A powerful story about the courage to create a better world No Greatness with-out Goodness is the story of a senior vice president at Walgreens who bet his career on making the world a better place for people with disabilities. When Randy Lewis’s son, Austin, was three years old, Randy and his wife received a sobering diagnosis: their son had a debilitating form of autism. As Randy learned to see the world through his son’s eyes, something dawned on him. He knew deep down that many people with disabilities could hold jobs and even perform better than the average worker, if only they were given a chance. What he didn’t know was that he would be their only chance.
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From the inside flap: I had practiced my speech over and over, but I was still nervous as I climbed the stairs to the stage in the middle of the Paris Las Vegas ballroom. Surrounded by an audience of five thou-sand Walgreens store managers, I said that we were about to undertake something that had never been done before—anywhere. We were planning to build the most efficient distribution cen-ter of its kind in the world.
And 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 dis-abilities 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.
As I prepared to tell the five thousand store managers how we were going to do all this, the huge screens surrounding the stage filled with a picture of my family. That’s be-cause my family is where the story began.
You’ll be inspired by this incredible sto-ry of a father who was committed to making the world a better place. No matter where you are or how much power you hold, you, too, can start working for good.