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Carolyn Maue's best-selling book 

Discover all the ingredients you need to become a 'gourmet leader.'

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Why leadership and cooking are the perfect pairing

Carolyn Maue sees a strong parallel between best-in-class executive chefs and best-in-class leaders. Both begin with a clear vision and engage their team members to buy into that vision. Chefs and leaders alike build capacity in their teams to implement their vision for an outstanding customer and associate experience. Both create a "secret sauce," or a way of cooking it all up, that's personal and powerful.

Whatever your leadership "kitchen," you'll be fascinated with the way Carolyn unfolds her recipe for gourmet leadership. Each chapter explores an essential competency as an ingredient for success. Clear explanations, examples, and exercises will guide you in practical ways. Reflections on leadership from a variety of chefs will keep you engaged. 

As you work your way through this book, you'll reinforce your strengths and learn to build on them. Most importantly, you'll explore your own "secret sauce," that spicy mixture of passion, personality, and experience that make you unique and effective. It's time to start cooking.

9 #1 Best-Seller Rankings & 13 "Hot New Release" Lists on Amazon

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Ingredients for truly excellent leadership

Wondering what makes gourmet leadership? Here are just a few things you'll learn from Carolyn Maue's book and years of experience as a leadership development coach:

  • Plan the feast! Your compelling vision
  • Discover your strengths. Your magic ingredient
  • Is this too spicy? Feedback and understanding perceptions
  • Sous chef to executive chef. Your transition from doer to leader
  • Chop! Chop! Chop! How to get things done through delegation
  • The right cookware. Building the best team
  • Hot tamales! Dealing with difficult people
  • Pièce de rĂ©sistance. Your leadership presence

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What leaders are saying

Diane Holder, President/CEO,
UPMC Health Plan, Inc.

"Carolyn serves up an epicurean feast for those looking to hone their leadership skills into a fine art. A mix of the perfect ingredients awaits you in this helpful book."

Grant J. Heston, Vice President, Virginia Commonwealth University

"Like a skilled chef, Carolyn combines phenomenal ingredients—her experience, storytelling, and research—with an innovative recipe to create something new and delicious."

Roger Pynn, APR, CPRC,
Retired PR Leader

"Just as she has done teaching and coaching countless people toward leadership success, Carolyn has made understanding the secrets of leadership relatable and fun."

"Discovering your secret sauce as a leader means unleashing your passion and special viewpoint to add flavor and fun to your team."


Carolyn Maue, Executive Coach & Best-selling Author


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With The Gourmet Leadership Experience online course, you'll learn in a matter of hours what takes decades for most leaders to master. A companion course to Carolyn Maue's best-selling book, this experience serves up insights for leaders at all levels.

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Book Dedication

"The past several years have been a time of great upheaval, but my hope going forward is for creativity and success to grow once again in restaurants, large and small. May we join together to support the inspirational chefs, staffs, and restauranteurs as they navigate a new, and hopefully flourishing, frontier."

— Carolyn Maue

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If you missed the virtual book release celebration with special guests—chefs from the book and seasoned leaders—you can still celebrate with us.  

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