After nearly a year of hard work Kirk's second all ages book "The Cookie Thief" has just come out of the oven(printer). Like his best smelling Dog Poop Initiative, this book has a fully illustrated metaphorical message that works as well in the board room as it does in the living room. The illustrations by artist Adam Koford are "way cool" and with him, Kirk was able to add lots of little surprises and extras that are sure to make the book something people will read again and again. This self published book is available for immediate purchase at MoreBetterBooks.com.
A Fresh Story with an Old Recipe. There is a history behind this tasty tale.
I first heard a version of this story in 1992 while attending a "7 Habits" seminar by Stephen Covey's group. I have shared it many times over the years, finding it a wonderful, simple way to create meaningful dialogue about ...Read more
"The Dog Poop Initiative" Book
A true story of scoopers and poopers, Of pointers and heroes. Of those who score real goals, And those who score zeroes. Find out more...
Speaking on Success
This inspiring book interviews a dozen experts asking them to share their insights on developing personal, professional, and organizational success. Notable names in this book include Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard, Chad Hymas and others. Kirk’s inclusion in the book is only one more reason to buy your copy. Currently at the printer, Speaking on Success will be available at MoreBetterBooks.com in mid July.
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David Ratcliffe, President, CEO, Pink Elephant: "You have done it again, Kirk! Love the story...love the rhymes...love the illustrations...love the message!"
Art Coombs, CEO, Kombea: "A wonderfully original presentation of a classic tale that reminds us all of the importance of avoiding the rush to judgment and the subsequent damage to relationships."
Pat Albright, President, IT Support Consultants, Inc.: "Kirk, you are an absolute master at weaving an important life lesson into a story so entertaining that we cannot help but learn from it. The Cookie Thief is another great example of your exceptional talent."
Dan Wilson, General Manager & CTO, PMV Technologies: "The Dog Poop Initiative made a Scooper out of me. Once again, you do not disappoint.
The Cookie Thief is a simple, friendly reminder about sharing and warns of being too quick to judge. This I can read to my staff at PMV as well as to my 3 year old son."
Ronnie Johansen, VP Operations, KomBea Corp: "In The Cookie Thief, I found the same artful approach to effective storytelling as I enjoyed in The Dog Poop Initiative. You entertain adults and kids alike, while teaching important relationship skills for business, community, and family."
Keith Barr, VP Engineering & Development, FrontRange Solutions Inc.: "Kirk, your personality shines through as you breathe new life into an already classic tale. The Cookie Thief invites us to ?think before we jump? and stop wasting energy on the needless emotional drama of playing victim to our own suspicions and rash judgments. It is a wonderfully packaged and highly entertaining read. Keep them coming!"
Amanda Haverkamp, GE Industrial, Customer Service Quality Manager: "You did it again, Kirk!!!! The Cookie Thief perfectly illustrates the everyday pitfall of jumping to conclusions without examining the entire situation. This book makes it easy to address human behavior with our employees by using humor to get the point across. I am using this book with my team to fix our issues. IT WORKS!"
Lorin Blauer, Senior Legal Counsel, National Administrative Law Advocates: "Wow. Fun, entertaining - - - and scary! If employers and employees would read The Cookie Thief and Dog Poop Initiative in their staff meetings, and start thinking instead of reacting, our litigation department would have nothing to do."
Robin Whitman, HDI Member Advisory Board NERegion, HDI New England Chapter Advisor / VP Finance: "Kirk! Another winner! Superb story, great graphics, incredible insight. You have a wonderful way of taking an everyday situation and using it to entertain, teach and amaze. The Cookie Thief is a must-read!"
Phil Gerbyshak, relationship geek, and author of 10 Ways to Make It Great!: "I love The Cookie Thief, Kirk! A wonderful little story with a wonderful big lesson, told in a clever entertaining way, about responsibility and understanding and not being too quick to judge or jump to conclusions. It is about looking to ourselves for answers instead of pointing at others. A great companion philosophy to your Dog Poop Initiative, The Cookie Thief is a story all need to hear, written in a way all can relate to. Thank you for a beautiful little gift book for young and old."
Jannette Bailey, Ph.D., MBA: "Kirk, thank you! You capture our hearts with humor, wisdom, fun, passion, and engagement. You are a gifted story-teller with a talent for taking solid principles and breathing new life into them. The Cookie Thief is a fine example of that talent ? a charming parable for personal introspection, cleverly delivered in a fun, funny, loving, non-obtrusive, delicious (with chocolate chips) metaphor."
Sandy Seroskie, Director, Carey International: "Your stories reveal our choice and control over our actions and reactions. If we choose to rush to judgment, we miss the opportunity to learn, grow and improve."
LeeAnn Roland McBride, OSU MedCenterIS: "I loved the moral and the message of The Cookie Thief and the journey you took us on to get us there! It is a story for children from 1 to 100! I can?t wait share it with family and friends at work and at home!"
Cynthia Monroe, San Diego HDI President, Technical Assistance Manager SDDPC: "What a great "suspense" written as only you can! Excitement for all readers with a character building finish. What a message: If you don?t know, just ask!"
Kieu T. Lam ~ Conference Manager - Nova Scotia Tourism Industry: "Kirk, your ability to teach with entertaining stories that touch the heart makes you an asset at any conference. The Cookie Thief inspires you to be better in both your personal and professional life."
Bren Boddy-Thomas Exchange Bank, Help Desk Operations Manager: "Your stories are great for my children and my employees and me! I read The Cookie Thief and The Dog Poop Initiative to my children, and teach them valuable moral lessons and share it with my staff, and enhance the culture we work in."