We used to have a janitor in our office named Ed who always had a smile on his face. No matter how bad your day was going, if you bumped into Ed walking down the hall he always had something cheerful to say. I never got to know Ed that well before he (apparently) left for a new job, but I wouldn't be surprised to hear that he was the inspiration behind The Janitor, by Todd Hopkins and Ray Hilbert.
This book presents six important life and business guidelines in the form of a fable. As I read it I couldn't help thinking of some of the various Patrick Lencioni books I've read, which are also written as fables. This format makes for an enjoyable read, especially as you start relating to the characters that develop throughout the story. It also helps make the lessons that much more memorable as the character images in my head will last much longer than the narrative of a dry business book. The model works quite well for this book as I unfortunately found myself relating to the lead character, Roger Kimbrough, and his various issues way too often.
I won't spoil the story and reveal all of the six key teachings, but I will say that I put a summary of each of them into a memo file on my Blackberry so that I can refer to them from time to time. In fact, as I spent some time with my wife and youngest daughter last night I kept thinking about one in particular; it has to do with family as a responsibility vs. a blessing and it really rang true for me this week!
Do yourself a big favor and read this book. There's a good reason why it's already sold over 400K copies worldwide. And unlike that awful misguided book The Secret, there are several very meaningful, sound principles presented in this one.