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Publisher's Summary

PLEASE NOTE: This audiobook was previously published under the title It's Not About You.

From the acclaimed, best-selling authors of The Go-Giver, a new parable about the power of giving leadership.

The family-owned business of Allen & Augustine has manufactured high-quality chairs for decades. Its people take pride in their work and feel loyal to their owners and management team. But this long-revered company is now at a crossroads, hurt by a tough economy, foreign competition, and a cash crunch. The air is filled with the scent of uncertainty, anxiety, perhaps even panic.

Enter Ben, the ambitious young executive assigned by his firm to promote a merger that will rescue Allen & Augustine. Ben's facts are undeniable: The chairmaker can either merge and modernize or go bankrupt and vanish. So why can't he convince anyone to buy in, from the CEO on down?

During his week at the company, as Ben gets to know its people and meets with its top executives, he begins to realize that his aggressive style is actually making it harder to reach his goals. As one character puts it, "How far can you push a rope?"

Will Ben find a way to sway the employee shareholders before the climactic vote? And can Allen & Augustine survive without losing its soul? The answers may surprise you as you follow Ben on his journey to understanding that the path to genuine influence lies less in taking leadership than in giving it.

©2016 Bob Burg (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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Stories of leadership and parables of leadership principles

Easy read
Great to listen to and one that you will read multiple times and still get something new each time. Timeless leadership principles conveyed via parables!

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  • dr Frank
  • Beaver Falls, PA, United States
  • 04-29-16

Tremendous insight written in a story form

I really enjoyed the Go-Giver and The Go-Giver Leader didn't disappoint. It adds on to the first book but reading/listening to the first book isn't required to glean from this book.

Since the book is written in a story form, it is an easy listen with take away points throughout the book and at the end. The narration is very good filled with a few memorable characters and my overall favorite is the 'aunt'.

Not only does the book illustrate the essence of a leader but it outlines the characteristics in a manner that stays with the reader/listener without feeling 'scolded'.

I highly recommend this book.

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Clarity

I absolutely loved this book. I read/listen to a lot of books but honestly - for all the epiphanies I've had with them - this one takes the cake. I understood many of the principles being taught, but the story format coalesced the information in such a way that I could see it visually in my mind. I could see various situations in my life and how I would apply them - professionally and personally.

For me - the human element of the interactions in this book really brought home how to apply the principles. They not only apply to leading at work, but to raising kids as well. I wish I would have read it 20 years ago.

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Awesome!

This is another great book!! Must read or listen!! It's really not about us! We have to ask ourselves about our intentions. If they are for the greater good, move forward!!!

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Very enlightening and thought-provoking!

I loved it! Aunt "El" was my favorite character. You do not need lots of words to make an impact...just the right ones! "Do the work", pull instead of push and ALWAYS GIVE instead of take...in any type of relationship...you will then, ALWAYS BE A RECEIVER!!

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this is a must read and re read

powerful book that is so simple and it's amazing powerful
A must read for any aspiring or growing leader

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what really matters

a book that every leader should read and reread in a few years. there was no mention of the word pride but it certainly was apparent in this book.

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Well put and digs deeper than many books on leadership

Easy read, intriguing story holding attention throughout the book, realistic deep meaning concepts that makes you think and search deep within you...overall, very well put together. Highly recommend

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Perfect addition to the series!

Loved the amazing illustration. It carries you through the transition from getting to giving. Fantastic twists and shifts! Phenomenal read!

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  • bbpatt
  • PHOENIX, AZ, US
  • 06-11-17

A little story with a big impact....

Truly an inspiring and moving story that picks up nicely from where the Go-Giver leaves off.

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  • shivi
  • 12-10-16

small and crisp

clear, to the point , simple and thoughtful. the 5 keys to leadership unfolds with the story

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  • 09-12-16

an entertaining and interesting listen

The fable format was put to good use. I loved the narration by both authors.

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  • Vivienne
  • 08-21-16

Leadership

Self-insight deepened through sound leadership principles woven through a story of business, people and wisdom.

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  • Andrew
  • 04-26-16

I love these books

The go giver series has to be one of the best series I've ever read. As someone passionate about business and wanting to live my life from the best place I can, the principles and stories in these books have changed my world for the better.
Thank you Bob & John, you are awesome