Professional Nomad

by Maurice E. Marwood



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/13/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 276
ISBN : 9781425180355

About the Book

Go behind the scenes for a firsthand look at the corporate culture, values, management styles, challenges, and opportunities that cause organizations to succeed or fail. In this straight-talking account of his life and career as an international business executive, Maurice Marwood guides the reader through the corridors of corporate power and offers down-to-earth strategies for succeeding in a globalized economy.

Throughout his 40-year career, Marwood fought to defend the virtues of capitalism and free enterprise against a constant onslaught of socialism and anti-business elements. Working in over 85 countries (in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia); he was often on the cutting edge of international business developments. He first visited China, for example, shortly after the death of Chairman Mao, at the very beginning of the country's period of phenomenal growth. Later, while living in Taiwan, he devoted several years studying the history and culture of the ethnic Chinese, analyzing the complex, antagonistic relationship between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China on Taiwan, as well as the reluctant role played by the United States.

Marwood's candid memoir of his on-the-job successes, failures, and frustrations intertwines with recollections of personal adventures -- mountaineering, marathoning, cruising, and diving -- alongside reflections on ethics, morality, spirituality, and the epidemic of mysticism that destroys the lives of so many. Professional Nomad is not only a reference for those aspiring to a successful career in international business; it is a blueprint for a flourishing life - personal as well as professional - one lived with passion, determination, and ultimate satisfaction.

About the Author

Maurice E. Marwood grew up after the Second World War as the son of a struggling, part-time farmer in eastern Canada. He eventually escaped the clutches of poverty and earned an MSc in engineering from the University of Guelph and an MBA from the University of Chicago. During his early career, he spent 20 years in increasingly responsible international positions with Caterpillar and, later, an additional 10 years managing two Caterpillar dealer organizations; first, as President of the dealership in the Bahamas, and most recently as Managing Director for the dealership in Taiwan. An expert in corporate turnarounds, he spent several years restructuring and renewing a variety of business organizations struggling for growth and profitability; his executive-level leadership has spanned manufacturing, distribution logistics, marketing, and international sales of industrial equipment and packaged consumer products.

Marwood has served as a Rotarian, Director of the Nassau Institute, Governor/Director of Chambers of Commerce, advisor to the University of Calgary Faculty of Management, and to the Conference Board of Canada’s Operating Council for Business Excellence. He has been a frequent presenter and panel participant at university and industry association gatherings, and published articles on business management, leadership, and social issues in magazines, newspapers, and websites. In 2007, he was the first foreigner to receive a special annual award from the Council of Labor Affairs of the government of Taiwan, for innovation in the development of Human Resources.

From a young age, Marwood instinctively knew that life was for living and discovered an insatiable appetite for experiences and ideas. He worked hard to maintain a balance between life's critical success factors -- the material and the spiritual -- making time to raise a family and pursue such adventures as climbing the Matterhorn, trekking Nepal, marathoning, skiing, snowboarding, scuba diving, and cruising eastern North America and the Bahamas. Firsthand involvement in a wide variety of events and situations shaped his values, opinions, and philosophy of living, which he shares with honesty and passion.