Interview with Terry Gardiner

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
When I was very young my favorite aunt bought be two books that made me yearn to learn to read - Swiss Family Robinson and Robinson Curosoe. It was a while before I could read these, but they were my inspiration. Many years later I went on a sea kayaking trip with no food to do my own live off the land adventure.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ernest Hemingway and Jack London are two of my favorite authors. And, that is one of the reasons I decided to write this Six Word Lesson book. The Hemingway story of how he wrote a six word story is such a classic Hemingway story. Another favorite author is Richard Brautigan, who I was fortunate enough to meet in Alaska. We traded smoked fish!
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing for a very long time, just not a book. I majored in history and political science which was all about research, reading massive numbers of books and writing papers. Later in politics I learned to write laws, speeches, op-eds and how to communicate with the public. In my company I learned how to share information with my managers and employees in effective ways. My non-profit experiences promoting various public policies was an additional opportunity to learn more about communications and writing documents that are concise and clear. I became very adept at the one-pager for for US Senators and their staff. They don't have time for long reports, so you better be good a summarizing the key points. Creating the Best Practices Wiki brought me back to a more general type of writing and thinking about how to make information accessible to the general public and finally to this Six Word Book!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to share the lessons I have learned in my lifetime on how to lead and manage startups, organizations and projects. I hope that people can accomplish their goals by learning about best practices for leading and managing all types of organizations - businesses, non-profits or government organizations. There is a lot of wisdom and experience out there in the world!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Ketchikan, Alaska - in the coastal rain forest. I was fortunate to grow up on this island in the wilderness in a small town with access to nature's abundance in the sea. I started commercially fishing when I was teenager and learned to be independent and self-reliant. It taught me to just dive in and learn as you go, and to not fear the unknown or untried. Fishing was also a world where you learned from others and had a very strong tradition of helping each other out.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I grew up being a commercial fishermen in Alaska and loving the outdoors. I developed a habit when I was young of getting up early. In my fishing days we got up at 4 AM to make sure we got the "daylight" drift for salmon. I also love the quiet of the morning when others are still asleep, its a very productive time for me and when the birds sing.
What are you working on next?
Writing this book is part of my overall effort to create a wiki website - - that is a free public repository of best practices in all fields and areas. A nonprofit manages this free website and the goal is to post best practices from many authors around the world.
What is the Best Practices Wiki?
The Best Practices Wiki, is like Wikipedia, a free public website that is constantly improving and evolving and its purpose is to help people.

Human progress is directly linked to the spread of ideas. Human progress can be accelerated by improved access of all individuals and organizations to best practices – those methods or techniques that have consistently shown superior results.

The world functions increasingly through for profit, not-for profit, governmental and quasi-governmental organizations of many types and sizes. The vast majority of organizations are small; unsophisticated and lack resources, comparable to larger organizations, to operate effectively and efficiently to achieve their missions. In the US there are 6 million for profit companies and 1.5 million non-profits and over 80% have less than 20 employees. There are an additional 21 million self-employed entrepreneurs in the US. Many of these small organizations fail, struggle to grow or underperform their potential.

Worldwide small companies and organizations constitute an even larger share of their economies and job creation than they do in the US. Human progress is dependent on these small organizations succeeding and functioning optimally.

Best practices are constantly being created and refined in all fields and industries. Knowledge and access to these best practices and related resources would allow individuals and organizations to accomplish more with less resources, improve the lives of people and accelerate human progress.

The mission of the Best Practices Wiki is to make best practices and resources available to individuals and organizations – freely, easily and comprehensively – in one central repository. The Best Practices Wiki is designed to be a trustworthy source where users can easily and quickly find best practices and resources at the summary or detail level as needed.
Published 2015-02-19.
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Books by This Author

Six-Word Lessons to Build Effective Leaders: 100 Lessons to Equip Your People to Create Winning Organizations
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 7,430. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
100 easy lessons to equip everyone in your organization to deliver exceptional results! Learn about best practices to grow your people, your teams and your organization, whether a business, nonprofit or government organization. This resource provides concise best practices you can apply immediately to your work and build a more successful organization.