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
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.
Roger Laidig- Author of Finding Purpose and Joy, It's a Journey
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.
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.
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.
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).
This was a very good leadership book. Not the normal style of dishing out information rather more of a life application. Highly recommended.
I did not like that Jesus was continuously quoted without specifically siting Him. Seemed embarrassed about the person behind the teaching. Spoke often about the importance of relationships with man and God without explaining the how or the Who. Not looking for a lesson in theology but way the author went out of his way to avoid the obvious is awkward. Predictable story also.
I'm a High School Baseball coach that has been called to lead young men to fully reach their potential, but without developing the relationships with, it is done without Purpose. This book is life changing and eye opening. An excellent look into true leadership that is far more than simple wins and losses, it's about Purpose and a Passion that fuels that Purpose. A must have for Any Coach or potential leader.
I would steer clear of the author, mainly for his repetitive, and plump attempts at suspense, repeated injection of religious ideals that are non-exclusive to Christianity (but are marketed that way), and overall low quality of writing.
I bought the physical copy of the book, read six pages, and had to get an audio book (yay free sign-up credits!). It is impossible to get through.
LEAD inspires compassion, leading by example, and mindfulness in human interactions.
In that, it is a long-winded and needlessly lengthy parable.
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