My Favorite 5! Leadership Book Reviews

Written By: Chad Toms, VP of National Sales, Sales

#2 is a book that I just read; Bo’s Lasting Lessons written by John U Bacon. I absolutely loved this book!  Wow, what a perfect book on leadership.  Bo Schembechler took over a long-standing program in 1968, at Michigan, and felt they were soft.  He knew that he had a lot of work to do.  It was not the Michigan that you now know.  The team had no weight room or practice facility – they worked out by running stairs in Yost Arena and watched film in the storage room under the baseball field.  He declared “Those Who Stay Will Be Champions.”  And, he was right.  Those who stayed became Big Ten Champions that first year.  Many quit and did not want to put in the work.  Those that stayed, worked like they had never done before and they achieved.  In the end, Michigan was tough and fearless.  The hard work helped them believe they were champions.  They beat an undefeated Ohio State team that year and it started what was known as the 10 Year Way between Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes at Ohio State.  This could become my favorite book as I loved every page.

I especially enjoyed reading about Reggie McKenzie who later played for Buffalo and Seattle in the NFL.  He was one of the first African – American players to come to Michigan, just after the riots in Detroit in 1967.  It was a difficult time in our history, but for Bo, it didn’t matter what color you were.  If you did your job and were a great teammate, it simply did not matter.  I met Reggie earlier this year and now to read about his personal story, I was blown away!  I cannot wait to see him again and share the experience with him.  There are tremendous tributes from his players, coaches, and friends, at the end.  It was quite an emotional experience to read that part … especially on a plane to Texas!  I was the teary eye guy in 12A and I got a few odd looks, I am sure!

The book was published shortly after Bo’s death.  The book was such an easy read and every part of his leadership approach was spot on and applicable to any business.  My favorite part was goal setting and also him setting clear expectations on Day One.  You always knew were you stood on that team and you knew what the expectations were.  The seniors drove those teams; it didn’t matter if you were Jim Harbaugh, Dan Dierdorf, or a walk on player that you never heard of.  If you were a senior, you sat in the front of the meeting room, with both shoes on the floor!  No favoritism!  If you were a freshman regardless of your abilities, you sat in the back of the room!

There were a lot of great stories throughout.  I loved the two stories of walk on players who gave it their all, Donnie Warner and Brad Bates.  They both went 100% every day and never stopped believing in themselves.  They both had great careers at Michigan and later went on to be successes in life.  This book is perfect for any leader of any organization; it will make you a better person.

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My Favorite 5! Leadership Book Reviews

Written By: Chad Toms, VP of National Sales, Sales

If you’ve ever met me, you know that I love to read.  This year, I have already read at least 12 books! I really enjoy books that display real-life examples of leadership.  The stories share special opportunities for growth through challenging times, all while facing adversity.  Leadership comes in many examples; a new leader stepping in, or stepping up, but always inspiring and teaching along the way.  My favorite books are true life stories where a leader starts a new company, takes over an existing company, or eve someone who is the coach of a sports team!  These are the leadership icons that get me fired up.

My #1 favorite is American Icon (Alan Mulally And The Fight To Save Ford Motor Company) by Bryce Hoffman.  I read this a few years ago and I don’t think that I ever put it down!  I’ve always been a huge fan of American History; it was one of my favorite subjects in school.  I remember reading about the Dodges, the Fords, the Rockefellers, the Carnegies and on and on.  Having lived through the economic collapse of 2008 to 2010, I lived through my own personal history lesson.  I watched the auto companies fight, scratch and claw to survive.  The entire economy was on life support.

Every day was a test to see who would be standing at the end of the day.  I remember watching the CEOs on C-Span getting grilled for their choices and ultimate failures.  During those sessions, I remember how Alan Mulally carried himself and I thought, wow, this guy gets it.  I was impressed by his approach and ability to communicate.  At that moment, I recognized that he was different than most and I realized that he was an asset to his company.  They were lucky to have him at the helm.  In 2012, I listened to an interview on WJR, an author, Bryce Hoffman.  He talked about how Alan Mulally was recruited to Ford by Bill Ford, Jr.  Bryce spoke of how Bill understood his own limitations and he knew that he needed a savior from the outside.  Bryce then mentioned an excerpt being printed in the paper.  As soon as I got to the office, I rushed to my computer and quickly read the excerpt and I was hooked!  It is a story of how Alan Mulally was able to guide a 100+ year old family-owned company through the most challenging time in their history.  He rode out the economic firestorm, stockpiled cash, made difficult decisions, invested in future products and then he led his employees!

After reading the book, I realized that my personality and leadership style was similar to Alan’s.  It validated my own leadership potential and my belief in myself.  I later met Bryce Hoffman and he personally autographed 36 copies of American Icon for me.  It was such a rush to have him come to Reliance One that day to personally meet our team.  I gave those copies away to every leader that I could think of … leaders from Reliance One, leaders at my clients, and my personal friends & family.  I hope that every one of those purchases helped leaders lead just like Alan did.

To this day, I am not sure if Bryce liked me because I bought 36 copies of his books or because I loved his book so much!  We keep in touch to this day.  He just had my personal copy of Icon signed by Alan Mulally.  Wow, what a rush.  I just cracked open Bryce’s 2nd book, Red Teaming.  A life story about how Bryce was the first civilian to go to Red Teaming School for the US Army.  It is another game-changer book and it will be sure to impact so many people.

Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with offices in Lisle, Illinois and Irving, Texas. Reliance One is focused on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct). Our sales and recruiting teams can be reached at 248-922-4500 or resume@reliance-one.com.

 

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Chad Toms – Vice President of National Accounts

Chad TomsChad Toms has always been a people person.  From growing up in Flint, MI to his first couple of jobs, Chad has a gift of connecting with people.   He has parlayed his connections, his ability to build relationships, his passion for the auto industry, and his sales expertise into a highly successful career at Reliance One. After joining the founders of Reliance One, Chad quickly moved into a sales territory with the goal of generating business to kick-start internal growth of new employees.  Over the years, he established many relationships in the industry which are many of Reliance One’s top customers today.  Based on his experience and relationships, Chad has taken on many new challenges.  He opened new offices, markets, and launched new programs.  In an effort to build on Chad’s successes, he was promoted to his most recent position, Vice President of National Sales.  In this role, he is working hard to brand Reliance One on a national level with the largest of clients.  After almost 10 years to the day from when he started working for Reliance One out of a house, Chad helped open a new state of the art 22,000 sq ft Headquarters for Reliance One in Auburn Hills, MI. Chad Toms is an eight time Contest Winner for Reliance One, holds two Most Valuable Player Awards, and has been honored with the “Reliance One Chad Toms Visionary Award”, which was named in recognition of his contributions to Reliance One. Chad continuously participates in community outreach and charitable activities.  He is active in youth sports where he has coached many youth teams including football, baseball, softball, and basketball.   He has also helped establish the Goodrich Football Boosters and the Goodrich Soccer Club.  His wife of nearly 20 years and two children are active in the community along with him.  Chad inspires everyone around him to interact with others, build relationships, and, “whatever you’re thinking, think bigger.” He continues to strive for success both personally and professionally.

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