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Author of
Lessons in Transitioning from
Blue-Collar Roots
to White-Collar Success



14 Boomer Life Stories That Bring a New Perspective to the Conflict Between Generations

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CHANGING COLLARS unveils the secrets to success in a white-collar world that is increasingly complex.  Wherever you are in your white-collar career journey, this book will help you achieve greater success, improve your satisfaction level, and provide a diverse set of useful tools! For those who have grown up in a blue-collar environment,

this book is especially valuable. 


(paperback $19.99, ebook $6.99, audiobook $24.99)

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What People are Saying About Changing Collars


“If you didn’t grow up in the corporate world, but want to succeed in it,

this book provides a must-read career guide full of sage advice.”

Mike Arnold, Retired President and CEO of Ryerson Steel

"Growing up, my next door neighbor and best friend finished high school and became a tool and die maker.  He was a good one and earned enough respect to be invited to weekly plant manager meetings. He once observed, 'I'm the only one in the Monday morning meeting wearing a plaid shirt.' I wonder how his career might have changed had he the opportunity to read Dan Muller's engaging, insightful Changing Collars.

It could serve as a template for any blue-collar worker considering navigating the sea change to the white-collar world."

Mike Johnson, author, Long Journey To Destiny and A Season Forgotten

“This book contains a vast amount of helpful information for anyone, whether from a blue or white-collar background, who is considering a white-collar career or is currently part of the white-collar workforce. It is also useful as a lifelong reference, especially for those from a blue-collar background aspiring to have not just a job, but a fulfilling, long term, white-collar career.  I especially liked the practical “white-collar lessons” interspersed throughout the book....”


Catherine M. Bakes, Ph.D., Emerita Associate Professor, Management & Information Systems,

Kent State University

“Loved the book!  The rules for ‘blue-collar’ workers and ‘white-collar’ workers are very different.  Dan Muller explains these differences with wonderful stories that make the lessons fun to absorb.  I wish it was available when I was starting my career. I plan to teach these ‘lessons’ to my college students and hope they will change their lives like they did for Dan.  A few critical things can make a huge difference.”

 Ryan Conlon, Kent State Adjunct Professor and retired CTO, Progressive Insurance

As a first-generation college graduate with a blue-collar background, this book is the perfect resource for navigating the white-collar workplace. Daniel provides lessons from his experience and addresses several different challenges someone transitioning from blue-collar to white-collar work will experience. After reading this book, I feel more prepared to advance my career. Daniel touches on lessons learned on all facets impacting white-collar work, such as differences between growing up in a blue-collar and white-collar household, office etiquette, expectations doing thought-work, and communication in the office, for example. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to advance their career, learn more about the challenges of transitioning from blue-collar to white-collar work, and better equip themselves.


Qamar Tariq, Marketing Coordinator

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SEX, DRUGS, ROCK and WAR: The Boomer Generation is a captivating deep dive into the lives of fourteen 'everyday' Baby Boomers, as well as an  exploration into the increasing conflict between generations.  Through understanding the lives and views of these Boomers, the generational conflict becomes more understandable.  Readers from all generations will re-think what they believe about other generations, as well as their own.

Paperback & Audiobook $19.99, Ebook $4.99

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What People are Saying About
'SEX, DRUGS, ROCK and WAR:  The Boomer Generation'

"Dan follows up his initial “Changing Collars”, with a thought-provoking collection of fourteen Baby Boomer life stories where he “connects the dots” between life-long experiences and their current views of society and the world.  These stories are fascinating"

Michael Moore, Baby Boomer and former Executive

"Everyone interested in the baby boom generation should read this book to understand their beliefs vs. the hype and stereotypes that exist. The book gives each story the human touch, in which are found poignant, honest tales about real lives. You will come away with a heightened appreciation of this generation."    Susan L. Arnold, Baby Boomer and Retired Business Controller

"This book contains fascinating and eye-opening accounts detailing the lives and beliefs of Boomers.  Those younger, looking to delve further into the minds of this generation, will find these stories helpful.  Daniel demonstrates how diverse the lives of Boomers may be. He dances back and forth between a ‘Humans of New York’ style documentarian and a friend editorializing the views of his acquaintances. I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for a glimpse into the world of Boomers."

Jillian Smith, Millennial, PR and Communications Manager

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"If a fellow Millennial or Gen Z wants to better understand the conflicts between generations, read this book.  If you want to gain insight into the Boomer generation, this book provides great context as to why they are the way they are."

Jason Bader, Gen Z

"Each story is like a quick look behind the curtain of a Boomer's life.  It's a good reminder that we don't truly know what someone else has been through.  Those experiences have shaped their perspective, and understanding their 'why' can help us all be more compassionate and accepting."

Amanda E. Ott, Gen X, Financial Controller


"Reading these diverse stories gave me so much insight that I had lacked before.  Daniel illustrates Boomers as the trail-blazers some of them are!  Reading the book has affected me personally and professionally."   Trina Bennington, Millennial, Director of IT and Business Engagement

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About Daniel
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I grew up in a working-class, blue-collar family in Northeast Ohio. After graduating with my degree in computer science and operations research from Kent State University, I began my white-collar career.  Eventually, after overcoming many challenges due to my lack of understanding the white-collar world, I succeeded and held several executive leadership positions in a Fortune 500 company. I held positions of President of a major division, as well as Senior Vice-President of Strategy and Chief Information Officer.  One of the keys to my success was pursuing a masters degree in business while working, which enabled a whole new skill set to accomplish my goals.

Late in my career, I found it rewarding to mentor younger, less-experienced staff, and I realized that too few senior leaders take the time to share some of the tips and secrets to success in the white-collar world.

After retiring, I founded a consulting company, called 'DEM Consulting', and began a second career as an author.  Both of my books are very different in terms of topics and style, but I have developed a passion within each to help others with their careers, and to help others understand the generations and their differences.  To me, this growing generational divide, which some call a generational war, is one that can be overcome with understanding some of the root causes for the differences between generations.  I have discussed this topic with so many from the different generations, and I can testify that there is some very real emotion developing within the generations, and growing animosity due to the differing thoughts and goals of each generation.  It is crucial that all of us better understand the generations and the current issues each have, both with society, as well as with one another.

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