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Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't | [Simon Sinek]

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't

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.
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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.

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    Mark DRYDEN, NY, United States 02-11-14
    Mark DRYDEN, NY, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolutely great"
    What made the experience of listening to Leaders Eat Last the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The topic and the author's approach to the topic.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Sinek’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of Sinek's other works, but I am looking forward to doing so.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone in a position of responsibility over people should read this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marvin DALLAS, TX, United States 02-25-14
    Marvin DALLAS, TX, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good, but not excellent"

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Steve brighton, mi, United States 03-31-14
    Steve brighton, mi, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "great perspective"
    What did you love best about Leaders Eat Last?

    I liked the link between behavior and physiology of the brain. The perspective of what motivates us and our behavior was fascinating


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jose BURLINGTON, NJ, United States 01-14-14
    Jose BURLINGTON, NJ, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Brilliant!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Leaders Eat Last to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Leaders Eat Last?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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!


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    JG Knox 06-30-14
    JG Knox 06-30-14 Listener Since 2008
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    "Why go political?"
    Where does Leaders Eat Last rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    good book and interesting topics. Very obvious bias from what politics he chose to discuss. I do not mind a little politics, but why keep reinforcing that democrats are better than republicans by the leaders you pick. You are good enough that you do not need to press your agenda.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bravo


    Which character – as performed by Simon Sinek – was your favorite?

    Bravo


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    good

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Ayers Fort Collins, Co. 07-03-14
    M. Ayers Fort Collins, Co. 07-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "An interesting twist on a good leadership"
    If you could sum up Leaders Eat Last in three words, what would they be?

    Leaders Eat Last sums up the book nicely. If you are unable to put the people you lead before your own desires, wants, and at times, needs, then perhaps leadership is not for you.


    What other book might you compare Leaders Eat Last to and why?

    While not direct in comparison, the books that come to mind that share commanalities are Speed of Trust & Thinking Big


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are no scenes in this book per say. Simon does an excellent narrative of his own writings that has strong content and easy to digest delivery.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed the writings around the Circle of Safety. It seems to be a simple concept, surprising that we in the US have moved to a much more hostile work environment, dog eat dog world.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent leadership book worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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