- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio; 44302nd edition (August 12, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591843243
- ISBN-13: 978-1591843245
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"There is more mythology, misdirection, superstition, and generalized academic babble about leadership than any other business subject," says management consultant Slap in this must-read for anyone who cares about organizational success. Slap shares the techniques he's used over several decades to transform the performance of some of the world's leading companies, quickly cutting to the chase with irreverence as he emphasizes drawing deep loyalty and vital energy from every rank in the workforce and allowing "each manager to work according to their individual values." Drawing on his successful engagements at such companies as Microsoft and software company, SAS, which has a culture so compelling and attractive that last year "they had 23 job vacancies and received 23,760 applications," he illustrates his points powerfully and persuasively. If Slap's discussion grows repetitive and drags on a few chapters too many, the strong kickoff and exploration of individual values makes for a provocative read sure to appeal to managers who want to connect with their employees in a fresh, meaningful, and lasting way.
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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 is novel in consultant Slap’s first book is 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 his or her 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 10, 5, and, finally, 3. 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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The books writing is really tongue and cheek, artful, sophisticated at times in a way you'd find a trendy blog. It really felt like I was reading a blog or journal of a very smart, thoughtful writer. However I found myself reading 20 pages and thinking when I was done and got the main point, "Why didn't he just say that in 2-5 pages with the main points". So I found myself skimming quite a bit and wished it was more straightforward and concise as I like that style, nothing against this though as it is just not my personal liking.
The main ideas are supported by the author's research/work on 10,000 managers from all level in a group setting discussing work. The author quotes this often and relies on it a lot to prove the powerful effects of the ideas of the book. I can't say I remember a whole lot of other studies or references outside of his own. The interesting thing is the two biggest values the interviewees reported as important were family and integrity AND this were the two they most felt under pressure at work.
The author walks the reader through the pros and cons of loving values at work, examples on how to lead a team through it, yourself and the importance of the leader living them out.
Good book, worth reading if you are working on a getting your team or managers emotionally connected with their work.
A page-turning, witty dose of ‘know thyself’ sprinkled with principles highlighting the humanity of leadership, relevant to C-suite and first-level managers alike; a must-read for millennials seeking leadership positions. Completely resonating book pitched with high fidelity for leaders whose teams need a boost.
A mere 33% of employees consider themselves engaged at work. Envision a better day. Lead with your values. Pledge to and implement courageous change. Let unbeatable impact follow. The book’s small investment will reap invaluable reward to understand your values and help flip the disengaged. Read the book and the rest, well, that’s up to you. Who knows what wild and wonderful things might happen?
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. Most of the reader
reviews for Bury My Heart at Conference Room B are detailed five-star
commentaries and testimonials of results yet oddly there is a column of
one-star reviews. These opinions should be respected but personally I find it fascinating
that the one-star reviews rarely address the central premise of the book: are we, as managers, living our own
deep values at work and is this affecting our emotional commitment to the
enterprise and our own success and fulfillment? That is the critical issue
this book confronts and confronts extraordinarily well: passionate,
engaging, tactical, well researched and documented. I thought it a stunning
read and will unhesitatingly recommend it to others.