David Boston Antonio Freeman Rob Moore Isaac Bruce Sterling Sharpe Henry Ellard Smith Roy Green Mike Quick Wes Chandler Alfred Jenkins John Jefferson Wesley Walker Drew Pearson Roger Carr Ken Burrough Cliff Branch Harold Carmichael Harold Jackson Otis Taylor Gene Washington Warren Wells Roy Jefferson Ben Hawkins Pat Studstill Dave Parks Charley Hennigan I would've like to read more about detailing his anecdotes rather than injecting his opinions and connections as to why one way was wrong and one way was right.
While certainly some truth to his feelings about our current society, many of his parts seemed narrow-minded and myopic. For example, he bashes baby boomers for acting in their own self-interest.
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It was their selfish actions, he claims, that lead to a greater number of severe economic recessions. Sinek sees the baby boomers' selfishness as the catalyst to this downfall in societal morality.
But what about what they've created over that time? Things like the internet and the modern day computer. He leaves that out. Further, Sinek only expounds on why we got this way rather than on ways to fix it. Yes, we need trusting, caring companies who are not worried about short term goals.
But how, how can we make them so? And how much better will things be? Sinek doesn't really give us answers, he's just explaining what he sees and opining on these observations. Jul 07, BL rated it did not like it Shelves: non-fiction , dnf. I read the first seven chapters. I just couldn't finish it. Sinek has some really good points mixed in with pseudo-science and weird assumptions. View 1 comment. Oct 09, Matthew rated it really liked it Shelves: reading-list. Started and ended well, but I didn't enjoy the middle as much. With that said, it is still a worthy read, and here a few of my favorite takeaways It is the great people that make the guy at the top look like a genius" "No one wakes up in the morning to go to work with t Started and ended well, but I didn't enjoy the middle as much.
It is the great people that make the guy at the top look like a genius" "No one wakes up in the morning to go to work with the hope that someone will manage us. We wake up in the morning and go to work with the hope that someone will lead us. Those who feel they have more control, who feel empowered to make decisions instead of waiting for approval suffer less stress. Those only doing as they are told, always forced to follow the rules are the ones who suffer the most" "Leaders are the ones willing to look out for those to the left of them and those to the right of them.
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They are often willing to sacrifice their own comfort for ours, even when they disagree with us" Apr 07, Morgan Blackledge rated it really liked it. God dang this is a good book. Sinek is a Brit, and therefor different than an American in an absolutely crucial way. Like other British intellectuals, he's not afraid to integrate the evolutionary perspective into his theory and analysis.
Maybe it's because Charles Darwin is British. Maybe it's because all of the super psycho religious fanatics came over here America circa years ago. Probably a little of both. What ever the reason. British intellectuals demonstr God dang this is a good book. British intellectuals demonstrate a kind of ease when referring to evolution where as Americans tend to feel at least a little self conscious about dropping the E bomb in public.
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If you're an American you know how polarizing Darwin's dangerous idea can be. We sort of have to tip toe around the subject if we go there at all for fear of alienating someone in the audience. Trying to navigate the stultifying, anti-intellectual culture of American christianity is a little bit like how I imagine being an intellectual in communist Russia must've been like.
You know, the walls have ears, we have to be carful about what we say and how we say it. That sort of thing. Of course, there is no equivalent Gulag or anything like it. But suffice it to say, in a country where conservative estimates report somewhere between percent of Americans believe in the literal existence of angels, there is a lot of pressure on our intellectuals to steer clear the evolutionary perspective at least in public discourse if you want your career to survive and reproduce if you catch my drift. Anyway, Sinek comes large with the Darwin. In fact, the evolutionary perspective is essentially the foundation of his analysis and theory of effective leadership and more broadly, of human behavior.
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And for good reason. Why wouldn't you apply it to managerial and leadership theory. Sinek also sprinkles in some neurobiology. Although he paints in broad strokes and his science is a little soft. He achieves his important mission of grounding human behavior in biology. He even attributes corporate short sidedness and greed to an addiction to dopaminergic activation.
Not unlike other behavioral addictions, like for instance ummmm Maybe he's going out on a limb with this one but I'm willing to be generous with him here ;- Sinek also utilizes the findings experimental psychology quite effectively.
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Again he paints in broad strokes, but he nails his intention of supporting his hypothesis with some very relatable, very dramatic experimental data. While the scientific method isn't precisely a British export. British dudes like Newton have been using it for years with some pretty neat results. That Karl Popper dude is from the U. I'm pretty sure he contributed a coupe of important things to the philosophy of science. Sinek is also a really good storyteller. Another classically British trait. He is charismatic and impassioned, just a bit of a bullshitter and really entertaining.
I bet he could rock a pub if he was so inclined. It's really one of the BIG strengths of this book. It's very informal, fun, inspirational and engaging. You get the feeling that it's almost too easy for Sinek.
He brings just a little Darwin and a little neuroscience to the land of the Jesus barbarians and wows em'. At least the smart ones anyway. It's probably like taking candy from a baby. In the end, it's Sinek's humanistic values yet another highly British trait that really shine through and make the message literally irresistible. In a nutshell, Sinek's message is great leadership is all about putting people and relationships first.
And demonstrating a willingness to sacrifice your individual comfort for the good of the team. In the end, Sinek is expounding the real, tangible, dollars and cents benefits of prioritizing cooperation over strictly self interested competition in the name of longterm benefit. Maximizing nonzero-sum gains if you will. A very neo-Darwinian insight. Not only does it feel good to put people before profits, it's also ironically more profitable. Furthermore, the reason it feels good to lead by example, to put your people first, and for that matter to follow a leader who does so, is because we're hard wired to survive in this way.
And all of our happy chemicals squirt when we're in this type of social environment. Human beings are wired to win via cooperating. Chimpanzees lead via domination.