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It's Not About the Coffee: Leadership Principles from a Life at Starbucks | [Howard Behar]

It's Not About the Coffee: Leadership Principles from a Life at Starbucks

Howard Behar is one of three top executives who have helped shape one of the most recognized companies in the world: Starbucks. A widely acclaimed leader, Behar, with his signature energy, smarts, high expectations, and belief in people, has become a symbol of the soul and candor of the Starbucks culture.
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Howard Behar is one of three top executives who have helped shape one of the most recognized companies in the world: Starbucks. A widely acclaimed leader, Behar, with his signature energy, smarts, high expectations, and belief in people, has become a symbol of the soul and candor of the Starbucks culture.

In It's Not about the Coffee, Behar outlines his simple yet effective approach to success: focus on people over profits. He offers 10 fundamental leadership lessons we all need to practice as well as preach everyday, including clarity of purpose, listening, truth telling, accountability, and persistence. Each chapter explores one of these principles, incorporating inside stories of turning points in the development of Starbucks' culture and business, and offering inspiring advice.

©2007 Howard Behar; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[S]haring anecdotes from Starbucks itself is Behar's strong suit....[T]he voice of experience and in-house examples from a popular company make for a decent read for those wanting to develop or refresh basic business leadership skills." (Publishers Weekly)
"It's Not About the Coffee offers the true ingredients for enduring results: a set of proven principles we can all aspire to work and live by." (Bob Fisher, former chairman, Gap Inc.)

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    "Top Level Leadership"

    Behar nails it! One of the top 5 books on leadership I've read/listened to.

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    This book had some good ideas/concepts in it, but it was very drawn out. The content could have easily been condensed by at least half without losing any of the meaning. I have started listening to Dave Ramysey's Entreleadership book and it is much more entertaining and to the point. Enjoying it much more.

    It has a similar theme, but goes deeper in a more interesting way, and Dave has a funny and entertaining delivery.

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