What Others Are Saying

Most leadership books are full of ego, rehashed theories, and ultimately very little usable substance. Nothing dates faster. If we’ve learned anything through this pandemic, it’s that many of the old answers have passed their use-by date. Desuckify Work is refreshingly different. It firmly faces the future with great, practical insights into better, more satisfying ways to do business. I genuinely enjoyed reading Terry’s book and learned a lot from it. He got me thinking in ways that I plan to draw on in my own business. That’s surely the highest praise one can give to any book in this overcrowded category. This one is well worth your time.

—Jannine Fraser, Managing Director, The Career Insight Group, Melbourne, Australia

Terry shares some radical and innovative approaches that challenge Leaders to break with old constructs and models of leadership and make a step change in how they think and behave. He tells it as it is, calling out vague concepts, established jargon and all the received wisdom that people talk about without true understanding and encourages leaders to tune into the things that really matter to people by jettisoning outdated thinking. When they start to make this shift, they are well on the way to desuckifying work. Terry’s writing is exactly like his boardroom persona – articulate, provocative, authentic, credible, engaging and humorous. (Sadly the volume doesn’t come through though).

—Lynne Hardman, CEO, Working Transitions, London, England

I have had the pleasure to know Terry Gillis for most of my leadership time at Libro, both before and during my tenure as Head Coach, President and CEO. Terry is a friend, colleague and student of servant leadership clearly on a mission to make organizations better through the people they have on their teams. Desuckify Work is filled with practical examples of his journey and learnings to create a work environment that is the envy of others. Throughout my career I have been a passionate student of leadership and the one skill that I have been credited for is an ability to build strong teams. Whether that be at a local business unit or in the last decade as the Head Coach, President and CEO. Terry has been along this journey with me through his work. The book is a must read for both leaders who have been in their leadership role for some time and new leaders alike. The new learnings for me from this work is the idea of staff colleagues as an investor and what is their return on investment. Directly applicable and a nice reframe – this book will prove useful to many that read it.

—Stephen Bolton, Head Coach, President & CEO, Libro Credit Union

Many books have been written on how to make workplaces better. In Desuckify Work, I was struck by the intersection of honesty backed by expertise. This is not a book that should be ignored by anyone looking to build a great organization.

—Bill Kellner, CEO, Career Partners International