Why do only a few people get to say "I love my job?" It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong.
Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled.
This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things. In his travels around the world since the publication of his best seller Start with Why, Simon Sinek noticed that some teams were able to trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Other teams, no matter what incentives were offered, were doomed to infighting, fragmentation, and failure. Why?
The answer became clear during a conversation with a Marine Corps general. "Officers eat last," he said.Sinek watched as the most junior Marines ate first, while the most senior Marines took their place at the back of the line. What's symbolic in the chow hall is deadly serious on the battlefield: great leaders sacrifice their own comfort - even their own survival - for the good of those in their care.
The best organizations foster trust and cooperation because their leaders build what Sinek calls a Circle of Safety that separates the security inside the team from the challenges outside. The Circle of Safety leads to stable, adaptive, confident teams, where everyone feels they belong and all energies are devoted to facing the common enemy and seizing big opportunities. But without a Circle of Safety, we end up with office politics, silos, and runaway self-interest. And the whole organization suffers.
As he did in Start with Why, Sinek illustrates his ideas with fascinating true stories from a wide range of examples.
©2013 Simon Sinek (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Portfolio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.
The author covers a very important and pervasive topic. His approach, from a biological/ sociological perspective is insightful. This book put the elements of a great leader into concrete terms, which reinforces what I have learned and experienced as a veteran.
The topic and the author's approach to the topic.
I have not listened to any of Sinek's other works, but I am looking forward to doing so.
Anyone in a position of responsibility over people should read this book.
Would I recommend this book absolutely YES would it be at the top of my list NO. “Start with Why” was great, this book is good. I think some of the lessons from start with why should have been applied by the author on this book. What I mean is, he seemed to ramble at different parts of the book. He spoke about respect and how it’s achieved, and how small things really do matter.
I personally prefer the audio version. Simon is a very talented author and narrator. The book is very enjoyable to listen to. Perfect sound quality, and performance.
Have been waiting a long time for this book. Simon didn't disappoint. This book is a gem, it truly makes you think and re-examine your assumptions on leadership. A must read for all managers and leaders.
yes! I could not stop listening to it. Looked forward to my drive to and from work. Too bad it was only a bit longer than 8 hours long!
The philosophy of how to build a leadership culture is great. If you would rather be a manager than a leader this book is not for you. Leaders really do care about their people and Mr. Sinek helps you understand why.
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell because it is a series of stories that come together to help you appreciate how humans achieve great things.
Simon's Performance helps bring context to the meaning.
Parts of the book made me chuckle but it really makes you think.
Yes and I have. I expected it to be a decent book about management, but it really brings up a lot of great points like how different generations have worked, how hormone levels influence behavior, etc.
Yes; I had 7 hours of driving and was genuinely disappointing I couldn't finish it all in the drive. I continued playing the book whenever possible to finish it because I really enjoyed all of the topics presented.
I liked the link between behavior and physiology of the brain. The perspective of what motivates us and our behavior was fascinating
The basic message of this book, that leadership is about taking care of people, is inspirational. The author goes to great lengths to talk about, and give excellent examples of, how companies with a people first approach can be very successful. The world could do well to listen.
Unfortunately, while the first half of the book pushes leadership and individual responsibility to make the world a better place the last half strongly pushes government regulation as a big part of the solution. He goes so far as to lament the government no longer forcing TV stations to devote a portion of their broadcasts to "public service". Worse, he pines for renewal of the Fairness Doctrine from the 1950's wherein public officials would decide if your programing was "balanced" enough.
Several of the issues the author hit on, particularly around regulation, were subjects I have followed for years and the author cherry picks the evidence that fit's his argument while ignoring both the opposing arguments and supporting evidence.
Were the Fairness Doctrine in place for books I believe the author would be forced to rewrite substantial portions of this book. I dare say that would give him a new and useful perspective on the very large downside of these regulations he supports.
Differences aside, overall the book was very inspirational and has caused me to look afresh at my management style. Companies can benefit from an employee friendly culture. Convincing companies that this is in their best interest is the surest course to propagating this idea. Having government try to enforce it is unlikely to have lasting success.
The author's worldview comes shinning through.He is quick to share his views (as facts) that Ronald Reagan is the reason that companies experience lay offs and Newt Gingrich is the reason our current elected officials bicker. After siting several republicans as causing trouble he finally sites Bill Clinton for a mistake. Then he immediately gives Bill an out saying he is a baby boomer. He failed to provide any excuses for the supposed failings of conservatives.
Anything this guy did not write.
He makes a few good points that I would have further developed if he had not continued to push his political ideals. I am honest enough to state that I would not have been offended if the shoe were on the other foot, but I regret spending money and time listening to his drivel.
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite my short time.
This book has more content than his previous one "Start with Why". Has some interesting stories, feedback about hormones and stress, talks about the Circle of Safety and how the leader shouldn't think only about himself and his bonus, instead, should care about the people that he represents. Some stories I already knew (he does a good summary of the book Turn The Ship Around by David Marquet), but I did not lose interest.
Good book, but not a breakthrough.
Every executive and politician should be required to read this book and share with their constituents. This is an excellent summary of a host of complex studies of physiology, psychology and human behavior and how these factors enable (or disable) our leaders. This one goes on my reread list for sure!
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