To listen to the podcast where I review this book, click here.


In this book, Simon Sinek tells the story of Johnny Bravo, a military pilot and how he risked his life to defend ground troops in battle. He uses this story to illustrate the idea of the “Circle of Safety.”

Circle of Safety

Simon tells us that we should focus on helping those around us and under us instead of one-upping them. He uses our biology and our history as hunters and gatherers to show how this behavior affects our brains.

“The whole purpose of maintaining the Circle of Safety is so that we can invest all our time and energy to guard against the dangers outside. It’s the same reason we lock our doors at night.” 

One of the parts I really liked about this book is when Simon talked about our environment. I’m a believer that a happy and safe environment can help encourage and inspire those entrusted to our care. Simon also shocks us when he talks about how being happy at work can make you live longer… and of course the reverse, how stress is literally killing us.

Just like, Start with Why, Simon uses biology to explain motivation that we once attributed to psychology. He uses our 4 happy chemicals, endorphins, dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin to explain how the chemical reactions that occur encourage leadership and motivate those around us. He then explains how to use those chemicals in our motivation… Here’s a brief run-down.

Endorphins & Dopamine, these are chemicals that are used to mask pain and make us feel good after we’ve achieved a goal. Endorphins are what causes runner’s high. They mask the pain we feel in our body when we’re working hard to achieve something. They are also highly addictive, which is why you can get addicted to running.

Dopamine is a chemical that gives you the satisfaction of completing a goal or task. We can get this as we accomplish things. This is the same chemical that is produced when you abuse cocaine or alcohol. We can structure our projects and goals as small chunks and give this feeling of satisfaction to our teams, encouraging and motivating them to continue achieving and move closer towards our end goal.

Serotonin and Oxytocin are the chemicals that involve trust and belonging. To get these juices flowing, Simon says you have to get on the floor, away from your computer and talk to your team and get them trusting you. Show them that you trust them. That’s most important. When he tells the stories of Johnny Bravo and the other marines, he ask them why they would risk their lives for their fellow marines, and the answer is simple, because they would do it for me. Trust works both ways.

Lastly, Simon talks about building a long-term leadership strategy. He says that the “Welch way” is wrong. We need to inspire, not manipulate with fear. We need people to trust us, not be afraid of us.

Simone says that good leadership is like exercise. You have to do it regularly to see small changes, but after doing it daily for a long time… when you look back on where you came from, you’ll see a huge difference, just like you do when you exercise. You don’t see the daily improvements, but you do see the big differences after weeks of training. You have to train to be a leader.

If you’re interested in this book and more, check out the video below and get the book on Amazon here.

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

 

May 15, 2015

Book Review – Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

  To listen to the podcast where I review this book, click here. In this book, Simon Sinek tells the story of Johnny Bravo, a military pilot and how he risked his life to defend ground troops in battle. He uses this story to illustrate the idea of the “Circle of Safety.” Circle of Safety Simon tells us that we should focus on helping those around us and under us instead of one-upping them. He uses our biology and our history as hunters and gatherers to show how this behavior affects our brains. “The whole purpose of maintaining the Circle […]
February 25, 2015

The Leadership Process

If you do want to be a leader, you have to train. You have to work hard at it. It’s not just something that you can just try to do without work. Have you ever run a marathon? It’s not something that you can just go out and try. You have to put in a lot of time and effort to train for marathons. Becoming a leader is the same thing. You have to train hard. There is a difference between reading leadership books and training. Reading books is education, not training. Let me ask you this: Do you want […]
February 24, 2015

The Entrepreneurial Generation by Nick Loper at TEDxLivermore

In this Talk, Nick Loper discusses being part of a generation of Entrepreneurs. I love how he talks about what it means to be creative.  And how he never though he was “Creative” but now the definition of creative to him is much more than just art.  
February 15, 2015

Must Listen to Audiobooks

Here are my must listen to audio books. Let me know what you think?    
January 20, 2015
Surviving a 5K Race

Surviving a 5K Race: Get Running in 6 Weeks

Every wanted to run a 5K?  This book is for you.  FREE today through Jan 24th on Kindle.  Paperback edition is normally $9.99.  Click here to download it!
January 14, 2015

Roy Sutherland: Sweat the Small Stuff – TedX Talk

This TedX talk by Roy Sutherland tells us the importance of the small things and the big impact they can have.  A must watch!