Book reviews are great… but when a friend suggests a book – that is even better! So, like my friend did for me – I will do for you. Read this book!
Are you a leader -or- do you hope to be a leader one day? If so, this book is right up your alley. I found that Simon Sinek (the author) did a fantastic job pointing out the most important factor of how an orgization can become great. Easier if this is part of your corporate culture from the start… but if not, “it” can be discovered and developed.
Knowing what you “why” is, for most, will be the most important catalysis for growth and success – both in your personal and professional life.
Publisher’s Summary: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over?
People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why. Their natural ability to start with why enabled them to inspire those around them and to achieve remarkable things. In studying the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way—and it’s the complete opposite of what everyone else does.
Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY. Any organization can explain what it does; some can explain how they do it; but very few can clearly articulate why. WHY is not money or profit—those are always results.
Why does your organization exist? Why does it do the things it does?
Why do customers really buy from one company or another?
Why are people loyal to some leaders, but not others?
Starting with WHY works in big business and small business, in the nonprofit world and in politics. Those who start with WHY never manipulate, they inspire. And people follow them not because they have to; they follow because they want to. Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire. This book is for anyone who wants to inspire others or who wants to find someone to inspire them.