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Peak Demand CEO writes leadership book

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After nearly 30 years of leading people in both the military and in business, CEO of Peak Demand Jon Rennie decided to write a book about leadership.

“I continue to be concerned with the state of leadership in the country,” said Rennie. “I wanted to show there is a better way.”

According to Gallup, 70% of employees are disengaged at work and nearly half of U.S. employees are actively searching for a new job. Rennie said those statistics confirm there is a leadership crisis in America.

Rennie explains, “When you’re a leader, you have the watch.”

Through seven deployments commanding sailors in the complex and dangerous world of nuclear submarine warfare, Rennie experienced a deep form of leadership. On a sub, there is no escape. No “after work.” No home to commute to. You live and lead side-by-side with the crew, every day.

What Rennie didn’t realize was how much his time underwater prepared him to lead global industrial businesses and startups across multiple industries.

Becoming a leader worth following begins — and ends — with people.

“This book cuts to the heart of the matter of leadership: it’s all about people,” said Joshua D. Cotton, founder and CEO of VetStoreUSA.

“I Have The Watch: Becoming a Leader Worth Following” is a self-published 114-page paperback that retails for $12.99 on Amazon.com.

With a special foreword by John Brubaker, author of “Seeds of Success,” Rennie lays out a case for becoming a people-centered leader. Leaders have the watch. They are not only accountable for the results of the organization, but they are also responsible for the people who work for them. Leadership is a people business. The actions of a leader will have a deep impact on the lives and careers of the people they are responsible for.

Peak Demand Inc. is a global manufacturing company based in Wilson that produces products for electric utilities.

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