In this month’s Business Book of the month episode we discuss “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek. Essentially Sinek says that most businesses have it back-to-front. They start off by selling WHAT they do, then say HOW they do it differently and then they ask for the sale. He says that most successful businesses do it the other way round. The successful businesses start off by sharing WHY they do what they do.
Top quotes & bullets from “Start With Why“
“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe”
“There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.
“By WHY I mean your purpose, cause or belief – WHY does your company exist? WHY do you get out of bed every morning? And WHY should anyone care?”
“Leadership requires two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate it.”
“Instead of asking, “WHAT should we do to compete?” the questions must be asked, “WHY did we start doing WHAT we’re doing in the first place, and WHAT can we do to bring our cause to life considering all the technologies and market opportunities available today?”
“Average companies give their people something to work on. In contrast, the most innovative organizations give their people something to work toward.”
“When they are unclear about your WHY, WHAT you do has no context.”
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