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Front Line Heroes: Author Q&A

In Front Line Heroes, Bruce Hodes, tells executives that it is possible to develop and grow powerful organizations in challenging times and offers actionable techniques that work. But who is the mind behind the brilliance?  Read below to find out

Interviewer: Tell us a little about your upbringing and your family.
Bruce Hodes (Author):
I was born in Camden, New Jersey. We moved to Chicago because my mom went to social work school at George Williams College (now Aurora University).I lived there until I met my wife, Leslie. A couple years after we got married Leslie, my stepdaughter, Lauren, and I moved to Oak Park for the public schools. I have some famous relatives. My Great Grandfather Edward Steichen, the #2 photographer of 20th century, is known for his “Family of Man” Exhibit. My Great Uncle, Carl Sandburg, is an american Poet Lincoln Scholar. And my grandma, Dr. Marie Calderone is a founder/pioneer of Planned Parenthood.

I: What is your least favorite and favorite quality about yourself?
A: I dislike the way frustration makes me unable to deal with obstacles.  I love my ability to grasp situations quickly.

I: What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
A: Both that I’ve been married for and sustained a company for over 30 years.

I:What is your favorite color?
A: Green

I: What is your favorite food?
A: Green tomato sauce

I: What’s your favorite place in the entire world?
A: On top of a mountain with a view 1500+ ft

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I: Did you consider any other titles for your book?
A: Books as Compost or Business Compost/Fertilizer

I: Why did you decide to write a book?
A: I realized that this was the next thing to take on. As I was developing my career I found that I could make a difference and contribute. The business climate is terrible and it impacts businesses. There are opportunities for businesses and ways to impact the face of media, so I wanted to write about them to help people.

I:  Who/what were your sources of inspiration?
A: My ability to make a difference and my clients. They are the ones that asked the right questions and gave me the ideas.

I: What do you hope to achieve by writing and publishing your book?
A: Well, I hope people read it, but I really hope that they use it as a tool and get inspired  to make create safe and straight forward cultures in their workplace.

I: How long did it take to write your book?
A:1.5-2 years

I: Why did you choose to write this particular book?
A:Tried and true ideas on growing/focusing organization

I: What was the hardest part about writing this book?
A:Sticking to it. My promise to my writing group and my publishers helped me out with that.

I: Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?

A: I can write and I might even like it a little! Publishing is easier than I thought and the resources were outstanding. I also learned that people really do learn from my book.

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