great deal about the latest thinking on self-leadership, read this book."

Charles C. Manz, Ph.D.
Nirenberg Chaired Professor of Business Leadership at The University of Massachusetts, co-author of Mastering Self-Leadership: Empowering Yourself for Personal Excellence, and Father of the self-leadership field in the Academe.

"Jordan Jensen has written a thorough, intense, and illuminating autobiographical volume about how to lead self.  His story, compounded by OCD and a determination to improve, will help others reflect on how they might best lead themselves -- given whatever genetic endowment or mimetic inheritance they may have received.  Jordan's depth of analysis and self-insight will inspire others to take a similarly in-depth review of who they are and who they want to be--at least once before they die--a journey well worth the effort."

James G.S. Clawson, Ph.D.
Faculty member of The Darden Graduate School of Business at The University of Virginia (retired), and author of Level Three Leadership: Getting Below the Surface

"While a number of books and articles have been written on the topic of self-leadership, Jordan Jensen's Self-Action Leadership goes deep below the surface level of basic self-leading strategies and accompanying examples to provide an in-depth examination of how self-leadership processes can be woven effectively into the fabric of one's life.  A deeply personal and richly emotive narrative, Self-Action Leadership takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery, providing one of the most detailed and applied treatments of self-leadership concepts currently available."

Jeffery D. Houghton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management at West Virginia University, and leading self-leadership Scholar

"Reading this book may be the most worthwhile thing you do this year.  I hope the message of Self-Action Leadership makes its way into the minds and hearts of students, parents, and business professionals everywhere.  Its presence in the literature is a service to our Country."

David G. Anthony, Ed.D.
CEO of Raise Your Hand Texas, and former Superintendent of Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District

"Jensen has accomplished a task that is very difficult for any author to achieve, and that is to produce a single text that is highly relevant to multiple audiences at the same time.  Because of the universal applicability of his basic self-leadership principles, his message is germane not only to persons struggling with OCD, depression, or other forms of mental illness, but to civic leaders, business professionals and workers of all kinds, educators, students, parents, and children--in short, to EVERYONE.  Indeed, I do believe that virtually anyone who reads this book will be able to take away something from it that will improve his or her life in a significant way."

Christopher P. Neck, Ph.D. 
University Master Teacher at Arizona State University, co-author of Mastering Self-Leadership: Empowering Yourself for Personal Excellence, and a leading self-leadership Scholar

"Most of us have challenges that we seek to explain through our genetic predispositions.  It is the select few who consider their internal resources and make the choice to master those challenges.  Dr. Jensen, through his own experiences and research, has taken the latter path--The Road Less Traveled.  Anyone who seeks greater insight into their inner struggles, and desires the tools to overcome those struggles--to master self, will find this book a must read!"

Bruce H. Jackson, Ed.M, MBA, MA, Ph.D., MPA
Founder & CEO of The Institute of Applied Human Excellence, and author of Finding Your Flow: How to Identify Your Flow Assets and Liabilities--The Keys to Peak Performance Every Day

"Do Jensen's narrative of his battle with OCD is brutally honest.  He takes the reader inside the mind of a young man struggling to understand himself, to be accepted by his peers, and eventually how to overcome great odds and succeed.  If you have OCD, know someone who has OCD, or counsel people with this devastating disorder, this book is a must read."

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen L. Jensen (retired) 
U.S. Air Force Fighter Pilot (F-15 Eagle) 

"Jensen's autoethnographic study is a comprehensive and detailed account of his personal journey in managing obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and taking action steps to fulfill his personal and professional goals.  He intimately chronicles his struggle with the challenges of OCD and outlines a comprehensive self-leadership system for successfully managing it.  This book offers hope for those with OCD.  It also serves as a helpful guide for anyone who wants to unlock their own self-leadership potential."

Rodney J. Beaulieu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, California State University San Marcos

"If you find yourself in Hell, you might be lucky enough to come across this book.  Psychotherapists, such as myself, can show you a path, but Jordan outlines individual footsteps you can follow to freedom.  Jordan approached his OCD and depression with unusual determination and proactivity.  His story offers an inspiring model of a patient's full acceptance of responsibility for one's own treatment, which is paramount to a successful outcome.  His theory and model -- the result of keen self-awareness, reflection, and study -- offer hope for those who struggle with mental illness and other life challenges.  He has demonstrated the courage required to take the first steps, as well as the commitment to keep going."

Irene Tobis, Ph.D.
Former President of OCD Texas, an affiliate of the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF)

"Dr. Jensen shares insightful stories and powerful principles that create an incredibly solid foundation of self-leadership knowledge, but he doesn't stop there.  The read is also guided through the same process of self-discover that Jensen himself went through to become a self-leader.  The combination of sound philosophy and guided self-exploration make this book a truly unique and powerful tool in creating self-leaders."

Josh Rohatinsky, MPA
NCAA Division-I Cross-Country Champion (2006), former professional distance runner (Nike), and Vice President of Operations for Brooksee

"Any student would benefit from the principles of Self-Action Leadership that Jordan Jensen teaches.  Unfortunately, too many young people today don't learn these principles in their homes.  If they don't pick them up somewhere, they are at a disadvantage in life."

Joseph N. Jensen, M.A. (Ed.D. 2015)
Principal at Orem Junior High School and Utah State middle school Principle of the Year (2013)

"Jordan Jensen's empowering book shares candid personal insights into the challenges of living with OCD and the broadly applicable process he has been using to continually overcome it.  We have read about several different mental challenges, but never as a firsthand account written in such a detailed and self-disclosing fashion.  It reads like a page-turner novel that is coupled with a powerful process of improving one's ability to self-lead.  Jordan's Self-Action Leadership theory & model is applicable to all.  Thanks Jordan!"

Brad & Elizabeth Chappell
Husband, Father, Financial Advisor
Wife, Mother, Novelist

"As a high school English teacher who also facilitates a Student Leadership class, I was thrilled to learn about this insightful guide to self-leadership that can be used as a resource in classes just like mine.  Thank you, Jordan!  As an educator, it is encouraging to know that there are people out there like Dr. Jensen who are working hard to support administrators, teachers, parents, and students alike.  I am confident his message of Self-Action leadership will help to provide the guidance our youth so desperately need to become effective self-leaders and productive members of society."

Shannon Lindholm
High School Teacher, Magnolia High School, Magnolia Texas

"Dr. Jensen, through his experience teaching, brings to light the importance of teaching leadership and character inside the classroom.  Teachers will feel empowered to impact youth outside of prescribed curriculum through their better understanding of Self-Action Leadership."

James Fraser
Teacher & Coach, Caney Creek High School, Conroe, Texas

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