Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't

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Penguin, Jan 7, 2014 - Business & Economics - 368 pages
The New York Times bestseller by the acclaimed, bestselling author of Start With Why and Together is Better. Now with an expanded chapter and appendix on leading millennials, based on Simon Sinek's viral video "Millenials in the workplace" (150+ million views).

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 create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things. 

In his work with organizations around the world, Simon Sinek noticed that some teams trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Other teams, no matter what incentives are offered, are 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.
     
Too many workplaces are driven by cynicism, paranoia, and self-interest. But the best ones 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.

Sinek illustrates his ideas with fascinating true stories that range from the military to big business, from government to investment banking.
 

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User Review  - MikePearce - LibraryThing

This book is OK, but not ground breaking. Summarised in one sentence it's: "Look after your people and they will look after your company." but Sinek uses a bookload more words to repeat the same thing ... Read full review

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User Review  - mdubois - LibraryThing

Some good stories, but retread of many old studies with conclusions that stretch the edges of credulity. And how do you take someone seriously who morally equates legally reducing your tax burden with ... Read full review

Contents

Protection from Above
3
Employees Are People Too
10
Belonging
23
Yeah but
31
PoWERFUL FORCES
39
E D S O
47
The Big C
65
Why We Have Leaders
77
Imbalance
154
So Goes the Leader
171
Integrity Matters
185
Friends Matter
198
Lead the People Not the Numbers
208
A Society of Addicts
227
At Any Expense
235
The Abstract Generation Revised and Expanded
243

REALITY
89
How WE GOT HERE
101
Abstraction Kills
121
Modern Abstraction
128
Managing the Abstraction
136
BECOMING A LEADER
272
We Need More Leaders
286
Acknowledgments
307
Bibliography
337
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Simon Sinek is an optimist, teacher, writer, and worldwide public speaker. His first four books --Start With Why, Leaders Eat Last, Together is Better, and Find Your Why -- have been national and international bestsellers. His first TED talk, based on Start With Why, is the third most-viewed TED video of all time. Learn more about his work and how you can inspire those around you at StartWithWhy.com.

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