No Ego

How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Workplace Drama, End Entitlement, and Drive Big Results
Narrated by: Cynthia Farrell
Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
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Publisher's Summary

This New York Times best-selling author and leadership trainer says getting your employees to do their work shouldn't have to be so much, well, work! For years now, leaders in almost every industry have accepted two completely false assumptions: that change is hard and that engagement drives results. Those beliefs have inspired expensive attempts to shield employees from change, involve them in high-level decision-making, and keep them happy with endless satisfaction surveys and workplace perks. But what these engagement programs actually do, Cy Wakeman says, is inflate expectations and sow unhappiness, leaving employees unprepared to adapt to even minor changes necessary to the organization's survival. Rather than driving performance and boosting efficiency, these programs fuel entitlement and drama, costing millions in time and profit.

No Ego is about increasing awareness of just how often individuals are operating out of ego at work, breeding drama and discord rather than innovation and constructive collaboration. It is high time to reinvent leadership thinking. The current work experience is so full of emotional waste that it's seen as a foregone cost in today's business environments. Cy Wakeman teaches straightforward strategies in which this time and energy can be re-commissioned and put toward the value that hired talent is intended to provide. No Ego disposes with unproven HR maxims, and instead offers a complete plan to turn your office from a den of discontent into a highly productive place where happy employees are accountable employees.

©2017 Cy Wakeman (P)2017 Recorded Books

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You are the obstacle

Cy hits the nail on the head. I am the problem. It’s not what happens to me, but how I respond. Once you take ownership yourself, you can embark on the journey of helping others discover the magic of accountability!

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Personal Accountability Lesson

Great advice on how to equip leaders with the tools and mindset to build personal accountability. Love the rule “your circumstances aren’t the reason for your failure, but the reality in which you must succeed.

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great philosophy for workplaces across industries

great ideas on changing how we look at the drama in the work place. great way to build your team!

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wow - loved it!

Wow this book was incredible. Highly recommend! take aways for personal and professional life! great!

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Don't Copromise

This book explains what not to do in the work place, but principles can be applied to life. It's okay to boast about yourself but there are times and places for that.
Don't compromise what you know is right to better the mass than an individual or small group of people. Know where you need support and seek. Don't expect to be spoon-fed WhAt you want,for you.

Life is bigger than just a YoU!

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It's a good dose of reality, but not enough...

Learning the pitfalls of the open-door policy and the negative aspect of being too open to personal issues and drama has greatly improved my understanding of how to make my workplace more stable. Emotional waste has been, and continues to be, a big problem in not only the workplace but in our personal lives. I am guilty of these traits as well. Therefore it has been good for me to evaluate myself and how I act to see that some behaviors lead to negative consequences when I thought they would help the problem. This was a hard book to listen to and internalize.

However, there are some glaring issues that I felt were necessary for the author to focus on that he did not. Maybe these ideas were intimated in the structure of the book, but to use the authors ideology, we should try to understand the complexity of reality in order to functionally deal with the problem. There are many references to having accountability, as in: working harder, out-performing, and doing what it takes. I felt there was too much emphasis on this. This book places way to much accountability on the worker. While I do believe that sitting around and whining about problems is counterproductive, being overused as an employee is a negative consequence of this paradigm. Sure employees need to take on more accountability and be a part of change to make sure that things are fair, but there are two sides of the coin.

There are times when companies need to listen to theirs workers and placing the blame solely on the employee is incredulous. I would like to see the author look into how good employees aren't just expendable capitalistic units and are people who want to accomplish real growth and sometimes management has failed to listen to them. This thought was stated in the book, but more as an afterthought than an understanding.

Employees could of course leave the company but egotistically speaking I am stuck and cannot right now. How ever I take the book for what it is. A discourse on how to make a company and its human resources more effective. As such I liked listening to this book and have benefited greatly from it.

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If you’re a manager, READ THIS!

This book is key if you manage people who are resistant to change. If you manage people who have more tenure than you do and tend to force their agenda, then read this. Truly an amazing insight into a different way of reacting to the difficult employee. Especially if the difficult employee happens to be one of the top salespeople in your organization.

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Lacks the emotional piece of a complex concept

While I don't disagree with the basic concepts, the answers provided are too simple for organizations. If you are the leader of your organization, you will like this book because it will tell you what you want to hear. If you are not at the top, you will be frustrated by the lack of understanding the author has for working within good and bad management.

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great book for being a strong leader

I've had a lot of leaders who were quick to react emotionally to issues without thinking it through. wish they had this book

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Great book for all Managers

Enjoyed this book! New or old to Management this book is great! Would Highly Recommend!