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It's Not About You: A Little Story About What Matters Most in Business Hardcover – September 20, 2011
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"It really "isn''t" about you. It''s about your team, your customers, your community, and your legacy. Share this book with those you care about."---Seth Godin, "New York Times" bestselling author, "Linchpin"
"Lighter and more readable than many business books, with accessible language and universally applicable lessons."--Kirkus Reviews
"Burg and Mann have, once again, masterfully employed common sense and good judgment to show that success happens when you have an egalitarian spirit, practice Golden Rule behavior every day, and empower your people to make decisions from their hearts and souls. I LUV this book."--Colleen Barrett, President Emerita of Southwest Airlines
"Bob Burg and John David Mann are wonderful storytellers, particularly when it concerns what matters most in business. "It's Not About You" is about anyone who wants to be successful and respected. This story has a lesson for everyone."--Harvey Mackay, author of"Swim With the Sharks"
"It really "isn't" about you. It's about your team, your customers, your community, and your legacy. Share this book with those you care about."--Seth Godin, author of"Linchpin"
"A manifesto for twenty-first-century leadership packaged in a fun and engaging story. Buy this book and get it in the hands of everyone in your company!"--Darren Hardy, publisher of Success magazine, author o"The Compound Effect"
"This book captures the essence of life and leadership. I recommend it!"--John C. Maxwell, author of"The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership"
"At Zappos, part of my role is about helping to create an environment where employees feel empowered to come up with their own ideas for fulfilling our vision and growing our culture. "It's Not About You" reveals this same philosophy: Get out of the way, so your employees can lead the way."--Tony Hsieh, author of"Delivering Happiness" and CEO of Zappos.com
"I'm not typically a fan of business books written in fictional formats, but I love this book. It explains leadership principles I care about deeply, principles that truly matter. Read this book. You'll enjoy the journey and become a better leader and a better person in the process."--Mark Sanborn, author of"The Fred Factor"
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So says Aunt Elle, eccentric mentor and perhaps the most memorable character, in bestselling authors Bob Burg and John David Mann's latest release, It's Not About You. A third in the Go-Giver series, this compact, powerful read follows the precedent set by their first book, The Go-Giver. Written in the easy teaching style of a parable, the book's story unfolds once again in Pindar's town and, while it centers on a mostly new cast of characters, there are cameos and subtle references to the earlier book that Go-Giver fans will have fun detecting.
Reminiscent of Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People, It's Not About You focuses on influence by becoming a servant and leadership. It compares the general cubicle-job employee and manager's idea of leadership (manipulating and convincing people) to the true responsibilities of genuine leadership (making others' concerns a priority and maintaining strong character), while also demonstrating the long-term rewards of being a great leader.
Some books we love simply because of their entertaining plot or intriguing characters; It's Not About You not only includes these elements, it also imparts timely and timeless leadership lessons by taking the reader on a transformational journey. Over the course of one week, Ben, the main character, tries to convince a struggling company to agree to a merger with his firm. Instead, he finds himself undergoing a crash course in leadership, from a variety of characters and life circumstances, that leaves him in a very different place by week's end.Read more ›
1. It is short and succinct, just 118 pages
2. The business advice is embedded within the narrative, which is a memorable parable
3. The take-aways are summarized at the end of each chapter and at the end of the book
I suspect that many business tomes are never read cover-to-cover, because reading through pages of dense text in "business speak" can just bore you into a coma (and having read many of those during my MBA courses, I speak from great experience !) "It's Not About You" is quite different though - you will not be able to put it down until you've turned the last page.
The story-line is that Ben, recently promoted into the Mergers & Acquisitions group, is given a short period of time to convince the principals of an old family run business to agree to be acquired. He attacks the challenge with a view to getting them to see things his way. While meeting with his friend Claire for advice, he also meets Aunt Elle. He tries to dismiss her as a curious old woman, but she starts to ask probing questions that cause him to rethink his approach to the challenge. She taught him that pull is the substance of influence - not push; and that the less you say the more influence you'll have; tact is the language of strength; place other people's interests first; the more humble you are the more personal power you have.
There's a nice surprise finish to the book. You really don't know until the final pages whether the merger will go through. The business lessons were driven home by the parable in a very compelling way. The message of the tale resonates, and will definitely help you to remember the lessons learned.
A well-written business parable which tells the story of Ben, newly promoted to Mergers and Acquisitions by his company, and in charge of securing the takeover of a chair manufacturing company, Allen and Augustine. Ben begins this negotiation thinking it's a win or lose situation. But then he meets the wise Aunt Elle, who teaches Ben that both sides can win if the negotiation is handled correctly.
This book is packed with lessons about Culture, Leadership, Negotiation, Integrity and Trust. Try doing business in the long term if you are deficient in any of these attributes. It teaches that business is about people long before a product or service ever enters the mix.
Ben begins by trying to win over the company. In the end, the company wins Ben.
Read it. You won't be sorry.
After waiting for 15 days, it was here. In my hand, my own copy of “It’s Not About You“. The title of book is “It’s Not About You : A Little Story About What Matters Most in Business”, but it should be “A Little Story About What Matters Most in Life”. Yes, the title of book says it all, Business as well as Life is not about you. Not about leader, its about others. It’s about People around you and that’s what we miss by being go-getter.
Although book gives principles of leadership in form of ‘Ben’s Menifesto’, but I consider it a book which goes beyond words. Rather than just giving some principles of leadership, it gives a new concept about leadership, a new way to look at leadership. So dont get caught in the principles, look at the broader concept these principles try to highlight. As Osho said “When I point my finger to moon, dont look at my finger, look at moon. My finger is not moon.”
Earlier with ‘The Go Giver‘ and now with ‘It’s Not About You‘, Bob and John are sharing with all of us a new way of living. For Example, Ben learned about ‘Influence’:
“The best way to increase your influence is to give it away.“
“The Substance of influence is pull…… not push.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very eye opening. The book gets you to look at a situation from all angles...Published 13 days ago by Nicholas J. Donatone
Loved it - it's how the world is supposed to work in business.Published 21 days ago by Marlene M Stevens
I bought this book and The Go-Giver Leader and they are the same book, just with a different title. It would have been nice to know that.........Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Really enjoyed it - great wisdom in a great format for notetaking, also in an engaging storyline.Published 2 months ago by Hilliard Rotzler
Fantastic insights throughout . many lessons learned
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
Valuable resource tool to own.
I have purchased multiple copies - used as business gifts!
I will purchase more!