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Leaders Eat Last

Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
Narrated by: Simon Sinek
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Leaders Eat Last, written and read by Simon Sinek.

Simon Sinek's recent video on 'The Millennial Question' went viral with over 150 million views. In Leaders Eat Last, Sinek explores how leaders can inspire cooperation and change, and focuses on the millennial generation in the workplace.

Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work. This is not a crazy, idealised notion. In many successful organisations, great leaders are creating environments in which teams trust each other so deeply that they would put their lives on the line for each other.

Yet other teams, no matter what incentives were offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. Why?

Today's workplaces tend to be full of cynicism, paranoia and self-interest. But the best organisations foster trust and cooperation because their leaders build what Sinek calls a Circle of Safety. It separates the security inside the team from the challenges outside. Everyone feels they belong and all energies are devoted to facing the common enemy and seizing big opportunities.

As in Start with Why, Sinek illustrates his ideas with fascinating true stories, from the military to manufacturing, from government to investment banking. He shows that leaders who are willing to eat last are rewarded with deeply loyal colleagues who will stop at nothing to advance their vision. It's amazing how well it works.

©2016 Simon Sinek (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd.

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Good ideas but twisted truths

I enjoyed the book but particular ideas came across a little too far stretched. Worth the read if you want a different business perspective to leadership and don't a bit of classic America centralised thoughts

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Tacky

Would you try another book written by Simon Sinek or narrated by Simon Sinek?

I wouldn't listen to another of his books, I didn't listen to all of this. Felt that existential angst of wasting my life while listening to it. Over-inflated pap.

Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Sinek’s performances?

No

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Humbling

As a Gen y / millennial, as Simon says; I've learnt so much about myself and now I know how to lead my team.

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A guide to feel good chemicals

I love Simon Sinek's work as he goes that extra layer deeper into understanding and explaining how things work.

I particularly enjoyed how he relates a lot of the human traits we have around leadership and following leaders come back to the four major feel good chemicals and their relationship to each other as well as the relationship to our physiology and psychology.

Parts of it were dry case studies but as an audio book it's easier to motor through those sections a bit more passively listening whilst taking home the highlight reel messages of the book.

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Exceptional deeper lessons on leadership

I've read countless leadership books, ones that delve into the various aspects and duplicable qualities to practice and skills top work on.

This book has added so much to that paradigm by exploring eras in history and the changes that technology has wrought upon business and leadership models especially through the last century.

This book is so helpful, in fact critical, in today's world and I found that it was the answer to and validation of so many beliefs and notions I feel had become evident in my own research and work in this area.

The way Simon then takes the next step into the world of our young and the high risk of addiction we all face at a time that has never been overflowing with such distraction is the most helpful factual part of the book.

I come away from my reading of it with a number of people to pass this onto that I normally share such great work with along with practical actionable steps I can take in my business and with my family and friends to teach and communicate to help them embrace why this is helpful material for them to be a part of implementing.

Thank you so much for doing this important work.

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Very inspirational

As a relatively new leader looking after a small team this book gave me some valuable information insights not only into how to best lead the team by example but also some interesting points in how to work with the millennial members of the team, great read!

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Great book

Very interesting book! A much deeper way at looking behind key drivers for staff.
thoroughly enjoyed listening

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Excellent overall, but needs more female examples

Lots of great examples of high flying businesses and teams, however mostly drawn from white male CEOs and the military. I would have liked more examples of smaller grass roots organisations and wonder how some of the scenarios might have played out if a woman had been in charge. Regardless, there is a solid consistent theme throughout the book about how empathy, trust and communication lead to enduring successful teams.

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Leadership reset

What a great book! A must for any leader new, developing or the people who think they are experienced in role. We are all leaders and this book can help each of us

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Enjoyable and informative read

Some great incites into human behaviour in the modern age and the direction we are currently on. I enjoyed it from start to finish.
Great read.

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  • Adebiyi Olafusi
  • 01-10-2018

I was blessed

I was blessed listening to this audio book. I am definitely going to listen to it a couple more times.

Thanks Mr Senik.

