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About Me

My background


For the past 29 years I have been a Professor of Management at the University of Toledo.  My background is somewhat eclectic, having started college as a voice major (opera), sold real estate, owned an employment agency, killed bugs for Orkin, and then decided to become a university professor.

All of that has led me to have a LOT of great life experiences in business that informs my writing. 

My writing roots


I have always loved to write.  As a professor, however, most of my writing has been scholarly research articles....

UNTIL 2011.....

when I decided to write a book with a friend in human resources.  It was a series of funny stories about HR folks who have to deal with employees that have a number of issues.  The book, "Got A Minute? The 9 Lessons Every HR Professional Must Learn," was a best seller, I think because it gave HR folks some concrete, albeit unusual, advice.

Since then, I've been hooked on writing management self-help books!

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Amazon Book reviews

Needy People


 By NurseProf on January 13, 2018

As a university professor who teaches leadership courses to young and mid-career professionals, I find this to be an engaging and highly accessible resource that will be useful in working with students and colleagues at all levels. All of us experience control freaks and approval-holics in our work and volunteer environments, and at times we exhibit those traits ourselves. Dwyer maintains that these two issues are central to obstructing work success. The book includes numerous assessments for personal reflection, and each chapter concludes with practical strategies gleaned from Dr. Dwyer's extensive experience in business / human resources management. This book is going to be a valuable resource in my work mentoring young professionals.

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Got A Minute?


 By Margaret on June 20, 2011


I just read the first two chapters of this book and I can't stop laughing. As an HR Professional this book is a must have. From the Preface to the end it is loaded with real life stories, challenges and tips to navigate the HR daily challenges. This is not a how to book, it is based on real life stories that actually happen everyday in the workplace. Employees do and say the darndest things.

Fantastic book for any HR Manager!

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Got A Solution?



By Steve Browne on May 28, 2015

This book by Dr. Dwyer and Dr. Caldwell gives practical advice and insight on issues that face all organizations. I enjoyed how they intertwined HR throughout these business items because it shows that we are an integral part of the business and not a separate entity. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be using it often.

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