Fresno State professor's book shares how to catch success

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Fresno State professor's book shares how to catch success

Dewey E. Johnson’s newest book is not a fish tale.

Yes, it’s about fishing, but Johnson, an expert fisherman and leadership professor in the Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno offers much more than tips on how to get the big ones to bite.

In “Catching Success: Fishing, Leadership, and Relationships,” Johnson ties his and others’ fishing expertise with advice on “catching success” in leadership and relationships.

He suggests that human relationships are the common denominator in both leadership and fishing. In fact, the National Sports Fishing Association has identified that 60 percent of all anglers go fishing for relaxation and being with friends and family.

The book is an outgrowth of his popular speech on “Catching Success” that he has presented for the last two years to civic, student and fishing groups locally and during recent trips to China and Portugal. The book, “Catching Success” is appealing as a gift to family members and friends and for personal development.

The book is a series of short stories, written in a reader-friendly style that combines reflections on all three subjects. In the “Clean the Weeds” chapter, he notes in order to enjoy success in fishing, anglers often face the prospect of catching weeds when they toss their lines near weed beds in which fish are feeding. Leaders, too, may pick up “weeds” that keep them from reaching their potential, he writes. Leadership “weeds” may be insensitivity to others, being overly ambitious or unable to delegate or build a team. Some of these same “weeds” such as insensitivity, also harm personal relationships.

Johnson has written more than 25 books and editions. His book Management of Organizational Behavior: Leading Human Resources co-authored with Ken Blanchard, “The One Minute Manager,” and Paul Hersey, developer of Situational Leadership, is in its eighth edition and has sold more than 600,000 copies.

“Catching Success” is $19.99 and can be ordered on the Web at or purchased at bookstores.

For review copies or interviews, contact Johnson at (559) 436-4866.

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