Winners Never Cheat: Everyday Values We Learned as Children (But May Have Forgotten)
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JON M. HUNTSMAN is chairman and founder of Huntsman Corporation. He started the firm with his brother Blaine in 1970. By 2000, it had become the world's largest privately held chemical company and America's biggest family owned and operated business, with more than $12 billion in annual revenues before going public in early 2005. He was a special assistant to the president in the Nixon White House, was the first American to own controlling interest of a business in the former Soviet Union, and is the chairman of the Board of Overseers for Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, his alma mater. Mr. Huntsman also served on the boards of numerous major public corporations and organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Red Cross. The Huntsman businesses fund the foundation that is the primary underwriter for the Huntsman Cancer Institute, a leader in the prevention, early diagnosis, and humane treatment of cancer. He resides with his wife, Karen, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where his oldest son, Jon Jr., was elected governor in 2004.
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Video Clips: Jon Huntsman discusses his life and his book, Winners Never Cheat
Next time someone tells you business can't be done ethically -- corners must be cut, negotiations can't be honest -- hand them Jon Huntsman's new book. He started with practically nothing, and made it to Forbes'list of America's Top 100 richest people. Huntsman's generous about sharing the credit, but in the 21st century, he's the nearest thing to a self-made multi-billionaire. Now, he presents the lessons of a lifetime: a passionate, inspirational manifesto for returning to the days when your word was your bond, a handshake was sacred, and swarms of lawyers weren't needed to back it up. This is no mere exhortation: it's a practical business book about how to listen to your moral compass, even as others ignore theirs. It's about how you build teams with the highest values, share success, take responsibility, and earn the rewards that only come with giving back. Huntsman's built his career and fortune on these principles. You don't live these principles just to 'succeed': you live them because they're right. But in an age of non-stop business scandal, Huntsman's life proves honesty is more than right: it's the biggest competitive differentiator.
74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
Crossing The Finish Line,
This review is from: Winners Never Cheat: Everyday Values We Learned as Children (But May Have Forgotten) (Hardcover)This little book is small in size only as it covers significant and wide ranging discussions on a persons moral compass. The author is probably one of the most successful and positive people I have ever read that would write a book that focuses on the positive side of human nature. The author believes in being honest, fair and gracious at almost all costs. He argues that if we all focused on these aspects of our human contact, then many other positive results will present themselves.
Not only is this book a wonderful pick me up for anyone fighting their way through the corporate jungle, but it is full of bits of solid management techniques for those of us in the business world. Even the authors personal story is a wonderful look at how someone can become such a success treating people fairly and honestly. Overall I can not say enough positive about this book. It is a great shot in the arm and a road map for a positive legacy. This book is a keeper and one that you... Read more
39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Fresh air to fill your business lungs - enjoy!,
This review is from: Winners Never Cheat: Everyday Values We Learned as Children (But May Have Forgotten) (Hardcover)"Winners Never Cheat" is a tonic for our jaded age. To those already imprisoned in cynicism this book will read like a bunch of soft platitudes suitable only for children, but worse than useless to anyone trying to make it in the "real world". Of course, the cynics are not objectively correct. Cynicism and bad behavior are only necessary when you deem them to be the tools of your trade. If you decide that lying really is a losing long term strategy and that short run gains aren't worth long term losses, well, lying becomes a stupidity and easily avoided.
This is not to say that the kind of honorable behavior Huntsman advocates in this book leads to easy business success or a world of bright flowers and constant sunshine. Far from it! Competition is still tough and things still go wrong. It is simply how you compete and what you do to get things right that matter. These "everyday" values make for a more sustainable success that lead to better personal interactions,... Read more
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Winners Never Cheat: Everyday Values We Learned as Children (But May Have Forgotten) (Hardcover)No matter what business you're in, these principles apply to your work and your life. None of them are new - honor, fairness, honesty and respect are as old as time - but this is a refresher course that reinforces what you already know about morality and ethics. Author and successful business leader Jon M. Huntsman can cite himself as living proof that you don't need to compromise your core values to become a success - or even a billionaire. If you're a leader or aspire to be a leader in any field, this quick read is well worth your time. We recommend it to help you focus on values that the modern world often tramples. The message is sweet, simple and clear: stick to your beliefs staunchly, even if it costs you in the short term, because character, integrity and long-term results are what really count.
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Table of Contents
Preface by Wayne Reaud.
Foreword by Larry King.
1. Lessons from the Sandbox.
Everything we need for today’s marketplace we learned as kids.
2. Check Your Moral Compass.
We know darn well what is right and wrong.
3. Play by the Rules.
Compete fiercely and fairly–but no cutting in line.
4. Setting the Example.
Risk, responsibility, reliability–the three Rs of leadership.
5. Keep Your Word.
It’s high time to corral the corporate lawyers.
6. Pick Advisors Wisely.
Surround yourself with associates who have the courage to say no.
7. Get Mad, Not Even.
Revenge is unhealthy and unproductive. Learn to move on.
8. Graciousness Is Next to Godliness.
Treat competitors, colleagues, employees, and customers with respect.
9. Your Name Is on the Door.
Operate businesses and organizations as if they’re family owned.
10. The Obligation to Give Back.
Nobody is completely self-made; return the favors and good fortune.
Conclusion: The Bottom Line.
Acceptable moral values are child’s play, not rocket science.
Afterword by Neil Cavuto.
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