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Culture Leads, Leaders Follow


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Al Sikes draws insights from wide-ranging experiences that began in the Midwest and moved east to the power cities of Washington and New York. Sikes' leadership helped shape the arc of 21st century communication technologies from positions as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and then President of Hearst New Media. Sikes bold leadership at the FCC eliminating barriers that blocked new technologies, led to digital TV, radio and mobile phone services. He also began actions against Howard Stern that resulted in Stern wishing Sikes dead on his daily radio show. Sikes' technology insights and his collaborations with technology pioneers were captured in his first book, Fast Forward. Beyond his work in business and government, Sikes draws on experiences chairing The Trinity Forum Board, tending a small apiary with his wife, Marty, and leading a growing jazz festival in his hometown of Easton, Maryland. While living and working in New York City, Sikes founded READ ALLIANCE, which trains teenagers to tutor children with reading deficiencies. In 2004, the Manhattan Institute chose Sikes as one of eight winners of the Social Entrepreneurship Award. This award recognizes enterprising individuals who are helping Americans realize their full potential as citizens and members of society.


"Presents a powerful message and common sense ideas for everyone who is concerned about the future of our society." -Ed Meese, Former US Attorney General "The culture struggle in America has never been so prominent-and fierce-as it is right now. The stakes are high. Al Sikes writes this book to help us think through what is likely the most important set of questions about our world's future culture-and, more importantly, our world's future." -Neil Warren, Founder EHarmony "It takes courage to question the prevailing ethos of the day. In Culture Leads Leaders Follow, Al Sikes shares uncommon insight, wisdom and courage. I ended the book wishing he would run for national public office!" -Anne Adler, Former Executive Director, Young Women's Leadership Network, NYC "In Culture Leads Leaders Follow, Al Sikes chronicles five decades of history, politic and communication technologies from a first person, up close and personal vantage point. Al Sikes definitely has been to the edge, and while there, gathered critical information for all of us. For all of those culture changers out there, those of you in the trenches, pushing very large rocks up very steep hills, read this book! Your time is coming!" -Gina Otto, Author of Cassandra's Angel and Founder & CEO Of Change My World Now "When Al Sikes speaks, I have time to listen. Sikes shares his keen insights about the cultural influences and leadership demands around each of his diverse career experiences from small-town, mid-America through the challenging power struggles in Washington and on to the exhilarating scene in New York as a key player in the technological and financial transformation of our communications world." -Al McDonald, Former Global Managing Director, McKinsey and Company "A charming personal memoir spiced with tart comments on several of his contemporaries and steeped in penetrating reflections on the State of the Union as Al Sikes sees it. A fascinating and stimulating read." -Os Guinness, author The Global Public Square "Al Sikes, no stranger to making the "tough calls" during his decades in government and corporate corridors of power, has penned a must-read on the intertwining nature of culture and leadership in our society." -Doug McCormick, Media Investor and Songwriter "Culture Leads Leaders Follow presents an insider's view of the world of media during some of its most transformative years, as seen from Al Sikes' high perch in both politics and business. Sikes makes the case that the center may not be holding and offers his own thoughtful observations in repairing the moral fabric that binds our society together." -Tom Woodbury, President, Global Distribution, HBO

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