"These stories of regeneration and alchemy are so poignant, instructive, and inspirational, that I was distracted at first from noticing how impeccably well-written they are. Delivered with grace and written with love for the reader, Rebecca offers up this timely message of hope."
~ Mark Cappellino, Owner, Primary Leadership, LLC
"These stories are so powerfully told that you feel like you're inside the experience. You can't help but be moved and changed by reading this book."
~ Ken Kesslin, Kesslin Associates
"I loved the power of the opening story of Starfish Leaders! It had a real impact on me. This is a very encouraging book for leaders. It reminds us that our potential is more than just an idea. We really can develop our potential into real power and make a contribution to the world."
~ Val Williams, Executive Leadership Consultant, Master Certified Coach
Like sage elders, passing their wisdom on to the next generation, Rebecca has done a superb job of personalizing her own story so that we all can learn."
~ Bob Johnson, Founder, Leadersearch, Inc.
If we're honest, most of us doggedly resist the hard truth that only by living through the process of being broken by life, and experiencing all that comes with that brokenness, can we achieve meaningful personal growth. It is on the other side of deep, soul-searing pain where we most often stumble upon the rare qualities of wisdom, humility, insight and compassion, waiting patiently for us. Starfish Leaders tells the stories of five heretofore "successful" individuals who each must endure deep personal pain, and through that process find new meaning, purpose, and passion in their lives. These broken individuals regenerate into newly resilient Starfish Leaders who emerge from their pain to lead with a whole new sense of personal power and direction.
Rebecca Merrill is an author, speaker and executive coach who works with senior leaders in both entrepreneurial and established companies. She lives with her husband and two Australian Shepherds in Durham, North Carolina.