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It's Not about the Coffee: Leadership Principles from a Life at Starbucks
     

It's Not about the Coffee: Leadership Principles from a Life at Starbucks

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by Howard Behar, Janet Goldstein (With)
 

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It’s Not about the Coffee outlines a simple approach to success: focus on people over profits. It presents ten enduring principles that Howard Behar, who helped shape the Starbucks organization, has used in his own life and has practiced as a leader and in developing leadership at one of the most respected companies in the world.

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It’s Not about the Coffee outlines a simple approach to success: focus on people over profits. It presents ten enduring principles that Howard Behar, who helped shape the Starbucks organization, has used in his own life and has practiced as a leader and in developing leadership at one of the most respected companies in the world.

Behar has stood for candor and the soul of the Starbucks culture. “People are not ‘assets,’” he tells us, “they are human beings.” It’s Not about the Coffee brings Behar’s energy, smarts, high expectations, and belief in people to fundamental leadership lessons we all need to practice as well as preach everyday.

Blending personal experiences and inside stories of turning points in the development of Starbucks’ culture and business, each chapter in It’s Not about the Coffee explores one principle and offers inspiring advice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591841920
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/27/2007
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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It's Not About the Coffee: Leadership Principles from a Life at Starbucks 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Howard Behar's book IT'S NOT ABOUT THE COFFEE is an excellent book for anyone interested in business or leadership skills in general. Behar's main idea is a strong one in that it is the people that drive businesses not the products. He does a great job organizing all of the leadership qualities into chapters that could be read individually. Also, he supports all of his ideas with his previous work experience and important personal quotes. This book is very powerful in today's society because of many new business and the constant need for good leadership. I recommend this book to anyone interested in business or anyone that simply wants to improve his or her leadership skills.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book would benefit leaders in any type of organization, from small to large. A must read.
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CPilk More than 1 year ago
This book is written for every manager and leader in every organization. As a graduate student and adjunct professor I found his idea of, "Not being in the coffee business serving people, but being in the people business serving coffee" very refreshing.
Alistair More than 1 year ago
The title got my attention - it's great. The book isn't as great but it's worth a read. Autobiographies have the inherent danger that the writer can't stand back from his own story. This book is no autobiography, but the same issue arises. Howard Behar was close to the top at Starbucks through the most formative years. It's not that he fails to mention problems and challenges. But I wanted someone to say "We got that hopelessly wrong" or "We were completely divided", but even where negative issues are mentioned mostly the answers seemed to materialize or harmony was reached. But maybe that's how it was. For example, Open Forums to talk out issues, with a willingness to hear doubts, are a bold measure. So is sending cards to employees to celebrate anniversaries. There's a good story to be told and it is, and Starbucks is a great success. The fundamental message of the sub-title "Lessons on Putting People First" is important, and Starbucks has much to teach the rest of the corporate world. Well worth reading, just not as incisive as I'd want.
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