Leadership Books

5 Gears: How to be Present & Productive When There Is Never Enough Time

5GearsBookMockPeople around the world struggle with work/life balance. It is difficult to be productive and manage the relational dynamics of staying connected with others, while consistently recharging personally. 5 Gears came to light as Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram applied what they learned through their own experiences and their work with leaders around the globe. It is a powerful concept that has the ability to radically change the way you live and lead.

While many people focus on adding a new time management method to their life, Kubicek and Cockram have gone to the source of conflict and created a common language, that if implemented, will decrease drama and insecurity and replace it with a secure confidence that people everywhere need.



The leaders of GiANT Worldwide, Kubicek and Cockram share stories of successful transformation, leadership skill, and to help you master the art of being present with those you lead. The 5 Gears are highly transferrable and are designed to be sticky and memorable. You will inevitably experience these results as you add your own story of what being in the right gear at the right time does to your influence and respect.

“5 Gears will profoundly change the way you see yourself and your interaction with others in every area of your life. How many books do that?”
– PATRICK LENCIONI, President, The Table Group; author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage

“One of the most important skills a leader must have is the capacity to observe oneself and self-regulate. Looking at your gears is looking at yourself. A very valuable exercise.”
– Dr. Henry Cloud speaker, psychologist, and bestselling author of Necessary Endings, Integrity, Boundaries and other books

“5 Gears is a simple, but very effective analogy. I have seen firsthand how leaders disconnect by being in the wrong gear at the wrong time. And, I realize now how much more effective I could have been had I not been so stuck in 4th and 5th gears. If you want to increase your influence and connect more effectively, read this book.”
– PATTYE MOORE, Board Chair, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers; author, Confessions from the Corner Office

“5 Gears is a practical system to take your emotional intelligence to a whole new level. If you want to become a more powerful connector and improve your relationships, this is a must read!”
– JON GORDON, bestselling author of The Energy Bus

“I wish I had been given the gift of the 5 Gears approach to relationships before I became a husband, a dad, and a business leader. This is an outstanding frame- work that leads to stronger relationships.”
– Chris Herschend, President, Ride the Ducks; Vice Chair, Herschend Enterprises


Making Your Leadership Come Alive: 7 Actions to Increase Your Influence

“Jeremie Kubicek clearly shares what so many influential leaders have come to know: there’s a huge difference between authority and responsibility and between influence and power.”
—Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

Anyone can make an impact. You only need influence; it is the most potent professional asset on the planet. The problem is that influence is also the most underused asset. And the primary reason is that the enemy of influence is a universal human trait: self-preservation. If leaders are too concerned with protecting their status and reputation, they limit their opportunity to forge open and honest ties with others. Making Your Leadership Come Alive shows how leaders who are genuine—who give themselves away—have the greatest influence and are the most successful in their work.

With confidence and trust in company leadership at an all-time low, Jeremie Kubicek’s ideas show readers how to restore faith through the importance of relationships—and how to avoid the self-defeating and selfish approach commonly used by the leaders of today. Making Your Leadership Come Alive is a veritable roadmap to future success.

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Additional Reviews (book previously published as Leadership is Dead):

“Leadership is dead or alive, depending on how people use it. Jeremie shows us how to influence in such a way that brings life into organizations and most importantly into you. Don’t miss this.”
—Joel Manby, CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment

“In a world where everyone wants to be a leader, Jeremie understands that it’s the influencers that change the world. This book offers you a way to move people to action, and make your mark on the world. It’s fast paced, easy to act on and most importantly from the heart.”
—Tim Sanders, former chief solutions officer at Yahoo! and author of Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Friends and Influence People

“Jeremie Kubicek delivers a unique voice on the topic of leadership and that is not easy to do. More than that, his voice climbs off the pages as if he was standing in front of you imploring you to use your influence to help the world. Not because he is preaching, but because he has a very real desire to help you understand that leadership is more than just being in charge . . .”
—Scott Klososky, CEO of Future Point of View and author of the Velocity Manifesto and Enterprise Social Technology

“Are you ‘for me, against me or for yourself’? That’s only one of the thought-provoking questions Kubicek asks in this must-read book on true influence. This book should come with a warning: ‘May make you uncomfortable and re-examine your motives as you strive to be a person with trust, character and credibility.’”
—Pattye Moore, chairman of the board, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and author of Confessions from the Corner Office

“Where are the great leaders of our time? The world needs a new paradigm for leadership—Jeremie Kubicek has defined it. If you needed to dig a ditch, would you use a teaspoon or a bulldozer? Until now, leaders have been using a teaspoon. Every leader should read this book!”
—Matthew Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Dream Manager and president of Floyd Consulting

“Get inspired. Live with intention. Make a difference. Jeremie shares ‘how-to’ insights to manifest breakthrough leadership moments.”
—Kevin Carroll, author & Katalyst

“Jeremie has given a clear path to follow that will serve as a guide and a measuring stick for any leader who wants to have real and lasting influence. Take it to heart. If you want to have life-giving impact, start here.”
—Dr. Henry Cloud, bestselling author of Boundaries

“Leadership has changed, and we need a new generation of influencers, great leaders, poised to influence well and ultimately change the world for good. And this book will help us get there! It’s challenging, inspiring, and applicable, all in one. Get ready!”
—Brad Lomenick, executive director of Catalyst