Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why. Their natural ability to start with why enabled them to inspire those around them and to achieve remarkable things. In studying the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way—and it’s the complete opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY. Any organization can explain what it does; some can explain how they do it; but very few can clearly articulate why. WHY is not money or profit—those are always results. Why does your organization exist? Why does it do the things it does? Why do customers really buy from one company or another? Why are people loyal to some leaders, but not others? Starting with WHY works in big business and small business, in the nonprofit world and in politics. Those who start with WHY never manipulate, they inspire. And people follow them not because they have to; they follow because they want to. Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire. This book is for anyone who wants to inspire others or who wants to find someone to inspire them.
©2009 Simon Sinek (P)2010 Gildan Media Corp
“Start with Why is one of the most useful and powerful books I have read in years. Simple and elegant, it shows us how leaders should lead. Highly recommended!” (William Ury, co-author of Getting to Yes; cofounder of The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School)
The book certainly has great points and shifting minds from what to why in your causes. But, it has time wasting pages and they are quite many.
More real life stories.
Make it sound more authentic.
I liked very much the idea of competing against yourself and no one else!This is so profound an advice.What I didn't like that often the logic flow in the book gets derailed by talking non substantial things.
Anyone, but mostly entrepreneurs and initiators of new endeavors.
While I rated the book 3 star, it is worth of reading.
I have found this to be my favorite book because it inspires me every time I read it. Good books inspire us to do more, this one inspires me to be more. I love what I do and I know why I do what I do, but this books helps me deepen my resolve and my direction to help others be more. I have shared this book with a number of people and will continue to share this and continue to read this book.Thank you Simon for your insight and ability to put into words what inspires you and how it can help me and others inspire and become more inspiring.
Yes.I found it to be a wonderful perspective and insight into very exceptional successes
Very easy to listen to
When I started the book, I was looking for an answer to the question that was bothering me: "I always wanted to be a writer. Why am I not enjoying it, then?"
Being a writer, I realised during the course of the book, was not my why, but my how. I knew I wanted to bring stories to people. But why? Why did I want to make spend my precious time doing so? My why is rooted in what I get out of stories. Stories move me to be better than who I am now. They push me forward when I despair. They stay with me when I feel lonely. I want to write stories that stay with people when they feel lonely.
I have watched Simon's TEDx Talk over and over again, but it was in the details of this book that the concept finally "dinged" in my heart. I would wholeheartedly ask everyone to read the text or listen to the audiobook. It has the power to inspire you to do the things that inspire you.
When you finish the book, let's talk.
Absolutely mindblowing book. Changed my life and my business forever. Even if you did see Simon's TED talk, do listen to this audiobook as it actually explains some key points I missed from his talk. Will now recommend this to everyone I meet starting today.
This was a great book with outstanding stories. I encourage everyone who leads a team or even on a team to listen so they understand the why in business. The production portion wasn't great. You can tell the author used different mics and recorded it on different days. Very poor quality and has me wondering why for such a good book.
do not start or lead a business without reading this book. why does apple or southwest or Harley Davidson have such cult like customers. they start with why
Sinek's ideas are interesting to consider. We will be sure to spy his thinking the next time we are looking at our why.
this book is in the current sergeant major of the army's book club. I read it and am inspired to bring these Concepts to my organization.
"Why Read This Book?"
This book has changed the way I talk about our business. Not only does Simon Sinek have me communicating differently, he's also got me thinking differently. By stripping back the commonality of what and how, understanding and rediscovering the WHY has reinvigorated my passion for what I do. I believe that if you read this book, like me, you'll never look at the world in the same way again. If this review encourages just 1 person to read/listen to this and it has the same positive effect on them that it's had on me then this review will have been worthwhile. That's why I've been tapping away at my keyboard for the last 5 minutes.!
This is definitely one of the best books I have read/heard, period. The core concept that runs through the book is clear from the outset, but Simon Sineks incredible way of allowing the reader/listener to understand the concept is brilliant. I have not stopped talking about this book to everyone I meet, as it rings true not just in the business world, but also in the real world. I found it incredibly inspirational when it comes to being a leader as well as understanding my own life decisions.
It was so good that I have actually purchased the physical book after listening to this audio version.
A Must listen/read!
"Lest we forget"
Let's face it, management theory is for the few not the many. Its all about how we can do what we do better, with more intelligence or emotion or flair. And to me it has its limits. But this book is a real exception. Simon Sinek is not much interested in what we do, or how we do it. He wants us to go back to the "Why". For me, in a significant public sector role in a service which had lost its way, this book accompanied me on a 40 minute drive to work every day, and still does some days. Sinek talks a lot about Apple and other companies which do things differently, and comes back time and time again to the why as the thing that matters, not the what or the how. If you are a half decent manager, particularly in the UK public sector, you probably need no reminders of what and how, but the system conspires to make us lose sight of why. This book readdresses that and is well worth the read/listen.
I found this book immensely inspiring. I am thinking up ways to differentiate myself, form differentiating organisations and inspire others.
The criticism given by others on this book, that the anecdotes and examples become repetitive are valid; and this loses a star. However the book is really good and well worth a read/reread. I will be following up on this with some of these lectures on the “golden circle" which are available on YouTube.
"An absolute essential for everyone"
This is the most powerful audio book I have ever listened to. This will open your mind to the reasons why you do what you do and if you were unclear beforehand this will certainly help connect with your reasons for doing what you do :)
This really is a book to inspire you, Infact the best business related book I have heard.
"A must read for any business owner"
A very informative book on how to build a long term following for your brand. This book takes you away from traditional marketing to help you build core long term company values that are reflected in every step of the decision making process. Highly recommended!!
"The whole book is in the title"
This entire book is in the title - the rest is tediously repetitive anecdotes and padding, mostly about how wonderful Apple is.
Add some meaningful content.
It was nicely read.
I would like a refund.
If your smart enough to grasp the concept in the first chapter the book becomes a little boring. It is sooooo repetitive!! The case studies are bad however I think it could have been 200 pages shorter. Life changing - YES! But I really didn't need to hear why I should find the why more than 100 times. His youtube videos are far more engaging.
"Excellent - packs a huge punch"
This books starts slowly, I though it was a Gladwell or Pink clone and, quite honestly, I nearly gave up. But I was on a long walk with my dogs and I had an hour of listening to do. Then it starts to heat up in chapter two. Each chapter from then on is clear, crisp and compelling.
The essence of the book, namely 'asking WHY, before jumping into HOW and WHAT' is applicable on an incredibly personal level, as well as applying to business and leadership. The message is authentic and honest. I initially thought 'here we go, another book referring to Apple and SWA' but actually ... this book does a better job than most explaining the success of those companies, despite the flaws of their founders. Excellent piece of research and something I will use
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