Iron Ambition: My Journey from Seat 2A to Ironman

John D Callos (Author)


UPDATED: Iron Ambition chronicles a CEO's mid-life odyssey from corporate excess and sloth, to completing the Ironman Triathlon. This is NOT a book for those looking for training advice. It is the story of all the mistakes made trying to do too much, too soon, and wasting thousands of dollars on unnecessary equipment that made little difference in the end. This book is really targeted toward mid-career, 6-figure executives who struggle with the daily battle of balancing work and family while harboring the guilt of broken promises and delayed dreams. The wildly-mixed reviews reflect the disappointment of athletes who were seeking training advice or who misinterpreted the author's intention of helping others avoid his costly mistakes by candidly acknowledging his near-obsession with Ironman and how this costly pursuit took over much of his life. Since completing the Ironman, the author has also completed the ULTRAMAN, a 3-day stage race format triathlon consisting of a 6.2 mile swim, 260 miles of cycling and a 52-mile double marathon run on the final day.

Product Details

Iron Ambition
Publish Date
April 02, 2009
6.0 X 0.65 X 9.0 inches | 0.92 pounds
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About the Author

John D. Callos is an ULTRAMAN, Ironman, ultra endurance athlete, Marathon des Sables participant and President & CEO of IdeaBridge, a management consulting and training company based in southern California. He advises CEOs and their executive teams, on leadership issues relating to corporate strategy, executive effectiveness, sales process and growth. His work involves confidential advisory services, speaking engagements, executive coaching, team building facilitation and corporate training programs. Mr. Callos is internationally-recognized for his confidential advisory work with CEOs and his expertise in the areas of leadership development, corporate transformation, sales process methodology and executive accountability programs. Mr. Callos works exclusively with senior business executives to improve both their effectiveness as leaders and the results of the companies they lead. Mr. Callos received national recognition as "Business Guru of the Year," finishing first in his category in a nationwide competition and his articles and White Papers have been distributed internationally. Mr. Callos earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Southern California (USC) and graduated from USC's Entrepreneur Program. When he's not meeting with clients, conducting research or developing program materials, he will likely be found training and competing in Ironman Triathlons or Ultra Endurance events. The author can be contacted via email: [email protected]