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LEAD . . . For God's Sake! Audiobook

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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    "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.


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    Stutz 11-22-15
    Stutz 11-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Inspiring"

    This book puts things in perspective and helps remind you what is important in life.

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    Greg Huster 11-22-15
    Greg Huster 11-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A revelation of Leadership and Success"

    For those striving to be the best this is a must read. This book will change your perspective, hopefully it changes your life.

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    newmama 10-27-15
    newmama 10-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Impactful"

    This book was captivating and awakening. The story grabs your heart and takes you for a ride that leaves you ready to lead with a purpose and live life more fully. I can't recommend it enough!

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    Angela Helleseth 10-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good book!"

    This book has a great message on finding your bigger reason/purpose for living. Very inspiring!

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    H. Dietel 08-24-15
    H. Dietel 08-24-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Reptative and a little boring. Great message."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. I made it to chapter 7 and found myself wanting to forward through it. When is the message going to come? How long do I need to hear the same thing over and over and over and over in this story. Coach lost again. He is ignoring his family. We get it. Can we move on and get to the message?


    If you’ve listened to books by Todd G. Gongwer before, how does this one compare?

    No. He was easy to listen to. I just felt the story was boring.


    Which character – as performed by Brandon Batchelar – was your favorite?

    Didn't have a favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    This may be a better book to ready vs listen to. I felt that 6 or more hours on this story was too much. Chapters lasting 25 minutes that really didn't go anywhere.

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    William P. Fisanick 07-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!!!"

    Very good story with a powerful message, This book is inspirational and motivating about the important parts of life,

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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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