About The Author
Guy R. Odom was
chairman and chief executive officer of a major corporation listed
on the NYSE from February 1977 to August 1984. In 1980, after
three years under his leadership, it became the first American
homebuilding firm to surpass $1 billion in revenues. In the decade
before 1977, Odom built and sold two homebuilding companies to
the same corporation before becoming its CEO.
Between 1967 and 1984, Odom proved the value to business
of personality surveys and intelligence tests as he had fine-tuned
them. For eighteen years in ongoing, expanding businesses, he
participated in the administration of many thousand personality
surveys and IQ tests in an excellent living laboratory. Few psychologists
have had a like opportunity to study correspondingly large numbers
of individuals, to correlate personality and intelligence with
age, ethnic group, sex, and education, and to evaluate these variables
with individual business success on a year-to-year basis.
Fortune (4 Dec. '78), Professional Builder
(Jan. '80), and The Practicing CPA (Jan. '82), all had
their lead article about Guy Odom and his management development
program. Odom's personnel selection and management development
programs have been cited in The Merchant Builders, The Classic
Touch: Lessons from Homer to Hemmingway, and profiled in Contemporary
Business, a university text.
Guy Odom has been a voracious reader for the past quarter
century, devouring books on psychology, sociology, philosophy,
business, economics, and history, from the classics to the contemporary.
His is a synthesizing mind which has recognized interconnections
among these disciplines that show us where we have been and where
we are now headed. His works have been favorably compared to the
writings of other contrary searchers of truth: Immanuel Kant,
Arthur Schopenhauer, and Oswald Spengler.
Guy Odom's newest book is America's
Man on Horseback: A Fable?
©1989 - Publication 1990
Foreword by Terrell H. Bell, President Ronald Reagan's first Secretary
Polybius Press - ISBN 0-9624006-0-2 - 358 pages - $22.50.
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