Title: Salvaged: Leadership Lessons Pulled from the Junkyard

Author: Roy Goble

Publisher: NavPress/Tyndale

Publication Date: January 2019

Genre: Business, Christian, Personal Development

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. 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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