Triple Crown Leadership

Triple Crown Leadership



Triple Crown Leadership has received endorsements and praise from a wide range of leaders:

Stephen M. R. Covey, the best-selling leadership author of The Speed of Trust and Smart Trust, submitted comments about Bob and Gregg Vanourek for a news article. He and his father, Stephen R. Covey (educator and best-selling author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People), wrote the Foreword to Triple Crown Leadership shortly before Stephen R. Covey’s untimely death in 2012.

We share Stephen’s comments below with deep gratitude for the work he and his father have done over decades to further the quest for a better brand of leadership.

“I got to know the Vanoureks through my participation with the Vail Leadership Institute as I was invited to speak about my book, The Speed of Trust, at a special VLI event right after its publication.  I was impressed with what they were doing then and remain impressed with what they’re doing now.  Bob and I are both honored to be recognized among the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior, put out by the Trust Across America organization.”

I think so highly of Bob and Gregg Vanourek.  They are wonderful people and leaders.  The reasons my late father and I wanted to write the Foreword for their outstanding book, Triple Crown Leadership, is because they have remarkable insight into leadership and organizations—insight that is gleaned from their work as terrific practitioners, as well as their reflections as superb thought leaders.  Also, they personally “walk the talk” in terms of living what they’re teaching.  As leaders, they themselves are examples of “excellent, ethical and enduring.”  Finally, the idea of a father and son team writing a foreword for a father and son co-authored book was personally exciting for my father and I to do! Especially when there was such a beautiful alignment of their message with our messages.”

“I think their book is exceptional and is deeply needed in today’s world. The triple-crown concept is simple and profound, and their triple-crown leadership practices are right on target.  The book is filled with both examples and research.  The book is practical, actionable, and is a great, engaging read.  The interviews they’ve done with leaders from all over the world makes it fresh and relevant.  The fact that it won the International Book Awards for General Business speaks to how well it’s been received.  Bob and Gregg deserve all the credit they’re getting as this is a wonderfully written and tremendously insightful book on leadership and organizations.”

Stephen M. R. Covey is the best-selling author of The Speed of Trust and Smart Trust. Contact him at

Other Endorsements for Triple Crown Leadership:

“The best leadership book since Good to Great.”
—Bob Whipple, The Trust Ambassador

“A rare combination of deep insight and helpful research, and an important book. Relevant and timely. Smart and helpful guidance for leaders about today’s pressing problems.”
—Stephen R. Covey and Stephen M. R. Covey, bestselling authors and father and son (from the Foreword)

“It’s been more than thirty years since the sport of kings last saw a Triple Crown. We can’t wait that long for the triple crown of leadership—the stakes are too high and the need too urgent. It’s time to embrace this vision of lasting, ethical leadership.”
—Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

“The Vanoureks have written the new leadership manifesto. There is nothing more essential for leaders today than to lead with their head and heart, and they explain exactly how to do this. It is a gift to all of us who believe in the power of purposeful leadership.”
—Richard Leider, bestselling author of Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose

“A clarion call for anyone striving to create an enduring organization with lasting positive impact. Bob and Gregg Vanourek have written an illuminating book that we can’t afford to ignore.”
—David Gergen, Director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and CNN Senior Political Analyst, and Christopher Gergen, Founder and CEO of Forward Ventures, father and son

“A powerful case for leaders who combine ethics and excellence to create enduring organizations. Fed up with failed leaders, they describe successful leaders who achieve superior results over the long-term by focusing on values and performance. Following their wise counsel will enable you to inspire your team to peak performance using your head and your heart.”
—Bill George, Harvard Business School Professor, Former CEO, Medtronic, and bestselling author

“Bob and Gregg Vanourek have written a timely and practical book about the complex art and practice of leadership. They skillfully relate traditional problems all leaders face to the current crop of challenges that recently have brought all institutional leadership under greater public scrutiny. They speak directly to leaders in plain language, providing useful examples and backing it up with research. Every leader of tomorrow must read this book today.”
—James O’Toole, leadership author and Daniels Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver

