With all the political folderol we are subjected to these days,
Id like to present a book on trust, one that could help us make
decisions. A warning ... this book is designed to make you think;
but then that's a necessary task for learning, isn't it? That said,
the lessons taught in the 8 sections are flawlessly presented as workable
tools for success. What kind of leader are you? What kind of leader
would you want to work for? Exploring of the leadership traits of
humility, development, commitment, focus, compassion, integrity, peacemaking,
and endurance is well done.
I especially like the way Wayne and Ron start
sections with a comprehensive overview of the section title. For example,
when talking about humility, the first thing we learn is that to be
'humble' means to be well grounded, a person who sticks to the basics,
and is truthful in every aspect.
On page 226 there is a phrase that every parent,
employer, and well everyone, should frame on their bathroom
mirror: "If we do not let go, we make prisoners of ourselves."
This is a well-written book and it should be on your current reading
shelf. I give it 4 1/2 stars. (Only the Bible and the Constitution
Paul Tulenko, Ph.D - MBA
Publisher: Small Business Success E-News
Tulenko Success Group
and Syndicated Small Business Scripps-Howard Columnist
I am a career professional educator (40+
years), with most of that in administrative capacities as principal
and athletic director at the secondary and university levels. Recently
I received and read Trust Me by Hastings and Potter. I can
truthfully say that my perception of leadership has been dramatically
altered by reading and re-reading the concepts presented by these
gifted authors. Many of the principles were familiar and just required
some brushing up in order to be fully applicable. Others were like
manna from Heaven (why hadnt I thought of that?!?).
I enthusiastically encourage anyone involved in leadership to acquire
and read Trust Me today.
Trust Me teaches leaders
at all levels how to be effective by being compassionate, but firm,
flexible but tenacious, and humble but confident.
William Sigmund II, M.D., vice president, Pfizer
In a world where the acronym CEO is quickly becoming synonymous
with deceitful business practice, Trust Me offers an empowering alternative
backed by timeless truth. This is a must read for all veteran and
aspiring business leaders.
Scott Jeffrey, strategic advisor and author of Journey
to the Impossible
When I started my career as a physician, I had no idea that managing
my employees would be so much harder than caring for my patients.
My medical training had prepared me to be a clinician and a healer,
but I didn't have the slightest idea about how to be a leader. In
Trust Me, Ron Potter and Wayne Hastings reveal the eight characteristics
that every leader must have to earn the trust and support of his or
her staff, team, or organization. Writing with compassion and wisdom,
Potter and Hastings give readers the information and inspiration they
need to develop these characteristics. I was relieved to learn that
I didn't have to be ruthless, devious, or bossy to be a good boss.
Using the techniques I learned in Trust Me, I find that I'm not only
a better, leader, I'm also a better person. Great book!
Reviewer: A reader from Kingsport, TN
Trust Me is solid food for all
Having read a number of Management-style books
over the years, I always found it was a bit like panning for gold
to find the nugget that could be applied. Until now, I had not read
one where the concepts were so clearly presented, and where every
principle was significant, and I could embrace them as aligning with
my own concept of leadership style, both professionally and personally.
As Hastings and Potter present, these can't be separated.
The leadership concepts are well described, and
argument convincing. The style of summarizing the main points of at
the end of each chapter, a Bible study approach providing questions
to reflect on how to apply in one's life, and applicable quotes and
entertaining stories from their experiences to support the points,
make for enjoyable reading, and easy reference.
The book is not just for business executives,
it has application to all who represent the company. The concept of
humility and endurance as they describe them are the kingpins of how
we want our company to be known, and represented. The book will be
recommended reading for our commercial team; even though some don't
have other company people for whom they are responsible, they represent
us, are responsible for themselves, and families, and will learn from
the work of Hastings and Potter.
February 23, 2004
Reviewer: Gordon Gustafson from Crete, IL United