Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers

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#3 New York Times Advice/How-To Bestseller #7 Wall Street Journal Nonfiction Bestseller

"This book is game changing in a way I have never seen in a business book. I learned about myself and gained new insights into the work I've been doing for thirty years. It is a spectacular read."
– John Riccitiello, CEO, Electronic Arts

This is not a management book. This is a book for managers.

Ever have the feeling that no matter how rewarding your job is...

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Overview

#3 New York Times Advice/How-To Bestseller #7 Wall Street Journal Nonfiction Bestseller

"This book is game changing in a way I have never seen in a business book. I learned about myself and gained new insights into the work I've been doing for thirty years. It is a spectacular read."
– John Riccitiello, CEO, Electronic Arts

This is not a management book. This is a book for managers.

Ever have the feeling that no matter how rewarding your job is that there's an entirely different level of success and fulfillment available to you? Lingering in the mist, just out of reach…
There is, and Stan Slap is going to help you get it.
You hold in your hands the book that entirely redraws the potential of being a manager. It will show you how to gain the one competency most critical to achieving business impact, but it won't stop there. This book will put a whole new level of meaning into your job description.

You Will Never Really Work for Your Company Until Your Company Really Works for You

Bury My Heart at Conference Room B is about igniting the massive power of any manager's emotional commitment to his or her company-worth more than financial, intellectual and physical commitment combined. Sometimes companies get this from their managers in the early garage days or in times of tremendous gain, but it's almost unheard of to get it on a sustained, self-reinforced basis.
Of course your company is only going to get it if you're willing to give it. Slap proves that emotional commitment comes from the ability to live your deepest personal values at work and then provides a remarkable process that allows you to use your own values to achieve tremendous success.

This is not soft stuff; it is the stuff of hard-core results.

Bury My Heart at Conference Room B is the highest-rated management development solution at a number of the world's highest-rated companies—companies that don't include "patience" on their list of corporate values. It has been exhaustively researched and bench tested with tens of thousands of real managers in more than seventy countries. You'll hear directly from managers about how this legendary method has transformed their careers and their lives.

As Big as It Gets Stan Slap is doing nothing less than making the business case for a manager's humanity-for every manager and the companies that depend on them. Bury My Heart at Conference Room B gives managers the urgency to change their world and the energy to do it. It will stir the soul, race the heart, and throb the foot used for acceleration.

Buckle Up. We're Going Off-Road. Slap is smart, provocative, wickedly funny and heartfelt. He fearlessly takes on some of the most cherished myths of management for the illogic they are and celebrates the experience of being a manager in all of its potential and potential weirdness. And he talks to managers like they really talk to themselves.

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Editorial Reviews

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The hard truth of corporate boardrooms is that managers punk out. They might star in start-ups, but over the long haul, they begin to regard work at the time of trouble between vacations. Stan Slap's Bury My Heart at Conference Room 8 functions as a wake-up call for managers who yearn for the years when they were fully committed to their life's work. A motivational reboot. (Hand-selling tip: The publishers correctly assert that it is a book for managers, not a management book.)
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"The notion that values matter—in the workplace as well as at home—is certainly not new to the ranks of management gurus and corporate leaders. What are novel in consultant Stan Slap's first book are his passion for the subject, which bleeds from every page, and his easy-to-use framework for identifying and promoting values throughout the business world. Setting the stage, first, involves explaining the business case for values: why everyone must live their personal values in the workplace and which companies adhere to that philosophy. In sidebars, Slap tells the stories of EMC, HP, Rhino Records, SAS, Quad/Graphics, and others that showcase the bottom-line impact of managerial emotional commitment. Next, then, are the value exercises: the list and definition of 50 values and the winnowing to ten, five, and, finally, three. As to be expected, the author leads us to organizational implementation, focusing on the selling of values to staff and, ultimately, to the C-suite. In a passion- infused narrative, Slap gives every manager the tools to change. Now, if it will only stick!"
-Barbara Jacobs, Booklist Starred Review

"I urge you to follow where Stan Slap fearlessly leads us. He has the answer to making a career in management actually bring you a fuller, richer, better life."
-Geoff Colvin, author of Talent Is Overrated; senior editor at large, Fortune

"A subversively radical triumph of a book which uniquely and definitively demonstrates the mystery of how organizations succeed."
-Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business at the University of Southern California, author of Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership

"Slap has written the holy grail for companies seeking the most from their managers and for managers seeking the most from their companies. It is fascinating, thought provoking and actionable. This book is not just a "must read" but a "must experience."
-Jack Calhoun, president, Banana Republic

