- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: David C. Cook (July 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1434705749
- ISBN-13: 978-1434705747
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,062,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Legacy Builder: Five Non-Negotiable Leadership Secrets Hardcover – July 1, 2013
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The principles identified by the characters in the book as "non-negotiables" are:
* Specify the win: Decide each day what will amount to a "win" at work and at home
* Simplicity in a complex world: Focus on the things that you can control, particularly attitude and effort
* Be a three-dimensional leader: Maintain high competency levels, motivate team members, and capture people's hearts while holding them accountable
* The power of "Speaking Greatness": Motivate by inspiration rather than fear
* Value people over productivity: Winning at work is secondary to winning in life
While the advice which the author provides is not particularly novel, it is still advice which most people need to be reminded about, and this relatively short book conveys the necessary information in a creative and entertaining manner.
Lance is the CEO of his now grown company which has been recently acquired. He's a husband, father to two children (with one of them autistic), former football star and a very busy man. After losing control over his life his wife calls up his old coach, coach O, to help Lance get his head back in the game.
Lance takes a trip out to see coach and this turns out to be a series of days of learning with each day having it's own lesson from coach with practical application. At the end of it Lance returns home a changed man having learnt vital leadership lessons from coach and the people coach sends him to.
I liked the use of a story to communicate the 5 main lessons on leadership i.e:
Specify the win.
Be a 3-dimensional leader.
The power of speaking greatness.
Value people over productivity.
This is more of a short self-help book rather than a tome focused on leadership. While I'm biased against peppy self-help books there are valuable lessons here to be gleaned by anyone who can stand a book written in this way. A recommended read for anyone interested in taking a quick look at some leadership tips.
It's not your standard "how to" book. This book, if you let it, will challenge where you are and take you to honest greatness. Don't get trapped by if only I had known this before. Many of the lessons you do know.
The author takes us on a journey that reads like a novel. After each non-negotiable, take time to chew. You will be the leader you want...
I've found myself in similar patches of life - where it feels like I'm dissatisfied with everything and the whole world is against me. It was a bit a shock to read it from someone else's perspective. It made me appreciate those in my life so much more. I highly recommend this book for any man going through a difficult time. This will help you get your priorities straight.
"The Legacy Builder" is more in the simple story style of Jon Gordon than similar genre books from John C. Maxwell, Darren Hardy, or David Cottrell but well-worth the hour or two invested reading it. What went well? Can I do more of that?