Start With Why

By Simon Sinek,

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8 authors picked Start With Why as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

My journey with Simon Sinek's Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action began during my tenure at Massachusetts General Hospital, where I was tasked with the integration of two research labs.

As I grappled with unifying two distinct cultures, I grabbed with motivating and integrating two distinct teams. On my quest for innovative methods to articulate ideas, I chanced upon Sinek's Golden Circle—a potent formula for inspiring action. This strategy begins with 'why', segues into 'how', and culminates with 'what'.

Since immersing in Start with Why, I've employed the Golden Circle in countless presentations, workshops, and…

For a good reason, Simon Sinek’s book and associated TED Talk had tens of millions of views.

I loved his book because he set out to inspire people to find a purpose at work. He explains the value of asking why to create innovative organizations where customers and employees feel loyalty.

Sinek’s work made me want to research what inhibits our sense of asking why, which is critical because if you do not know what hinders you, it is far more difficult to overcome those issues.

Through his TED talk and Start With Why, Simon Sinek created a “purpose” movement around the globe that spanned people and business.

Although most of the buzz around Sinek’s model has been about “finding your why,” The Golden Circle includes more than this. The three layers of why (purpose) that sit at its core are followed by how (actions) and what (results of actions). 

Using well-known leaders and companies as examples, this book illustrates a pathway for growth that applies both to individuals and to corporations.

In essence, understanding why you are in business beyond making profit is the…

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Michael Bungay Stanier Author Of The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

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Why am I passionate about this?

Coaching is a wonderful technology that can help people be a force for change… and is often wrapped up in mystic and woo-woo and privilege that makes it inaccessible and/or unattractive to too many. I want being more coach-like—by which I mean staying curious a little longer, and rushing to action and advice-giving—to be an everyday way of being with one another. Driven by this, I’ve written the best-selling book on coaching this century (The Coaching Habit) and have created training that’s been used around the world by more than a quarter of a million people. I’m on a mission to unweird coaching.

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What is my book about?

The coaching book that's for all of us, not just coaches.

It's the best-selling book on coaching this century, with 15k+ online reviews. Brené Brown calls it "a classic". Dan Pink said it was "essential".

It is practical, funny, and short, and "unweirds" coaching. Whether you're a parent, a teacher, a leader, or even a coach, you can stay curious longer.

By Michael Bungay Stanier,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked The Coaching Habit as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Look for Michael's new book, The Advice Trap, which focuses on taming your Advice Monster so you can stay curious a little longer and change the way you lead forever.

In Michael Bungay Stanier's The Coaching Habit, coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so managers and their teams can work less hard and have more impact.

Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples' potential. He unpacks seven essential coaching questions to demonstrate how-by saying less and…

As strange as it may sound, many founders, entrepreneurs, CEO’s and business leaders don’t know how to answer the simple fundamental questions of “Why are you doing what you are doing?”, “What is the purpose of your company?” Why does it exist”?

Simon Sinek “codifies” what he believes is the differentiating edge of any successful company or leader – understanding, defining, and crystalizing the answer to the question “Why are you doing what you are doing?” in the deepest sense of the question. He calls it “The Golden Circle” model, which on one hand is a very simple model, but…

From Uri's list on startup entrepreneurs.

One of the most common pain points faced by people looking to start a side hustle is not knowing what one to choose. While Start with Why is largely looked at as a leadership book, I found it to be pivotal in picking my side hustle. This book shows you how to find your “why,” or your purpose. By figuring this out, you can tie this back in with your side hustle to do something that really matters. This will help you to stick it out when the times get tough. 

From Ryan's list on how to get a side hustle started.

As my journey in personal growth continued, there came a time when I realised that the hard physical, practical approach was just one area I had to master if I was to steer my life to the heights I dreamed for myself.

This is when I thought about meaning and the more intangible areas of success, such as motivation, desire, deeply held beliefs, and limiting thoughts.

It is easy to stumble into the strange and esoteric within this area of literature, therefore I cannot recommend Simon Sinek’s book highly enough. 

It is a no-nonsense sensible work that will help you…

One of the most important of the last two decades, this book set a movement going. Starting With Why is really about purpose and I found it brought the topic alive. It’s not just about how great leaders inspire others by having a clear sense of why, but it can be seen as one of the main sparks for igniting the same question in whole organisations. The purpose movement is now irresistible: investors demand that organisations are clear about it and so do customers and other stakeholders. As a guide to asking the same question personally, I think this book…

From Anne and Paul's list on making a difference in public relations.

When preparing for a keynote with a corporation I will ask their executive team who was their speaker last year? More times than not the answer is Simon Sinek. 

So often when I speak with companies, they can easily articulate what they do and how they plan to execute their goals. But as Simon Sinek points out in Start with Why, many companies overlook the why. Sinek showcases a multitude of examples to highlight, not only why it’s important to know and understand your purpose but, to begin with your purpose. Today’s most successful and influential companies are not…

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