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Alan Hester

Alan Hester is a trainer and international author. His first book, Management Starts With You: Gain Confidence and Success as a Leader and Manager, has been translated into Chinese, Arabic and Greek and sold in the US, India, Australia and across Europe. Alan works with individuals and with leaders to increase their confidence, resilience, success and well-being. He formed Alan Hester Associates in 2002, delivering practical, inspirational and interactive workshops to a wide range of people. This book draws on his experiences of working with people recovering from depression and other mental health issues, long-term unemployed adults, people with addiction problems and those who need help to get out of their own way and find a new direction in life.Alan lives with his wife Eunice, the couple's Golden Retriever and their four cats in Reading, Berkshire. They have a son, Michael, and a daughter, Charlotte. He spends his spare time listening to Bob Dylan albums, supporting Reading FC, watching cricket, gardening, reading and, of course, writing. Get Out Of Your Own Way is his second book.To find out more about the author's work or to contact him direct for speaking, training or coaching, please visit www.alanhester.co.uk or email him at alan@alanhester.co.uk.

Alison Green

Alison Green writes the workplace advice column Ask a Boss for New York Magazine, and answers readers' questions daily on her blog, Ask a Manager, which is syndicated by Inc., Time, Money Magazine, and in multiple newspapers nationwide. She also writes a weekly column on work issues for U.S. News & World Report, and has recently been tapped by NPR's Marketplace for a monthly workplace advice call-in segment. She is also the author of HOW TO GET A JOB: Secrets of a Hiring Manager Made Easy, co-author of MANAGING TO CHANGE THE WORLD: The Nonprofit Manager's Guide to Getting Results, and the former chief of staff of a successful nonprofit, where she oversaw day-to-day staff management.

Anthony Gell

Anthony Gell is the founder and CEO of LeadersIn, an online and offline community dedicated to sharing wisdom from world leaders in their field. Before launching LeadersIn in 2012, Anthony was a producer in a London based B2B publishing and conference company. During his ten years with that company, he was part of the launch team for the Asian HQ in Singapore, oversaw the turnaround of the New York office, and then became Regional CEO, launching offices in South Africa, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Dubai and Shanghai. In 2008, he launched both a consulting business, and The Business Voice (bvo.com), which provides a free library of interviews under the brand 'Leaders In Business'. Anthony has written many leadership, success and business articles and is an avid public speaker. He has been asked to interview business leaders at many leading institutions including London Business School and Imperial College, London.

Cal Newport

Cal Newport, Ph.D., lives in Washington, DC, where he is a writer and an assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown University. He is the author of SO GOOD THEY CAN'T IGNORE YOU and three books of unconventional advice for students. He runs the popular website Study Hacks: Decoding Patterns of Success.

Carter Cast

Carter Cast, a professor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, was selected by his students three years running to receive the Faculty Impact Award. When not teaching, Cast is a venture partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital, where he invests in early stage technology companies such as the Dollar Shave Club and Honest Company. He is a lead mentor for TechStars Chicago, one of the country's leading technology start-up accelerators, and has been featured in "The Accelerators," a Wall Street Journalforum in which start-up mentors discuss strategies for and challenges of creating a new business.

Farrah Storr

Farrah Storr was appointed Editor of Cosmopolitan UK in July 2015. Since taking the role, she has led the magazine through a dramatic new look and introduced unique content. Farrah is internationally recognised as a leading authority on print and digital publishing, fashion, branding, international and current affairs and lifestyle as an author and journalist. Storr is an accomplished moderator, host and presenter, and speaks on leadership, motivation, media, press relations, Asia relations, woman's rights, health and travel.

Geoff Tibballs

Geoff Tibballs is the author of numerous bestselling humour titles.

George Berkowski

George Berkowski is a serial entrepreneur who has built businesses in manned space flight, online dating, transportation and mobile apps. He is one of the minds behind the internationally successful taxi hailing app Hailo where he led the product team until September 2013. George studied rocket science and economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and business at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris. He was Chairman of MIT's Enterprise Forum in the UK and is heavily involved in the UK and US startup scenes. George now divides his time between London and Silicon Valley.

Greg Lockwood

Greg Lockwood is a partner at venture capital firm Piton Capital. He has a Masters of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and is the co-author of SUPERCONNECT with Richard Koch.

