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 of Education
Polybius Press - ISBN 0-9624006-0-2 - 358 pages - $22.50.


©2003 Guy Odom