I wrote a book that I can’t legally publish

Roxi Nicolussi
2 min readOct 22, 2023

Shaking Up the ‘leadership and influence’ scene comes with its costs

Ever dived into the world of leadership books and thought, “Man, all these authors seem kinda… same-y”? If you’ve had that itch for a fresher take, I’m right there with you. That’s why I decided to pen down my own experiences and shake things up a bit.

So here’s the deal: I’m a queer, young-looking woman who rocked the role of a design leader without actually bossing anyone around. Not your typical leadership story, right? Most of the stuff on bookstore shelves talks about bossing teams, climbing the corporate ladder, or the classic “how to be the alpha” spiel. Leadership is not one-size-fits-all anymore. Here I am, navigating a world that’s all about vibing with people, using design smarts to win hearts, and just being my authentic self. Gaining respect when half of the people don’t want to see you in the room, though, is no small task. I wanted to write the book I wish I had when I started my career in design strategy.


In my zest to spill the beans, I started reframing “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by the legendary Dale Carnegie. Turns out, you can’t really do that because it’s still copyrighted until 2025.

The book is written, and now I have to wait until I can share these juicy tips with the world! If you’ve stumbled upon this post because the books seems like it might be your vibe, I want to get it into your hands ASAP.

Sign up to the waitlist here and I will keep you in the loop when it’s available.

Check out this post for a new vision of ‘leader’

So, What’s Next?

Having to hit the brakes was a bit of a facepalm moment, but hey, it’s all about rolling with the punches. Now, I’m doubling down to ensure my voice — quirks, anecdotes, and all — takes center stage.

At the end of the day, this isn’t just about scribbling words on paper. It’s about reminding everyone that leadership isn’t a one-size-fits-all deal. And for anyone who’s felt like they’re dancing to a different tune, I hope my tale gives you a beat to groove to.

Don’t forget to sign up to the waitlist here and I will keep you in the loop when it’s available.



Roxi Nicolussi

futurist, strategist and leadership coach — writes about life, tech, design, travel, boldness www.bigpictureroxi.com