"This book has the answer for any manager who thinks there must be a better way to do the job without hating the job. The single most powerful management book I've read in years."
-Jason Jennings, author of Hit the Ground Running; Think Big, Act Small; and Less Is More

"Stan Slap's approach for developing managers who care resonates deeply with the principles we at Four Seasons strive to embody. There are great insights here for creating a true culture of ethics, integrity, and heartfelt service."
-Isadore Sharp, founder, chairman, and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

"Whether you are a first time supervisor or a CEO, reading this book will allow you to tap into the secret that will drive organizational success."
-Julia Stewart, CEO, DineEquity

"You have to read Bury My Heart at Conference Room B. Stan Slap covers all the bases. A warm, witty book that will take you and your organization to a better place."
-Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager(r) and Leading at a Higher Level

"Humanity in any organization, whether professional or political, is what will save us. The world needs this book."
-Amir A. Dossal, executive director, United Nations Office for Partnerships

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Starred Review

“The notion that values matter––in the workplace as well as at home––is certainly not new to the ranks of management gurus and corporate leaders. What are novel in consultant Stan Slap’s first book are his passion for the subject, which bleeds from every page, and his easy-to-use framework for identifying and promoting values throughout the business world. Setting the stage, first, involves explaining the business case for values: why everyone must live their personal values in the workplace and which companies adhere to that philosophy. In sidebars, Slap tells the stories of EMC, HP, Rhino Records, SAS, Quad/Graphics, and others that showcase the bottom-line impact of managerial emotional commitment. Next, then, are the value exercises: the list and definition of 50 values and the winnowing to ten, five, and, finally, three. As to be expected, the author leads us to organizational implementation, focusing on the selling of values to staff and, ultimately, to the C-suite. In a passion-infused narrative, Slap gives every manager the tools to change. Now, if it will only stick!--(Barbara Jacobs)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591843245
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/12/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 456,429
  • Product dimensions: 9.52 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Business consultant Stan Slap has revolutionized work performance for some of the world's biggest, smartest, and fastest companies, including Oracle, Microsoft, BET, and Warner Music Group.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2011

    Must read for managers

    I have read or sat through what at times appears an endless score of the latest greatest plan to reach the objectives of your organization only to see a half hearted attempt at implementation. The fault lies at the feet of us who lead the troops. I would like to believe my staff know my values. They will now

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  • Posted August 28, 2010

    A Must Read

    Engaging and insightful, this is a book worth reading for
    all, whether in business or out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2010

    Iconoclastic and Wicked Smart

    I've had the great good fortune to be in one of Stan Slap's sessions. It changed my life. I now understand the difference between management and leadership. Any management message ends only one way = work harder. Any leadership message ends only one way = live better. After my manager and my team did the Bury My Heart session at our global financial instution, it transformed the way we work together. My manager had the courage to peel off the hazmat suit that says manager across the back and lead from his values and humanity. As a result, I realize I no longer report to him. Instead I deliver for him. I recommend you get 2 copies - one for you and one for your manager.

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  • Posted August 25, 2010

    If you are a manager or an executive, buy this book

    I have been a manager and senior executive for over 20 years, for companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 enterprises. I've seen an awful lot of material aimed at leadership development -- some of it useful, most of it not. Bury My Heart is, by far, the best book I've ever read on the subject. Why? Because it takes you straight to the root of the things that are the most infuriating and impossible about managing -- and it shows you what to do about them. And, guess what, everything starts by taking a long, hard look at your own values. What they are, where they come from. I thought I knew this stuff about myself. I was dead wrong. When you really get what Bury My Heart is telling you, you can't go back to sleep. The person you are at home and the person you are at work meet -- and you can start doing things at work and at home differently. The choice is between acting like a human or acting like a robot. Unless all the people who work for you are robots, I strongly recommend you vote for human. Great businesses don't just focus on what they achieve -- they also focus on how they achieve their results. Bury My Heart offers the best guidance I have ever seen on the "how."

