Reader Comments....

Mr. Fred Lee, Author and Speaker

("If Disney Ran Your Hospital, 9 1/2 things you would do differently...")

Friday, August 7, 2015  7:38AM

Dear Jamie and Laura,

I just finished reading Jamie's impressive book, Loss of Confidence: The Leadership Vacuum in America and How to Fix It.

Congratulations, Jamie.

This is a masterpiece.

It belongs on the shelf right beside, Profiles in Courage by J. F. Kennedy and Principle-Centered Leadership by Steven Covey.

I was impressed with your history lessons and moved by your rhetoric for morality and ethics in leadership.  I kept thinking of a quote I had on my wall when Iwas a hight school teacher, from a Book by Ellen White entitled EDUCATION:

"The greatest want of the world is the want of men - men who will not be bought or sold; men who in their inmost souls are true and honest; men who do not fear to call sin by its right name; men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole; men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall." 

I suppose I would change "men" to "men and women," although we know that in this context she meant mankind anyway.

It really does start with education, as you point out in your book.

I wonder how this book could be put into the hands of high school history teachers.

There are such great lessons in it from history.

I hope your book becomes required reading at the Harvard Business School, Wharton, Stanford, MIT Sloan, and others.

With admiration,


An old Curmudgeon read it and said........

On September 11, 2015

Pundits have shown us talk is cheap, lectures are cheaper, and opinions are discounted even further.

Canby does an excellent job of expressing his ideas in a logical progression of history and thought. His explanation allows the reader to examine his conclusions with critical analysis. 

This book is not the wordy ramblings of a self-imbued effete.  It's you and me with a pot of coffee and a meaningful conversation.  A must read for people who think.

And one more reader said.......


I have just finished reading a most amazing publication called Loss of Confidence - a less than 3 hour read.

Who would have thought that a young Ensign who once chased jack rabbits could write such commanding prose! Excellent writing, Jamie.

How are you getting the market's attention? This little booklet should be a 'must read' for every one of the 545 'leaders' of our country (Congressional, executive and judicial members). Perhaps a text for ethics class in high school?

Thank you for writing this.

Captain, Medical Corps

U. S. Navy Retired