Mar. 09, 2014 - Encouraging Spirit, Achievement & Truth to Flourish in the Workplace by Santo J. Costa, ESQ.
(A Review by Gary Tomlinson)
"Learning from the school of hard knocks can be very informing, but often the tuition is too high! We should learn from other people's experiences." The purpose of this column is to share great business wisdom from the experiences of authors like Jim Collins, Michael Gerber, Frank McNair, Michael LeBoeuf, Ron Willingham, Randy Pennington and others. Because when you combine great business education with your own business experiences the outcome you'll receive is far greater than the sum of its parts.
“With the numerous books and programs on leadership we have to choose from today, I often feel that the simple lessons have given me the most insight as to how I can better serve both my colleagues and my company. All too often, we see people who have the privilege of leadership focusing on the wrong foundation, what I call ‘the three F’s’ – Fortune, Fame, and Fans. Sandy Costa has helped me appreciate that ‘the true three F’s’ are and should be one’s Faith, Family and Friends. Faith is individual and yet so critical to having a foundation of values.” These words come from Robert A. Ingram (Vice Chairman Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline), a long-time friend and colleague of Sandy Costa, who wrote the introduction for Humanity at Work.
Sandy Costa’s professional experience includes over 40 years in executive and senior operating management positions within the pharmaceutical, health care and life sciences industries. As President and Chief Operating Officer of Quintiles Transnational Corporation, Sandy had responsibility for all operating divisions as well as worldwide business development. During his nearly six years in this role, the corporation’s annual revenues rose from $90 million to $1.60 billion and their employee base increased from 1,000 to 20,000. As impressive as these numbers are, what’s even more impressive is his leadership style based on his deep humanity, affection for his people and his unwavering belief that an organization must be built on trust.
Humanity at Work teaches us “how humble service and caring truthfully for employees, peers, customers and clients will result in prospering fully in every way you can imagine.” Contained within these pages are the heart-felt letters Sandy wrote to his employees filled with quotes, references, stories and principles that apply to all of us. Sandy Costa is truly an inspiring leader. Reading Humanity at Work will draw out the goodness in all of us and help us become better people.
Gary Tomlinson (reviewer) recently had the opportunity to interview the author, Sandy Costa.