The stories about Stan Slap are so remarkable that they seem like myths: He brought a room full of top-level Microsoft managers to tears, leaving them cheering "I'm hurting, too!" After a single speech at Patagonia, the company asked him to join its board of directors. One CEO described him as "Stephen Covey meets Nine Inch Nails". All this from a man who never graduated from business school, college, or even high school.
Bury My Heart at Conference Room B harnesses the awe-inspiring insights of Slap's life-changing management workshops. The book is a powerful tool for creating emotional commitment in managers. That means unchecked, unvarnished devotion to the company. If you've ever witnessed a human being emotionally committed to a cause - working like they're being paid a million when they're not being paid a dime - you know that discretionary effort is worth more than their financial, intellectual, and physical commitment combined. Through unexpected case studies and a battle-tested self-assessment program, Slap shows how to help people live their deepest personal values at work, with huge payoffs for the companies that support their engagement.
"Slap has written the holy grail for companies seeking the most from their managers and for managers seeking the most from their companies. It is fascinating, thought provoking and actionable. This book is not just a 'must read' but a 'must experience.'" (Jack Calhoun, President, Banana Republic)
"There are great insights here for creating a true culture of ethics, integrity, and heartfelt service." (Isadore Sharp, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts)
"Humanity in any organization, whether professional or political, is what will save us. The world needs this book." (Amir A. Dossal, Executive Director, United Nations Office for Partnerships)
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Be human first, a manager second
We are all part of a "machine" of some sort along with the ability to detach and/or just strive to hit the all important numbers - whatever that means in your field. This is a call for humanity within leadership positions that begins with you - what do you value? Why do you value it? How do you live your personal values at work (where you spend the majority of your time)? And - most importantly - what is the impact of this journey on yourself, your colleagues, and, well, the numbers?
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