How many times have you worked on a big project where you may have gotten the results you wanted, but wound up feeling lousy, dispirited and frustrated?

Our protagonist, Max, is a young manager who gets in over his head leading a group of colleagues with clashing styles. But a chance meeting with an unlikely mentor leads him on a journey to help him better understand himself and the people he works with.

Join Max in this unique educational odyssey⁠—created by a team leader at Google⁠—to learn how to gain the confidence and expertise to lead your winning team!

Graphic novels are not just a cutting-edge educational tool—they’re just good fun! Immerse yourself in a dramatic office story by Stephen Gay, a passionate and creative leader currently working at Google. For years, Stephen has taken pride in nurturing high performing teams to solve complex problems, and in delivering innovative and delightful experiences. With a deep understanding of the best practices in facilitation, collaboration, and communication, Stephen is excited to share years of practical wisdom into his first book.

Why Always Wins is a versatile resource for individual professionals or organizational leaders at all stages of their careers. Early career  professionals and recent grads will have an invaluable book on  accelerating your career with practical, proven methods. Managers,  mentors, and team leaders will find a fun, compelling tool to share and  discuss best practices in groups or 1:1. Educators and organizational  leaders will have a unique resource for fostering a culture of impactful  collaboration and respect.


The book features the expressive and dynamic art by Der-shing Helmer, creator of critically acclaimed, award-winning comics including The Meek and Mare Internum, and the elegant design sensibilities of GB Tran, award-winning author of Vietnamerica.

Why Always Wins is an exciting passion project of 5 years in the making, uniting Stephen’s love of play, of comics, and of coaching others for impact into one engaging package.

Included with your book are multiple worksheets that allow you to hone your own skills while you join Max on his journey.

One of the biggest barriers to an individual success is unwillingness to change or in other words having a fixed mindset. “In a fixed mindset individuals believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb.” (1)

In contrast the key to your success is having a growth mindset“In a growth mindset individuals understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.” (2). Being open to practicing which means succeeding or failing in the moment, but always learning is clearly the key to success.

There are 2 challenges this book requires you to sign up for.

1. Be open minded. You have the ability to grow and improve.

Don’t say, I can’t do that or I’m not good at that” Because everyone can learn and grow, you just need to be willing to practice and grow.

2. Practice being consistent

It’s hard to be consistent, but set yourself up for success. Take tiny steps to practice. If you make mistakes, don’t give up. You can’t just run a marathon without a consistently practice. So why would you think you could become a world-class leader overnight without practice. 

Your success depends on understanding other people and yourself and how much that matters in the success of business and life.


[1, 2 * “Stanford University’s Carol Dweck on the Growth Mindset and Education”. 2012-06-19.]