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

    This Book Matters

    When someone suggested I read this book I questioned the advice because I didn't
    think there would be anything in it for me. After all I am not a manager in a corporation.
    Still I did pick it up and as I read I found myself being carried along by the witty style and
    the tone of certainty in the writing. Each new idea was creating a great big "yes" inside
    of me. I was not only accepting the ideas being expressed but I wanted to believe they
    really could change the world of business. That is the force of the writing.
    I began thinking, are these only grand ideas or is there a real way to bring them into the
    real world. I have read books like this before with page after page of wonderful inspiring
    ideas only to be left with no way to implement them. I was more than pleased to find
    that this book is different. A method to realize these ideas is completely laid out in a
    series of simple yet profound exercises and script suggestions. Just follow the dotted
    line to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It sounds easy enough but it probably
    isn't because any exercise involving self discovery usually makes us squirm just a little if
    not a lot. Looking at ourselves in the mirror and seeing just who we are and who we
    want to be and saying it out loud in front of a room full of coworkers requires honesty
    and courage. And there in lies the power to transform yourself, your team, your
    company.
    In the end I have discovered that this book does matter to me and I believe it will matter to any one wishing to be more effective and more real in the real world. Thank you Stan Slap. I do hope the world picks up your book and acts on it.

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

    Incredible book for managers - and those who have managers

    I was able to experience Bury My Heart as a sr. manager at a global tech company back in the day - definitely helped my career. With this book, Slap's outlined the roadmap to bring your values to work first, and still knock your management requirements out of the park - because of your values, not in spite of them. Plus he's added application for those important relationships outside of the office.

    Great read - practical, applicable, and the most interesting "business" book of the past several years - from someone who's purchased most, and finished some. If you are a manager, have a manager, or are human ("be human first") you'll get something out of Bury My Heart.

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

    Thank you!

    Thank you for this book. I've been waiting for a leadership book like this all my working life. A friend recommended this book to me and I'm flabbergasted at how transformational this is. I work in the non-profit arena and I was a bit skeptical about the book being applicable in my industry. It is and appears to be applicable cross-industry and would be a fantastic read for any up-and-coming managers to build their foundation based on the philosophies in Bury My Heart, before any bad management habits are formed and poor performance results transpire. Must read for sure if you want change and impact in your work life and to impact in your personal life.

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

    True book on leadership

    I had the pleasure of attending one of Stan's workshop many years ago on this subject and I must say it was THE most impactful workshop i've attended in my life. It's changed me as a manager and my life forever. It's allowed me be aware of and take control of my work/personal life in so many ways. His take on leadership is the true method of how leadership is defined and played out. The support i've gained from the people I manage has been so impactful to me as a manager and our company. I brought over the methodology of Bury My heart over to two companies now since I first went through the workshop, with tremendous results. I thank you Mr. Slap for this and for finally having it in book format. I can now reference back to the book when I want and I'm getting copies for people in my company. It's been that impactful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2010

    Fantastic!

    Five stars for Slap!

    After 35 years of corporate life - including 15+ years at an executive management level - I found Slap's book refreshingly insightful.

    The job of a leader will be so much easier and immensely more fulfilling if she/he listens to the genuine within and allows their personal values to guide their purpose and direction. Stan Slap's case studies of success are intellectually and emotionally compelling.

    The book provides an entertaining and practical way to operationalize injecting values into your work life.

    I highly recommend this provocative read for any manager.

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  • Posted August 12, 2010

    Eye opening business book

    This book is one of the most eye opening business books I've read. It's truly made me look at myself as a person and determining what's important to me and also made me look at my job in a better way which allows me to be in control of how I want my work experience to be like. I've gained insight into how I can construct my management style and also how this will affect the people I manage and in turn, gain their support for making our division and ultimately our company better. Highly recommend this as a read if you're looking to improve yourself as a manager and creating willingness in your employees to execute your goals/strategies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2010

    Compelling for Head & Heart

    This book helped me identify my values, freed me to let loose that heart knowledge at work, and taught me how to translate those insights into compelling drivers for my team and my business. A must read for your head and heart.

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  • Posted August 12, 2010

    Mind Blowing

    I'm most of the way through this book and I MUST say everything I've read is just mind blowing. This books says what I've been saying in my head for many years in my professional experience.

    I'm in sales and I see regularly the result of "uncommitted" managers (excerpt from the book ;-) ). They make us (the work horses) feel like we're just ants in the system. I've only had one manager in my experience that made me feel committed to him and the company. Unfortunately, he moved out of the country and into another company, but I always remember that experience/how I felt.

    I hope this book gets into the hands of all managers. It would behoove companies to get this in the hands of their managers if they want "truly committed" managers for their company. The returns I feel will be huge. As Stan says in the book, "it's up to us to make this world a better place". What a better place to start than your job, which you devote so much time to in your life! I'm gifting my copy to MY manager to show him what this is all about. My company really needs this.

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  • Posted August 12, 2010

    Humanity as the bottom line

    The maverick Stan Slap has been shaking the corporate world in the best possible way for a couple of decades. I love his insistence that being fully human is integral to any bottom line.

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