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Salvaged: Leadership Lessons Pulled from the Junkyard Hardcover – January 8, 2019
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Working in his dad’s junkyard as a kid, Roy had no idea what his future held: an incredibly successful career in commercial real estate, as well as founding and leading multiple ministries, churches, and nonprofits across the globe. So when Roy talks about what it means to follow Jesus daily as a leader, people pay attention. Entrepreneurs, pastors, and managers who learn to lead from Roy won’t parrot his jargon or practice his “system”―these men and women will simply know how to lead better.
After a no-nonsense and compelling introduction, Roy delivers 31 of his most surprising, memorable, and practical leadership lessons, many of which are culled from his junkyard days. Each focuses on a personal “junkyard” story, leadership lesson, and comparable Bible passage perfect for daily study. A growth and action section is included after each chapter that gets to the heart of the lesson through thought-provoking questions with action steps designed to be immediately put into practice.
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Roy Goble is one of the finest leaders I know! He grew up in a junkyard, which taught him that even the unlikeliest characters can get the job done . . . often right under the noses of the powerful and privileged. That’s what Roy sees in Scripture, too! Looking at the Bible through the lens of leadership―and vice versa―allows him to celebrate and cultivate the leadership ability of all people, regardless of their station in life. Although Roy is successful, he’s also humble, which is reflected in this book’s edgy sense of humor! This timely book is written from a grace-filled heart and years of practical experience. It’s a fresh and effective addition to our necessary conversation about true leadership, and not just for those our culture assumes will lead. I highly recommend it! Brenda Salter McNeil, author of Roadmap to Reconciliation
There are as many kinds of leaders as there are companies. What matters is not the style of a leader but rather the results. I know Roy to be a leader who drives the most essential sort of organizational growth: character. He may not know a thing about cloud technology, but I’d hire him tomorrow simply for his insights about people and purpose. Antonio Neri, president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise
The scope of Roy’s leadership journey is staggering. His stories will jar dormant parts of your brain into life, and his insights from those stories will have you thinking about leadership and following Jesus in new and refreshing ways. The pages of this book will make you laugh and drop your jaw, perhaps two of the most powerful ways to help us reimagine. Nancy Ortberg, CEO of Transforming the Bay with Christ
Entertaining, easy to read, down-to-earth, and authentic. The levity and stories of an era I remember all too well brought transparency and made for good reflection. The deep leadership takeaways were there in a vernacular that made them thought-provoking. Al Miyashita, NYC city director of The Navigators
Salvaged is the common-sense leadership guide you’ve been waiting for. I say “guide” because Roy doesn’t insist on one-size-fits-all conclusions. Rather, he explores the terrain of everyday leadership, from the junkyard all the way to the boardroom, and invites his readers along on the journey. By turns self-effacing, serious, and humorous, Roy encourages readers to ask better questions, to demand better answers, and most of all to laugh at themselves. No matter their occupation, readers will find the practical wisdom they need to take their leadership ability to the next level. Mark Zoradi, CEO of Cinemark Holdings and former president of Walt Disney Motion Picture Group
“This book sucks” . . . is something I’ve never said after reading one of Roy’s books. Not your typical regurgitated tome on leadership, Salvaged plunges deep into the reality of working with people―it’s a messy business, regardless of whether it happens in the boardroom or in the junkyard. With his trademark humor on full display, Roy uncovers deep truths about real-world, biblical leadership while also delivering a genuinely FUN read. His colorful characters and lighthearted parables are as memorable as they are entertaining―these are lessons that will actually stick! Jon Beekman, CEO of Man Crates
I’ve read very few books on leadership that help me in the unique and nuanced situations that arise each day, but Salvaged does exactly that. Roy Goble, like me, had a father who greatly influenced his leadership style. Now Roy looks back with the eye of a master storyteller, distilling his varied experiences into relevant lessons we all need. Being a results-driven, Jesus-following businessperson is not for wimps―but Jesus wasn’t a wimp either! Jody Vanderwel, managing partner of Grand Angels Venture Fund II
Salvaged is the leadership book I have been waiting for. Through the power of story, Roy uses humor, honesty, and the cold hard truth about teams, self-awareness, and working with people. This is a journey through life lessons and the wisdom that comes from turning wounds into the evidence of healing. The authenticity displayed by Roy makes you want to sit down with him to hear even more. You will be captivated by the examples and stories while thinking, I can’t believe he just said that. Salvaged is a refreshing read on leadership that lets you know you’re not alone and that even in the junkyard, you can turn a mess into a miracle. This is more than a leadership book; it’s a redeeming therapy session for anyone looking for a new way forward in the workplace and in life. Romal Tune, author of Love Is an Inside Job: Getting Vulnerable with God
Goble wrote a book? Rich, junkyard coworker from back in the day
From the Back Cover
Rats raining from the rafters . . . homemade bazookas launching tennis balls into space . . . Roy Goble has seen a lot. A successful entrepreneur, an experienced real estate investor, and a committed Christian, Roy is regularly sought out as a mentor for people who want to live faithfully and successfully. Now you can hop into his pickup and take a ride with him through 31 stories about following Jesus and leading in life.
