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Books by Ryan Gausman

  • Leadership, Excellence, and a Royal Coachman: Observations from a Lifetime of Transitions from Corporate Life to Fly Fishing Guide

    In a competitive world where resources are limited and customers have unlimited choices, great employees are hard to attract and retain, and excellence is the key to success. What if the best employees actively sought out your organization? What if every person in the organization envisioned themselves as an important member of a winning team, and chose to be a part of the solution to the challenges you face? Leadership is the answer, but only if it’s excellent leadership. Join Ryan Gausman as he details his observations regarding leadership and the pursuit of excellence gathered during a lifetime of transitions, from corporate life to his current occupation as an independent fly fishing guide. You can be that focused, respected leader who inspires excellence. Leadership, Excellence, and a Royal Coachman will take you there.


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Ryan Gausman received a bachelor of arts degree in business administration and economics from Seattle Pacific University, and enrolled in graduate studies at the University of Puget Sound. Afterward, he was employed by Nordstrom Inc., eventually becoming regional operations manager for Southern California, working directly with the Nordstrom family and other executive officers who instilled in him a lifelong passion for excellence and an insatiable curiosity regarding how people respond to excellent leadership. Since then he has worked and held leadership positions in various environments, he's been a hunting camp cook, a wilderness hunting guide and mule packer, church associate pastor, law enforcement officer, coroner, has owned and operated three retail businesses, and is currently an independent fly fishing guide. Ryan has published various articles in industry-related periodicals, including Loss Prevention and Air Beat magazines. He has also written for local outdoor publications. He has presented to industry groups on multiple occasions, and has been a guest on several radio station talk shows.