PLEASE NOTE: This audiobook was previously published under the title It's Not About You.
From the acclaimed, best-selling authors of The Go-Giver, a new parable about the power of giving leadership.
The family-owned business of Allen & Augustine has manufactured high-quality chairs for decades. Its people take pride in their work and feel loyal to their owners and management team. But this long-revered company is now at a crossroads, hurt by a tough economy, foreign competition, and a cash crunch. The air is filled with the scent of uncertainty, anxiety, perhaps even panic.
Enter Ben, the ambitious young executive assigned by his firm to promote a merger that will rescue Allen & Augustine. Ben's facts are undeniable: The chairmaker can either merge and modernize or go bankrupt and vanish. So why can't he convince anyone to buy in, from the CEO on down?
During his week at the company, as Ben gets to know its people and meets with its top executives, he begins to realize that his aggressive style is actually making it harder to reach his goals. As one character puts it, "How far can you push a rope?"
Will Ben find a way to sway the employee shareholders before the climactic vote? And can Allen & Augustine survive without losing its soul? The answers may surprise you as you follow Ben on his journey to understanding that the path to genuine influence lies less in taking leadership than in giving it.
"We should all seek to practice the message illustrated so elegantly in The Go-Giver Leader - that great leaders don’t try to act like ‘leaders,’ they strive to be more human.” (Simon Sinek, optimist and author of Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last)
“This book captures the essence of life and leadership. I recommend it!” (John C. Maxwell, author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership)
“A fast read that reinforces leadership fundamentals ... truly applicable to any manager, anywhere.” (Booklist)
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- Sylvia Martin
A must read!
A captivating book that provides you with so many great reminders and new perspevtives that you can and should read it several times.