great writing

(nonfiction)

Bill writes books for leading thinkers—and for his own byline. Among the scores of book projects that have come under his wing are those below. Bill writes nonfiction about management, business, strategy, self-help, economic policy, health, the environment, ethics, foreign policy, analytics, and more.

A book for decision makers,The Unfinished Leader explains how leaders can move beyond solving simple “puzzle-like” problems to “wicked” paradoxical ones. What’s required is teamwork, a change of perspective, collaborative tools, and the humility to see the job of leadership remains unfinished.

Bill Birchard worked as an editorial consultant to authors David Dotlich, Peter Cairo, and Cade Cowan of Pivot Leadership. The book was published by Jossey Bass in April 2014.

A book about foreign policy and national economic strategy, Strategic Capitalism shows how the rise of China challenges the U.S. It argues that U.S. policy makers must reinvent U.S. capitalism to win.

Bill Birchard worked as an editorial consultant to author Richard D’Aveni, professor of strategy at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. The book was published by McGraw-Hill in September 2012. See www.richarddaveni.com

A how-to book for aspiring authors of nonfiction books, Stairway to Earth: How to Write a Serious Book reveals Bill Birchard’s 14-step approach to bringing a good idea down to earth, writing a winning book proposal, and delivering a superb manuscript

Bill Birchard wrote the book based on his years of experience as an author, book consultant, and book-writing coach. The book was published in October 2011. See www.stairwaytoearth.com.

     

A book about ethical decision making, Ethics for the Real World explains the principles for clear ethical thinking and a process for making wise decisions. It is unique among books about ethics in showing how to use ethical action to transform our lives.

Bill Birchard drafted the book as an editorial consultant to authors Ron Howard and Clint Korver, professor at Stanford University and CEO of Decision Street, respectively. The book was published in June 2008 by Harvard Business Press.

A book about business strategy, Wal-Smart first first reveals the secrets to Wal-Mart's success and then shows readers how to successfully compete in the Wal-Mart economy as a competitor, supplier, employer, and community member.

Bill Birchard drafted the book as an editorial consultant to author William Marquard, co-founder of Marble Leadership Partners in Chicago. The book was published in December 2006 by McGraw-Hill.

A story about the people who built the Nature Conservancy, the largest environmental group in the world, Nature's Keepers chronicles the heroic struggle of nine talented conservationists to preserve the world's biological treasures. It is a story spanning 55 years, 50 states, and 28 nations.

Bill Birchard wrote the book with the cooperation of scores of Conservancy veterans and outsiders. The book was published in 2005 by Jossey-Bass (Wiley).

A how-to book for health-care consumers and health-care organizations, The One-Minute Meditator is a step-by-step guide to revealing your sources of stress, showing how to meditate in short increments, and inspiring you to make meditation part of your daily life.

Bill Birchard wrote the book in partnership with clinical psychiatrist David Nichol, M.D. The book was published in 2001 by Da Capo Press (Perseus). Dr. Nichol works and lives in Denver, Colorado. See www.davidnicholmd.com.

A business book for corporate managers, Counting What Counts chronicles the crisis in corporate accountability and outlines a program for turning accountability to competitive advantage. In 1999, Counting What Counts won an award as "outstanding" from the magazine of the American Library Association.

Bill Birchard wrote the book in partnership with professor Marc Epstein. It was published in 1999 by Basic Books (Perseus). Professor Epstein teaches at Rice University.

A business book devoted to corporate strategy, The Discipline of Market Leaders, distills the complexities of strategy formulation into some simple and lucid rules of thumb. The book became a NewYork Times bestseller in 1995.

Bill Birchard wrote the book as the lead writer under the auspices of Wordworks, a Boston-based book packager led by Donna Carpenter. The book was published in 1995 by Basic Books.

A business book for health-care managers, Changing Health Care offers a prescription for reforming the health-care system, improving quality and access while reducing costs.

Bill Birchard wrote the book as the lead writer under the auspices of Wordworks, a Boston-based book packager led by Donna Carpenter. During his tenure with Wordworks, Birchard worked on many other books and book proposals in varying capacities.

A how-to manual for hiking-trail design and construction, Appalachian Trail Design, Construction, and Maintenance, gives detailed instructions on state-of-the-art trail work as of 2000.

Bill Birchard wrote the book with co-author Robert Proudman. Trail Design was one of Birchard's first books, first published in 1982. At about the same time, Birchard rewrote two guides to the Appalachian Trail, one for Southern Virginia and the other for Vermont and New Hampshire.

Merchants of Virtue tells the story of Herman Miller, Inc.’s 20-year journey to sustainability. The company has become a role model for how to make great products, take care of the environment, benefit society, and make good money—all at the same time.

Bill Birchard wrote the book after interviews with over 100 people and hundreds of hours spent examining company documents. The book was published by Palgrave Macmillan in September 2011.

A book about the new alliance of machine and human intelligence, The Mathematical Corporation, explains how leaders can remake the way they think and strategize to create products, services, and businesses in the new digital world. This power can be wielded for both business and social good to create once impossible solutions.

Bill Birchard worked as an editorial consultant to authors Josh Sullivan and Angela Zutavern of Booz Allen Hamilton. The book will be published by PublicAffairs (Hachette) in June 2017.