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Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Dont Hardcover – January 7, 2014
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Sinek begins with biology and outlines the roles of chemicals - specifically Endorphins, Dopamine, Serotonin and Oxytocin - and how evolution has dictated why we generate them and how we respond to them. Endorphins mask pain and help give you a `runner's high' or the intense satisfaction after a tough work out.
Dopamine leads to your `feeling good' upon accomplishing a goal whether that is bringing home dinner while evading sabre-toothed tigers or doing a bang-up job on a major presentation. Think of endorphins and Dopamine as the `individual achievement' chemicals. We need them to excel at what we do.
Serotonin is what gives you a feeling of gratitude and affection for the persons who supported you in your endeavors and the good feeling as they applaud you. Oxytocin is `love' chemical. It gives you the warm fuzzies you get when you hug someone or have a deep meaningful conversation. Think of Serotonin and Oxytocin as the `social' chemicals.
We, as humans, need both the individual achievement and social chemicals to progress. What has happened, unfortunately, in our society is that mores and values have changed to emphasize the former to such an extent that a deadly imbalance has been created. It is truly toxic - your job may be killing you. I used to think this was hyperbole but Sinek presents enough evidence for me to revise this opinion.
Central to Sinek's arguments is the `Circle of Safety'. When a sabre-toothed tiger attacks a herd of buffalos they gather together with their tails touching and horns out. Whichever direction that tiger attacks, it is met with impenetrable defense. This is the circle of safety.Read more ›
There's a great deal of hand wringing in this book, but almost no "how-to" that can be applied in everyday organizations. He even uses the word "polemic" late in the book as a description of what he's writing. We all know what needs to be done, but very few of us are doing it.
Yes, it was interesting to read about brain chemicals and current brain research. And it was okay to read some of his comparisons between/among companies that see profit as the purpose versus those companies that see profit as a means to greater purpose. The problem is that all of this could have been stated in a pamphlet, rather than a 216-page book. And, just as his TED talk on "Start With Why" offered everything in that book, his 99U video offers everything in this book--in less than 45 minutes.
I recommend lots of books to students in my leadership development classes but, in this case, I'll recommend that the students watch Sinek's videos and save their money.
As for all those five-star ratings, I'm suspicious of whether or not they all have actually read the book, because several of them have only a sentence or two in the comments or even no comments at all. Plus several of them are around the same date period. I'm wondering if perhaps many of these are solicited reviews or even compensated reviews. This is a practice touched on in another book, "The Four Hour Work Week" by Timothy Ferriss.
If you're looking for practicals, I'd suggest reading the works of John Maxwell like "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership", and also "It's Not Just Who You Know" by Tommy Spaulding. Both are full of practical, "take-action" suggestions from those who have walked the walk and talked the talk.
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This book was just what I needed to understand office politics.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very useful, practical and straightforward. Must read for anyone who truly wants to lead and has the courage to do so.Published 6 days ago by Mike
Sinek does a good job conveying the wisdom of leadership lessons learned from the good and bad. He goes so far to break down the effect that our leaders have on us at a chemical... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
It has been a few months since I read this. Sadly I can remember more problems I had with it than things I found enlightening or that I simply agreed with. Read morePublished 14 days ago by psychoinhell
Being part of the organization that has a toxic culture, Simon has shown me why that is and what I can do to try and fix my little piece of it. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Rob
Great read. Suggest all people read it in business or just as a matter of treating people to grow the relationship.Published 27 days ago by jkburton1