Dr. Madelyn Blair is an esteemed speaker, author, and authority in the field of senior management consulting. She is pleased to announce the audiobook release of her latest bestseller, Unlocked: Discover How to Embrace the Unexpected.

JEFFERSON, MD, August 28, 2020 /Neptune100/ — Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, Madelyn Blair recognized that certain people had the ability to recover successfully when life would try to knock them down. As she studied those successful people, she found that the characteristics helping them deal comfortably with adversity were skills and practices she could acquire for herself and pass on to others. All of those discoveries—and plenty more—formed the foundation of her most recent book, Unlocked: Discover How to Embrace the Unexpected.

A number-one bestseller internationally, Unlocked is an examination of these adversity skills and a guide to the practices that make them possible. It is a rehearsal manual for those who want to be ready when emergencies happen.

“I have always admired people who act with confidence in difficult moments, who find creative solutions when confronted with unexpected situations,” says Dr. Blair. “But more, I wanted to know how they acquired the personal traits, the habits of mind that allowed them to confront sudden emergencies with the resilience to examine the unexpected situations and make better choices for action.”

Madelyn Blair wrote this book not only to describe those ultra-resilient people and to tell their stories, but also to examine, step-by-step, what practices we can all develop to help us acquire those same skills. Dr. Blair expects this audiobook format (available from Amazon, iTunes, and ACX) to highlight these success stories and adventures more vividly than ever before. Unlocked has already inspired greatness in countless people all over the world in its original hard copy format. The audiobook has set its sights even higher.

Dr. Blair explains: “This audio edition will surely inspire our listeners, as they have inspired me, to better prepare ourselves for all the unexpected circumstances that life has to offer.”

Drawing on the acclaimed author’s 30 years of experience as a business owner, speaker, teacher, executive, mother, grandmother and interviewer of exceptional people, Unlocked is a confirmation of those experiences and the discoveries made within. It is also a detailed compilation of the practices and exercises that will give readers and listeners the building blocks of resilience; the keys to unlock our ability to choose how we respond to life’s unexpected discomforts.

Dr. Blair reminds us that Resilience, the ability to determine to move on from difficulties, is an acquired skill. She has devoted more than 40 years of practical experience in large and small organizations to help people deal with the problems that arise from unexpected circumstances. This has enabled the move from hesitancy to clear progress.

Recently, Madelyn has worked with the Project Management Institute (PMI) in their global series called Center Stage, bringing these ideas to half a million members. She gives virtual workshops to the volunteers at AARP and others.

Those who have worked with Dr. Blair have said:

Madelyn’s impact on my life has been disproportionately high relative to the actual time I’ve spent with her. She’s a razor-sharp coach composed of equal parts encouragement and challenge. Not only has she opened my mind to new possibilities for life and work, she’s challenged my beliefs about who I am and my place in the world. I am unspeakably grateful.

Dan Rieger, Deputy Director – IT Strategy for the City of Indianapolis

Her commitment coupled with her ability to foster potential was clearly effective in developing the skills needed for the modern workplace. She provides actionable, objective feedback, and I felt that her communication style enabled a high level of trust. Her support and coaching helped me to capitalize on my strengths and take on leadership roles without hesitation.

Mehvesh Shereef, Organizational Transformation Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton

“Madelyn is compelling and engaging. Speaker   is too general a term for Madelyn. She is a masterful storyteller who captures focus and generates learning on collaboration, teamwork, leadership, and resilience.”

–Ed Hoffman, CEO, Knowledge Strategies and Academic Director, IKNS, Columbia University

“Madelyn reaches out to her audience with great impact. You remember her points and are enabled to adapt them into your daily and professional life.”

–Rüdiger Süß, Senior Strategy Analyst, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)


Madelyn Blair, Ph.D., esteemed speaker and bestselling author, has become an authority in the field of senior management consulting. In business the ability to effectively manage the difference between failure and optimal performance for an organization is paramount. Dr. Blair has developed tried-and-true methods which have helped people worldwide to achieve their specific goals. In October 2019, Dr. Blair released her latest book, “Unlocked: Discover How to Embrace the Unexpected.” This universally acclaimed work focuses on coping with unexpected events so we can discover power in these situations; the power to determine our own responses to unanticipated events. To learn more about Madelyn Blair please click here.

“Unlocked: Discover How to Embrace the Unexpected” introduces a series of practices created by Dr. Blair, whose aim is to help us find the elusive answers we seek. Through a very straightforward, deceptively simple step-by-step process the reader can easily identify with the material. “Unlocked” is widely recognized as a useful, relatable, even heartfelt contribution by the author to her enviable and growing body of work. For additional information about Dr. Blair’s latest bestseller please click here.