A Little Book of Inspiration
I don’t generally read inspirational books, and I rarely read business books but I make an exception for Simon Sinek.
Sinek was the closing speaker at a conference I attended a few years ago and he just blew me away. Since then, I’ve watched his TED talks and occasionally check in at his YouTube page. Whatever he has to say, I’m willing to listen. He has several books as well, and this is his latest.
It’s a tiny little book, cleverly illustrated in the style of classic children’s literature that was reminiscent of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel or Caps for Sale. The theme of togetherness is one that is predominant in business today, and the idea that teamwork is best that has been scientifically proven (check out Margaret Hefferman’s TED talk, Forget the Pecking Order at Work – fascinating stuff.)
Sinek offers lots of pithy thoughts, some with further explanations at the back of the book. My favorites:
Bad teams work in the same place. Good teams work together.
Leaders give us the chance to try and fail, then give us another chance to try and succeed.
Always plan for the fact that no plan ever goes according to plan (a variation of the oldie but goodie, “man plans and God laughs.”)
Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.
This is probably not going to change your life but it may give you fresh perspective on a day you really need it. Enjoy!
Bonus: Simon Sinek (public speaker and author of START WITH WHY: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action) dissects the United Airlines controversy.
4/17 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
TOGETHER IS BETTER by Simon Sinek. Portfolio (September 13, 2016). ISBN 978-1591847854. 160p.