Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World

Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World

How do you get to what's real?

Your organization's culture is the key to its success. Strategic planning is essential. People's competencies should be measured and their weaknesses shored up. People crave feedback.

These may sound like basic truths of our work lives today. But actually, they're lies. As strengths guru and bestselling author Marcus Buckingham and Cisco Leadership and Team Intelligence head Ashley Goodall show in this provocative, inspiring book, there are some big lies--distortions, faulty assumptions, wrong thinking--running through our organizational lives. Nine lies, to be exact. They cause dysfunction and frustration and ultimately result in a strange feeling of unreality that pervades our workplaces.

But there are those who can get past the lies and discover what's real. These are freethinking leaders who recognize the power and beauty of our individual uniqueness, who know that emergent patterns are more valuable than received wisdom, and that evidence is more powerful than dogma. With engaging stories and incisive analysis, the authors reveal the essential truths that such freethinking leaders will recognize immediately: that it is the strength and cohesiveness of your team, not your company's culture, that matters most; that we need less focus on top-down planning and more on giving our people reliable, real-time intelligence; that rather than trying to align people's goals we should strive to align people's sense of purpose and meaning; that people don't want constant feedback, they want helpful attention. This is the real world of work.

If you embrace each person's uniqueness and see this as key for all healthy organizations; if you reject dogma and engage with the real world; if you seek out emergent patterns and put your faith in evidence, not philosophy; if you thrill to the power of teams--if you do all of these, then you are a freethinking leader, and this book is for you.

Title:Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World
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    Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World Reviews

  • Brian Kramp

    This is a well-written book by an author who has written some other great books. First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently is on my favorites list.The following are...

  • Karren Hodgkins

    This book speaks to me on so many levels: as someone who worked in an International corporate environment for more than 15 years and as someone who has her own business and interacts with privately-ow...

  • Scott Wozniak

    I love how this book stretches our thinking and pushes us past the standard HR/Talent Development methods. I really, really love how it uses logic and research to point out the gaps in the existing ap...

  • Anu

    I am a fan of Marcus Buckingham's work. I always have my teams do the strengthsfinder exercise so they are aware of what they love and can use those to go from good to great. The book has 9 parts:1. P...

  • Alexandra

    Loved the new look at how to manage.a mixture of quotes and [notes]:8 Things that predict highest performing teams1) I am really enthusiastic about the mission of my company.2) At work I clearly under...

  • Greg Albrecht

    Worth reading if you want to be a good manager and avoid falling into the generalization trap.I was not taken by the style. Not all the "lies" were truly eye-opening, but in general I love the battle ...

  • Jitendra

    According to the book following are the nine of the most prevalent lies about work and the truth behind them:1. Myth - Company culture impacts employee retention. Research shows that employees actuall...

  • Sonee

    Where to start.Reasons to avoid reading the book1. Can be summarised in a page - serious readers wishing some take away please wait for book summaries to spout up in the net, read from there2. Provide...

  • Iulia Nare

    Felt like all my unspoken angst about people at work were given a voice:)Enough strength in the voice too....

  • The  Conch

    This book may be called a research to find out the reason behind " Global worker engagement is weak, with less than 20 percent of workers reporting that they are fully engaged at work (The ADPRI’s G...