Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't MP3 CD – Audiobook, 21 Jan 2014
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As refreshingly simple and easy to follow as it is thought-provoking (Management Today) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Simon Sinek, an unshakable optimist, is the author of the bestselling book Start with Why, which challenged traditional assumptions about how great leaders and great companies inspire people. He has shared his ideas with companies big and small, members of Congress and the highest levels of the US military. His TEDTalk based on Start with Why is the second most popular video of all time on TED.com. He lives in New York City. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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As Simon Sinek says, it is the times we work together to achieve a team goal which stay with us as our best working memories - working late and just achieving the deadline - having a vison and collectively finding the answer are so much more ultimately satisfying that the dopamine hits of short term individual gains.
Drawing on examples from Apple, Goldman Sachs, GE, Walmart, Microsoft and many other organisations, including the US Congress, Sinek shows that collaboration and co-operation in pursuit of a meaningful vision work much better than quick fixes and headline grabbing behaviours.
I found this to be a better book than his previous work Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action- better written, much less repetitive, and more thought provoking.
This should be essential reading for anyone in positions of responsibility, or who want to be.
Unfortunately, leadership is tricky to define. To his credit, Sinek recognises this and doesn't beat around the bush. Instead, he hopes to encourage people to think critically on this issue and adopt some of the traits of history's great leaders. The olf adage that some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them, was tailor made for this book.
Practical, entertaining, and refreshingly honest. There's something for everybody in this book.
Sinek carefully explains how and why this chemical imbalance in our society has occurred and then suggests hat he thinks must be done about it. "The big Boomer generation has, by accident, created a world quite out of balance" but "we can't simply blame an entire generation for the ills we face today." I agree. It has taken several decades for this imbalance yo occur and it will probably take several decades to correct it. How? That's what this book is all about.
It's title suggests to me the type of leader Robert Greenleaf describes in an essay written in 1970: "The servant-leader is servant [begin italics] first [end italics]... It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve [begin italics] first [end italics]. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is [begin italics] leader [end italics]first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions...The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types.Read more ›
However, it seems to then lose focus and talk exclusively about CEOs. Most of us will never be a CEO and the leadership challenge we face is different to that of CEOs.
It also becomes incredibly repetitive very quickly. It also becomes a long critique of the financial crisis of 2008 and whilst interesting the link to leadership, made in the book, is tenuous at best.
Great nuggets throughout but better editing would have made for a shorter, punchier and overall better book.
Before reading the book I wasn't aware that the Huffington Post has included Sinek's book into the list of "The 12 Business Books to Read in 2014" (moreover in the first place), but after I read it that doesn't surprise me because it's truly a book for everyone who works with people and manage them.
In the book foreword, retired US General George J. Flynn nicely wrote that an organization's success or failure is based on leadership excellence and not managerial acumen - and this is one of the common situations in business when leadership is equated with management, which, although in many ways are overlapping and complement each other, are not the words that mean the same thing.
For this reason, the author in his book explains why management can't be enough to sustain any organization in the long run; he explains the human behavior elements that are causing organization to perform well over certain period of time, but lose its breath in the long run, the reason being their people lacking the good leadership.
The author simply defines leadership - it's an environment where people are important, their thinking matters, where values are shared and together they are passing through the good and bad, knowing that it is all an integral part of every job and life.Read more ›
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This book will help so many different types of people to better understand their situations and mental states, and how they can become better, more balanced people. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Matt Jackson
Great follow up from his 'why'. Great examples of team work and what inspire them.
Well explained about addictions . Which happens to me a know I know why
Started off a bit slow but stick it out as this has explained my entire organisation to me, helping me to better navigate the corporate world and multi-generational hierarchy.Published 4 months ago by Alexander Franklin
Leadership in a great psychology-biology x-over.
A must for any serious CEO and gem for anyone else.
The best review is a quote from this book : "Nothing of real value on this earth was built by one person without the help of others."Published 6 months ago by Cosmin Lapovita
Recommended for HR professionals, useful to use the theories and ideas when creating leadership developing programs. Read morePublished 7 months ago by A. G. Petrova