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LEAD . . . For God's Sake!: A parable for finding the heart of leadership | [Todd G. Gongwer]

LEAD . . . For God's Sake!: A parable for finding the heart of leadership

A captivating story that will help you find your purpose and leadership in life. Although he’s one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in Kentucky’s history, Steve Rocker, for the first time in his life, is falling short of expectations. His players have lost their will to win, their love for their teammates, and their passion to play. Coach Rocker’s motivational methods that have always worked before - and have resulted in his success - are now failing, and he doesn’t know why.
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A captivating story that will help you find your purpose and leadership in life. Although he’s one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in Kentucky’s history, Steve Rocker, for the first time in his life, is falling short of expectations. His players have lost their will to win, their love for their teammates, and their passion to play. Coach Rocker’s motivational methods that have always worked before - and have resulted in his success - are now failing, and he doesn’t know why. Struggling to understand what’s happening, Coach seeks the counsel of one of his most successful friends, CEO Grant Steffin, who, while fighting his own battles, offers advice based on his own leadership experiences. Coach Rocker also stumbles upon some unexpected insight from - of all people - Joe Taylor, the high school janitor. As Coach’s season spirals downward, and as he continues to interact with these two intriguing men, the why questions become louder and louder in his head. Why does he do what he does? Or for that matter, why does he even exist? These questions eventually push him to go deeper into his own heart than he ever imagined possible to determine his purpose not only in leadership but also in life.

©2011 Todd Gongwer (P)2011 Oasis Audio

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    Kristopher Redondo Beach, CA, United States 03-18-13
    Kristopher Redondo Beach, CA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story. Less than powerful reading."

    I enjoyed this book a lot. It should be purchased and listened to. I have recommended it to a number of people already. That being said, I was completely underwhelmed with the narration. Honestly, I would not be excited to hear anything else read by Mr. Batchelar.

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    Roger United States 04-06-12
    Roger United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2012

    Roger Laidig- Author of Finding Purpose and Joy, It's a Journey

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    "Competitiveness to extreme. What is your purpose?"
    What did you love best about LEAD . . . For God's Sake!?

    Excessive passion and competitiveness whether in sports or in business has extreme negative consequences. This fictional audiobook, paints the picture vividly while also causing one to evaluate their purpose and what is really important in life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of LEAD . . . For God's Sake!?

    While winning is important, contrary to what some would want you to believe, it isn't everything. Faith, family, and relationships need to be part of true success and a fulfilled life.


    What does Brandon Batchelar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice at times carries strength that can verge on arrogance at just the right times that one would imagine would reflect that of a winning coach. At other appropriate times it reflects empathy and compassion. Well done for this listeners ears.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At 64 years old, I feel that I have personally experienced and observed all aspects of the characters in the book. The book brilliantly has condensed a lifetime of learning into a short and very interesting read. I wish I could have learned those lessons a long time ago. That said, it's never to late to do the right thing(s).


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    Dan Wauwaotsa, WI, United States 12-19-11
    Dan Wauwaotsa, WI, United States 12-19-11
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a very good leadership book. Not the normal style of dishing out information rather more of a life application. Highly recommended.


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    John 05-10-15
    John 05-10-15 Member Since 2012

    I'm always looking for "a better way". I use audio books as one of my tools.

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    "Required reading for all"

    This book takes you to the core of life and answers the question "why". After the world's rewards come up shy, this book tells you what's next.
    Anyone in a leadership position (aren't we all in some capacity?) can use this material for guidance.

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    Kyle Palmer Texas 05-05-15
    Kyle Palmer Texas 05-05-15 Member Since 2015

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    As a young collegiate coach I am astonished how this story matched up so perfectly. Convicts you if you are chasing the wrong things!

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    Brenda B. George Dublin, Ohio USA 04-01-15
    Brenda B. George Dublin, Ohio USA 04-01-15 Member Since 2003
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    "Running awry and don't know why? READ THIS !!"

    This book really helps align and put into perspective why we do what we do. The author very artfully gets one thinking about our purpose and how to lead with heart. Fantastic read and / or listen!

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    Luciano Hernandez 03-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Life changer"

    This book will change the way you do things in life and change your perspective.
    This is a must read book!

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    Patrick Slack 03-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book!"

    One of the best books I have listened to in a while. Although somewhat predictable in the story line the author brings out some outstanding insights. A great read for everyone, Lead....For God's sake will take on new meaning and bring you back to why we are here in the first place.

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    brian 01-24-15
    brian 01-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Mirror image"

    I feel like I am the coach in the story. I listen to this book in three days because I couldn't wait to hear the next part. I like it every relationship I have a life different now. This is incredible

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    Brett 01-09-15
    Brett 01-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    Great book!!! Love the Gospel tied to it! Love seeing a new way of doing an old thing. Well done!

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