A Baby Boomer's Decision Making: A Reflection on Relationships and God for Today, with a Guide for Tomorrow

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Dog Ear Publishing, 2010 - Religion - 220 pages
A Baby Boomer's Decision Making drives the nation's 75 million baby boomers to examine life through the decisions they make, whether they are considering finances, changing national priorities or the needs of aging parents. Boomers will explore decisions of love, school, career, family and fun. From 1956 Chevrolets to Martin Luther King Jr., Vietnam and the 21st century, memoir snippets expose the author's best and worst decision making. From these engaging stories, a model of decision making emerges driven by individual experience in a distinctive combination of understanding, relationships and God.

A Baby Boomer's Decision Making creates a bridge from abstract theoretical manuscripts to the daily reality, dreams and apprehensions of baby boomers. Mathematics unlocks the tools of decision making, and prejudice is an omnipresent force. The peaks and valleys of love, family and career highlight the ingredients of decision making. Guidelines and principles of decision making solidify and further assist readers in reviewing the past, assessing the present and preparing for their future. A series of activities and questions at the end of the book encourage individual reflection or small group discussion.

Francis J. Kostel earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. As superintendent of schools in suburban Chicago's St. Charles, he led the district of more than 13,000 students, 1,600 staff members and 17 schools. He also served as principal of St. Charles High School, a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon high school, as a leadership consultant and as a mathematics teacher.

From the working-class neighborhoods of Chicago to the White House Rose Garden, Kostel has experience with organizational success and conflict resolution. Through August One Consulting, Kostel serves as an executive coach and mentor. Kostel has given presentations throughout the country on leadership, strategic planning, personnel evaluation, change and policy decisions. He has written several articles and served on statewide and regional boards.

Kostel is a choir member and ballroom dancer. He and his wife, the love of his life for more than 38 years, have two adult sons. Comments and inquiries regarding A Baby Boomer's Decision Making and August One Consulting are welcome at augustone@sbcglobal.net.

 

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Contents

Happy Hippo Days Nurture Decision Making
18
Mathematics Unlocks the Tools of Decision Making
33
Prejudice is Everywhere
49
Routine Ritual and Respect Are the Foundation of Decision
64
Challenges and Opportunities Mean Big Decisions
78
The Light Exposes the Best and Worst Decision Making
122
Does Good Decision Making Bring Fortune and Glory?
143
Looking Back on My Decision Making
162
Epilogue
193
The Ingredients of Decision Making 183
207
Notes
209
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