Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't [NOOK Book]

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Why do only a few people get to say “I love my job”? It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong.



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

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Overview

Why do only a few people get to say “I love my job”? It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong.



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



In his travels around the world since the publication of his bestseller Start with Why, Simon Sinek noticed that some teams were able to trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Other teams, no matter what incentives were offered, were 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.



This principle has been true since the earliest tribes of hunters and gatherers. It’s not a management theory; it’s biology. Our brains and bodies evolved to help us find food, shelter, mates and especially safety. We’ve always lived in a dangerous world, facing predators and enemies at every turn. We thrived only when we felt safe among our group.



Our biology hasn’t changed in fifty thousand years, but our environment certainly has. Today’s workplaces tend to be full of cynicism, paranoia and self-interest. But the best organizations 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.



The Circle of Safety leads to stable, adaptive, confident teams, where everyone feels they belong and all energies are devoted to facing the common enemy and seizing big opportunities.



As he did in Start with Why, Sinek illustrates his ideas with fascinating true stories from a wide range of examples, from the military to manufacturing, from government to investment banking.



The biology is clear: when it matters most, leaders who are willing to eat last are rewarded with deeply loyal colleagues who will stop at nothing to advance their leader’s vision and their organization’s interests. It’s amazing how well it works.



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101623039
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 22,257
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Simon Sinek


Simon Sinek an unshakable optimist, is the author of the bestselling bookStart 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 U.S. 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    Great Read

    This book was recommended by a friend and I did enjoy reading it. It gives specific information on leadership and explains how a leader should interact with staff.

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  • Posted March 22, 2014

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    This book is presented in a very common sense everyday approach

    This book is presented in a very common sense everyday approach that is both sensible and practical. Anyone who reads this book will go...ahh that makes so much sense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Disappointing

    After being very impressed with "Start With Why" this book is very disappointing.

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