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The Secret Life of the Corporate Jester: A Fresh Perspective on Organizational Leadership, Culture and Behavior
David T. Riveness

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Format: Hardcover, 112pp.
ISBN: 9780977685622
Publisher: Jardin Publishing
Pub. Date: August 1, 2006

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Today, more than ever, individuals are searching for ways to positively contribute to organizational leadership, culture and behavior. To do that successfully, they need insight into organizational truth as well as strategies to reveal that truth to others in a way that does not cause defensiveness or resistance. Jesters are needed as much today just as they were in the courts of old.

David Riveness, in his insightful and entertaining book The Secret Life of the Corporate Jester, reveals how to adopt and apply a "jester's perspective." The perspective and behaviors of a jester can be understood and adopted by anyone regardless of his or her organization, role or position. Those who apply what they learn from this book can wield significant influence and bring about remarkable positive change.


The Secret Life of the Corporate Jester is a fun and intriguing read filled with insights into what it takes to be a successful leader in today's complex corporate environments. I love the entertaining way the story unfolds, holding your attention and interest as it leads you through self discovery, revealing the path to forward your own leadership development.
—Mary Peery, Senior Vice President, Strategic Change Management, Hewlett Packard

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David Riveness is the founder and CEO of Corporate Jester, a company created to assist individuals and organizations learn and develop strategies for success. As part of this role, he delivers personalized keynotes, learning sessions and coaching for companies, organizations, and individuals.

Prior to founding Corporate Jester, David served as the Director of Global Facilitations for Eagle’s Flight, a worldwide innovator in the development and delivery of practical training programs for organizations. While at Eagle’s Flight, he facilitated and implemented hundreds of training programs with such industry leaders as Warner Bros., NIKE, ESPN, Pfizer, The American Heart Association and Citibank on a variety of topics relating to organizational and individual effectiveness.

Prior to joining Eagle’s Flight, Dave developed strong facilitation, teaching and speaking skills in the higher education arena working and teaching at a number of colleges and universities throughout the United States. Most of that time was spent concentrating on areas of organizational dynamics, leadership study and human development theory.

David has successfully hosted dynamic training workshops and speaking engagements ranging in scale from more intimate classroom-style engagements to large-scale, more formal venues with over 3,500 attendees. Dave's experiences have been global in scope, facilitating and speaking across the world including such diverse locations as India, China and Brazil.

David earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He later received a Masters Degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. David is a member of the International Coach Federation (IFC), the National Speaker’s Association (NSA) and the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

When he is not traveling the world to share the jestership concept with others, David splits his time between Los Angeles and San Miguel de Allende . . . a mountain town in central Mexico.

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