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Mark Nation is a globally-recognized management expert, leadership consultant, executive coach, author, and speaker. He is personally driven to discover what makes individuals, teams, and organizations amazing--those elements that power the heart and soul of individuals and businesses worldwide. Mark is founder and president of Nation Leadership, the Made for Amazing Project, and Harvard Help Circle. He has developed and managed companies in five industries: enterprise technology, financial services, music and entertainment, construction, and professional services. He has led start-ups and served in key regional or global executive roles at SAP, JDA Software, Siebel Systems (Oracle), and UNUM. Mark has developed people, products, and partnerships on six continents, gaining experience in virtually every function across the business value chain. His work has been leveraged across a wide range of clients, from young leaders, corporate managers and executives, to Fortune 500 organizations, start-ups, schools, churches, and non-profits. Mark graduated summa cum laude from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a former professional musician and Ironman triathlete, still enjoying skiing, running, and biking when possible. His work and travels have taken him to more than 40 US states and 35 countries, where he has managed, performed, or spoken to over 300,000 people. When not traveling, Mark is based in Tennessee.


"My grandmother used an antique recipe for making wonderful hasenpfeffer (rabbit stew). Step 1 read, 'First, get a rabbit!' Made for Amazing is like a recipe for personal greatness but with a vital step added. Mark Nation's special recipe for authentic leadership transformation will help you obtain your own version of the first step in my grandmother's recipe. If you only read two books this year, I recommend reading this book twice!" --Chip R. Bell, best-selling author of Kaleidoscope and Sprinkles "I love the title, Made for Amazing, because it accurately states the possibility within each of us to live an amazing life. What holds so many of us back? This is a question of incredible importance. What if we begin a journey to simply trust that God will help us overcome our fear, give up selfish ambition, let go of instant gratification, and do what we know is right? Made for Amazing will encourage you to step out and be, yes be, who you were made to be, rather than defining yourself by what you do." --Frank Brock, former President, Covenant College; former co-owner, Brock Candy "Mark Nation has captured that rarest of all images--a snapshot of our heart's deepest desires. Disappointment happens to all of us . . . and it takes a special guide who can free us to soar on the musical notes of our God-given symphony. Dare to sing your own song. Dare to lead an amazing life. Trust Mark and this book to be your guides." --Paul Louis Cole, President, Christian Men's Network Worldwide; founding pastor, C3 Church "I was initially skeptical of a book that promised so much in its title. Who doesn't want to be amazing? However, most of us are trained to believe 'amazing' is a benefit offered exclusively to a select few. In this inspiring story, Mark Nation opens the possibility of 'amazing' to each of us; most important, he shows us the way to discover an amazing career and fulfilling life. The last thing we want is to wake up one day, saying, 'I wish I had done this differently.' Thanks to Mark for taking the time to write this book, inspiring us all to take positive action before it is too late." --Paula Pontes, Global General Manager, GLAMGLOW' former GM, Estee Lauder Companies (Brazil) "Mark Nation might actually qualify as the most interesting man in the world. His eclectic career has granted him an almost unparalleled perspective on business, faith, and the world. This book channels a bit of it all. It's a work of art." --Johnnie Moore, founder, The KAIROS Company; former Chief of Staff and Vice President, United Artists Media Group "Mark has some of the most powerful assessments and tools I have ever used. In addition, he has an uncanny ability to synthesize leadership stories and call out those unique patterns that bring strength and deeper purpose to life. He has drawn from decades of experience to create a book that is as poignant and uplifting as it is entertaining. I find myself using Mark's innovative concepts and ideas constantly with my teams, and soon you will be doing the same." --Shauna McIntyre, People Operations and Program Management Executive, Google; former automotive executive, Egon Zehnder International and Ford Motor Company "If you liked The Purpose-Driven Life and Finding Your True North, then you must get your hands on this book. In Made for Amazing, I felt like Mark Nation was sitting between Rick Warren and Bill George, bringing the very best of their concepts all together. An incredibly fresh and compelling read." --Cordell Carter, II, Eisenhower Fellow; White House Champion of Change; Executive Director, The Aspen Institute; former Chief of Staff, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation "Inspirational leadership is within all of us, and in Made for Amazing, Mark Nation urges us to find and sharpen it. By using our unique, God-given talents, and learning from both mentors and past mistakes, we can tame the negative influences that surround us continually--including our own self-doubts. Mark illuminates the path to inspirational leadership, offers the keys to unlock an amazing career, and frees us to impact the lives of others in profound and enduring ways. I loved this book." --Kevin Rabbitt, CEO, NEP, broadcast services producer for the Olympics, NFL, NBA, MLB, and major entertainment and award shows worldwide "If you have any desire to instill values, integrity, and that 'something more' in your career and business, then Made for Amazing should be added to your top shelf. A leadership classic." --Peter Lowe, founder, Get Motivated! seminars "Every once in a while, an author and book come along and shake up the landscape of the human spirit. For me, Mark Nation is that author, and Made for Amazing is that book. " --Jose Antonio La Rosa, CEO, Supera (Peru) "I sincerely believe our greatest challenge in life is to live up to our God-given potential and be our best self, and Mark has created a unique roadmap for each of us to do so. His authenticity, passion, and perspective shine through, acting as a guiding light for all of us to find