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.
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!
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.
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.
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