Rich with insights from the Scriptures and the blue-collar business world, Salvaged inspires purposeful leadership―whether you’re in a junkyard, in a Silicon Valley corporate office, or anywhere in between.
“Nothing Roy does as a grown-up surprises me. . . . Leadership is built into his character, and he’s never tuned it out or turned it off.”
―From the foreword by Bob Goff
After growing up helping his dad with the family junkyard, Roy Goble took over the family’s real estate business. Since then, he’s continued to wrestle with the implications of following Jesus for business leaders and wealth creators. He is the CEO of Goble Properties, a director of PathLight International, and the author of Junkyard Wisdom.
- Publisher : NavPress (January 8, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1631469568
- ISBN-13 : 978-1631469565
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,339,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Enter Roy’s approach with Salvaved. No frameworks. In their place, are 31 stories and experiences from the leader’s own life, both business and personal. From each story, Roy draws a leadership principle that has been meaningful in his life and career, and a corresponding biblical example of the same principle.
So, even though all 31 principles didn’t resonate for me at the same level, there are a handful that fit my unique personality, situation, wiring head one, and really stood out for me. Here are 3 that meant a great deal to me, and hopefully you’ll find a similar set for yourself.
Sometimes the right people on the bus are the wrong people.
- Is the well-being of the organization the only metric of success, the only thing that matters?
- “Sometimes, the right people on the bus are the ones that need us more than we need them.”
- “I’d rather look at the people on my team, try to understand their strengths and weaknesses (and mine as well!), and invest in their lives.”
- “Ten years from now, I should care less about the organization and more about whether the people God has placed in my life are thriving.”
- This reminds me a lot of one of my favorite movies -- Seabiscuit!
Never ever think you have to ‘scale up’ to be successful.
- “No matter what we focus our personal and professional energy on, setting the goal of bigger bigger bigger is a recipe for burnout and even failure—and harms other people in our lives, as well.”
- “Entrepreneurs can be especially vulnerable to the temptation to go wide before they have roots. They say they want to change the world . . . but don’t know their neighbors. They push to be the first to market . . . but can’t find the time to volunteer at their kids’ events. Slowly but surely, they fall in love with their vocations . . . while married to their spouses.”
- “Effective leaders create a metric for “success” that aligns with their personal and family values.”
- I really love this message. Not a message of “balance”, but one of integration. My key takeaway is, the more I can have my family values be the same as my work values, the more margin I have for both!
- “A freestarter carries a mix of the zeal of an entrepreneur, the creativity of an artist, and the vision of a prophet.”
- “A freestarter, however, engages in the decision-making process, listens to the ideas about how to proceed, and then, finding none of the options palatable . . . leaves the road and cuts through the adjacent field.”
- “Traditional leading and following have their place. As we saw earlier, sometimes you do need to get out of the way . . . especially when your business fails. But when none of those are options, don’t be afraid to go your own way, even if everyone thinks you’re crazy.”
- This is such a great character profile, and I’m hoping it gets its own book in the future!
I haven’t been able to put this book down. It is filled with examples of situations where you learn that God is the one leading. I will re-read while it is fresh in my mind and take notes this time.
This book is deceptively simple and light-hearted. The advice is powerful and point-on. It won't make HBR's recommended reading lists, but that's probably on purpose. Don't let the brevity or the pragmatism stop you. This is a good book.
Photo: I left a copy in Broomfield at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library when I was visiting last month,
By Steve Stong on February 18, 2019
Photo: I left a copy in Broomfield at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library when I was visiting last month,
By Jason M on January 8, 2019
There are few books where I can learn and smile at the same time. Salvaged is a book that allows me to do this - and occasionally wince and laugh out loud.
I heartily recommend this to those young and old who want to understand how leadership, God’s wisdom, and a lot of junkyard wisdom come together for Kingdom impact. Well done! Enjoy.