The NetworkSage: Realize Your Network Superpower.
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Reading this can revolutionize your life! In this fascinating and very readable book, Dr. Glenna Crooks has done for everyone what she has done at the highest levels of government, business, and health care – she organizes chaos. Through the distillation of decades of wisdom, experience, and knowledge of many realms, she offers us a way to transform the drudge, complexity, and trauma of everyday through a coherent understanding of our essential relationships. By means of this unique appreciation of our personal ecosystems, Glenna’s system will surely make a huge difference in how you live your life. However, this is not just another “self-help” book, it is a rather sophisticated and enjoyable book for the self. Ira Brenner, MD, Psychiatrist, Psychanalyst and Author of ‘Dark Matters’ and ‘Injured Men’
Glenna has taken the knotted mass of tangled threads that pull on our time, on our talents and especially on our soul, then teased each thread out of the unruly clump we believe is our life. Then, she teaches us to take those same threads to weave a living tapestry of our lives that becomes an exquisite roadmap of the beautiful life we can embrace, if we choose. Alex Georgio, Artist, Founder, Type E Personality and Author of ‘A Matter of Time’
I wish Glenna Crooks had written The NetworkSage 45 years ago when I was starting out in life! What a difference it would have made in my taking better control and making better choices. She found the solution to coping and conquering life’s overload. And it’s so simple. It’s right there in the world around us. This is a must read for anyone building a career, a family or joining a new community. Charles Inlander, Consumer Advocate and Author
In this book, Glenna shares the skills and know-how she discovered in her own incredible life’s journey to help readers find success and fulfillment in theirs. Drawing on her experiences and those of people whose lives have been transformed by her work, she shows how the unique networks of personal connections we’re born into and create can help shape and support our future, and the ways our own innate wisdom and compassion, and the wisdom of those close to us can help us plot a course to our chosen destination. In the years I have been privileged to know Glenna she has been a true inspiration to me, encouraging me personally to go beyond my own self-created limits, far beyond what I had believed possible. I believe this book will do the same for many others. Genpo Roshi, Zen Master and Author of ‘The Eye Never Sleeps,’ ‘Big Mind-Big Heart,’ Spitting Out the Bones,’ and ‘The Path of the Human Being’
Dr. Crooks’ illuminating new book, The NetworkSage provides a simple, yet effective new taxonomy that can help anyone, at any stage of life, learn to optimize work-life balance. With fascinating incidents and insights, it illustrates how to gain control of your life and, in the process, help others in your life. I could not recommend it more highly. George E. Hardy, M.D., Former Assistant Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Washington (CDC), Former Executive Director, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Assistant Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service (Retired)
Only rarely does one find a book that is insightful, yet a delight to read. That is clearly the case with The NetworkSage. Glenna Crooks has mastered the art of allowing readers to learn about others and themselves through stories and examples without losing the thread of the important life lessons she conveys. As I read, I found myself looking up from the text, thinking about the many ways this book applies to my past and my future, my career and my personal life. This book left an indelible imprint. Robert Perkins, Founder, Brandywine Strategies Group, Executive Director, Delaware Business Roundtable, former Chief-of-Staff to two Delaware Governors.
These ideas are important. As a lawyer in Workers’ Compensation, it helps me see how many parts of a person’s life are impacted injuries that harm their ability to work, even for a limited time but certainly, permanently. The disruption separates them from important networks. That requires they find a new identity. It affects who they are and who they rely on. Some of my clients may not understand this, but medical providers, especially pain management specialists and those in rehab, should read this and address client needs accordingly. Chris Scofield, Attorney and former Family Court Judge
I thought I was doing Glenna a favor to read the manuscript. About five pages in, I realized she was doing me the favor. It’s very clear and compelling. Anybody who feels overwhelmed by life’s demands – and isn’t that most of us – should read this. Glenna offers a way to assure that your real needs are met. She is a wise woman who will bring a great sigh of relief and gratitude to any reader as they discover a new way to make their career and home lives function at a higher level. Jonathan Peck, Futurist and President, Institute for Alternative Futures and Alternative Futures Associates
If your experience reading this book is like mine, this will be that last ingredient you have been looking for – that “oh, yes, now it all makes sense!” piece that will motivate you to take an honest look at your life and people in it to make some changes and make the best use of your life’s people resources. I wish I had had this tool to share with my executive and entrepreneur clients the past two decades, but now I do – and I will! Erin Owen, MBA, Author of Refuel, Recharge, and Re-energize: Your Guide to Taking Back Control of Your Time and Energy Erin Owen, MBA, Author, Speaker, and Transformational Life Coach for Leaders
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Reviews for Covenants: Inspiring the Soul of Healing