“An inspiring call to action, a challenging mandate, and a compelling road map for leaders across the public, private, or nonprofit sector. It is a must read if you have the courage to aspire to be the best you can be.”
—Marty Linsky, Harvard Kennedy School Faculty and Cofounder, Cambridge Leadership Associates

“In a crowded marketplace of books on leadership, this one stands out (is a winner) and offers new perspectives on what it takes to compete effectively through enduring excellence and ethics. Read this book for its keen insights and practical wisdom about how to lead with character, grace, and results that make sense. A book of wisdom and practical advice, no matter what race you find yourself in.”
—Barry Z. Posner, PhD, Accolti Professor of Leadership, Santa Clara University, coauthor, The Leadership Challenge, Credibility, and The Truth About Leadership

“Triple Crown Leadership is way out in front of the pack of current leadership books. First, because this remarkable father-son author team has combined practical wisdom learned from experience in the toughest business situations to cover the core issues of sustainable leadership—ethics, values, and meaning for the organization, customers, and employees. Second, because this book is simply a good read. Every chapter is chock-full of things you can take away and use for your own work and life. Bravo for a triple crown book!”
—Bob Aubrey, author, Creating Aspirational Leaders, Practice Leader for People Development Consulting, Mazars

“This important book offers a unique perspective, represented first by the successful father-son coauthors and second by the many leaders they interviewed. The authors’ multigenerational perspective establishes unusual credibility for their daring assertion that excellent organizational results can be achieved by ethical means over an enduring period of time. While their claim may at first appear elusive, the authors back it up with practical advice, drawn from much experience, as to how their ‘trifecta’ can be won. They have convinced me, more than I have dared to believe before, that high organizational ideals can become a reality! And that is a pearl of great price.”
—Dr. Larry Donnithorne, author, The West Point Way of Leadership

“This book makes a compelling case for the kind of leadership we so desperately need today. Triple crown leaders don’t take the easy way, they find the better way. If you want to excel and endure with integrity, join this triple crown quest.”
—Frances Hesselbein, CEO, The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, Former CEO, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient

“When I saw the chapter on ‘Head and Heart,’ I knew this book would be significant. Very few leaders are advocating this integration of our intellectual capacities with our emotional sensibilities. The Vanoureks have hit on a powerful model that will change organizational life if leaders are willing to open themselves to it. Some may call it leading edge thinking, but a man from Galilee taught this long ago.”
—John Horan-Kates, President, Vail Leadership Institute, and author of The Leader’s Journal: Integrating Head and Heart

“Right now, people are looking everywhere for answers: What’s real? What’s true? What works? The good news is, the answers are right here in this gem of a book.”
—Alan M. Webber, Cofounder, Fast Company magazine, author, Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Your Self

“In the age of Conscious Capitalism, we need leadership that touches people where they live. Here’s an inspiring field manual from a passionate father and son team.”
—Patricia Aburdene, author, Megatrends 2010

“Bob and Gregg Vanourek capture what a coming-of-age generation expect from themselves and their leaders—excellence and character. But their greatest gift may be to show us how to navigate the inevitable challenges on the path to significant impact. This is a powerful and insightful book.”
—Peter Sims, author of Little Bets and coauthor of True North

“Today’s leaders must tap into something deeper—in themselves and others. This book takes you into that important and inspiring terrain.”
—Chip Conley, author, Emotional Equations, Founder, Joie de Vivre Hospitality

“Running an enterprise is often a lonely task. The Vanoureks’ diverse experiences and insights make Triple Crown Leadership a reassuring and thought-provoking companion.”
—Seth Goldman, Cofounder and TeaEO, Honest Tea

“The world needs a fresh approach to leadership as the one that is most prevalent today is not effective for anyone. Bailouts and subsidies are needed for those companies which practice the old failed brand of leadership. Many of those failed leaders have allegedly broken laws or acted in unethical ways, and have done harm to their organizations, the people within them, their shareholders, their customers, their communities, and the economy as a whole. Triple Crown Leadership is an excellent alternative leadership model that more leaders need to study, learn, and practice.”
—Wayne Hurlbert,  Blogger, social media, SEO consultant, speaker, business book reviewer, Blog Business Success host on BlogTalkRadio.