Roger Payne

Biography

I am probably a relic from a bygone age in that many of my values were formed then and haven't changed. When I was young a man's word and his handshake was a legally binding agreement until the paperwork was signed, and you never broke that agreement because if you did you would ruin your reputation, and like today, your reputation is everything. I still open doors for females, and step aside for a women to go first, and although I have over 40 years military service behind me I would still never swear in front of a female. I served in one of Britain's most elite army regiments, the Parachute Regiment, then I left and came to the Australian Army and after nearly 25 years ended my service with Diplomas in Human Movement and Human Resource Management, having been awarded the Chief of the Defence Force Commendation and one of Australia's highest awards, the Order of Australia, the only Australian servicemen to get both. Having left military life I began work with the Australian Mines Rescue Service teaching leadership skills. The one thing I found as I travelled around was the self created problems businesses had between management and the workforce. The vast majority of these problems arose because few businesses had good team leaders, leaders who understood the type of relationship needed between a team leader and the team. And nothing is ever done to solve the problems, it's a self perpetuating syndrome. I eventually retired in 1998 completely frustrated at not being able to do anything to solve the matter in any meaningful way. So now I potter around in my succulent garden and attempt to write books. One of which, - 'Paras - Voices of the British Airborne Forces In The Second World War' is still selling on the net. My last book: 'The Gargantuan Book on team building and leadership using quotable quotes' is my tilt at windmills like that ancient character Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. In my spare time I like to fly very expensive drones and crash them. That's why they are SOOOOO expensive.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
I taught team building and leadership for many years when i was working and when I saw what was written about much of it I thought 'why does someone need to know there are 10 types of leadership? When I taught it there was 1 type that you adapted to every situation, and in reality there still is one 1 type. So I decided to write a leadership book that was different, one that used quotes instead of long drawn out statements. I ended up with a book that has 46 headings and over 3680 quotes with a bit of Terry Pratchett humour at the back. Well one simply couldn't call it a book of quotes could you? It had to be a Gargantuan book of quotes didn't it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The truth is after service in the British and Australian Army I ended up getting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and I also have Bipolar Disorder. After a great deal of counselling my psychiatrist suggested I take up a hobby that will make my mind focus on something other than my problems. Writing, if you want to do it properly, takes a great deal of time and patience to create a good verbal picture in someones mind. You constantly play with words and meanings and get a great deal of satisfaction when someone else enjiys what you have written.
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Books

The 'Gargantuan' Book on Team Building and Leadership Using Quotable Quotes
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 113,960. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
The 'Gargantuan' book of quotable quotes on team building and leadership is the 'Ultimate' book on leadership skills, only it uses quotable quotes, over 3680 of them in 80 quote bites to teach you what you'd probably missed in other run of the mill leadership books. It is interesting, covers every aspect of team leadership, is simple to follow, and easy to read.

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