Create a Book Structure before Writing

February 16, 2024

In my presentations I have a section on writing a book. When I am asked where you start, I answer from the middle. I tell them you can’t write the beginning or the end until you know how the book plays out. Here is a slide that looks at the structure of my book where I used the FDR chapter:

  1. Historical narrative sets the stage for each chapter by putting the issue into context.
  2. The strategy section in each chapter explains what each president did to manage the issue
  3. The lessons section contains the lessons we can learn from the president’s approach.

Learn lessons from each of our last 15 presidents in my book: “Leading from the Top: Presidential Lessons in Issues Management.” Available wherever books are sold.