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 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 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.
Great narration and excellent concepts presented in this book. The second half of the book covered American history and generational differences which, though interesting, was not necessary. The ideals of this text could have been fully presented without any of that content included. As a member of Gen Y (or Millennial), I can say with qualification that the easiest way to disengage someone from my generation is to make categorically broad assumptions and statements about people based on their age alone. Aside from the generation conversation though, I thought this was a very good book with concepts that must be internalized by today's leaders.
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.
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.
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.
My favorite part of the books was during the brain chemicals discussion and the explanations of their effects on our actions.
If I could edit the book, I would gladly cut out the last three quarters of the book.
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.
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.
Having spent countless hours in leadership classes, seminars, etc. while in the military and working for private / public companies as well as having read many books on leadership this book presents an awesome way of looking at leadership. Everyone who is in a position of leadership or aspires to be there in the future should absolutely read this book.Sinek also offers very sound explanations for why corporate America as well as the government are what the are today. I will be buying multiple hard copies to hand out as gifts.
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.
CEO, IT Professional, engineer, entrepreneur
From the title, you might expect something about servant leadership, or the responsibility to lead by example. You would rightly expect anything but a lengthy, rambling, semi-scientific monologue tying corporate behavior to brain chemistry. This book should have been titled My Chemical Romance, if that weren't already taken. I feel I wasted a credit here. Another title by this author is far better. It's called Start With Why. Now that's a food book, and an even better TED talk.
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