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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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    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).


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Wauwaotsa, WI, United States 12-19-11
    Dan Wauwaotsa, WI, United States 12-19-11
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    "Good book"
    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vrad Vodrazka Huntersville, NC United States 03-26-13
    Vrad Vodrazka Huntersville, NC United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story didn't provide me with any value toward improving my leadership skills. Instead, it focused on a long, drawn-out story of an obviously wrong way to lead. Then it turned to a religious view that is apparently needed in order to become a good leader. What?! To be quite honest, I couldn't force myself to finish it after I had already committed to a third of it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Multipliers. I've listened to it twice already and it's one of the best leadership books out there.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It's hard to make it better when the underlying story is so poor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Juan Carlos González Guadalajara, Jalisco 10-11-12
    Juan Carlos González Guadalajara, Jalisco 10-11-12
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    "Great listen!"
    Any additional comments?

    Great listen; good concepts. For more agnostic guys like myself there are some things that need to be refocused, but really good in general.

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    todd SHREVEPORT, LA, United States 08-26-12
    todd SHREVEPORT, LA, United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    "1 of best books I ever Read Life changing"
    Would you listen to LEAD . . . For God's Sake! again? Why?

    I have already started. THat good


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

    The Stick figure hatchet reward. We often live that way without realizing it.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from LEAD . . . For God's Sake!?

    Lead from the heart


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a coach, leader, or parent, and looking for answers read this book. If you are not looking for answers read this book. Your only regret will be that you didn't read it earlier.

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    Bill United States 02-27-12
    Bill United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "This is a good one"
    Would you consider the audio edition of LEAD . . . For God's Sake! to be better than the print version?

    This is a really good book for those who are in a position of influence. Aren't we all? Definitely one of my favorites of the year. Enjoyed it very much.


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