This week’s Resource Recommendation: Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
Since I already believe in the title’s statement (and say it all the time), I had two thoughts before I even opened this book:
- I wish I had thought of the title first.
- I hope the book lives up to the title.
It takes a logical flow of topics including how humans are wired (and therefore why “why” is so powerful) and talks about trust and change. Plus, the back half of the book is much more ‘practical’ and helps you apply the lessons you’ve learned in the front half.
I found the book to be a good read on a topic that I personally think is extremely valuable to internal, organizational leaders and leaders of products and services in the marketplace. Sinek draws examples from both perspectives to make his points and to help you both understand and apply the concepts of Start with Why.
While some of his examples are used by many others (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Apple for instance), he draws new ideas and thoughts from these, as well as sharing many stories and examples you likely haven’t heard before.
Over all I liked the book and think you will too. I believe this topic deserves even more thought and writing, but this doesn’t diminish the contribution and value of this book.