Endorsements of "Leadership Lessons from Cherokee Nation"
"Chief Smith has written a remarkable account of how the Cherokee Nation reached a pinnacle of success by incorporating common elements of planning, group action and sharing credit for that success."
Ross Swimmer, former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation 1975-1985 and former Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Department of Interior.
“Lessons from the Cherokee Nation are lessons we each must remember to improve our lives, organizations, and communities. Chief Smith shares stories with lessons that work in business; it is not where we are, but where we aspire to go that counts.”
Harold Hamm, Chairman and CEO Continental Resources, Inc., was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2011 and has been the CEO of Continental Resources since 1967. The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma was named after Hamm.
“Across the ages and since time immemorial, Cherokees have practiced the art of leadership. Chief Smith’s Leasdership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation is an indelible chronicling of time proven elements for tribal and organizational success; just as applicable today as they were a thousand years ago."
Jay Hannah, Cherokee Citizen, Executive Vice President of Financial Service, BancFirst and former Chairman of the 1999 Cherokee Constitution Convention, Secretary-Treasurer of the Cherokee Nation and Chairman of the Board, Cherokee Nation Businesses.
“Chief Smith was a student and visionary of business, government and Cherokee life. His book “Lessons from the Cherokee Nation” outlines the reasons for the Nation’s amazing growth and stability during his term. His principles of organization, leadership and caring make sense; they work in all organizations."
David Tippeconnic is Chief Executive Officer of Arrow-Magnolia International Inc. After retiring from CITGO Petroleum Corp as CEO, he served as Interim Chief Executive Officer and later as Chairman of the Board of Cherokee Nation Entertainment from 2001 to 2004. From 1997 through 2000, he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors of CITGO Petroleum Corp.
“Chad Smith shares with us lessons that apply to all walks of life and organizations. His book “Lessons from the Cherokee Nation” are those lessons that take us from where we are to where we want to be. Those lessons work on the football field and in the board room.”
Barry Switzer-Switzer was the legendary head coach at Oklahoma who won national championships in 1974, 1975 and 1985. He won or shared in the Big Eight Conference championship every year from 1973 to 1980 and won eight of the thirteen post-season bowl games. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.