John Richard Bell

About me

Formerlife: CEO of a Fortune 500 company, strategy & branding consultant, two-time winner of the American Marketing Association’s Marketer-of-the-Year award.
Afterlife: Contributor to Forbes and Fortune Magazines. Grey haired wannabe novelist.

My unpublished historical novel chronicles the adventure, oppression and survival of a good man caught on the wrong side of World War II.

Although I have yet to find a publisher for my historical adventure, I have signed a deal with Palgrave Macmillan USA to publish my business book. I expect it out in the fall of 2014.

From my website

5 Things I Learned Writing A Novel That I Wished I Knew When I was a CEO

I’ve written over a 100 blogs about leadership, strategy and culture. Within that portfolio are several accounts of business reinvention and transformation. Yet it was only a few months ago that I composed my first post on another type of reinvention – personal reinvention. My own. You see, after I departed the…

Getting Out of Life What You Put into It

“If you don’t write it, Grandad’s story will be lost forever.” Those were the words of my daughter 17 years ago. I’ll never forget the yearning in her eyes. Grandad was 80 at the time. He’s now 97. The family had heard his war stories over and over again. Fascinating…

From CEO to Novelist: Not without Perseverance

When my business book Do Less Better was published, I had the pleasure of meeting National Post journalist Peter Kuitenbrouwer who interviewed me about the challenges facing an ex-CEO hell-bent on finding a publisher for his historical fiction manuscript. But the longer we talked, the focal point of Peter’s story evolved into a tale of how I…

 
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