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No Greatness Without Goodness: How a Father's Love Changed a Company and Sparked a Movement Paperback – 15 May 2014

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Books; 1st New edition edition (15 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745956181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745956183
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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From the Inside Flap

I had practiced my speech over and over, but I was still nervous as I climbed the stairs to the stage in the middle of the Paris Las Vegas ballroom. Surrounded by an audience of five thousand Walgreens store managers, I said that we were about to undertake something that had never been done before--anywhere. We were planning to build the most efficient distribution center of its kind in the world.And we were going to staff one-third of the workforce with people who have disabilities, many of whom had never been offered a job. People with mental disabilities such as autism and cognitive delays. People with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spinal cord injuries, and missing limbs. We were going to pay them the same as people without disabilities, have them perform the same jobs, and hold them to the same standards. We would offer full benefits and full-time employment, taking hundreds of people off welfare rolls.As I prepared to tell the five thousand store managers how we were going to do all this, the huge screens surrounding the stage filled with a picture of my family. That's because my family is where the story began.You'll be inspired by this incredible story of a father who was committed to making the world a better place. No matter where you are or how much power you hold, you, too, can start working for good.The next generation is waiting for you to act. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A powerful story about the courage to create a better world
No Greatness with-out Goodness is the story of a senior vice president at Walgreens who bet his career on making the world a better place for people with disabilities. When Randy Lewis's son, Austin, was three years old, Randy and his wife received a sobering diagnosis: their son had a debilitating form of autism. As Randy learned to see the world through his son's eyes, something dawned on him. He knew deep down that many people with disabilities could hold jobs and even perform better than the average worker, if only they were given a chance. What he didn't know was that he would be their only chance.

Read this and do good.
The author will donate all of his proceeds from this book according to readers' preference of charity. Go to www.nogreatnesswithoutgoodness.com to learn more.

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I had practiced my speech over and over, but I was still nervous as I climbed the stairs to the stage in the middle of the Paris Las Vegas ballroom. Surrounded by an audience of five thou-sand Walgreens store managers, I said that we were about to undertake something that had never been done before--anywhere. We were planning to build the most efficient distribution cen-ter of its kind in the world.

And we were going to staff one-third of the workforce with people who have disabilities, many of whom had never been offered a job. People with mental dis-abilities such as autism and cognitive delays. People with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spinal cord injuries, and missing limbs. We were going to pay them the same as people without disabilities, have them perform the same jobs, and hold them to the same standards. We would offer full benefits and full-time employment, taking hundreds of people off welfare rolls.

As I prepared to tell the five thousand store managers how we were going to do all this, the huge screens surrounding the stage filled with a picture of my family. That's be-cause my family is where the story began.

You'll be inspired by this incredible sto-ry of a father who was committed to making the world a better place. No matter where you are or how much power you hold, you, too, can start working for good.

The next generation is waiting for you to act. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I heard Randy Lewis being interviewed on Radio 2' Good Morning Sunday' and was instantly struck by Randy's modesty, passion, compassion and drive. Having "met" the person I wanted to read this inspirational book. Although I have not finished it I am enjoying it's easy reading style. Randy describes how the birth of his son Austin redefines his life and he comes to realise that Austin has autism.
This book is full of gems as he shares his journey to provide work for people with disability in the USA's largest distribution network. "Our mission clarified what and how. Mission gets us to the top of the maountain. But it doesn't tell us why we do it. Meaning is why we climb"; "but each time I failed, I've found that failure is a teacher. It's a fitness centre for the soul".
Randy's drive is to make sure that his son can be as independent as possible, so that when he's not around later in life to look after him, a network of security has been put into place to help him continue with a quality of life, meaning and purpose.
This is not a sob story, it is an inspiration.
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Think 'corporate executive' and the word 'compassion' does not leap to mind. After reading this book, you may feel differently.

It starts with the birth of an autistic boy to a family, the father of whom is a real high flier in the world of pharmacy retail. The development of his understanding of- autism, and the experiences of the disabled, is a major component in a life changing experience for him.

The most impressive part, aside from his paternal compassion, is how this influential man altered the American workplace for the disabled.

Outstanding.

If you want something a bit less laudable, try Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys. A very witty book, extremely funny and inventive, with zero redeeming features outside of that. A nice contrast.
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Fabulously inspiring book. My daughter was statemented with a severe and complex intellectual disability and dreams of finding work other than the volunteer work she currently does. We have come across many barriers even with finding volunteer work. My daughter doesn't have a problem, the problem often lies with the stereotyping by employers/others. Randy Lewis shows how attitudes can be changed in a positive way the outcome being the inclusion of disabled people 'equally' in the workforce. Randy Lewis shows this can be a win win situation. Just wish we had a 'Champion' like Randy Lewis in the UK. I read this book in half a day and highly recommend it.
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This is a great book. It tells the story of how a father applied the lessons he learnt from his autistic son, Austin, to encouraging genuine inclusion in the workplace. Working for Walgreen's, he set himself the task of ensuring that 200 of the 600 people employed for a new distribution centre would be disabled people. He talks honestly about the journey - the challenges, obstacles and triumphs. A thoroughly recommended read.
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Heartwarming, factual book - a real groundbreaking life story for parents of disabled people to read and be amazed by - I really enjoyed reading the book and I applaud this father who wanted to do the best for all disabled people just like his own son and worked so hard to make opportunities for these very special people who now have rewarding and satisfying jobs and a new purpose in life.
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Everyone should read this book! All the government ministers responsible for employment, all big businessmen, and special needs teachers like me. If companies and policies about implementing change and really truly stopping discrimination there is nothing teachers can do to get our disabled young adults into jobs. Amazing man, amazing idea, amazing results, amazing book!
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The most inspirational book I have read in a very long time. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry and it will definitely make you want to become a better person. It should be required reading for all people in management. Though this was written primarily about helping people with disabilities there are many lessons there for people in all walks of life.
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Absolutely inspirational. I was blown away by how Randy tackled our everyday perception of what can and cannot be done. How employers and employees (and shareholders!) have changed in the face of his calm determination and dream of making the workplace truly equal opportunity. I heard about it on the radio, bought the book on Kindle and hope I never look back!
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