CBC Leadership Series Subject of New Book

Prominent Cape Bretoners interviewed about Getting it Done

The official launch of Getting it Done: Conversations with Cape Breton Leaders (CBU Press) by CBC Cape Breton Information Morning host Steve Sutherland will be on Tuesday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the CBU Art Gallery. The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

The future of any community depends on the vision and initiative of its leaders, whether they be dedicated grass-roots volunteers, activists or elected and selected individuals. But when we go on a quest for leadership – what is it we’re looking for?

That’s the question Sutherland asked, when he sought out and interviewed nearly two dozen people whose leadership roles have made – and are making – a difference. Originally broadcast on CBC Radio, the leadership series is now a book. Getting it Done features exclusive material that didn’t appear in the original radio interviews, and includes a foreword by Linden MacIntyre.

“These are people who know how to get things done,” says Sutherland, whose daily public affairs morning show airs Monday to Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on CBC Radio One in Cape Breton. “The series, and now the book, are a compendium of insights about how these leaders got where they are, and what they do to make things happen.”

From cabinet ministers to CEOs, a Juno winner to an Olympic medalist and two former premiers, Getting it Done delves into the habits and philosophies of some of Cape Breton’s most prominent and influential figures.
“What can we learn from people who have been there’?” asks Sutherland. While there may not be specific answers, he adds, there are many identifiable traits demonstrated by these leaders in their professional and personal lives, and in his afterword to the book, Sutherland gleans a set of key principles from which we could all learn a thing or two.

Following the launch, at 7:00 p.m., there will be a panel discussion and forum – Cape Breton 2030 – moderated by Steve Sutherland.