Monday, December 26, 2016

Interview with Authors Miles Kierson & Gary Tomlinson

 Discovering Execution – The Key to High Performance Organizations

The authors, Miles Kierson and Gary Tomlinson, have a rare specialty – bringing execution excellence to today’s companies. They have a wealth of combined experience in business development, business ownership, leadership, management, consulting coaching, training and teaching. They’re students first, teachers second and servant leaders always. For more information, please see:,, and

1.      What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
 We found ourselves filling up with revelations about execution and execution management. The gap between what we were learning and what most other people know about execution was getting bigger and bigger, and we wanted to share what we’ve been learning.

We also have this notion that the age of execution is upon us, and we wanted to play a part in shepherding it in. Along with that, we could see those who were embracing execution as the most worthy pursuit in terms of competitive advantage, were achieving extraordinary results. We knew we wanted our clients to get a jump in that direction.

Last but not least, we began to see what is now obvious, that very few people have the eyes to see nor the ears to hear that execution is more than just a concept or a term.  Execution has substance, and learning to improve your ability to execute is going to be required now and into the future. In other words, we wanted people to discover that execution needed to be discovered, so they would be more open to tackle execution as a worthy pursuit.

2.      What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
 The book is about discovering execution and learning some of the basic elements that are required if organizations or individuals want to improve in this capability. It is an invitation to a journey, one that will provide a core competence that is the mother and father of all other competencies.

Although the specific audience we had in mind when writing this book were those in executive leadership and organizational management, anyone can benefit from it.

3.      What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them after putting it down?
 What we hope remains with people after reading the book is (1) they have either discovered execution while reading the book or they have recognized that it’s a worthy pursuit. And (2), they have embraced a few of the recommended practices and they are committed or at least willing to be committed to those practices.

4.      What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
 a.       Take the time to be clear about the purpose of your book, and have that be a purpose for the reader rather than yourself.

b.      If you write a little bit most days, you’ll be finished in no time.

c.       During the time you’re writing don’t get bogged down in something that you’re finding difficult to express. Keep moving. Come back to that difficult place later.

d.      If you can find somebody who you can seamlessly collaborate with, hold on to him or her.

e.       Ask for divine and other guidance.

f.       Get so much out of writing your book that you’d be okay if it never got published because it was already worth the effort. Then go ahead and publish it.
5.      What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is headed?
 We’re guessing here:

It’s going to get easier and easier to “self” publish, as well as find publishers who will inexpensively publish your book. Being able to “market” your book is going to become even more important. There are going to be more and more people who know how to guide you in this or will do it for you. The credibility gap between self-published and traditional publishers is going to get smaller and smaller, and the number of traditional publishers is going to dwindle.
6.      What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
 For Miles the challenges began three years ago. He had started a book on execution and had the first draft done in about six months when he hit a lot of resistance to finish. He wasn’t really crazy about what he had written. It was more of a manual, and he wasn’t sure that was what he wanted. It wasn’t until a year ago that he decided he needed to restart the book and invited Gary to co-author it with him. For Gary, the challenges were minor. He and Miles had co-authored a number of articles together and the collaborations were always easy and fun. When Miles asked Gary to co-write the book, his answer was an immediate “yes”. From that point on, it’s been magical.
7.      If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
 We tend to steer clear of “shoulds”, so we’re re-asking the question: “If people can only buy one book this month, and they asked what’s in it for them to read it, we’d say…”

You’ll be fascinated by the notion of discovering something that everybody already “knows”.

Throughout the book, we invented our own definitions of words that make the concepts of execution more useful – commitment, promises, execution, rigor, the purpose of relationships at work, and so on. These nuances will give you an edge as someone who can deliver extraordinary results.

You stand a good chance of discovering execution by reading the book, which will leave you more likely to continue on the path toward mastery.

You’ll learn practices that when applied will enhance your ability to get things done – as an individual or as in an organization – which you will begin to benefit from immediately. These practices take no time, since you do them while doing the work you do. In fact, in some cases, they will save time.

You’ll join a growing community of people who are at least interested in, if not committed to, the mastery of execution, which we maintain is the most important capability for the future of work.

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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2016 ©. Born and raised in Brooklyn, now resides in Westchester. Named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby  

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