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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.

    6 of 6 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.

    9 of 11 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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    T. Lowry Pa USA 09-03-14
    T. Lowry Pa USA 09-03-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Excellent message but poor solution"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LeRoy R Konen Jr 08-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Philosphy and Interesting Delivery"
    What did you love best about Leaders Eat Last?

    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.


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

    Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell because it is a series of stories that come together to help you appreciate how humans achieve great things.


    What does Simon Sinek bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Simon's Performance helps bring context to the meaning.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Parts of the book made me chuckle but it really makes you think.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regina P. 07-31-14
    Regina P. 07-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Surprisingly Great"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    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.


    1 of 1 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 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. Jackson 11-10-14
    J. Jackson 11-10-14
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    "Disappointed."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not really sure with who this book would really resonate. The first quarter to third of the book was engaging and interesting. At the outset, Sinek's accounts are engaging and pointed. His discussion of brain chemistry is very interesting and his application of the information is useful. Then he flips a switch.


    What was most disappointing about Simon Sinek’s story?

    He starts blaming most bad human behavior on dopamine addiction and offers limp rational for the assertion after assertion. He offers a few assumptions that he says we can all agree on. Then he explains how everything wrong in America is one political party's fault. Take your pick of the party...such an assertion is absurd and blindly propagadizing.

    I totally did not not expect this. At two separate instances, Simon references historical anecdotes to explain certain conclusions. I have read the books from which each comes. His description of both events are particularly selective and adapted to suit his conclusion. This is irresponsible and lazy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite part of the books was during the brain chemicals discussion and the explanations of their effects on our actions.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Leaders Eat Last?

    If I could edit the book, I would gladly cut out the last three quarters of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been a fan of Sinek's "Start with Why" concept and have watched his discussion of it on YouTube many times. I also watch interviews about this "leaders eat last" idea. I like it, too. From here on out I plan to just watch Sinek on YouTube and spend my money on a Gladwell, Duhigg or Cabane book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Lisle, IL, United States 11-10-14
    Robert Lisle, IL, United States 11-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "The title doesnt do the book justice."

    The title of the book refers to the Marine tradition of having those of lowest rank eat first. It illustrates the principals of the book, but really doesn't do the material justice.

    This is one of the few books I would consider life changing. It explains how our natural tendencies (and, looking to leaders is one of them) are being corrupted by our modern life of abundance. Humans are shaped by the conditions that defined life for most of our history - small groups struggling to survive in a harsh world with limited resources. Our current life with a surplus of everything we need, while disconnected from our "tribe", means we are unhappy and looking for something greater.

    Leaders need to be aware of what we need as individuals, groups, and organizations, and how to harness our group power to make an environment where we can thrive. Profit doesn't inspire - sacrificing for the good of others is what we want.

    Great book for those who never bought into the authoritarian leadership we see too often today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 08-21-14
    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

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    "Better than Start with Why"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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