mr alex's new book!
Real-life stories of how mr alex overcame obstacles along his road less travelled.
Enjoy the ride as he moves across Continents closing businesses, starting new ones,
introducing innovative new products, collapsing time to markets, introducing
fabulous customer service and refusing to take no for an answer.
mr alex shares his story as a tribute to the Leaders who helped him and help those who want to pursue the most important mission of our times -
The Art of Leadership.
it does matter
John R. Walter
Former Chairman, President & CEO RR Donnelley and Sons
"I had the rich pleasure of working with Alex for most of his 14-year career at RR Donnelley, during which time we were increasing our global footprint, and the UK was in many ways the hub of much of our global growth. Alex evolved into a tough and thoughtful leader who foresaw and adapted to the increasing realities of the shift in print technology. Alex was unique in that he led both our Documentation Services and Commercial Print Businesses; Documentation Services was Donnelley’s fastest-growing sector.
This seasoning and maturity started from boyhood for Alex. I consider him and Jennifer as good friends, and only wish that our geographies were closer and not Cyprus and the United States. I remember him as a key business partner, but most importantly, a friend, grandparent of eight, who has withstood many tests of time. Enjoy this important reflection from Alex as I know it will be an excellent resource for you and generations to come as fundamental values on leadership and life don’t change significantly over time."
John R Walter
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Leading a Union strike and winning!
Thrown in jail
My Fortune 500 Board said No! (I did it anyway)
How the Mobile Phone saved my business
Listening to Mum
Looking a gift horse in the mouth
Consultancy or Leadership?
Tips & Trix from a Leader
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it does matter
"Alex Walker‘s 'It does matter', is a journey of human connection told by a visionary and exemplary leader. From failures to victories to award-winning achievements, a respected mentor travelled continents and crossed cultures on a mission to save companies.
Alex Walker shares his invaluable experiences and words of wisdom to display the depth and commitment needed to perform at the highest potential in business and life. It is filled with grit and determination, guts and glory, sacrifice and success and plenty of humour!
From milk delivery boy to CEO, Mr Alex leaves his mark on the world of progressive leadership."
"Finished reading your book, 'it does matter',
well laid out and very detailed all the way through.
A great read for budding entrepreneurs."
"I found it a very interesting read, especially some of your earlier history. I think the combination of autobiography and business lessons works well and the 'it does matter' concept pulls it all together.
All in all, easy to read and easy to follow I felt there were a lot of practical lessons that business leaders could put into practice."
"Firstly, I’m not a big reader, I find myself losing concentration while I’m reading, but
'it does matter' kept me gripped and I’d read 4/5 chapters before I knew about it. It flows really well, you write with sentiment, respect and more importantly honesty, not being scared to share the lows with the highs, it makes the book such a good read. Each chapter brings suspense from the last, I kept thinking - what the hell is he going to do now that’s just happened, but you always managed it, no matter what happened, because being made of rubber, you just bounced back!
The whole experience of reading a book written by my dad is an experience that very few sons will have. I laughed out loud how you got out of them! Particularly when you went for
a Sunday morning stroll in a strange town and ended up with a new job!
And the Piper's March at your special Scottish Evening, oh... and the polish whisky tasting event -now I’m sure we could all have told you what was going to happen then!
From a business point of view, you inspired me, you’ve always told me to get back on my bike and learn why I fell off. Congratulations on your book Dad, you wrote it with true respect for those who helped you along that road less travelled."
Graham (my son) -
"Despite some setbacks, you kept your chin up, determined to be successful. I really liked your desire to stand alongside your employees, working as a team, instead of remaining in
your office and giving orders.
I was not surprised to learn that 'retirement' was not on your agenda, and you still enjoy helping those who come to you for support
in their aspirations. I found your book 'it does matter' interesting,
and look forward to the next episode!"
"I finished reading your book last night. Really enjoyed it.
It was a great read and very informative. I liked the easiness
of reading and the feeling of 'wanting to read a little bit more' even when tired. You certainly had your highs and lows in your career.
Really fantastic book and would thoroughly recommend
‘it does matter’. I'll pass it on to my sons,
I am sure it will help them on their life’s journey."
"I found the book almost like an adventure story and a travelogue. It was a 'page-turner' as I could not wait to see where you were going to "land" next. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable book."
"It is like nothing else I have read in the past.
It is a fascinating journey of your life, the people and the events that have influenced you in becoming a leader.
Every chapter is more than a story, it covers every aspect of business and you showed that 'it does matter'.
Dr George -
"That was a great read. I loved 'it does matter'. I started page one a few hours ago and didn't stop until I finished it.
Thoroughly enjoyable and very inspirational.
I thought it flowed well in a chronological and readable fashion that serves to develop your character, demonstrate your learnings, show how you applied those learnings and realized great success from both your life education and your hands-on experience".