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November Newsletter from Phillip Kane Published

November newsletter from Phillip Kane published

The November 2021 newsletter from author, Phillip Kane and https://phillipkaneauthor.com has been published.

This month, there’s news about a breaking endorsement for Phillip’s book, The Not So Subtle Art of Caring: Letters on Leadership. There’s also updates on another new affiliate site where readers can now find the book.

Cover, The Not So Subtle Art of Caring: Letters on Leadership, by Phillip Kane, author

Readers interested in pre-ordering Phillip’s book may now do so at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Foyles, !Indigo (*NEW*), Waterstones and at JohnHuntPublishing.com

In this issue, we also toss in a blog post and a meme or two from https://andwin.net, Phillip’s blog site. You’ll also find a few leadership ideas and tips designed to help make you a better, more caring leader.

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If you know someone who could benefit from the newsletter or from The Not So Subtle Art of Caring style of leadership, please forward the link to them with your encouragement to sign up themselves. Thanks in advance for spreading the word!



To learn more about Phillip, please click HERE.

We’d like to wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving. Please know that we are especially grateful for you and your personal support of Phillip and his writing.

To purchase a copy of Phillip’s book, The Not So Subtle Art of Caring: Letters on Leadership, from John Hunt Publishing, London, please follow this LINK.

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AndWin Blog Hits 10K

AndWin blog hits 10K unique visitors
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Phillip Kane’s AndWin blog hits 10K. On November 14, 2021, barely 10 months after its founding, AndWin.net welcomed its 10,000th unique visitor.

AndWin.net was established as a resource for those looking for a kinder, better way to lead other human beings than the worn-out autocratic, command-and-control style which dominated the last century and remains prevalent today.

At least once per week, Phillip posts to the site, offering important advice to those seeking to improve their leadership skills. Beginning in early January 202, the AndWin.net blog now contains over 120 of Phillip’s signature stories as well as other helpful materials for leaders of all ages.



For 30 years, author and successful businessman, Phillip Kane proved that leaders no longer needed to choose between delivering results and treating those they lead with dignity and respect. In assignment after assignment, he did both, delivering hundreds of millions of dollars in value for brands like Goodyear, Pirelli, and NAPA and developing a new generation of more caring leaders.

Phillip is also the author of The Not So Subtle Art of Caring: Letters on Leadership, available here and wherever great books are sold. “Letters” is an outstanding resource for those who wish to commit to becoming the sort of leader that people WANT to follow.

You can follow Phillip on Twitter here at @ThePhillipKane.

Thank you for visiting, for your part in this important milestone and for adding to the success of the AndWin style of leadership.

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100! (visitors in one day)

Phillip Kane’s AndWin blog had 100 visitors in one day

The popularity of the AndWin blog continues to increase with per day visitor counts now hitting triple digits! After reaching 1,000 unique visitors just over 8 weeks after its launch, on March 18, Andwin.net smashed all prior single day totals welcoming 100 visitors in one day for the first time ever!



100 visitors matched our weekly totals during the early days of the blog. So to achieve these types of visitor counts so quickly is tremendously exciting. It also says a great deal about the desire among today’s leaders for a more caring alternative to the fear-based, desk-pounding style of leadership that’s unfortunately been held over from the last century.

Thanks to all who are making The Not So Subtle Art of Caring leadership philosophy and the AndWin blog such a success. It has been gratifying, to say the least, to see this level of support and interest for the blog after such a short period of time.

To learn more about The Not So Subtle Art of Caring, visit the official author site for Phillip Kane, here https://phillipkaneauthor.com

To purchase a copy of Phillip’s book, The Not So Subtle Art of Caring: Letters on Leadership, from John Hunt Publishing, London, please follow this LINK.

To learn more about the author, please click HERE

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Gratitude News

AndWin Welcomed 1000th

Andwin welcomed its 1000th unique visitor
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Today, March 12, 2021, Phillip Kane’s AndWin.net blog welcomed its 1,000th unique visitor. 

Just over 2 months ago, the AndWin blog made its debut, offering a different, better way for leaders tired of the outdated, never should have been permitted in the first place, table-pounding style of authoritarian leadership.

Now, some 70 posts and 1,000 visitors later, AndWin.net is a clearly established resource for caring leaders. 

