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Leaders Eat Last

Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
Written by: Simon Sinek
Narrated by: Simon Sinek
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
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The New York Times best seller by the acclaimed, best-selling author of Start With Why and Together Is Better. Now with an expanded chapter and appendix on leading millennials, based on Simon Sinek's viral video "Millenials in the Workplace" (150+ million views).

Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

In his work with organizations around the world, Simon Sinek noticed that some teams trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Other teams, no matter what incentives are offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation, and failure. Why?

The answer became clear during a conversation with a Marine Corps general. "Officers eat last," he said. Sinek watched as the most junior Marines ate first while the most senior Marines took their place at the back of the line. What's symbolic in the chow hall is deadly serious on the battlefield: Great leaders sacrifice their own comfort - even their own survival - for the good of those in their care.

Too many workplaces are driven by cynicism, paranoia, and self-interest. But the best ones foster trust and cooperation because their leaders build what Sinek calls a "Circle of Safety" that separates the security inside the team from the challenges outside.

Sinek illustrates his ideas with fascinating true stories that range from the military to big business, from government to investment banking.

©2014 Simon Sinek (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Great Book

Great book. Though I'm not in management anymore I do still lead a small team. This book was helpful in providing insight to improve my teams performance. I've heard too many times "find the right people and fire the wrong ones" or "Use. Abuse. Lose" from senior management. The state of our business culture in most cases is just sad. Wish more people could be exposed to content like this.

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Great book! Great narrative.

This book is a game changer in the leadership section. He inspired me to give this knowledge to my employees.

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Loved it

Love Simon's philosophies and story telling to illustrate his concepts using relevant examples. I have gained many practical tips to use in my leadership! !

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  • Briner
  • 2020-04-08

Little bit myopic and lots of cognitive dissonance

Author pushes his justification of culture on single events in history that just simply are non-sensible.

“America lost its work culture when Regan laid off all air traffic controllers”. There is no deeper thought or look into the reason for lay-offs.... there are about 20 of these examples.

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  • Amber Longoria
  • 2020-04-02

Should be a required read for Supervisors

I absolutely love it! I love the history, the anthropology and psychology. I love the advice in the appendix. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-03-30

What an outstanding book!

I loved this book, this performance and I cannot read and listen to enough of Sinek's books and info, please listen and suggest to someone else, the revision on Millennials was also very helpful and informative for a person such as myself in a guest-services leadership role, Thank You Simon!!

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  • MZF
  • 2020-08-12

simple to understand, difficult to master

companies can say they want or even do the things revealed in this book, but it's rare. I work for a meritocracy that comes the closest I've ever seen and even we have light years to go in order to master the concept of service over profit - even though the service to others is the way to maximize profit. this is the second book ice read of Simon's and I'm very pleased. will definitely read this on a regular basis.

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  • CJ1951
  • 2020-08-10

loved this book really enjoyed every part of it

I can say I was pleased with what I heard the author drew some very compelling facts and comparisons of today's leaders. I would reccomend this book

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  • Paul Roberts
  • 2020-08-07

Great detail and history lesson

Loved that it walks through the generations describing their beliefes, mindset, influences and contributions. Also, recap of many laws created in the 30's to benefit all Americans that were abolished by the Boomers to financially benefit themselves. It explains exactly the reasons why we now have the type of media today and how Gen X'ers have witnessed the change over the past 30 years in dismay. Strong points on leadership development of Millennials and how to embrace their strong suits and how to leverage and develop them into leaders. There is a lot here if your mind is open to it. Give it a read.

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  • Matt Olmstead
  • 2020-07-19

Good Principles Shrouded In Humanism

I appreciated a lot about this book. Good leadership principles. But I stumbled on the humanism and evolutionary worldview.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-11

Empowering

I started this book reluctant about the length, thinking it potentially verbose; however, the story telling and powerful take always made it more than worthwhile. I found myself in pages. I found others in the pages as well, those I work with and those I lead. In the end I was empowered and inspired that I can become a much more powerful but more importantly empowering leader.

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  • Alex B
  • 2020-06-30

I wish everyone will read this book

And as a nation, we would stop electing "leaders" who only take care of themselves.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-06-14

A must read for every parent and leader out there

I have been wanting to listen to this book for a long time. I am very happy that I have finally completed it. This is Simon's best work and the book kept me engaged throughout. I have definitely learned great lessons from this book and I am sure this will help me in my journey to become a good leader and parent. I believe in taking care of the people around me and helping them grow and this is the way I see myself growing.
My beliefs resonate with the concepts and facts presented in this book.
I also liked the research based facts made available to strongly support the ideas.
I have already recommended this book to my close friends and I will continue to do the same.
Thanks Simon for sharing your valuable knowledge with us.
God bless!