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  • Jason
  • 08-03-2018

Excellent book

Very helpful book, I'd highly recommend to all managers and those wishing to lead people. Simon is great writer and is very insightful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-01-2018

Relevant

From distracting technology to millennials, the book offers a unique insight to the current work environment.

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  • Vishal S.
  • 01-06-2017

A must listen

A must listen for all those in leadership roles and even not in those roles.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-04-2019

Narrative

The book was very informative. But I've heard Simon perform better in videos,more powerful,whereas in this book,the tone was dull.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-01-2019

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Thanks Simon..., true master piece adding to leadership evolution!!!
A message of "Awakening" to the "traditional manager..., to evolve to New Economy Leadership which is (and will be) the competitive edge in organizations in future!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-12-2018

Great read for every leader!

Dome well articulated ingredients for successful selfless leadership particularly across the generational gap that exist between Generation X and millennials.

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  • Keith Tan
  • 16-10-2018

Brilliant and easy to apply

So many easy to understand ideas that was shared. Will definitely apply and implement some of these ideas within my family and team.

Highly recommended!

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  • Raymond Choo
  • 06-06-2018

Excellent Leadership Material

Simon Sinek always comes through with his thoughts & principles. Best book I've listened too where practical tips & suggestions were given for action to be taken.

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  • Gerdien Hay
  • 09-06-2017

The truth, while truth and nothing but the truth

Taking it back to the dawn of man, it's all in the chemical make up of our beings. this book gives you clarity on how to deal with the teams you lead on a whole different level!

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  • JedHoll
  • 27-08-2017

Some new ideas

Promoted the idea of service and looking after employees in a new spirit of we not me. All good but everything came back to dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin, this reached ridiculous proportions by the end of the book and detracted from the overall message.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-2017

Excellently described, concise and well written

A thoroughly enjoyable audiobook, useful take home information that's easy to digest. The stories included are enthralling and varied.

An absolute no brainer for business owners, coaches, team leaders and heads of business or groups

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  • Andrew Stewart
  • 24-08-2017

Simply great

If you could sum up Leaders Eat Last in three words, what would they be?

Thought provoking ideation

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Once again, Simon Sinek delivers a thought-provoking masterpiece. Some great analysis of what it takes to build a circle of safety and lead sustainably. Easy to follow to while driving.

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  • Elaine Seidel
  • 02-07-2017

Brilliant, Insightful and Inspiring!

A fantastic work , that should be a compulsory read for high school scholars- our future leaders!

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  • Louise
  • 21-08-2017

I loved this book!

It's clever, easy to follow and believable. I really enjoyed it. It provides the idea of heart count rather than head count.

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  • Neil
  • 05-06-2017

Inspiring truth

Simon Sinek has an easy listening voice and a memorable storytelling fashion. The stories he tells and the truths he pulls from them inspire me to be a better leader, friend and colleague. The great thing is it's not his new concept! Instead it's the truth about People.

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  • Michael
  • 23-06-2017

One of the best books I have read this year

Against the backdrop of other books I have read recently ('The Prince - Machiavelli, 33 strategies of war - Robert Greene, Meditations- Marcus Aurelius & Ego is the Enemy- Ryan Holiday') this one seemed soft/fluffy/weak but then it got into explorations and extrapolations of the relevance and affects of endorphins, dopamine, serrations, oxytocin and cortisol in business environments.
This is one of the best books I have read recently, you might want to check it out

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  • Zak
  • 18-05-2017

amazing book

both books work really well together but I prefered this to his last ... it teaches us all about how the brain functions and with common knowledge on your field it is easily applied to make a positive difference .... thanks to simon and thanks to oxytocin 😀

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  • S. L. Johnson
  • 24-01-2017

Wishing I could share this with all company execs

Simon is a great storyteller, he'll lead you on a journey that will have your learning without you realizing. The use of stories to put across his point means it's easier to deeply internalize the learning and remember it.

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  • scottlally
  • 23-11-2016

loved it

great book well worth a listen. starting the book from the beginning straight away. thanks

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