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Never Scratch a Tiger with a Short Stick: and Other Quotes for Leaders Hardcover – April 25, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (April 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576833429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576833421
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Quotes for the leader who never stops learning to lead. Anyone in a leadership role will appreciate this book of inspirational quotes. Drawing from the wisdom of several respected leaders, writers, and visionaries, Gordon S. Jackson shares brief yet practical quotes on crucial leadership topics––the kind of wisdom every busy leader needs. You may find yourself smiling as you learn from such quotes as: You don’t think much of my methods. I don’t either. But I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it. - Dwight L. Moody See everything, overlook a lot, correct a little. -Pope John XXIII The only things that evolve by themselves in an organization are disorder, friction, and malperformance. - Peter Drucker Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. - George S. Patton Within this collection, you are bound to find the right quote for addressing any situation you find yourself in as a leader.

About the Author

GORDON JACKSON is a professor of communication studies at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. He has worked at Whitworth as a journalism professor and college administrator since 1983. Originally from South Africa, where he worked as a journalist, he is a frequent speaker for churches and other groups. Dr. Jackson has spoken to scores of church, Sunday school, educational, and civic groups on a wide range of topics. In the past few years, he has also served as a consultant for church groups and Christian educational institutions in Uganda, Lebanon and Egypt.

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This is a pretty fun little quote book.
Todd Hagopian
This book is full of very thought provoking material.
Michael Erisman
The book makes a good addition to any library.
Leroy M. Davis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Erisman on December 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
When I saw the title of this book, I couldn't resist. I love books of quotes, and this one is excellent. Over 200 pages of quotes, which are divided by topic area. A great book to ponder and think about. I especially enjoy finding quotes that match current leadership challenges or opportunities, as I find the best way to often lead through a new situation or effect change or transitions is with a quote that helps people see the point from a different perspective. This book is full of very thought provoking material.

I will leave you a few to whet your appetite, and then I encourage you to grab a copy of this book.

"Care for the truth more than what people think" - Aristotle (Page 93)

"We have this fantasy that if we just have enough information, we can control events" - Barbara Biesecker (Page 123)

"The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year" - John Dulles (Page 165)

This is a great book, for a great price. Enjoy.
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This book is a cogent little book of wisdom that does not at any point get tilted in any one direction. This is a smart, intellectual, as well as entertaining book. And even though this book is published by a Christian publishing house, you never feel preached at or as if you have to accept a religious view of things. It's simply a great book whatever the context of what your needs, whether that be school, church, business, personal motivation, etc. I especially appreciate the diverse kinds of people he's quoting as well as his ability to find quotes that argue both sides of a coin. On leadership, for instance, you get a classic sounding quote from A. P. Gouthey, "Loyalty is one thing a leader cannot do without"; this is followed by the realistic, tongue-in-cheek sarcasm of Ronald A. Heifitz: "Leaders are always failing somebody." You get quotes on character ranging from Karl Marx to Gandhi to Billy Graham (what a combination!). As far as the diversity he's used quotes from everything from Arabian proverbs to actors to president to generals to actors and actresses to people I hadn't even heard of until I read this book, like Edward Hodnett, Piet Hein, S. I. Hayakawa, Shakti Gawain, Martin Lloyd-Jones, etc. I don't want to ruin things by taking part of the search for new names away, but I was rather impressed with so many of these folks' credentials. It also made me think a little more than I ever did about Bobby Knight. Although I couldn't argue with his success, I never appreciated the way he treated his players, but he's got a great quote here: "The key is not `the will to win' . . . . Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.Read more ›
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This book is a cogent little book of wisdom that does not at any point get tilted in any one direction. This is a smart, intellectual, as well as entertaining book. And even though this book is published by a Christian publishing house, you never feel preached at or as if you have to accept a religious view of things. It's simply a great book whatever the context of what your needs, whether that be school, church, business, personal motivation, etc. I especially appreciate the diverse kinds of people he's quoting as well as his ability to find quotes that argue both sides of a coin. On leadership, for instance, you get a classic sounding quote from A. P. Gouthey, "Loyalty is one thing a leader cannot do without"; this is followed by the realistic, tongue-in-cheek sarcasm of Ronald A. Heifitz: "Leaders are always failing somebody." You get quotes on character ranging from Karl Marx to Gandhi to Billy Graham (what a combination!). As far as the diversity he's used quotes from everything from Arabian proverbs to actors to president to generals to actors and actresses to people I hadn't even heard of until I read this book, like Edward Hodnett, Piet Hein, S. I. Hayakawa, Shakti Gawain, Martin Lloyd-Jones, etc. I don't want to ruin things by taking part of the search for new names away, but I was rather impressed with so many of these folks' credentials. It also made me think a little more than I ever did about Bobby Knight. Although I couldn't argue with his success, I never appreciated the way he treated his players, but he's got a great quote here: "The key is not `the will to win' . . . . Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.Read more ›
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