Publications by Ed

Circle of Impact

Discover the Simple, Practical Way to Empower a Leader-Rich World

In Circle of Impact, Ed Brenegar offers a new perspective on leadership. Packed with inspiration for both individuals and organizations, this powerful book shows how leadership models can be used to solve complex problems, improve communication, and achieve more.

Circle of Impact: Taking Personal Initiative To Ignite Change.

It is the most complete description of how I see leadership, not as a function of an organization, but as how we function in our lives.

All Crises are Local: Understanding the COVID-19 Global Pandemic

A perspective of the response to the global pandemic as a failure from a systems perspective.

Impact Starts With Me: The Path of Self-Discovery.

This is a brief introduction as to what it means to be a person of impact.

Seeing Below The Surface of Things: The Brokenness of the Modern Organization.

Ever wonder why things at work never seem to get better? This short book provides a way of understanding this reality. My purpose was to provide a way to gain situational awareness for why things don’t work.

Where Did Trust Go?: Restoring Authority and Accountability in Organizations

Another short book that helps us gain situational awareness about what is happening in organizations.

Thriving In The Midst of Uncertainty: A Strategic Conversation with Bill Watkins

Bill is a friend and business coach. Written during the early months of the COVID pandemic, we discuss how to change when circumstances demand that we change. It is an encouragement to believe that we can be persons of impact regardless of the situations that we are in.

May Your No Be A Yes: A Guide To Making Better Decisions

This is a short book about reclaiming our capacity to make decisions that are affirmations of what we believe and desire for our lives.

Solving Problems: A Guide To Being A Person of Impact

We all solve problems. This is a book about how the Circle of Impact model can be utilized as a problem-solving method. After two decades of solving problems using this method, I am confident to declare that it can solve any problem that you are willing to actually solve. Which is the question at the heart of being a self-aware person.


About The Author

A leader for leaders, Dr. Ed Brenegar is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations realize their potential and reach their goals, in both their professional and personal lives.

Ed’s Circle of Impact model provides the tools for innovative problem-solving, collaboration and planning across social and organizational boundaries. With a new approach to leadership, Ed teaches people to act on their own initiative to become people of impact within the organizations, communities and institutions to which they belong.


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“It is not the action that defines us, but the impact of the action.”
– Ed Brenegar

“I don’t divide the world up into leaders and followers. We need to know how to be both. Leadership isn’t a position of authority, but of personal responsibility. It is best practiced in a social setting where people share the responsibility for leadership.”
– Ed Brenegar

“All leadership begins with personal initiative that creates impact that makes a difference that matters.”
– Ed Brenegar

“We live in a leader-starved society. We don’t need more leaders who inhabit the title of leader in a business. We need more people who will step forward to become Circle of Impact Leaders within the business.”
– Ed Brenegar

“Avoiding change does not enhance our lives. It limits it. If we resist change, we can easily fail to see the potential that we have for making a difference in the world.”
– Ed Brenegar

“The solution that builds a trusting relationship is one where we listen and respond to them, rather than expecting them to respond to us.”
– Ed Brenegar

“When the ideas that we identify as values were treated as secondary or optional aspects of the business, it contributes to difficulties in how people worked together.”
– Ed Brenegar

“Trust in relationships is a product of clarity, not just the Why of the company but the HOW.”
– Ed Brenegar

“Knowing what motivates us to be at our best and functioning with impact in social and work situations help us know where we do not want to be and where we should be.”
– Ed Brenegar

“When a person takes initiative they make a personal choice to take action. It starts as motivation to fulfill a desire to fulfill the values that give their life meaning.”
– Ed Brenegar

“Down deep within us are these desires that constantly suggest to us that we are made for more than what we are doing.”
– Ed Brenegar

“People are just more willing to follow someone they like and trust.”

―Barry Z. Posner, The Leadership Challenge

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