Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader's Guide To The Real World by Marcus BuckinghamNine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader's Guide To The Real World by Marcus Buckingham

Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader's Guide To The Real World

byMarcus Buckingham, Ashley Goodall

Hardcover | April 2, 2019

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Forget what you know about the world of work

You crave feedback. Your organization's culture is the key to its success. Strategic planning is essential. Your competencies should be measured and your weaknesses shored up. Leadership is a thing.

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--that we encounter every time we show up for work. Nine lies, to be exact. They cause dysfunction and frustration, ultimately resulting in workplaces that are a pale shadow of what they could be.

But there are those who can get past the lies and discover what's real. These freethinking leaders recognize the power and beauty of our individual uniqueness. They 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 matter most; that we should focus less 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, as it is and as it should be. Nine Lies About Work reveals the few core truths that will help you show just how good you are to those who truly rely on you.

Marcus Buckingham is a global researcher and thought leader focused on unlocking people's strengths, increasing their performance, and pioneering the future of how people work. He is head of all people and performance research at the ADP Research Institute and the author of several bestselling books, including StandOut 2.0: Assess Your...
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Title:Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader's Guide To The Real WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:April 2, 2019Publisher:Harvard Business Review PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Idea This book changed my old thinking about personal development. Personal development should focus on my strengths, instead of weaknesses. The old school of thought was to improved my weaknesses. This book changed my view to make the things I am doing good to be better.
Date published: 2018-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Core Understanding Reading this, one says to himself, But of Course! It not only verbalizes ones inner knowing, but provides guidance to a more fulfilled life if one chooses growth, development, and will chance change.
Date published: 2008-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book with one regret This book is absolutely great. It reveals your talents or the themes. In my top five themes, I believe at least 4 themes seem obvious to me. And they match my daily activities, but I did not know I was Strategic. The only regret comes when I find out there is a upgraded edition named "StrengthsFinder 2.0: A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup's Now, Discover Your Strengths", which is cheaper and more useful. I certainly recommend this newer one for all the readers. I am thinking of buying the new one, but have not decided yet.
Date published: 2008-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham Essential reading for leaders. Focuses on what is important when you are in charge. My team members did the test and found the results surprisingly accurate for them and others in the group.
Date published: 2005-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast but effective After three chapters of meaty, thoughtful insights into new ways of considering your personal and professional development, the concepts are reinforced with an easy to do, immediately scored personal test. The results weren't exactly what I expected, but I can see how they were reached and I'm glad for the new understanding of how I tick. This information will also help me understand others better... a very useful tool.
Date published: 2004-11-04

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Named one of "14 business books everyone will be reading in 2019" by Business InsiderNamed one of "10 Leadership Books to Watch for in 2019" by the Washington PostNamed one of "10 Business Books You Need to Read in 2019" by Inc. magazineNamed one of "The 19 New Leadership Books to Read in 2019" by Adam Grant on LinkedInAdvance Praise for Nine Lies About Work:In today's complex world, we instinctively seek simplicity. But in many cases, it's easier to lie to ourselves than it is to face the harsh reality--to see more of what want to see than how things really are. In Nine Lies About Work, Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall shine a light on just how dangerous those lies can be, especially in the context of our careers. Combining engaging stories about the modern workplace with nuanced quantitative analysis, Nine Lies About Work debunks the myths that surround leadership, planning, and balance in the corporate world. Everyone who reads this book is sure to be a better employee, but more importantly, a better leader. -- Gen. Stan McChrystal (Ret'd), United States Army