In between, in support of Phillip’s book deal with John Hunt Publishing, London, we’ve also launched https://phillipkaneauthor.com. Phillip’s author site features the latest information about Phillip’s book, The Not So Subtle Art of Caring: Letters on Leadership. The site also contains sample content from the book, news about upcoming events and helpful links to reviewers and quality booksellers. 

We’d like to thank you for your part in our achieving our 1,000th visitor so soon. You’ve exceeded our wildest expectations. And for that, we are tremendously grateful. 

Check back each week for new advice about caring and winning. 

In the meantime, remember, leadership begins when it stops being about us. 

To purchase a copy of Phillip’s book, The Not So Subtle Art of Caring: Letters on Leadership, from John Hunt Publishing, London, please follow this LINK.

To learn more about the author, please click HERE

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New Meme Page Added

New meme page added to andwin.net. All memes by author, Phillip Kane

A new meme page has been added to AndWin.net, under the menu, where we are publishing author, Phillip Kane’s memes. Each week, Phillip creates and posts several original memes on sites like Twitter, Instagram, FaceBook, and LinkedIn. These memes make simple but impactful leadership lessons using words and pictures. Sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, these memes always have a story to tell about a kinder, better way to lead and often give a glimpse into Phillip’s dry, quick wit. We are now including this content here to add to your total leadership experience. Enjoy.

You can follow Phillip on Twitter at ThePhillipKane, on Instagram at phillip_m_kane or on Facebook at PhillipMatthewKane.

If you like the blog, you’ll love the book! More than 85 of Phillip’s story backed lessons from his time in business have been assembled in one place for the first time along with clear lessons for leaders looking for an alternative to the toxic, narcissistic, and autocratic management style of the last decade which has, unfortunately remained far too prevalent today. If you believe, like Phillip, that there should be no reason to choose between winning and caring for others, you can purchase a copy of Phillip’s book, The Not So Subtle Art of Caring: Letters on Leadership, from John Hunt Publishing, London, now. To do so, please follow this LINK.

To learn more about the author, please click HERE

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Contract Signed with JHP

Contract signed with John Hunt Publishing (JHP), Phillip Kane's publisher.

London, UK. I’m super excited to announce that I have signed a contract with John Hunt Publishing, London, for the rights to my book The Not So Subtle Art of Caring: Letters on Leadership which will be released later this year.

About Letters…

Virgin’s Richard Branson, Zappos’ Tony Hsieh and Tesla’s Elon Musk, apart from their obvious success, all share another thing in common.  Each utilized storytelling to maximize their effectiveness as leaders.  Many of the most influential leaders of our and all time, including arguably the most influential leader in history, used storytelling whenever they had a particularly important point to make.

Encouraged by these influences, a father who was a known storyteller and a Nigerian priest who used stories to bridge a language barrier, first-time author, and successful businessperson, Phillip Kane used stories each Friday throughout his career to help business associates relate to key issues facing the organizations he had the privilege to lead.  These weekly letters had less to do with what was going on in the business than how people should think about what was going on in the business.  By helping shift and align his teams’ point of view, Kane and the teams he led were able to accomplish more and win more often.  All because of the stories he told.



In Letters on Leadership, 85 of them are assembled together in one place for the first time, offering a collection of morality tales for any leader searching for a better, more inspiring way to lead others.  Organized around key themes like encouragement, trust, and gratitude, Kane also provides additional insights for existing or aspiring leaders looking for a different, heart-centered way to appeal to those who should be following them than traditional, self-centered, command and control micro-management.

Featured twice in Kouzes’ & Posner’s, The Leadership Challenge (Wiley), Phillip Kane’s storytelling technique and the leadership lessons he imparts are key for any leader seeking to create winning teams built on a fundamental foundation of kindness and service to others. 

Check back often for more news as the editorial and publication process unfolds.

Thank you for visiting AndWin.net and for supporting The Not So Subtle Art of Caring. It’s a kinder, better way to lead human beings.

To learn more about John Hunt Publishing, please click HERE.

To learn more about Phillip Kane, please follow this LINK.

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Celebrate Victories

True, caring leaders celebrate victories. Phillip Kane

January 1, 2021

Tonight, my wife’s, and now my daughter Chuck’s, Ohio State Buckeys destroyed Dabo Swinney’s allegedly #2 ranked Clemson Tigers, beating them by three touchdowns in a game where Swinney and his much celebrated defensive coordinator, Brent Venables, were terrifically outcoached, and outclassed.

But as much as this could be a letter about execution or about not saying stupid things, or about not coaching your players to break the rules by hitting with the crown of their helmets, it not about any of the three of those things.  It’s about what happened after the game.

