Dear Mr. Cantrell: I have to express my gratitude to you for the excellent book you have written (with Mr. Lucas). It is really more than a good book to me. . . . Oh, I bought your book in June in New York, and yet I couldn’t find copies in Georgia when I came back here two weeks ago. . . . I wanted to buy it as gifts for my brother and my sister-in-law and my old and new friends in Georgia. I am a third-generation Christian and have been involved in various ministries my entire life (36 years). The older I am, the more dissatisfied I become toward the church culture—the only culture I know in my life. I found that most “Spirit-led” Christians are very afraid of “the world.” Even though I know firmly and have experienced that life in Jesus is the most meaningful event I could ever embrace in this world, I was very unhappy with seeing many Christians at church with little or no professional training (or intentionally avoiding high-level professional training). In my observation, quite a few Christians are drawing an extremely bright-colored line between Faith and Profession. I myself love so much to read and to learn. . . . Having this disturbing feeling inside me for many months, in June (2007) I decided to find solutions to ease my mind and soul and to seek help I need for my job. I decided to visit a secular bookstore for business management books—as far as I can get from the Christian circle. . . . Walking in the Barnes
Dear Wes: Congratulations on your latest achievement! It’s refreshing to read a business book that is a true reflection of the author’s beliefs—which is what yours undoubtedly is. It kept me up until 2 a.m. Monday morning since I could not put it down after I started it. It also brought a lot of very good memories for me and made me realize how much I miss working with you. Wes, you are a true leader and a charismatic and inspirational man who has achieved what few CEOs have: instilling real and true values both into a business endeavor and into its management group. With respect, admiration, and affection.
Brother Wes, I have greatly enjoyed your book. Prior to coming to FBCW I worked for a construction company where unethical practices were expected. I would not succumb. One of the best compliments I received when leaving was the CEO saying, “You’re going to work for a church? That is a great place for you.” My difference was noticed. I just read the conclusion this morning, Wes, and I must agree with you—your family is a great accomplishment. I was shocked to see how many grandchildren you have—I believe this is a testimony to the joy your own children had in growing in your home. If a family is a great experience while growing up, naturally your children will desire to have big families. We love the Cantrells!
This is a truly wise, remarkable book! Comprehensive in scope, beautifully written, compellingly illustrated, Cantrell and Lucas illuminate the mind, heart, and soul of high-performing leadership. Wondering whether it’s worth buying and reading and applying? Just study the inspiring chapter outline and listen to your conscience for the answer.
High-Performance Ethics is a rare commodity, a book with a truly unique and provocative message that can actually make a difference in the way we act and the results we get today. It is a very personal case study encased in outstanding teaching. Its message is as important as any you will hear now or in the years to come.
In an ever-changing society and business landscape, we need something solid and real to hang on to. Something that tells us how to do right, something that tells us how to do well. You will do well to take the message you’ve received in High-Performance Ethics and apply it to your life and career.
High-Performance Ethics is a must-read book authored by two people who have lived these principles in the rough-and-tumble world of corporate America. Wes Cantrell and Jim Lucas have done a masterful job of clearly and practically communicating what it means to be a person of integrity in the marketplace. Read it and you won’t be the same.
High-Performance Ethics is a welcome ally in the struggle to restore respect for the dignity and morality of business. Instead of viewing ethics as an obstacle to success, High-Performance Ethics reveals the seamless integration between the two. Every business professional can benefit from this volume’s performance-enhancing prescriptions.