“Are you being micromanaged by me?” Doug Meyer-Cuno will never forget the silence that met him when he asked this question to his senior leadership.
Things were going fairly well at his company. Maybe not tremendous, but things were steady. Doug wanted to know why things felt stagnant. He had his team with him to take a fine-toothed comb to the business. They checked the pulse of each department. They poured over the numbers, facts, and figures. Then Doug came to the realization that the fault might be within himself. “In building a company from the ground up,” Doug recalls, “I had become so entrenched in the day-to-day tasks of each role in the company—having done every job myself—that I lost sight of what my newest role required most: leadership.” That was the moment everything changed.
In The Recipe for Empowered Leadership: 25 Ingredients for Creating Value and Empowering Others, Meyer-Cuno shares the steps he took from that day forward—how he went from a micromanager to a servant leader who created a framework that thrived in the ups and downs of the markets and survives even after he sold the business.
These are the root of all of Doug’s successes. With these as a base, he expands into the nitty gritty of what it means to work On a company rather than In it.
Brutally honest and tethered to real-world examples, The Recipe for Empowered Leadership is an indispensable guide for the leader who refuses to be anything less than their best.
Let’s re-build the American Dream.
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“Doug Meyer-Cuno is an insightful entrepreneur. Leading, developing, and empowering his team was the cornerstone of building an incredibly successful business. When Doug speaks, I listen.”
“Doug Meyer-Cuno has been a presenter to my clients on multiple occasions, and he always brings a wealth of business leadership ‘nuggets’ and wisdom to our events. His customer mantra has always been ‘How can I add value today?’ and he speaks to this powerful value throughout his presentations. Doug has presented at both my annual all-day leadership retreats (with over a hundred attendees) as well as to several virtual ‘expert insights’ panel discussions. He recently led a very thought-provoking discussion on ‘How to Lead in a Virtual World’ that was both timely and impactful. Whether presenting live and in-person to larger audiences or to smaller, virtual online interactive discussions, Doug has received rave reviews and high marks from the attendees. He has a wonderful, easy-going speaking style, and he leverages not simply his personal business experiences and business ‘book knowledge’ but most importantly what he has learned from the many others that have crossed and influenced his path. He layers his messages on leadership with high-level concepts but also provides numerous practical, real-world examples which can be immediately implemented. Highly recommended for his style, approach, presentation abilities, and leadership knowledge!”
“With The Recipe for Empowered Leadership, Doug has created the roadmap to deeper meaning and fulfillment. His approach to gratitude has been particularly helpful.”
“Enlightening speaker! With his wealth of tried and tested 'real-world' experience, Doug's passionate business development approach is infectious. For instance, Doug's view on corporate culture is that 'If you do not create your company culture, someone will be create for you—and you will probably not like the result.' How true that is! Just one of his many pearls of wisdom for entrepreneurial leadership.”
“Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to experience Doug's thought-provoking and stimulating presentations. With a positive and inspiring style, there are multiple takeaways each time Doug provides his perspective. Being a person I respect and admire, Doug’s mentoring and coaching goes beyond the valuable content and insights in his presentations. I am inspired to be a better leader and person each time he offers his experiences and unique perspective.”
“I greatly appreciated Doug’s ability to instruct on such current subjects that we all need help with. I went to one of his sessions titled ‘How Do We Lead in a Virtual World’ and had many insights. He helped me understand that your core culture values and company vision statement play a big role. He also has great presentation skills that will inspire you.”
“Doug Meyer-Cuno has been extremely beneficial in helping our company develop synergies amongst the senior management team. His presentation to the team in allowing us to drive the process and to bring together the strengths of the various disciplines proved essential in creating a collaboration that had been missing. Through Doug’s understanding of the workings of our organization, coupled with his ability to get us to successfully communicate, we were able to mobilize the ream into a cohesive unit. His ability to work with individual team members, and as a group facilitator, were the keys to his success.”
“Long before I met Doug Meyer-Cuno I knew him to be a strong leader and forceful entrepreneur. The Recipe for Empowered Leadership, a natural next step for Doug, is a catalyst for his core passion, allowing him to leverage his years of success to advise other business owners. In every encounter, he challenges his audience by asking the poignant questions, honing in on the most important next step, while continuing to persuade his audience to revisualize and redefine their long-term goals. Doug is a challenger, a unique mix of inspiration, compassion, and professionalism. Every time I have heard Doug speak, I have left with a useful framework to implement in my business.”
“I have had the good fortune of hearing Doug Meyer-Cuno speak and lead on multiple occasions. Most recently, Doug addressed a group of very successful business owners focusing on ‘How to Lead Virtually.’ As always, Doug prepared and delivered thought-provoking content. He engaged us with insightful questions that could only come from an entrepreneur who has already done what we are in the process of doing. I highly recommend engaging Doug whenever and however you can to glean wisdom from a proven business builder, leader, and developer of leaders. You and your organization will learn and grow beyond your expectations."
“Doug served as an invaluable resource as he navigated us through significant changes in our company. We had recently implemented a new senior management team and Doug helped us provide structure, goals, and accountability. Through his decades’ worth of corporate leadership experience, he drew on real-world examples to provide context and gravitas to our initiatives.”
“I have known Doug Meyer-Cuno as a friend and colleague for many years. Of all the business people I’ve worked with since I began as an advisor in the mid-1980s, Doug stands out because he combines an entrepreneur’s energy, grit, and will to succeed, with his proven ability to develop and lead people, and a genuine desire to make the world a better place. I know that there is a lot of his best thinking and especially his passion that’s gone into writing this book.”
“Empowered leadership was more than just business jargon. This gave our team the structure and path we needed to make real changes to our culture. The principles taught helped our company handle the pandemic transition to a remote workplace. More importantly, it helped us communicate our goals and objectives clearly and quickly.”
“I have seen Doug give numerous presentations over the last seventeen years, and I have always found him to be well prepared, engaging, and entertaining in his delivery, even when his topics were difficult. He is attentive to the reactions of his audience and can adjust on the fly when needed. I never walked away from one of his talks without having learned some valuable lesson.”
“Doug and I have shared a business relationship spanning almost thirty years. His leadership and management skills lend to a business relationship with all his business partners in which everyone succeeds, which is actually rare in today’s business environment. I believe there is a lot to learn from such an individual in a time when the demand for good leadership, business ethics, and accountability have been pushed to the forefront of corporate precedence.”
“I’ve had the opportunity to participate in several presentations that Doug has hosted, and he has always impressed me with his ability to deliver an impactful message on organizational leadership. He demonstrates a strong understanding of the leadership levels that exist throughout an organization, from the C-level executive to the front line operations manager, and how to impact performance by challenging all members of the organization to ask the question, how can I create value each and every day?”