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

by Marcus Buckingham, Ashley Goodall

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633696303
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 22,971
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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 Strengths, Find Your Edge, Win at Work (Harvard Business Review Press).

Ashley Goodall is Senior Vice President of Leadership and Team Intelligence at Cisco. Previously he was Director and Chief Learning Officer, Leader Development, at Deloitte. He is the coauthor, with Marcus Buckingham, of two Harvard Business Review cover stories, "Reinventing Performance Management," in April 2015 and "The Feedback Fallacy," in March/April 2019.

Change the world of work. Join the coalition: freethinkingleader.org

Author social media/website info:
Buckingham: MarcusBuckingham.com, @mwbuckingham
Goodall: linkedin.com/in/ashleygoodall/, @littleplatoons

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Lie #1 People care which company they work for 7

Lie #2 The best plan wins 33

Lie #3 The best companies cascade goals 51

Lie #4 The best people are well-rounded 77

Lie #5 People need feedback 105

Lie #6 People can reliably rate other people 133

Lie #7 People have potential 163

Lie #8 Work-life balance matters most 181

Lie #9 Leadership is a thing 207

Truths 235

Appendix A The ADPRI's Global Study of Engagement 237

Appendix B Seven Things We Know for Sure at Cisco 247

Notes 261

Index 267

Acknowledgments 277

About the Authors 281

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