Jason Zweig

Jason Zweig became a personal finance columnist for the Wall Street Journal in 2008. He was a senior writer for Money and a guest columnist for Time and CNN.com. He is the author of Your Money and Your Brain, one of the first books to explore the neuroscience of investing. Zweig is also the editor of the revised edition of Benjamin Graham's The Intelligent Investor, the classic text that Warren Buffett has described as "by far the best book about investing ever written." Before joining Money in 1995, Zweig was the mutual funds editor at Forbes. Earlier, he had been a reporter-researcher for the Economy & Business section of Time and an editorial assistant at Africa Report, a bimonthly journal. A frequent commentator on television and radio, Zweig is also a popular public speaker who has addressed the American Association of Individual Investors, the Aspen Institute, the CFA Institute, the Morningstar Investment Conference, and university audiences at Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford.Zweig was for many years a trustee of the Museum of American Finance, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. He serves on the editorial boards of Financial History magazine and The Journal of Behavioral Finance.

Jeetendr Sehdev

Jeetendr Sehdev is the world's leading celebrity expert. A trailblazer in pop culture, he has become one of the most prominent figures in celebrity news and a sought-after adviser to top international companies. Jeetendr's research on the power of YouTube stars continues to make global headlines and has gained him influencer status and over a million subscribers on social media. He is a familiar face on shows like Access Hollywood, The Insider and CNN Tonight and he regularly writes opinion pieces for publications like the Guardian and Forbes. A graduate of Oxford University and Harvard Business School, Jeetendr is a British national who now lives in Los Angeles where he teaches at the University of Southern California.

John C. Maxwell

JOHN C. MAXWELL, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 26 million books, was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the world's most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazine in 2014. His organizations--The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation--have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Maxwell speaks to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many top world business leader

Natasha Courtenay-Smith

Natasha Courtenay-Smith is an entrepreneur, digital strategist and business mentor. Her clients include celebrities, business owners, thought leaders, health practitioners, experts, and all round ambitious, talented individuals who want to build their brand online and become better known for what they do. Her first book The Million Dollar Blog was published in 2016.

Nigel Barlow

Nigel Barlow has made a successful living for several decades giving thousands of speeches to many of the world's most famous companies: Apple, Danone, GSK, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Vodafone are typical clients. He was a founding director of the Tom Peters company in Europe, and currently runs his own company. Until recently he was also an Associate Fellow at Oxford University's Saïd Business School.

Paul Skinner

Paul Skinner is the founder of the Agency of the Future, a collaborative consultancy that helps clients and partners create Collaborative Advantage to drive organizational success, create economic value and improve peoples' lives.He is also the founder of Pimp My Cause, which uses cause-related challenges to enhance the capabilities of individual marketers and marketing teams and supports over 2,000 charities and social enterprises with access to pro bono marketing in the process. Paul has advised clients as diverse as PwC and the United Nations, Sony and Save the Children.In 2014 he was awarded an honorary visiting fellowship at Edge Hill University business school, has twice won Consultant of the Year awards from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is an advisory board member at London's Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising.

Rachel Bridge

Rachel Bridge is the author of six books, a journalist for The Times and The Telegraph, and a motivational speaker specialising in business, personal development and entrepreneurship. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival twice and runs workshops for entrepreneurs and small business owners all over the UK. Bridge holds an MA (Hons) degree in Economics from Cambridge University and has worked in Australia and France.

Richard Koch

Richard Koch is a millionaire entrepreneur who has started or turned round a number of successful companies, including Belgo Restaurants, Filofax, Zoffany Hotels and Betfair. He is also the author of 13 highly acclaimed non-fiction books.

Shane Snow

Shane Snow is a science and business journalist and the co-founder of Contently, one of Inc's fastest growing companies and Crain's and Ad Age's best places to work in America. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Wired, The Washington Post, Fast Company, Time, and GQ. His first book, Smartcuts, has made him a highly sought-after speaker around the world on innovation and lateral thinking.

Tim Harford

Tim Harford is a senior columnist for the Financial Times and the presenter of Radio 4's More or Less. He was the winner of the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism in 2006, and More or Less was commended for excellence in journalism by the Royal Statistical Society in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Harford lives in Oxford with his wife and three children, and is a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. His other books include The Undercover Economist, The Logic of Life and Adapt.

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones was born in Jamaica and grew up in inner-city Birmingham. Following a turn as producer-director of BBC's Food and Drink, Wilfred ran his own marketing agency, before buying a farm in Devon from which he launched his multi-million-pound, award-winning Black Farmer brand. He has since set up the Black Farmer Scholarship, which aims to help and encourage ethnic minorities to work in the rural community. This aim was the subject of a Channel 4 series, Young Black Farmers, which saw him take a group of nine inner-city school leavers from ethnic minorities to work on his Devon farm.