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.

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

  • 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...

  • Alysson

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This is a great book and one of the best management books I’ve read in awhile. It definitely makes you think about the ‘lies’ of management versus the ‘truths.’ I won’t sha...

  • Andrew

    Didn’t agree with all the ideas. They definitely cherry picked their examples (like many books in this genre do), and took some of the concepts too far. And yet I liked it-it made me think and discu...

  • Eva

    Very interesting and data-backed takes on established company, leadership and work environment norms, made relatable by good story-telling. May need to read again....

  • Phillip Klien

    Best business book I've read during last couple of years. Makes you question a lot of the "absolute truths" about management....

  • Alexander Fedyunin

    I've called that "a good idea with wrong execution". A few goot thoughts there are hiden in massive fakes, PRs, propaganda examples and unproved arguments. ...

  • Mary Ann

    This is another provocative and fascinating book from Marcus Buckingham. As always, he supports his findings with research, as well as interesting examples....

  • Lisa K

    I love this book! I read a lot of business books, usually about one per month. I really enjoyed the fresh look at leading/following this book offered. I am grateful to have won it in a Goodreads givea...

  • Soundview Executive Book Summaries

    You are a leader in your organization and the sum of the functions you perform is called leadership. The declarative nature of such a statement can often prompt heated debates between multiple constit...