Niagara Gazette — It’s fairly unusual to have two authors living in the same house.
It’s even more unusual to have both with books on best-seller lists.
But, Claire and Richard Knowles of Lewiston are doing just that, using Claire’s maketing skills to help rocket two of her books and two of his onto Amazon best-seller lists.
The pair are experts in their own right on matters of business and professional development. Richard’s first book, “The Leadership Dance,” is about his experience as the general manager of several DuPont plants, including the one in Niagara Falls. The book details how he was able to come into the plants and make extraordinary positive changes in staff communication, plant safety and cost cutting.
That book chronicles his creation of a process he says “enables people to solve complex problems” while building the networks, and releasing the emotional energy and commitment to quickly accomplish the challenges ahead of them.
His second book, “Partnering for Safety and Business Excellence,” is designed to help leaders go beyond compliance and achieve safety excellence.
Claire, worked 29 years in human resources and labor relations at the DuPont plant in Niagara Falls before retiring in 2000. Her books are also about change, personally and professionalism.
“Can You See Them Now?” is about all the so-called “elephants in our midst,” which is how some describe the big issues people refuse to face, personally and professionally.
Her other book, “Lights On: A Reflective Journey,” is more about personal growth.
Collectively their four books just recently hit the best-seller lists on Amazon.com. Richard’s book “The Leadership Dance,” hit the top spot among business books.
“I think that the underlying issue of all our books has to do with the whole issue of leadership,” Claire said.
The two of them, who besides providing professional business counsel present seminars both solo and as a pair, work as a team even in conversation, playing off each other, strengthening each other’s statements and complimenting each other.