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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2009
Do you ever find yourself losing sight of the important things in life-work and stress can become overwhelming at times. Such is the situation where CEO Roger Kimbrough finds himself in this business parable.
The Janitor was inspired by Todd Hopkins's personal experiences of interviewing overqualified retired businessmen for evening shift janitorial positions. Todd's applicants consistently would say they simply needed something to do. In this fable, janitor Bob Tidwell helps Roger to reevaluate how he is leading his business and his life. Bob's counsel is based upon six principles that Todd and coauthor Ray Hilbert discovered have the most impact on succeeding in business while holding together a personal life. Their insightful advice is delivered in a real-to-life story that inspires you to find greater fulfillment in your life.
Like so many CEOs in the corner office, still working when the janitor arrives to do the nightly cleaning, Roger is having a difficult and stressful evening when he spills his guts to the older janitor. As their relationship develops, Bob, a retired businessman, promises help that will turn Roger's business and personal life around. The story follows not only their weekly meetings at the office but also the application of each principle:
- Recharge vs. Discharge
- View Family as a Blessing, Not a Responsibility
- Pray, Don't Pout
- Pass It Around
- Don't Spend, Invest!
- Leave a Legacy
The Janitor's message will capture your mind and heart; stimulate meaningful, lasting life-changes; and show you how to influence your family, neighbors, and coworkers while experiencing business and life to the fullest.
"Take a few minutes and devour this little book by Todd Hopkins and Ray Hilbert. It's going to be a motivational classic, and you'll be in on the first wave of inspired readers." - Pat Williams, Senior Vice President, Orlando Magic; and Author, The Warrior Within
Todd Hopkins is founder and CEO of Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services, a multimillion-dollar janitorial franchising company. Todd is one of the top speakers in the building service contracting industry and serves on the board of directors of the Building Service Contractors Association International, the industry's top association.
We open with a focus on Roger, a wealthy director of a successful business and a husband with two children. Roger is working 15 hours a day yet still cannot keep pace. His children never see him, his wife is contemplating a divorce, his best employees are quitting on him because his company is a pressure-cooker working environment, and his main customer has just threatened to do business elsewhere. It is at this juncture in his chaotic life that Roger meets an elderly janitor named Bob.
Although Bob is employed as the night shift custodian at Roger's company, he is actually a retired, highly successful salesman and manager. He only does the custodial work because he wants to stay active and productive, and because his home is too lonely to go to at night now that his beloved wife Alice is dead. Bob offers to spend a couple of months mentoring Roger on how to get his life and Christian testimony back on track. They begin meeting every Monday for a cup of green tea and a continuing discussion about the six points Bob learned from his late wife.
The tips are not profound on the surface but they have an immediate impact on Roger. He learns to take some time for himself, to make his daughters and wife a priority, and not to be coerced by clients. He also learns to rely on God, as well as to "pass it on" in regard to sharing the information from Bob with a neighbor and a customer. It is all told in story form and it progresses nicely until Bob has a major setback with his diabetes and is hospitalized. Roger worries that if Bob dies, he may not be able to carry forward with his progress. It hinges on his level of spiritual growth.
This book can be read in a couple of sittings. It isn't high brow, but it is thought-provoking. Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Christian Book Previews.com
CherylEau Claire, WIAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A must read!!June 13, 2011CherylEau Claire, WIAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I could not put down the book. Great story and a lot of lessons to be learned through it.