ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I was not much of a student but I was the fastest kid in the neighborhood. The latter led me to attend the University of Arizona on a track scholarship. It was there that I got serious about my studies. I spent most of the 1960s in school--earning my B.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Arizona and my M.B.A. at Arizona State.
After graduate school, I was on the faculties at the University of Nebraska Omaha, Concordia University in Montreal, and San Diego State University. I taught courses in management and organizational behavior. My research focused on conflict, power, organizational politics, and interpersonal skills.
I wrote my first book in 1974, my second in 1976, a third in 1978, and a fourth in 1979. Around this time I realized I had become a book writer. Fast forward to today and twelve million copies later, I am humbled by the success of my books. They have been translated into 20 languages and are used by students around the globe. I am widely acknowledged as the world's best-selling textbook author in the areas of management and organizational behavior.
At the age of 50, I made two life-changing decisions. First, I retired from teaching in order to devote full time to my writing. Second, I decided to get back into shape and train for masters' track competitions. In terms of my track competitions, I earned my first world title in 1993 when I won the men's age 50-54 100 meters in Miyazaki, Japan. That was followed two years later by winning four gold medals and setting three world records at the World Masters' Track Championships in Buffalo, New York. Since 1993, I've set a number of world records in masters' sprints, and garnered two dozen national and 14 world titles. In 2005, I was elected into the USA Masters' Track & Field Hall of Fame.
In 2002, I took on my first venture outside of textbooks and wrote what became the first edition of The Truth About Managing People. Written for practicing managers and manager-wannabes, it provides a brief overview of what every manager needs to know about hiring, leading, and motivating in the workplace. It was followed in 2004 by a book that I had been thinking about for many years--a book that could help people make better decisions. Decide & Conquer, now in its second edition, can help you succeed in a wide range of decisions--including career, finances, business, and relationships.
Today, I live in Cleveland Heights, Ohio with my wife, Laura Ospanik, and our dog Kooper.