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PRAISE and REVIEWS

“Steve gets it! The power of the commitment to your why is your fuel through times of turbulence to continue to steadily march, sometimes run, with ferocity towards your destination. This is a book and daily empowerment to be read over and over again.”

Michael B. Hancock, forty-fifth mayor of Denver, CO

“Page for page, Uncompromising is brimming with highs, lows, and everything in between that happen to someone who’s on a mission to live a purpose-filled life. If you want one too, you have this book in your hands.”

Chauncey Billups, head coach for the Portland Trailblazers and celebrated 17-season NBA player

“Whether you are a seasoned business executive or a 22-year-old just entering the workforce, Uncompromising contains life-changing lessons and reminders. My personal favorites are pathways six and seven. Steve engages the reader by drawing deeply from his own personal struggles and successes. True to the premise of the book, Steve does not make excuses and seeks always to point out the learnings and opportunities. As a Board colleague at one of America’s most successful food companies, I have watched Steve actually put to work many of the lessons in a real-world setting. The seven pathways are more than just slogans and Steve walks the talk. These are lessons we can all learn from and Steve’s experiences make him uniquely qualified to share them.”

Gary C. Bhojwani, CEO of CNO Financial Group, Inc.

“When Steve White talks about life or work, I listen. Whether in the Board Room or over a meal, Steve’s uncompromising intellectual curiosity creates profound and provocative conversations, always with the goal of improving focus and results. This book is a terrific compilation of his guiding principles and a fascinating look at the internal compass that guides and drives him.”

Jim Snee, chairman, president, and CEO Hormel Foods, Inc.

“Steve White has given us access to his personal life story and his incredible journey to the executive suite. His book is a must read on so many levels especially for anyone looking to realize their true potential. Hard hitting at times with raw passion we see the man who deeply loves his family commit to success and then gets it done without compromise. This is an incredible life story. You will ask yourself ‘what is my why’ when you finish the book.”

Robert E. Knowling, Jr., former CEO of Covad Communications Group, and chairman of Eagles Landing Partners

“Life is full of uncertain times, twists and turns. Today’s business climate is no exception. The uncompromising focus that carried Steve White through troubled waters as a young adult to the terra firma he’s worked tirelessly to cultivate as one of America’s trusted leaders, is something we should all strive to model as we aim to make our mark and leave a legacy.”

Brad Shaw, chairman and CEO Shaw Communications, Inc.

“In Uncompromising, Steve White delivers the message that ‘the path to an impactful life and a lasting legacy is paved by an unwavering commitment to your why,’ a concept that I have lived by for most of my life. Through powerful stories of his past, his present, the lives of his mentors and those who have shaped (and continue to) him, Steve inspires you to look for the good, be grateful for what you have, and never compromise on who you are. No matter what your personal journey looks like, you will be able to identify with the struggles, successes, celebrations, and life lessons Steve so articulately details, and these stories will become powerful tools for you to apply in your own life, knowing that if you believe it, you truly can achieve it.”

Jim Craig, 1980 Olympic gold medalist and president-CEO of Gold Medal Strategies

“Keeping your eye on the prize is the key to every goal we hope to accomplish. Through seven critical life pathways, Steve White shares what it means to have your eye on the real prize and how to avoid losing your way with the short-term distractions of lesser value.”

Shellye Archambeau, Fortune 500 board director and author of Unapologetically Ambitious

“As a former public company CEO, I was once described as a learning machine by one of my board members who was attributing that strength to my success, so Steve’s chapter about ‘living life as a learning lab’ particularly resonated with me. My personal experience with Steve is that he too is a learning machine, and he lives this philosophy, always asking many questions, seeking to understand, absorbing and considering new ideas and ways of thinking. Now I understand how he evolved those skills and why he has been successful. A very relatable and meaningful read.”

Larissa Herda, former chair and CEO of Time Warner Telecom, Inc.

Uncompromising tells the compelling story of Steve White’s journey from growing up in poverty to becoming one of America’s most successful business leaders and directors. Throughout his career, Steve has combined an extraordinary work ethic with the astute ability to identify the things that truly make the difference to success both in business and, more importantly, in life. With deeply personal stories, Steve identifies essential pathways to a life with true purpose and meaning. These pathways can lead to greater prosperity and shared success for us all. Steve’s dedication to helping others live a better and uncompromising life is an inspiration to us all.”

D.G. Macpherson, chairman and CEO of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

“Steve White’s Uncompromising story challenges all of us who may be leaning back with a relaxed approach, to lean forward with ferocity and focus. Only the truly committed will enjoy a fulfilling life and a lasting legacy. I can’t think of a leader who wouldn’t benefit from pushing the purpose pedal and applying Steve’s hard-won life lessons.”

Walt Rakowich, former CEO of Prologis, Inc. and author of Transfluence