The Birth of The Vagrant

We’re choosing 5 people who leave a comment on today’s post to receive a complimentary copy of The Vagrant, my new book co-authored with John David Mann.

If you don’t win today – 9/19/23 – we’re giving away five more copies tomorrow.

This offer is limited to US/Canada.

Brynlee, Elasyn and Poppi with The Vagrant cake.

(Our son surprised us Sunday afternoon. I think Brynlee and Ellasyn are more excited for cake than the book.)

The birth of The Vagrant:

I had a story in my heart for over 10 years.

A high-performing leader stumbles over himself. He can’t see himself. He’s blind to his blindness. I tried writing the story. But it escaped me. That’s when I made one the best decisions of my Leadership Freak experience. I reached out to John David Mann.

I knew about John from the wildly successful Go-Giver he wrote with my friend, Bob Burg. Thankfully we talked and I told John the story in a nutshell.

It feels awkward to ask for help.

Thankfully, aspiration defeated discomfort. Our brief conversation became a relationship that produced The Vagrant.

I hope you love this little story as much as I do.

4 takeaways from The Vagrant:

  1. Invite people into your life.
  2. Talented people unintentionally stumble over themselves.
  3. Self-reflection in isolation leads to self-deception.
  4. Everything great in leadership (and in life) begins with humility.


There are 5 self-reflection projects in the book that help propel you through self-defeating behaviors.

Structured self-reflection transforms leaders from the inside out.

At the end of the book, you’ll find a set of discussion questions to use in a group or with your team.

P.S. The Vagrant isn’t biographical, but I’ve done every dumb thing that entangles Bob, the protagonist in the story.

I invited John David Mann into my life. Who have you invited into your life?

If you don’t win a copy today, we’re giving away 5 more copies tomorrow.

Order The Vagrant here or at your local bookstore:


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