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Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers Hardcover – August 12, 2010
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having experienced it as a solution delivered within their company, which
the author states was used to test the book's central premise and gather
deep input from managers around the world before he wrote the book.
I am one of those managers whose career and life have been impacted by this process.
I was amazed that such an intense and individualized experience could be translated into a general
read. I don't know how he did it.
I still have my copy of the shorter "workbook" from that session all these years
later -- well thumbed and annotated. After reading the review complaining that
the content is identical to the workbook I compared the two. They are
sitting side by side as I write this and, as a rough estimate, I find that
about 65% of the book content is completely new or significantly reframed.
There is new documentation of results; interviews, case studies and stories;
tools for discovering personal values; applications for resolving management
issues and implementing the process within my own team, with my own manager
and company-wide; applications for use at home with my partner, children and
friends; a great chapter on how the brain works when deciding to commit; the
framing of the issue as a larger business concern and detailed research
notes. All of this is original to the book and even the central values
reduction exercise has been expanded.
As an Amazon customer and a regular purchaser of business books. I
don't recall ever seeing such a gap between reviews.Read more ›
Results - as the RVP I addressed 100 partners, employees, my manager, Sr leadership and did the "these are my values, this is how I run our business, this is where I'm going, follow me" presentation that Stan outlines in the book. Was I nervous? incredibly so. Could this have been a Career Limiting Move - possibly.
The outcome/impact was far beyond my expectations:
- Sales were up 30% the next quarter.
- Turnover was reduced.
- Two partners walked up to me and said, "We are proud to call ourselves your partner"
- Employee walked up in tears and said "thank you for showing your strength. Im going to change"
- Internal executives - I solidified myself as a trusted leader, business partner.
- My internal brand increased - people wanted to be on my team, be in my "family".
- My direct manager - he deepened his respect for me, he learned who I truly was and our relationship became stronger.
- Most importantly for myself - it was a breakthrough. it was therapy. it was real. once you know who you are, you begin to realize how powerful you are. You begin to understand the impact you can have on the world. Who wants to live life halfway - half of who they are?? half of what they can truly accomplish??
The book will enable the reader to develop a foundation to understand themselves, thier core values.Read more ›
Rare is a book that is both inspirational and practical. This one is. It goes on my leadership shelf next to The Power Principle, Principle-Centered Leadership, A Leader's Legacy and The Making of A Leader. Select company. Well-deserved.
Here's what worked for me: before and during my last three client engagements, I flipped open Stan Slap's book at random, and read a paragraph or two. The subsequent short reflection instantly connected my heart, mind and body with my reason for being there. My game lifted immediately. And so did that of my clients. In my library I have some great books about various aspects of improving and transforming business, but none of them come close to offering that kind of rapidly accessible inspiration.
Bury My Heart at Conference Room B has the kind of authenticity that can only come from working with directly with hundreds, if not thousands of people. Personally, I'm a little over the pseudo academic research approach that is so popular in contemporary management literature. Slap's polemic style has an urgency that is more appropriate to the subject matter. He doesn't hide his passion in this relentless riff on what he calls emotional commitment. At the same time, for me he really delivers the goods by laying out a practical, adaptable plan, while his real life examples impart the grounded confidence to turn insight into action.
In his hip, conversational, seminar leader tone, that is at once irreverent and sincere, Slap lays out his method for aligning personal and organizational values.Read more ›
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I picked up "Bury My Heart at Conference Room B" during a transitional period in my life. I had completed values exercises in the past, but this was different. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Angela King
Excellent and humourous with real exercises that get a manager in touch with their core values. Love Stan's stories!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Know your values? Building emotional commitment from your people for extraordinary results? Bury My Heart at Conference Room B delivers a compelling framework and simple... Read morePublished 5 months ago by DragonLady
Great book with the premise of the importance of living out your personal values at work and how that alone makes work a dynamic place where you can unleash your potential for... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Aequitas
Stan Slap and his team are genius and the work they do is nothing short of transformative. A must read if you find yourself in corporate America struggling with how to fully... Read morePublished 14 months ago by trish jones
Me encantaron los conceptos que maneja el escritor, realmente toca fibras muy sensibles y podría decir que verdaderamente me cambió la manera de vivir el trabajo... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Judith
More than a study in leadership and strengthening one’s organization, this book resonates because of Slap’s passion for incorporating and acknowledging one’s values in the... Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by Danny