Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

June 3, 2003

Whitworth College Author Publishes Volume of Quotes on Leadership

Good leaders can always use a pithy quote to rally the troops with wit and wisdom from the ages. And their job has just been made easier by Gordon S. Jackson's most recent compilation of quotes, Never Scratch a Tiger with a Short Stick and Other Quotes for Leaders.

The title, inspired by one of the estimated 1,300 quotes included in the book, offers a characteristic sample of the succinct and sage advice found in sayings by, about and for leaders compiled by Jackson, associate dean for academic affairs and a longtime journalism professor at Whitworth College. The hardback book, published by NavPress, sells for $12 and is available in major bookstores online and in Spokane.

"This book is a genuine treasure trove of wise sayings -- something like a book of proverbs from sources throughout history and around the world," writes Bill McCartney, founder and president of Promise Keepers, in the book's forward.

Former U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield writes, "No volume for the armchair dreamer who longs for results, this author's collection is a spirited manual for action, for risk taking and courageous leaps. It is a call to march with intuition and clarity toward solution and truth. Roll up your sleeves when you tackle this ‘tiger'; you are headed for adventure that will inspire any who dare to follow."

Drawing from the wisdom of respected leaders, writers and visionaries throughout history, Jackson presents brief yet practical quotes on crucial leadership topics such as ambition, change, decision making, failure, humility, patience, power, responsibility, risk, success, values, vision and wisdom. The topics are organized in six sections relating to the nature of leadership, the leadership environment, leaders as individuals, resources for leaders, leadership outcomes, and the leader's career, as well as a section of miscellaneous topics.

Jackson says that he wrote the book "to pull together ideas that can encourage leaders as they carry out their duties, remind them of principles they already know, and warn them of the pressures or pitfalls they face."

Born and reared in South Africa, Jackson worked there as a journalist before coming to the United States to complete his doctorate in mass communication at Indiana University. In 1983 he joined the Whitworth College faculty, where he served as professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies before being appointed associate dean for academic affairs in 1998. Jackson has written five books, including two other anthologies of quotes: Outside Insights: Quotations for Contemporary South Africa (Human and Rousseau, 1997) and Quotes for the Journey, Wisdom for the Way (NavPress, 2000).

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Gordon Jackson, associate dean for academic affairs, (509) 777-4303 or gjackson@whitworth.edu.

Greg Orwig, director of communications, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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