our signal amidst the noise." --Anoop Prakash, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson Canada and India "As a musician and business leader, I have always described the essence of leadership with the visual of a choral director aligning the voices of a talented choir. And now, in this beautiful story, our souls are once again reminded that each individual is uniquely designed by God, with an amazing song to sing. Imagine the possibilities if everyone simply understood that notion. Read Made for Amazing, refresh your spirit, and let your soul burst forth with a bold, new tune." --Cheryl A. Bachelder, former CEO, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.; author of Dare to Serve "If you're ready to bring something amazing to life instead of letting life 'happen' to you, read this book . Made for Amazing contains powerful, inspiring, even eternal, principles that will lift your heart and mind toward God's incredible plans for you. Prepare to be blessed!" --Bonnie Wurzbacher, former Chief Resource Development Officer, World Vision International; former Senior VP, Global Customer & Channel Leadership, The Coca-Cola Company "Made for Amazing is told with grace, compassion, pathos, and heart; the story will move you to tears, then lift you up with the encouragement needed to renew your search for deeper meaning and purpose. It's a joy to read and, most importantly, filled with a message we really need to take seriously--now more than ever." --Jim Kouzes, Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University; coauthor of the best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge "If you're a doer who has forgotten to dream; if you focus on others to the exclusion of living the amazing life you were made for; or if you just want to be more, then read this book now." --Rob Bernshteyn, CEO, Coupa Software; author of Value as a Service "The most important questions are the ones you ask yourself, as they hold the keys to discerning the life you were made for. This book is your invitation to an amazing life." --Bernie Swain, author of What Made Me Who I Am and cofounder of Washington Speakers Bureau "Made for Amazing is a rich mixture of self-leadership, philosophy, and spirituality, all wrapped inside an entertaining business parable. The messages contained in this book couldn't be more timely for both Eastern and Western audiences. I am anxious to share Mark's messages with my clients, colleagues, and friends." --Charles Ferguson, President, Asia Pacific, ADP (Singapore) "Finding your authentic purpose is critical to maintaining vibrant careers and healthy lives. Through Josh Lynk's 'musical' journey, Nation offers at least twenty rock-solid building blocks on how to make an authentic life--indeed, an amazing life--truly possible." --Jack Studer, Chairman, Erlanger Health System (rated 9th best US public hospital) "The story of a young man and his grandfather is very powerful, as my grandfather was so 'instrumental' in my own life. Music is a brilliant metaphor for encouraging us to 'find our song' and build a purposeful life. Through Josh's grandpa, Mark Nation suggests that we are the instruments; what a great way to inspire others to identify and develop the music they were meant to play." --Kevin Head, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Roswell; cofounder, New Perspectives for Life "Made for Amazing is a great resource for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and anyone who desires to build a strong and enduring brand. A vital framework for personal and corporate growth." --Charlie Brock, CEO, Launch Tennessee "Mark Nation's extended parable underscores the importance of finding one's authentic self--and the effort that's often required to find it. Unlike many parables that cause the reader to discover key points, Nation offers a gentler form of guidance through the questions he poses outside the narrative. A very helpful addition to the body of self-discovery literature." --Warren Radtke, founding principal, Right Management Consultants; Episcopal minister "Mark Nation is fascinated with the idea that each of us is made for amazing--that is, by being placed in this world, we are obligated to find, develop, and contribute the best we have of ourselves. He has woven this concept into an absorbing tale that will have readers delving into their own possibilities, as they follow the struggles of a gifted musician to discover the music his beloved grampa always knew was in him." --James Ballard, best-selling author of Whale Done! and What's the Rush? "We all desire a journey of self-awareness that reveals a deeper purpose that truly matters. Mark chronicles this journey for us, offering timeless principles that help each of us to lead in very uncertain times." --Nick Craig, President, Authentic Leadership Institute; best-selling author of Finding Your True North and The Discover Your True North Fieldbook "We are made for a purpose, yet too many of us live dull lives, muted by the daily demands of our culture and society. Nation challenges us to find the music within us and to have the courage to give it voice. Imagine a world in harmony, a world where our song uplifts the spirit of those we meet. Nation shows us how in Made for Amazing." --Randy Street, President, ghSMART, New York Times best-selling coauthor of Who: The A Method for Hiring and Power Score: Your Formula for Leadership Success "Music has the power to inspire us all, and in Made for Amazing, Mark Nation will help you find your voice and sing from the rooftops. Highly recommended reading!" --David Carr and Third Day, 4-time Grammy and 24-time GMA Dove award-winning recording artists "Wrapped in a compelling story of love, loss, and redemption, the message in Made for Amazing has universal appeal. Mark Nation's tale of success versus significance will touch every reader regardless of age, background, or belief system. If you want to become a better leader--and a better person--read this book and apply its timeless principles." --Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The New One Minute Manager and Lead Like Jesus "An incredible journey with wonderful lessons you can apply immediately in your own life. Fantastic coaching from an amazing leader!" --Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers 50 World's #1 Leadership Thinker and Executive Coach, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Triggers and What Got You Here Won't Get You There

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