Glenna Crooks made important contributions by thinking through complex issues confronting health care during our Administration . . . she’s gone and done it again in Creating Covenants and offers us all a new paradigm for creating the future.” Richard S. Schweiker, Former Senator from Pennsylvania and Reagan Administration Cabinet Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
In her optimistic new book, Creating Covenants: Healing Health Care in the New Millennium, Dr. Glenna Crooks has captured a notion which has the potential to transform the chaos of our current health delivery system into a caring and compassionate system of healing. By invoking the concept of covenant relationships, pledges and reciprocal obligations, the author produces a context of hope and promise for the future.” Martin P. Wasserman, M.D., J.D., Former State Health Department Secretary, Maryland and Oregon
Creating Covenants represents a breakthrough in conventional thinking about heretofore intractable health policy debates.” Thomas R. Donnelly, former Assistant to the President and Assistant Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
This excellent book punctures the myth that some ‘villain’ is responsible for all the problems of our health care system, and forces us to acknowledge our own personal responsibility. It also highlights the need for covenants that bind the healers and the sick, and the critical need for ethical codes and community values. A health system increasingly driven by remote financiers should heed the author’s call to build on our historical roots nourishing local control and mutual responsibility.” Jack Meyer, Ph.D., President, New Directions for Policy, and President, Economic and Social Research Institute
At a time when all of our health policy discussions seem mired in adversarial arguments, and when we appear to be miserably short of new ideas and approaches, Dr. Glenna Crooks has raised a novel idea—thinking anew about the basics of the healer-patient relationship. She challenges us all, whether doctor, patient, hospital director, drug company executive or consumer advocate, to come together with a fresh determination to find common ground—and especially to form healing covenants with each other. I believe Dr. Crooks’ book is a very useful contribution—it offers us an opportunity to rise above the dreary arguments and battles of the past and try something new that just might work—to help craft a new set of relationships and indeed a new health care system for the new millennium.” William L. Roper, M.D., M.P.H., Dean, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, former Administrator, HCFA and CDC
Glenna Crooks has got it right! To reform the dysfunctional health care system of today, we must reach deep into the soul of people. And better than anyone I’ve known, she has found a way to do it. Creating Covenants: Healing Health Care in the New Millennium is a logical, doable, and practical way to return health care to its roots—the bond and respect between individual and caregiver. Dr. Crooks has realized that public policy is made between people, not organizations or institutions. She puts forth a compelling case of how we can recapture the trust and covenants people have in one another to make a health care system of the twenty-first century one that works for everyone. If you care about health care, this is a must read.” Charles B. Inlander, President, People’s Medical Society
I have felt that to truly improve the health care in America and the world, individuals and organizations that have a ‘higher calling’ must emerge to lead us. This book supports that thesis and begins to show the way. The rest is up to us. If anyone concerned with health care could only read one book, this is the book to read. It provides a new framework for thinking about health care and places the issues in their proper context, both historically and globally. Through a refreshing use of words, it grabs your attention and makes you think. It tackles the tough issues, raises the difficult questions and carefully places responsibility for resolving them on us all.” Myrl Weinberg, President, National Health Council
We grew up with a covenant to do everything we could do for or patients, but today’s “rules” interfere with our ability to live up to our expectations. This book is the first serious discussion of the pain we all feel. It should be required reading for everyone in health care.” John Gans, Pharm.D., Executive Vice President, American Pharmaceutical Association
Impatient patients, harried doctors and unfocused priorities define the state of our current health care practice and the system within which it exists. Glenna Crooks enriches the dialectic around health care with wisdom of the past and prescient eye toward the shifting maelstrom of healing that requires new definitions and covenants between the healer, patient and community. The current systems are based on nineteenth-century practices and notions of physician as keeper and dispenser of the knowledge. True healing can only occur in a patient-centered approach with the physician as mediator between research and science governed by clear priorities and the patient, as keeper of their own bodies, responsible for the actions that create or destroy health.
We only receive the answers to the questions we ask. Creating Covenants begins a reinvigorating new dialogue by asking the right questions and challenging us to rethink our priorities in public health care policy and scientific research goals. Glenna Crooks implores us to imagine a new relationship between healer and patient, founded on a sacred trust, enriching of both, and empowering of both. She forges the path for recreating health care in a world shaped by new exigencies, demanding great personal and political responsibility and informed by the ancient wisdom of healing relationships.” Mark A. Hyman, M.D., Medical Director, Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires