“Born to Build”
People will ask you throughout your life, “Where do you work?” and “What do you do?” They never ask you, “What are you building?” When conversations change to “What are you building?” the world will change.
Written for anyone trying to figure out how to make the most of their lives, “Born to Build” seeks to inspire entrepreneurs and ambitious, self-motivated people to build something that will change the world. A builder’s venture could be a small business that grows into a mammoth enterprise, a thriving new division in an existing
company, a nonprofit, a social enterprise, a church, a school or anything that creates economic growth and makes a lasting impact on society.
“Born to Build” is written by Gallup Chairman and CEO JimClifton and Sangeeta Badal, Ph.D., principal scientist for Gallup’s Entrepreneurship and Job Creation initiative, and is grounded in years of research. This book goes beyond the conventional economics-based business training and instead offers a uniquely psychological approach to venture building. It gives readers the tools and techniques they need to understand who they are, what motivates them and what they can build and how. By following the practical steps in “Born to Build,” readers will have the tools to build a sustainable and profitable venture of any size from scratch. ♦
“Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t”
Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.
In his work with organizations around the world, Simon Sinek noticed that some teams trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Other teams, no matter what incentives are offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. Why?
The answer became clear during a conversation with a Marine Corps general. “Officers eat last,” he said. Sinek watched as the most junior Marines ate first while the most senior Marines took their place at the back of the
line. What’s symbolic in the chow hall is deadly serious on the battlefield: Great leaders sacrifice their own comfort — even their own survival — for the good of those in their care.
Too many workplaces are driven by cynicism, paranoia and self-interest, but the best ones foster cooperation because their leaders build what Sinek calls a “Circle of Safety” that separates the security inside from the challenges outside. ♦