Richard lays out the premise of the book at the beginning, which is that our culture is obsessed with outcome-based success. However, God is more interested in our “why” and “how” than our “what.” In the introduction to the book, he lays out the following:
And despite my three CEO titles and decades of working in multiple organizations, I just can’t imagine God saying to me: “Well done, good and faithful servant, for those twenty consecutive quarters of earnings growth!” or, “Way to go, Rich, on becoming a CEO at the age of thirty-three. You killed it!” No, I don’t think God will be impressed by those things. Heck, my wife isn’t even impressed by those things. It’s far more likely that God will speak to us about how we led and how we lived. How did we represent him to those we worked with? How did we embody the truths and values of the kingdom of God in our lives? And how did we tangibly show his great love for people in our daily conduct?
The book walks through various values we are to cultivate as we go about our work, with each chapter focusing on a trait such as humility, vision, courage, humor, listening and perseverance. I enjoyed reading his anecdotes from his tenure and appreciated the reminder that each chapter brought.