"Donovan McFarlane has written a timely and wise book on change and leadership as they are impacting the American way of life and the rest of the world. A great read that uniquely bridges the gap between novelistic and academic discourse, the theoretical and the practical, while effectively bringing across critical messages, information, and knowledge to the reader." -Cheryl M. Rattigan, Ed.D., Adjunct Professor in Social Sciences, Nova Southeastern University, Florida. "The author of this book understands the requirements and nature of change and effective political leadership - very real and compelling with insights and recommendations for positive and successful change: 'Change is at the heart of organizational progress and success, individual transformation and growth. Those who fail to realize this and embrace change as life's most dominant reality, especially in a globalized society, will find themselves perplexed by the occurrences in our world.' This is very true!" -Adeline A. Richards, M.S.H.R.M., Argosy University, Sarasota Campus, Florida. "The politics of effective leadership is more complicated and difficult to deal with, especially in the global arena of the 21st century where nations are caught up in many competitive struggles: trade, resources, and militaristic. The interplay of nations and regions on the sociopolitical and economic scene with culture and religion intertwined can create difficult challenges. The ability of political leaders to act diplomatically while using effective strategies for dealing with allies and non-allies will be critical to securing wealth, peace, and overall prosperity for nations and humanity collective. Thus, a new leadership challenge emerges and Barack Obama has been handed a role that was made more complicated and tougher by the Bush government than by any previous leaders." "Globalization is the greatest change agent affecting peoples, cultures, nations, and economies and as a macro-process is responsible for greater diversity by initiating change in social, technological, economic, political, legal, and cultural institutions across the world. Globalization is the most prolific and expansive form of change affecting 21st century society, with some individuals vehemently opposed to this grand diversity movement that seeks to integrate all cultures, economies, technologies, and people into one great global village. Globalization is a change from domestic to international-worldwide perspectives and norms. Globalization involves greater interconnectedness that affects everyone, and each society gains and loses in the process as it unveils itself fully." About the Author: Donovan A. McFarlane is the Founder of THE DONOVAN SOCIETY LLC. He earned his BS and MBA from Nova Southeastern University, Graduate Certificate and M.I.B. from St. Thomas University, and D.B.A. from California Pacific. He has worked as an Adjunct Professor and University Tutor in Business for several years. He is a Marquis Who's Who biographee and a graduate of several other institutions with advanced degrees and certifications in a variety of disciplines. He is the author of over forty-five articles in professional and peer-reviewed academic journals such as the Journal of Knowledge Management Practice and Business Journal for Entrepreneurs.