As the clock hit 00:00, the entire Buckeye squad ran onto the field, celebrating, hugging each other, fist bumping, jumping up on each other, heading to the stands to whoop it up with family and friends and tossing gear high in the air.

I wasn’t struck so much that celebrations in athletics are unusual, but that celebrations like these outside of athletics are what separate winners from losers.

And that’s the point for the week.

Celebrations in athletics are commonplace, even at the grown adult, professional level where it’s not uncommon to find middle-aged men dousing themselves with expensive Champagne after winning a significant championship or series.

But in business celebrations are rare.  I suppose celebrations are viewed as something childish.  Or maybe revelry is perceived as lacking decorum.  Or it could be that the stick in the mud leaders that populate most C-suites today truly believe that fun has no place in the “serious” world of big business.  It’s more my sense, actually, that these people don’t celebrate because they don’t have much to celebrate.

True, caring leaders magnify success by rejoicing when they see it.  They miss no opportunity to recognize team wins.  They may not chase their players around spraying them with booze, but they do find ways to make a big deal out of even little accomplishments.

Leaders that celebrate success, tell others they care without saying a word.  They tell their teams that winning matters, that achievement is recognized, that accomplishing things gets rewarded.  Oh, and that theirs is a fun place to work, where laughter, cheer and joy are not only OK, but they are encouraged and modeled by the boss.

These events create camaraderie, and opportunities for teams to replay the victory in their own words, to learn again what went well and to reinforce the positive behaviors that led to a positive outcome.  In these environments, trust blossoms, love springs forth and a kind of brotherhood and sisterhood form that results in a nearly impenetrable mesh between teammates that defies competitive assault or other intrusion, ultimately yielding an associate body of such incredible speed, force, and focus that losing eventually becomes universally unthinkable.

So, celebrate victories.

And win. 

To purchase a copy of Phillip’s book, The Not So Subtle Art of Caring: Letters on Leadership, from John Hunt Publishing, London, please follow this LINK.

To learn more about the author, please click HERE

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Curiosity News

Maintain Wonder

True, caring leaders maintain wonder. Phillip Kane

September 25, 2020

This week, in the Indianapolis shop, a fire truck was brought in for service.  It’s been fun to observe grown adults react to the thing.  It seems that one never outgrows the childhood sense of wonder and curiosity that goes along with being near a hook and ladder.  There’s just something about the things that elicit smiles, and set imaginations ablaze.  In those moments, the constraints of reality seem not to matter, who we’re “supposed to be” is less of a concern, and the limits of possibility seem a little wider and a little longer than before.  Because with curiosity and wonder come unimagined, and often better ways of doing things.

And that’s the point for the week.



Curiosity and wonder are often associated with childhood.  I suppose that’s because we lose these things as we get older.  Or they are lost for us, by well-meaning adults who drum them out of is in the name of maturity and serious thought.  Curiosity and wonder are the purview of dreamers we’re often told, not of those with both feet firmly planted on the ground.  To the industrious go the spoils.  To the dreamers go whatever’s left.

But I don’t believe that.  I believe that every great advancement in the history of mankind came about because someone curiously thought about some better way.  I believe that every great team ever was full of people who dared to imagine a better alternative, a picture of winning that was different from the reality that painted their past.  I believe that those who refuse to let go of that child-like spirit of wonder are those who win – those who boldly lead others to new, different and better places, places where lives are improved.

It matters not to me whether we’re talking about a team of folks in the fleet service business, or a family, or a group of people intent on making their community a better place to live.  When curiosity and wonder replace an obsession with the worn-out, the staid, and the status-quo, progress becomes possible – and not until then.  Something else happens as well.  Those who are part of what’s happening start to resemble those who just saw a fire truck; they start smiling, they begin having fun again, they open their own eyes and minds to the possibility that things can change for the better.  And maybe best of all, their own sense of curiosity and wonder takes over, and new ideas begin coming from all corners, propelling the group to heights never imagined – all because it became OK to wonder again…to be curious again…like a child again.

So pretend you just saw a fire truck.  And wonder. 

And win.

If you like the blog, you’ll love the book. To purchase a copy of Phillip’s book, The Not So Subtle Art of Caring: Letters on Leadership, from John Hunt Publishing, London, please follow this LINK. “Letters” is based on 85 story-backed lessons Phillip used while leading actual teams to accomplish extraordinary things. It is an outstanding resource for those who wish to commit to becoming the sort of leader that people WANT to follow.

