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No man is an island or a lone wolf—at least that’s what classical philosophers tell us. So why can it be harder to work with others than to work alone? To understand better, we talk with renowned author Simon Sinek about his new illustrated book, Better Together: A Little Book of Inspiration, which takes a different approach than his other books, Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last, to learning about teamwork.
“I used to believe as the leader I had to know all the answers, and if I didn’t, I had to pretend that I did,” Sinek tells Josh. “It wasn’t until I learned to admit that I didn’t know, and I learned to ask for help, that I learned the most amazing lesson. I [discovered] people were always there ready and willing to help me.”
Finally, Josh and Shelby have a frank discussion about the politics of asking for help. They discuss the do’s and don’ts of teamwork in the office and at home and why the difference-maker is specificity. When asking for help, DO make a specific request for assistance on something you don’t know. DON’T ask others for help if you’re not in the right mind frame to accept it; scorekeeping and martyrdom don’t have a place here.
- From Sinek’s book, we discuss why genius comes from action, not ideas, and why complaining is an earned right.
- “Success is when reality looks like what’s in our imagination.” —Simon Sinek
- “We can’t judge the quality of the crew by a ship that performs in calm waters. We judge the quality of a crew by a ship that performs in rough waters.” —Simon Sinek
- A reminder why your business is an infinite concept and not a quarterly race.
- Hear why courage is the hardest but most crucial factor in making teamwork work.
- Sinek shares his counterintuitive lesson for leaders: Admit you don’t know everything.
- The surprising benefit of asking for help: Discover why admitting you don’t know and learning to ask for help can turn your entire team around.
- Why you should say “What can I do to help?” and not “Let me know if you need any help.”
- When help goes awry: How to avoid keeping score and acting the martyr in a personal relationship.
Favorite quote from this episode:
“A vision without execution is just a hallucination.”
You might also like:
- Ep. 23: The Secrets of Great Teamwork
- How Asking for Help Is a Sign of Strength and Humility
- You Have to Be a Great Team-Builder If You Want to Be a Leader for Very Long