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No Greatness Without Goodness: How a Father's Love Changed a Company and Sparked a Movement

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Randy Lewis bet his career that he could create an inclusive workplace at one of America's biggest corporations where people with disabilities could not just succeed, but thrive. No Greatness without Goodness is the powerful story of a corporate executive who, after watching the world through the eyes of his own child with autism, Austin, realized that we all have a greate ...more
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published March 21st 2014)
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Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, kindle
Randy Lewis is an executive at Walgreen's, and this is the story of how he championed the goal to integrate people with varying disabilities into the workforce at a new, high-tech distribution center. The goal took on a life of its own, however, as many others within the organization embraced the goal and transformed the culture of the company.

Lewis had a unique perspective, having a son with autism, and living with grave concern over his son's future. This is a great story that reminds us to lo
Mary Rose Relente
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book deserves a place, not just in the bookshelf, but also in the life of any person in the world. To say having read this was inspiring is utterly an understatement. I believe this book is life-changing it can change any person's life.

There was not a single moment of idleness when I was reading it. In fact, I even found myself teary-eyed, with my heart wanting to burst throughout the journey. Now, I can't help but covet the same passion, same principles, same compassion, same goodness, an
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Truly an inspirational read!
Robert Federline
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book. It is highly readable, as well as worth reading. If you have ever wondered about what can happen with "those people" [people with disabilities, real or percieved], this book is for you.

It is a story of a man, and then his company, who were courageous enough to take a stand and do the right thing. I have a new found respect for Walgreens, and will definitely increase my patronage of their stores, based upon this book.

It is not enough to wonder who will do something to h
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Honestly I probably never would have read this book if it hadn't been free. It sounded kind of interesting so I downloaded it and maybe I'd read it someday. I started reading it today and read the whole thing in a day. I really enjoyed it and may have shed a tear or two. I think this book is about so much more than hiring people with disabilities. It's about love, faith, changing things for the better and even improving your workplace. I'd recommend this book. :)
Jerry King
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uplifting and real

I got this book after just reading the Amazon mini summary. It drew my attention because I have an autistic stepson. I started reading in hopes that there might be some ideas in ways of helping him, he is severely autistic with underlying brain damage. The first thing I got from this was that the author really understands what I feel every day and states it clearly by saying that we all wish to live one day longer than our child. Now what Mr Lewis has written here is greatly in
Jason Carter
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Randy Lewis is a former Senior VP at Walgreens--a fortune 50 company. As the father of a son with autism, Randy had a special place in his heart for people with disabilities. Unlike others, perhaps, he decided he would do something about it. Lewis convinced Walgreens to do something unprecedented: hire 10 percent of the distribution center workforce from amongst the disabled population. And what's more, Walgreens would hold them to the same standards and pay them the same wages as their other em ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Randy Lewis has done so much to give legitimacy and opportunities in the work force to those within the disabled community. I found this story to be amazing and inspiring. My only complaint (and the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5) was that the writing style was very much "motivational speaker"-esque. Not a writing style that I particularly enjoy. To be fair, it's kind of a petty complaint and Lewis even acknowledges that writing is not his strong point. While the writing might have been l ...more
Jackie Snell
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Randy Lewis shows what a person with conviction and opportunity can accomplish. He found himself an executive at Walgreens and parent of a son with autism simultaneously. Propelled by his love for his son and his Christian convictions, he realized he was in a unique position to impact the culture of the company to open employment fir those with disabilities. Randy is a very humble, compassionate man and proved himself to be a very effective leader. A lot of the book is about his management style ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nuggets of wisdom here

I enjoyed this book. The author cuts an “easy” trail for the willing to follow. That said, if you’re not interested in a compassionate business model, or helping your community, this isn’t your book. Many times in the book the author makes clear that you have to not be afraid to fail. I believe that whole heartedly.

Bottom line, “go big or go home” when pursuing your purpose.
Jill Bowman
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I got this out of the library because a friend works with adults with Aspergers Syndrome and I thought I'd skim it. It's now 11:55pm and I've read every word. It is a quick read but with more good info and insights than I've read in one book in a long time.
I'll be changing my allegiance to Walgreens immediately.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Randy Lewis is a businessman with an autistic child. Because of what he has learned of life for people with disabilities he convinces Walgreens to hire people with disabilities and make them and the program successful!
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent for anyone who desires to reach beyond the status quo to the great potential that God desires for their life. Also fun story and helpful guide to understanding and helping people with disabilities.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this book is a must read for all upper management and business owners. The concepts are beyond wonderful
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Excellent book, I enjoyed every word. It was so real, it brought back many memories for me about my son growing up.
Thank you,
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of this book to review. 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
Jennifer Clausen-greene
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. My uncle suffers with Multiple sclerosis and I hate seeing people treat him differential just because he does not look like everyone else and he cannot talk. I admire Randy for standing up for his son Austin and creating a wonderful avenue that people with disabilities can use to be productive citizens and at the same time allowing them to keep their self esteem in tact by providing for themselves at least on a small level.

This is a book for anyone who believes that one perso
Nancy Kennedy
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Spurred on by his family's life with their autistic son, Randy Lewis became inspired to create an inclusive workplace at Walgreens, where he was a top executive. And not just any inclusive workplace, but one in which people with all manner of disabilities could be a full part of the Walgreens team, earning the same money, working the same hours, and fulfilling the same production goals.

