Making Remarkable by Adam Legge

Making Remarkable


How to deliver purpose, inspire people and build a platform for exceptional results.


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About the Book

Leaders wake up each morning wanting to create impact, achieve results, and make a difference; in short, they want to make their organization remarkable. But becoming remarkable is increasingly difficult in a world of disruptive change, limited resources and intense competition. Or perhaps things have become a bit stale, having missed the signs, signals and trends that are requiring leaders transform their organization into something that is modern and dynamic. Whatever the reason, many organizations struggle with achieving remarkability in a time when that is what is needed and demanded.

How can a leader lift their organization to the top of its game and ensure that it not only survives but thrives? In Making Remarkable: How to Deliver Purpose, Inspire People and Build a Platform for Exceptional Results, Adam Legge brings over twenty years of experience helping leaders, executives and boards move their organizations to remarkable. He shares with you a framework that enables leaders to:

  • Craft and live a purpose – through brand, culture and values
  • Inspire people to achieve remarkable performance – through the board of directors and team
  • Build a platform to deliver impact and results – through the value proposition, strategy, technology and finances

In the book, Adam lays out how to lead the modern organization to a state of remarkable existence and performance in times of change and disruption, and how to build an approach that will keep your organization constantly adapting and thriving. Drawing on a rich career of organizational leadership, including most recently as President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber, Making Remarkable is a rendering of what your organization needs to be and have in place—it is about creating the foundations for long-term remarkable performance.

Remarkability Diagram: Purpose, Platform & People


Sheree Anne Kelly
President & CEO, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

In a hyper-competitive and complex world, it’s not enough to meet expectations and be “good” at what you do. In order to stand out, inspire and lead exceptional teams and organizations, you have to be remarkable. Remarkable leaders are ethical, catalytic, and transparent, and apply the right strategies across their entire enterprise. Only then will you deliver the highest value to all your organization’s stakeholders. Adam Legge wrote the book that walks readers from basic tenets, to common challenges leaders face, through practical application of remarkable thinking and strategy within your organization. This isn’t a book about leadership style. It’s a road map, workbook and your go-to leadership doctrine all rolled into one.

Harrison Coerver
Co-author of Race for Relevance, Five Radical Changes for Associations

Adam Legge did it.  He took an organization from the edge of irrelevance to one that is remarkable.  He provides hands-on insights into what works and what doesn’t.  Not what a consultant thinks will work.  Not a professor’s theories.  But from a CEO who took to the challenges and passionately effected change. Whether it is dealing with governance changes or optimizing resources and competitive position by abandoning obsolete or unproductive programs, he has done it and shares with you his experience and valuable insights.  I am confident that if you put these ideas and practices to work in your organization, you will realize greater relevance, improved value and increased member engagement.

Jim Dewald
Dean, Haskayne School of Business
University of Calgary

Adam Legge has created a masterpiece. Although Adam relies on his real world experience in turning around a tired organization to be a world-leader, Making Remarkable will benefit a much wider audience. Indeed, every leader, new or experienced, business, association, or government, will find practical and effective tools developed through Adam’s exceptional model of Purpose-Platform-People. I am super impressed with this book, which is very thoughtful, honest, comprehensive, and excellent advice and guidance for all organizational leaders.

Tim Giuliani
President and CEO, Orlando Economic Partnership

I wish I would have had a step-by-step process to become remarkable when I accepted my first CEO position. Many of the lessons I learned the hard way are included in Making Remarkable.

Mark Eagan
CCE, CEO, Capital Region Chamber, Albany, NY

Adam’s approach motivates and inspires you to challenge the status quo, to think and act boldly. Making Remarkable provides a purposeful roadmap for leaders to transform organizations and cultures to deliver impactful results.

Betty Nokes Capestany
President & CEO, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce

Making Remarkable provides an easy to follow roadmap to remarkability. It is well written and provides great insights, direction and tools for organizational leadership. It is both inspirational and informative. Author, Adam Legge is a great storyteller who gives first had a poignant personal perspective and also knowledge gained from other experts. While geared to beginning your leadership journey, I found great nuggets that apply to an experienced CEO. I would highly recommend to anyone running or considering running an organization.

Kyle Sexton
ChamberThink Strategies
Author of Remembership and Follow You Anywhere

Adam Legge shows you both sides of organizational management: the top of the leadership mountain and the underbelly of change.

Jay Byers
CEO, Greater Des Moines Partnership

I have had the opportunity to serve with Adam Legge on both the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Board and World Chamber Federation General Council. He is without a doubt a global thought leader in the Chamber of Commerce industry. Making Remarkable is an excellent “how to” resource for both new and seasoned Chamber CEOs on modernizing your organization to achieve better results, more satisfied members, and more engaged staff.

Jennifer Diakiw
President, Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation

As the pace of change accelerates, organizations are seeking ways to stay ahead of—not just respond to—change. Adam’s book is part case study, part textbook, and all inspiration. It gives evidence-based advice about how to recognize an organization’s need for transformation and how to get there.

Jay Chesshir
President and CEO, Little Rock Regional Chamber & 2017/18 ACCE Board Chair

What I would’ve given 25 years ago as a new CEO to have had the benefit of Making Remarkable.  Nowhere else have I seen such a comprehensive, yet targeted, resource to molding a remarkable organization with a continuous eye towards truly being a differentiator. Adam Legge provides real world examples as well as personal insight into what today’s organizations are looking for in their leaders.  Beyond that, it is also a valuable reminder to those who have long been in leadership roles where they are in their remarkable journey.

About the Author

Adam Legge works with executives, leaders and boards to help them achieve remarkability through organizational renewal and transformation.  He believes in the potential of leaders to make their organizations remarkable and do work that can change their communities and the world.

Adam is the President of the Business Council of Alberta, a public policy and advocacy organization comprised of 130 of Alberta’s largest companies. He has worked with the founders since day one to create an award-winning organization. Adam’s prior roles include President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Director at the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership, and Vice President and Chief Economist at Calgary Economic Development.

Adam lives with his family in Calgary, Alberta.