The Vagrant


I had a story in my heart over 10 years. A high-performing leader engages in self-defeating behaviors – but he’s blind to his screw ups. 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 Burb. Thankfully he accepted my invitation, and I ended up telling John the story in a nutshell.

It feels awkward to ask for help.

Thankfully, I overcame my discomfort, and I aimed high when I reached out to John. John said, “Yes.” One brief conversation became a relationship that produced The Vagrant.

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

3 takeaways:

  1. Talented people unintentionally hold themselves back.
  2. Self-reflection in isolation leads to self-deception.
  3. Everything great in leadership (and in life) begins with humility.

5 projects:

There are 5 self-reflection projects in the book that help propel you over common 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. When you read The Vagrant you will meet a highly talented character, but he’s blind to his own self-defeating behaviors. It’s not a biographical story, but I’ve done every dumb thing that entangles Bob, the protagonist in the story.