Mr. Lewis starts his game-changing campaign at a new distribution center the company builds in Anderson, South
Phillip Cole
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are thousands of people that form an untapped resource. They're not looking for pity, but for an opportunity. They have some type of disability that prevents them from working like "normal" people, but aren't useless. After his son was born with autism, Randy Lewis began to wonder if this group could be integrated into the workforce and be given the opportunity they were looking for. He shares what he found in No Greatness Without Goodness.

Lewis was afraid of what would have to Austin, his
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
No Greatness Without Goodness is a really heart-warming book. The author, who also has a high position in the corporation of Walgreens, is a great role model for all corporate personnel. Randy Lewis has had much career success and he owes it to the lessons he has learned from his son. His son is autistic and it was the love for his son that he decided to do something different: he was going to turn Walgreens into a place that people with disabilities could thrive. One thing that his son taught h ...more
Victor Muthoka
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book got me aquatinted with Randy Lewis for the first time & I must say I'm impressed with what I've read.

As senior VP, Randy Lewis managed Walgreens' supply chain for more than a decade. During this time, his autistic son was born. The attendant frustrations & fears of being a parent to a disabled child inspired Randy to pioneer the concept & practice of employing people with disabilities in the various Walgreens distribution centers.

Randy tells his story of moving from a fearful
Becky Holland
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
No Greatness Without Goodness
Randy Lewis
Tyndale House Publishers
March 21, 2014
ISBN-10: 1414383649
ISBN-13: 978-1414383644

Randy Lewis is not a name that most people would recognize. But for literally 1000s of Walgreens employees, they know him. He is the senior vice-president of the company, and been volatile in changes of employment policies that the company has in regards to people with disabilities.

But there is more to Randy Lewis than just him being a big wig at one of America's top drugsto
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Randy Lewis is one of those rare individuals on earth - he decides to make a difference in the world and he wonderfully succeeds. This is the true story about how Randy's reality is shaken when he and his wife find out that their beautiful little boy has autism. Randy is a successful executive with Walgreen's and when he begins to look at his son's future - he cannot see a place where the adult Austin will fit in. He begins to create a future where Austin and hundreds, even thousands of individu ...more
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Randy Lewis tells the story of his family – how his son was born and then diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2. Life with Austin was hard, very hard, and he wondered what Austin would do if anything happened to him or his wife – who would care for Austin. As Austin got older Mr. Lewis realized that as a senior executive with Walgreens he could make a difference in hiring disabled people, people like his son Austin who might not get hired otherwise or certainly would not get paid eno ...more
Louise Pearson
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible book everyone should read that uncovers a need in our nation to help people with disabilities find employment. It was written by the senior vice president of Walgreens whose son is autistic. Even before he learned that, he wanted Walgreens to be motivated by three principles: money, mission, and meaning. If they hired disabled people who could work, they would make a difference for the community, the shareholders, and the employees. They would spend $180 million on this pro ...more
Terry Koressel
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it
No Greatness Without Goodness is a good book. It is definitely worth a read for its inspiring true story and message of "goodness" in a bitterly competitive business world (of which I am a part, incidentally). Why did I only rate it as 3-stars? Because the book could have been so much better. The odds of successfully running a large, state-of-the-art distribution center with 30 - 50% of the staff specifically hired with disabilities is a mind-boggling, daunting project. There are so many seeming ...more
Barb Terpstra
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The organization I work for, Compassionate Heart Ministry will be featuring Randy Lewis at our annual fundraising dinner. It seemed a good idea to read his book before he comes!

Randy shared what it was like to be the father of a son with autism and how this impacted their family in the past, and their family today. He shares his heart, and how much he loves his son. Randy also worked for Walgreen's, and had a dream and a plan for including people with disabilities in their organization for the s
Debra Brinkman
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, inspirational business story of one man (Randy Lewis) and his quest to open up the Walgreen's Distribution Centers to significantly more people with disabilities.

I'm not quite sure how to describe this book. It is part business advice, part life advice, and part inspirational biography.

I found myself really thinking about how the things he was saying apply to me and my life, and I was definitely cheering for his dream to become a reality.

One chapter that really stood out to me was one
This book cannot be described adequately in a few words.

It is concisely written to demonstrate the principles of integrating disabled people into the workforce while maintaining productivity and profitability for the company and shareholders.

It could be studied in an MBA program. It confronts the biggest problems of change in a large organization, getting the people on board so that the dream becomes theirs. It is the story of how Walgreen's succeeded in its goal to hire a large percentage of it
5 stars, not because of the writing skill of the author (there is a tendency towards generalizations and sayings that nudge cliche territory), but because of the awe and respect I hold for what the author accomplished as vice president of the vast Walgreens chain to get the company on board with setting a goal of having 10% of its workforce comprised of people with disabilities, and then having some distribution centres actually surpass that goal by having 40% of their workforce made up of emplo ...more
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Randy Lewis, former Vice President of Walgreens, Peace Corps volunteer, Fortune 50 executive and accidental advocate, led Walgreens’ logistics division for sixteen years as the chain grew from 1,500 to 8,000 stores. Randy introduced an inclusive model in Walgreens distribution centers that resulted in ten percent of its workforce consisting of people with disabilities who are held to the same stan ...more

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