Rod Olson, popular speaker, author and mentor better known as "Coach O" uses a parable style narrative in The Legacy Builder to illustrate how one man lost sight of what was important in his drive to succeed. It’s a modern day parable that teaches five “non-negotiable” leadership principles from ethical values to trustworthiness and how to walk a balanced life “with integrity.”
Lance Marshall, former high school star quarterback had “always done anything possible to win,” a characteristic that helped Lance and three friends launch a successful business enterprise that took off like a “bottle rocket.” It was an exciting time where the impossible became possible due to enthusiasm, long hours and hard work.
However, the business success led to a loss of personal and professional perspective and Lance realized his wife and children’s needs no longer came first. Stress and anger characterized both his home and work life, while his wife, children and even his employees walked in fear of his frequent angry outbursts.
When Lance missed their wheelchair bound son’s latest birthday party after his profound promise to attend, his wife Amanda made a mysterious phone call. When Lance did arrive home, after the candles were blown out and the cake eaten, Amanda’s question, “When did enough stop being enough for you?” left him sleepless that night.
Thus begins a story of authentic relationships at home and in the workplace that teaches real life leadership principles of accountability. Values Lance learned from his high school coach and mentor Coach Moore that he had lost sight of. With his wife’s encouragement, Lance goes back to the past to relearn the principles of “FAT,” an acronym for “Faithful, Available and Teachable,” coach taught him.
Rod Olson uses the Navy SEALS definition of "mental toughness" that teaches personal responsibility and accountability in the face of adversity which is what this book is all about.
Readers learn the power of spoken words and how to value “people over productivity” through a “challenging tour of teaching and self-examination.” Whether reading to learn or reading for story content, there is something for everyone within these pages, but especially for anyone in a leadership role. In Olson’s own words: Legacy Builders How-To
The Legacy Builder: Five Non-Negotiable Leadership Secrets, by Rod Olson, David C Cook, 2013, 160 Pages, 978-1434705747, $17.99
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