I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. All opinions are mine.
Randy Lewis had his world turned upside down when he found out his son Austin was autistic. But what he initially viewed as a tragedy has become a journey unlike any other, that has affected how Randy views life and business. What was once viewed as a setback is now a vehicle to bless thousands of other people.
When Randy was hired by Walgreens, he brought with him not only a desire to help the company make money, but the desire to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Tasked with building a new distribution center for the company, Randy paired this with a radical idea.
…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.
In No Greatness Without Goodness: How a Father’s Love Changed a Company and Sparked a Movement, Randy chronicles the successes and setbacks of this plan, and the successes and setbacks he has faced in his own life, and in raising Austin. There are so many great lessons in this book, for everyone, not just for people whose lives are affected by disability. Randy found that oftentimes people’s disabilities were actually an asset in the distribution center environment. And many times in life, the things that we think hold us back are the things that we can use to our advantage. No roadblocks, only opportunities.
I truly think this is a book everyone should read, and I don’t say that about many books. The book has a Christian slant due to Randy’s personal faith, but the heart of the story is in the people he sought to empower. Those with disabilities and their families will relate to the Lewis family’s struggles and triumphs. For those of us who aren’t directly affected by disability, it is an eye-opening look at what disabled people and their families face on an everyday basis. And for those in business, Randy Lewis provides a new way of looking at things, and suggests that we can do good without sacrificing the bottom line. By treating all people like people, rather than charity cases to be pitied, we can truly make a difference in their lives.
Walgreens has gained a loyal customer in me, for their willingness to support Randy’s plan and advance it far beyond what even he had dreamed. And I plan on gifting this book to many of my friends, because I think Randy Lewis’s story is an important one that needs to be told.
This one gets five stars from me. Read No Greatness Without Goodness! And then share it with a friend.