• Are you unsure how to implement your good ideas?
  • Do you struggle to put your suggestions into action?
  • Do you feel stymied as to why your talented people don’t share their best ideas?

Unauthorized Progress reveals inspiring stories of ordinary heroes leading from the middle to achieve extraordinary results in the midst of serious crises … Hurricane Katrina, wildfires, operations in Afghanistan, and more. Adapt their strategies to increase your effectiveness. Inside the book you will discover:

  • A step-by-step flowchart for leading change from the middle 
  • Criteria decision-makers use to evaluate initiatives
  • Implementation strategies for effectively leading from the middle
  • Consultant tools you can adapt for your personal initiatives
  • …and much more!
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“Capt. Abbott makes public what has made many professional careers by recognizing that no one has a corner on the market of good ideas. The superior leader encourages idea generation from the troops actually doing the work and rewards those who identify a better way to accomplish the mission.”

ADM James Loy, Admiral, former Coast Guard Commandant, TSA Administrator, and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
Unauthorized Progress provides a template for action for those seeking to achieve success and make a difference at any level. Geoff Abbott is an outstanding role model and mentor! His sage guidance will empower you to lead at any level. His methodical process will help you recognize opportunities to take charge even when you are not! He quantifies a ‘never give up’ strategy that gives you the strength to continue regardless of the obstacles. This is a must-read book for anyone, especially those who aren’t privileged to have a mentor but who truly desire to break out of the ordinary and become a transformational leader.”
MGEN Donna Barbisch, Major General, U.S. Army (Retired)
Geoff Abbott’s approach of addressing one of the key principles in effective character-driven leadership by ‘Leading from the Middle’ is an excellent resource for all levels, whether in a supervisory or followership role. The true leadership players who make things happen come from the middle.”
Vince Patton, 8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (Retired)
“Like a twenty-five-dollar ax to save people trapped under roofs in rising flood waters, Unauthorized Progress breaks through the tangle of hierarchy and compliance cultures to liberate the human ingenuity needed to solve mission-stymying, real-world problems. From a platform of solid, often jaw-dropping decisions by individuals who hold themselves accountable for results, he builds a framework to help us think through when and how to take appropriate, responsible and ‘unauthorized’ initiatives.”
Ira Chaleff, Author of Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You’re Told to Do Is Wrong and The Courageous Follower