Salvaged

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 08 Mar 2019

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In the book Salvaged, author Roy Goble, writes about snippets about leadership from an unlikely framework – a junk yard. Goble merges the teachings and work of Jesus with the messiness and salvaging of the junkyard.
I found the stories and ideas to be a refreshing take on leadership. While the ideas found in the book are not new, they are packed in a refreshing way and Goble is very honest about the struggles of leadership. I would recommend this book. I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Salvaged is a compilation of business and life lessons from real estate mogul and philanthropist  Roy Goble. He merges lessons that he learnt growing up in his father's junkyard, running businesses and his Christian life. There's nothing mind-blowing about the content but it is always nice to have to read the thoughts of other business leaders especially those with over 20 years of experience in their field. 

It was interesting to note that Roy and his wife D'Aun started one of the first Christian-based environmental based non-profits in the 1980s; Apparently, Christians were more focused on saving souls rather than caring for God's creation while environmentalists were more about tree-hugging than religion. So the Gobles decided to bridge this gap and their organisation has since expanded internationally.

My favourite passage has to be when he talks about his expectations from his mentees. He says:

"Part of that stems from the five mentoring rules I follow. They  {Good mentors} set the tone before our first meeting, which stops a lot of problems before they start. Don’t lie to me or I’ll destroy you. Take my advice, give a good explanation for why you aren’t or stop wasting my time. Be vulnerable about what you really need help with and come prepared with thoughtful questions and reflective answers . . . or at least bring a bottle of good wine. Don’t miss one of our appointments unless someone dies.[65] I can ask you anything. There are no “off limits” questions. Deal with it. The basic idea behind all these rules is that neither person can hide behind evasions or nonsense and that both people will engage with tough questions and hard answers. That means mentees can take seriously anything the mentor says, good or bad because they trust the mentor has their best interests—which in this context means “growth as a leader”—at heart."

The author is quite candid in the advice and some may even call his language "irreverent" . Given his conversational  style, I felt that the book would be better experienced  via audiobook. Since it is quite short, it would be great to un-bore a commute.
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