To learn more about Phillip, please click HERE.

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Authenticity News

Be Authentic: Be Yourself

Be authentic: be yourself. Phillip Kane's andwin.net blog

October 19,2018

Recently, members of our ownership team and our Board of Directors were here for a Management Meeting. As we prepared for the meeting, Todd and I made sure to include materials that showed how we thought about the business personally. We also spoke beforehand about the importance of speaking in terms that were real to us – about being ourselves. See, it’s not uncommon when company comes, that we somehow change our behavior. We try to be someone we aren’t. And in the end, a few things happen: we come off as less than genuine; we set a standard we can never replicate; and we set ourselves up to disappoint others in the future. But when we just show up as ourselves, good people will see the good in us anyway and want to be a part of what we’re doing. 

And that’s the point for the week. 



In my first month, I’ve spent a lot of time just walking around, watching and listening. It’s how I learn. Sitting with people won’t tell me what I really need to know. Because often I’m going to see the side of them they want me to see and a process that is either not the best one or if the right one, not the one they use every time. So I walk around. And I watch. And I listen. 

And when I do, I want you to be yourselves. Because when you are, others will know it. Authenticity matters. Its a core currency in the economy of trust. When others regard you as real, they will see you as someone they can rely on, learn from, and confide in. When all of us spend less time caring about what each of us thinks of each other and more time thinking about what we can do for each other, something incredible is going to happen. We’ll recognize the true capability that exists in our organization and it’s going to surprise us.  Because then the power of multiplication will take over. Each of you times every other one of you aligned toward the common goal of growing this business – instead of your own self image. 

So just be yourself.

And win.

If you like the blog, you’ll love the book. To purchase a copy of Phillip’s book, The Not So Subtle Art of Caring: Letters on Leadership, from John Hunt Publishing, London, please follow this LINK. “Letters” is based on 85 story-backed lessons Phillip used while leading actual teams to accomplish extraordinary things. It is an outstanding resource for those who wish to commit to becoming the sort of leader that people WANT to follow.

To learn more about Phillip, please click HERE.

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Belief News

Just Add Hope

True, caring leaders know hope IS a strategy. The just add hope. Phillip Kane

November 5, 2009

The other day as I flew from Charlotte to Kansas City for a meeting with YRC, my iTunes DJ spun up the hit song, Airplanes by B.o.B. 

The opening line (and chorus) from the song struck me in a way it hadn’t before.

 “Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars?  I could really use a wish right now.” 

I thought first of my dad, then about a wider point on leading.

It made me think of my dad who, upon hearing my mom or one of his four sons wish for something, was fond of saying, “Spit in one hand and wish in the other and see which one fills up first.” (Except he didn’t say spit) What he was trying to say in his dry-witted way was that activity, not hope produces results. 

Some are fond of saying that, “hope is not a strategy.”

To me, both my father’s saying and the conventional wisdom of the Ken Doll leader set and their tired little “hope is not a strategy” cliché are both too limited in their thinking.  They ignore the value in hope.  They fail to recognize the value that hope plays in forming vision and that vision plays in shaping the future.

And that’s the point for the week.



For our company, our homes, our communities and our world to become all that we want them to be requires that we first envision or hope for something better for them.  It is an absolute certainty that doing the same thing tomorrow as we are doing today, even if we choose to do it twice as hard, will deliver nothing more that exactly what we have today, possibly just a tad more of it.

But hope helps create the vision for where we want to be – the point in the distance we want to achieve. Inherent in hope is the critical belief that things can be different and better.  When we exert hope upon the world it moves. We overcome the inertia of our present path and shape a new one; a road to our own promised land, the destination we envision.

And when effort is added to that vision, our world can actually become all that we hope it can be.  But effort without vision is not unlike banging one’s head off a wall.   Just as wishing without effort is like, well you know.  But hope comes first.

So, hope in all things.

And win.

If you like the blog, you’ll love the book. To purchase a copy of Phillip’s book, The Not So Subtle Art of Caring: Letters on Leadership, from John Hunt Publishing, London, please follow this LINK. “Letters” is based on 85 story-backed lessons Phillip used while leading actual teams to accomplish extraordinary things. It is an outstanding resource for those who wish to commit to becoming the sort of leader that people WANT to follow.

To learn more about Phillip, please click HERE.