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In reviewing “Thank You for Your Lessons,” let me say to author and former Las Cruces city councilor Jack Eakman, “Thank you for your book.”
A worthy sequel to “Thank You for Leading,” TYFYL is a collection of business lessons – really, life lessons – that Eakman learned in more than 30 years as a healthcare administrator throughout the Midwest, and before that working the 4 p.m.-1 a.m. shift making electrical components for the General Motors factory in Anderson, Indiana, where he worked a second full-time job as a laundry washman for a Catholic hospital.
Learning while leading is one of the skills Eakman brought to his four years on the Las Cruces City Council, 2015-19. He always listened and paid attention to what he heard at council meetings. He understood budgets and how business and government work, but never forgot that he was representing real people with real needs and aspirations.
Eakman also asked many outstanding and insightful questions. I live in his council district, and I was proud of his representation.
He’s also a good writer:
“Knowing the legends of cold weather in Bismarck (North Dakota), my wife bought a new snowsuit for our (10-month-old) son, boarded our plane, and awaited the arctic climate. Turns out, it was late July and 96 degrees when we landed.”
“Here I am in the presence of probably the most authoritative person on the planet regarding leadership and management (who was in the hospital suffering from exhaustion and dehydration), and what do I learn? Lead and manage me first.”
In his book, you will learn about Eakman’s experiences with a carpet-cleaning entrepreneur, a human resources consultant, an author and motivational speaker, an artist, a clinical psychologist, a nurse, an engineer and many others -- from every walk of life and level of employment.
And here is some of his advice from the new book:
“Quit thinking about yourself and your needs all the time! Start thinking about others and what you can do for them. Because it is how we treat others that controls how we think about ourselves.”
“We found that impossible tasks could be achieved with education, communication, cooperation, humility, persuasion, appreciation and persistence.”
In “Thank You for Your Lessons,” you will learn a lot about strong leadership that is based on motivation, compassion, expectation and wisdom, and you’ll learn about Eakman’s very interesting life. I’m glad he’s in Las Cruces sharing his passion and his compassion with us. And I’m glad he’s already planning another book.