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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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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.

71 of 79 people found this review helpful

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  • DRYDEN, NY, United States
  • 02-11-14

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.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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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. <br/><br/>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.

33 of 40 people found this review helpful

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100% Fluff

The reader does a good job on style, but the substance is missing. I got nothing out of this. Don't waste your time/money.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Should be required reading

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.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Only needed the first half

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.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Okay, not great

while interesting at times I found the book to be filled with complex broad examples of poor leadership that were presumed at the outset to be examples of poor leadership. situations like the financial crisis from the collapse of housing prices were extremely complex and while I don't doubt that poor leadership both caused and exacerbated to magnitude of the situation, I found the book's discussion to be simplistic and hollow.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Leaders Eat Last

A great read for those desiring to lead thru ethically right movements across the work place or corporate chessboard of people and personalities.
Through consciousness awareness and human evolvement, we are starting to take note of what works and what doesn't, what leads to the good of all and what is limiting our natural tendency toward individual and collective expression.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful