“Dauten’s work clearly soars ahead of his time. He is the Obi-Wan Kenobi of
—Steve Chandler, author of 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself and 100 Ways to
With the crisp style and provocative insights that have made him a leading
syndicated columnist, Dale Dauten explores how the best bosses,
employees and suppliers think, learn and communicate differently.
The title of Dale’s new book is taken from his conversation with the late
Jean-Pierre Rampal, who reigned for decades as the world’s leading flute
player. When asked about his willingness to experiment with his technique,
Rampal thought a long moment, then said, “Some nights I go out and play a
piece perfectly. Then, the next night, I play it better.”
In his previous book, The Gifted Boss, Dale detailed what he learned from his
search for the country’s best managers. Now, with Better Than Perfect, Dale
expands his research to include “best-ever” colleagues at every level. With
his gift for storytelling, Dale creates a three-way conversation between two
young employees and an eccentric business genius. We get to listen in on
their discussions about amazing people who were able to make their work
special., such as:
• The welder who became a manufacturer’s informal champion of excellence.
• The scientist who turned into a master salesman in order change the history
• The old lady who charmed and inspired the world’s leading architect.
Here is a book for managers, for employees, for teams. Here is a book that
isn’t just perfect…it’s better.
Dale Dauten writes two newspaper columns, both nationally syndicated by
King Features: “The Corporate Curmudgeon” and "Kate and Dale Talk Jobs"
(with employment expert, Kate Wendleton). His work appears weekly in over a
hundred newspapers, including The Denver Post, Atlanta
Journal-Constitution, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Arizona Republic and Houston
Chronicle. In addition, Dale has authored five books. Dale’s background as a
manager with two major corporations, an executive with two consulting
companies, and head of his own nationally-known marketing research firm,
has allowed him the opportunity to work with leading organizations, including
McDonalds, Procter & Gamble and 3M. As founder of The Innovators’ Lab®,
he has also done innovation work with Georgia-Pacific, United Auto Group,
General Dynamics, Caterpillar and NASA. Dale lives in Tempe, Arizona with
his wife and three children.
Available as an eBook through Kindle