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Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action
 
 

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action [Kindle Edition]

Simon Sinek
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One of the most useful and powerful books I have read in years. Simple and elegant, it shows us how leaders should lead (William Ury, co-author of Getting to Yes)

A powerful and penetrating exploration of what separates great companies and great leaders from the rest (Polly LaBarre, co-author of Mavericks at Work)

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One of the most useful and powerful books I have read in years. Simple and elegant, it shows us how leaders should lead -- William Ury, Co-Author Of Getting To Yes A powerful and penetrating exploration of what separates great companies and great leaders from the rest -- Polly Labarre, Co-Author Of Mavericks At Work

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive 17 July 2012
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The overall concept of the book is great, however the book is extremely repetitive. It's ironic that the author didn't take his own advice and structure his book in a Why, How, What story arch.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars See the TED talks 18 Oct 2012
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I bought this after a blog I follow linked to his TED talks which were both interesting, well delivered and inspiring. So if you haven't seen them, go there first.

I think Simon has a good message, but unfortuantely it feels like a broken record as he retreads the same examples in the TED talks as the book. So it's probably easier and cheaper to go there first.

The cynical part of me also can't help but wonder whether he's rehashing Stephen Covey's second habit (of Successful People)- begin with the end in mind.

THere are some good provocations to identify emotional motivations for a given enterprise, but it never felt like he helped the reader better gain insight into what their own mtivations might be...
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book 4 July 2010
Format:Hardcover
I saw the ted-talk by Simon Sinek and wanted to read more about his ideas. This book is easy to read and gives some interesting insights on how to communicate.

I have tested it at work and it works. I gave a talk at a conference recently and people congratulated me on the clarity of my presentation. Really, what I did was to start with why.

More interesting to me, I think that this book provided the secret of how one specific person I know (a genious in communication) actually behaves when he enters the stage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon is why i am flying 31 Oct 2011
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This book is a must for anyone who really wants to succeed in life and business it gives a real insight as to why things will work and be successful for you. I can tell you I have implemented a number of Simon's ideas and the whole culture change as lead to the company being used as best practice within the industry. Thank you Simon for this book and sharing your thoughts with me via this publication. I can tell you this book is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding! 17 Feb 2011
Format:Hardcover
It's amazing how simple the concept that Simon talks about in this book is, what is more unbelievable is that people don't realise it! I would recommend this to anyone who is interested not only in understanding how be an great leader, but also anyone who is trying to find their own path in life. It has definately given me the ability to live my life not through what I want to do, but why. As Simon frequently points out, if you know your why, the what and the how will follow.

Truly inspiring read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book of the year 29 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover
After watching his talk at the Ted conference I knew I wanted to read his book. It's changed quite a lot about how I run my business, now that I know the "why" - decisions are clearer and easier for me now.

It also provides a great framework for explaining things to people and helping them understand.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars so so but................ 3 Jan 2012
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I enjoyed the ted.com 15 minute presentation from this author and thought, "why not?" and purchased the book. I have to say the simple theme within it is enduring but unfortunately the ted talk was as informative.

Ok for those who already have fashioned their own style and are looking for an affirmation they are on the right path.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I agree with Simon Sinek that individuals as well as organizations must have a crystal clear sense of purpose or it will be very difficult (if not impossible) for them to decide what to do and how to do it. If they have the right purpose, it will guide and inform their decisions and, meanwhile, inspire and then sustain their efforts. Sinek suggests that the Golden Circle "helps us to understand why we do what we do. [It] provides compelling evidence of how much more we can achieve if we remind ourselves to start everything we do by asking why." In brief, here is Sinek's outside-in explanation:

"Every single company and organization on the planet knows WHAT they do...Everyone is easily able to describe the products or services a company sells or the job function they have within that system. WHATs are easy to identify."

"Some companies and people know HIW they do WHAT they do...Not as obvious as WHATs, many think these are the differentiating or motivating factors in a decision. It would be false to assume that's all that's required. There is one missing detail."

"Very few people or companies can clearly articulate WHY they do WHAT they do...By WHY I mean what is your purpose, cause or belief? WHY does your company exist? WHY do you get out of bed every morning? And WHY should anyone care?"

Brief digression: Whenever I meet with a new client's marketing team, I go around the table and ask each person to answer three simple questions. One after another around the table, they have no problem answering the "first two: "Who are you?" and "What do you do?" So far, so good. Then I ask the third question and the subsequent silence is deafening: "Why should I care?
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
This book is a must for any entrepreneur.

It offers a thorough study of the most successful business ventures in the last century and offers very clear explanations why... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Robert Baboi
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I recommend you read this book. Always no Your Why!
Published 27 days ago by Shollynson
3.0 out of 5 stars good topic
having just read some reviews I think I should have looked at the ted talk first.

topic is good but book is very repetitive - particularly in the first two thirds. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I haven't read it all but so far it's very good and challenges your thinking regarding any project or business you wish to start.
Published 1 month ago by A. M. Trotman
5.0 out of 5 stars super !
Every business owner should have this as compulsory reading when starting out. Brilliant book and worth looking for video explanations of the golden circle online.
Published 2 months ago by Rich Waterman
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather disappointed after hearing so many positive reviews
I bought this book after reading so many positive reviews about the author's TED talk and reviews of this book by others. I'm afraid I was rather disappointed with it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. Wray
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It's an excellent book and easy to understand. It kind or repeats the same message throughout the whole book, but this helps the reader assimilate it better and in the end be in a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alexandros Samaras
3.0 out of 5 stars More Managment Mumbo Jumbo
All the managers were reading this, so I thought I would get ahead of the pack. When managers sproat there inspirational crap I could quote them from the actual source or... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. G. Snowdon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good perpetration for interview
Interesting read for senior managers. You will need to be a very inspirational person and stick firmly to your beliefs to turn your company around using only this philosophy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sian Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars every businessman needs to read this??
This simple to read and understand book makes you think differently. I have been a self employed businessman for over 15 years, and this has really made me look back at what has... Read more
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