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LEAD . . . For God's Sake! Audiobook
LEAD . . . For God's Sake!
Written by: 
Todd G. Gongwer
Narrated by: 
Brandon Batchelar
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LEAD . . . For God's Sake! Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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).


    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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    Clay Windthorst, TX, United States 07-21-16
    Clay Windthorst, TX, United States 07-21-16 Member Since 2011
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    "amazing!"

    This is an amazing book, well narrated and written. It helps bring clarity to your purpose in life.

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    Craig A Syphrit 07-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story"

    I am NOT a religious person, so when the book started to focus on god, near the end, it started to lose me. If you are a religious person who coaches basketball this book will be a 10 out of 10 for you. (I'm a football coach)

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    D. Oldfield St. Marys, WV 06-22-16
    D. Oldfield St. Marys, WV 06-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow! Just wow!"

    I loved it. This book will change your outlook on life & leadership. It made me realize why I do what I do. I enjoy seeing others accomplish things they may have not thought possible.

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    Kris 05-11-16
    Kris 05-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read."

    This is absolutely the best leadership and life book I've read. I recommend this book to everyone young and old. It gives true mending to your life. And life is short make it count.

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    Theodore 05-01-16
    Theodore 05-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "AMAZING!!!"

    A Blessing. SO MANY TRUTHS!!!! This book will allow you to calibrate to The Standard for our lives.

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    Daniel D. Connor Westerville, OH United States 05-01-16
    Daniel D. Connor Westerville, OH United States 05-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Invaluable"

    This book is instructive for anyone who is a competitor, in athletics, in business, or in any other endeavor. We should never lose sight of our true value to the universe. That is clearly demonstrated in this book and I would recommend it to anyone.

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    Jason Hughes 04-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book for any leader."
    What did you love best about LEAD . . . For God's Sake!?

    This story was great, I am a coach and I loved how it really related to me. I understood the coach and his frustration. Yet, the janitor made his problem and solution look easy.


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

    The janitor, he was humble and learned from his mistakes. How he explained leadership in it's simplest form. That has stuck with me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The funeral, the love and respect that was shown. Amazing!


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The explanation of leadership.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing book for any manager, coach or leader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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