Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers

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Penguin, Aug 12, 2010 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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#3 New York Times Advice/How-To Bestseller #7 Wall Street Journal Nonfiction Bestseller

"This book is game changing in a way I have never seen in a business book. I learned about myself and gained new insights into the work I've been doing for thirty years. It is a spectacular read."
– John Riccitiello, CEO, Electronic Arts

This is not a management book. This is a book for managers.

Ever have the feeling that no matter how rewarding your job is that there's an entirely different level of success and fulfillment available to you? Lingering in the mist, just out of reach…
There is, and Stan Slap is going to help you get it.
You hold in your hands the book that entirely redraws the potential of being a manager. It will show you how to gain the one competency most critical to achieving business impact, but it won't stop there. This book will put a whole new level of meaning into your job description.

You will never really work for your company until your company really works for you. 

Bury My Heart at Conference Room B is about igniting the massive power of any manager's emotional commitment to his or her company-worth more than financial, intellectual and physical commitment combined. Sometimes companies get this from their managers in the early garage days or in times of tremendous gain, but it's almost unheard of to get it on a sustained, self-reinforced basis.
Of course your company is only going to get it if you're willing to give it. Slap proves that emotional commitment comes from the ability to live your deepest personal values at work and then provides a remarkable process that allows you to use your own values to achieve tremendous success.

This is not soft stuff; it is the stuff of hard-core results.

Bury My Heart at Conference Room B is the highest-rated management development solution at a number of the world's highest-rated companies—companies that don't include "patience" on their list of corporate values. It has been exhaustively researched and bench tested with tens of thousands of real managers in more than seventy countries. You'll hear directly from managers about how this legendary method has transformed their careers and their lives.

As Big as It Gets

Stan Slap is doing nothing less than making the business case for a manager's humanity-for every manager and the companies that depend on them. Bury My Heart at Conference Room B gives managers the urgency to change their world and the energy to do it. It will stir the soul, race the heart, and throb the foot used for acceleration.

Buckle Up. We're Going Off-Road.

Slap is smart, provocative, wickedly funny and heartfelt. He fearlessly takes on some of the most cherished myths of management for the illogic they are and celebrates the experience of being a manager in all of its potential and potential weirdness. And he talks to managers like they really talk to themselves.


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I placed Bury My Heart At Conference Room B on my reading list because I spotted it on a best business books in 2010 list. I can no longer recall the particular list and Google and my bookmarking system all failed me. I chose to read the text over the thanksgiving break, for the wrong reason. I wrongly assumed that the text would be about board room intrigues and mechanical cut throat calculations, that in my world would qualify as easy read. I was wrong, in a good way. Stan Slap’s book was no board room thriller. It was a how-to text for bringing your heart to work.
The core: If I am yet to lose you thanks for hanging in there. The main idea in the book is that for a manager to do good work over a sustained period of time he/she has to be emotionally committed to what they do. This can only be done if the manager lives out their values at work rather than live in a compartmentalized world of work -home competing dichotomy. The problem is that most corporations are set up to compete with the managers values. So how does a manager get out of rut and make work rock. Leadership. What? Yes, leadership. You’d have to read the text to make this connection. The second and third part of the book explains how to make this idea work.
My take on the book: Stan Slap cuts close to getting all Dr. Phil up in the book but he make a good case for why emotional commitment is necessary. In general he did a great job of explaining what to expect from the book, and why you should bother acting on the ideas in the text. He successfully balances the delicate dance between self help-ish feel, how-to instructions and the why? It helps that the book is stuffed with case studies and results from implementing this idea over an extended period of time.
My version of the book: Paraphrasing Drucker here. The whole point of knowledge is action. So my take away from the book is that I am on the right track with the whole pouring your heart into your craft thing. It is reaffirming to see that the idea has been properly vetted. For me his perspective on leadership was fresh and concrete at the same time. “You are a leader if you change the world around you in the name of your values”.
Finally as a firm believer in the brevity of business book Bury My Heart did not feel too long all 234 pages (minus bonus materials) of it. You should check out the book or check out Stan Slap’s Change This manifesto if you are short on time.
 

Contents

YOU HAD ME AT EVEN MORE IMPORTANT TO YOU
WHY ITS A BOOK
WHY IT CANT WAIT
WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE?
RENDEZVOUS WITH REALITY
THE HOW AND WHY OF WHAT MATTERS
WHERE WERE GOING RIGHT NOW
Welcome to your personal life
DEFINE THE BETTER PLACE
BACK THE BETTER WITH THE BITTER
GIVE THEM SOMETHING FOR THE TRIP
CONNECT IT UP
SOLVE OLD PROBLEMS IN A NEW WAY
BENCH THE METRICS THAT MATTER
TALK IT UP
TAKE IT HOME

WELL SURE BUT
A TALE OF TWO MORE COMPANIES
WELL SURE BUT
FEAR ITSELF
THE SOLUTION CLEVERLY DISGUISED AS THE PROBLEM
ITS NOT YOUR FAULT BAD NEWS ITS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
BUSTING THE BIG MYTH
WHAT ARE YOUR VALUES?
WHERE ARE YOUR VALUES?
PICK FROM THIS LIST
CONSIDER THE CONSIDERABLE INFLUENCES
CONFIRM YOUR CHOICE
CONNECT THE MOMENTS OF TRUTH
TALK TO YOURSELF THEN TALK TO OTHERS
WHY JOHNNY CANT LEAD
DECLARE IT
WRAP IT UP ILL TAKE IT
THE POWER SOURCE
THE FULL MEANING OF THE BLANK STARE
PROVE IT
SCREW IT UP
NOW FIRST NEXT AND LATER
WHOS NEXT?
FIRST STEPS TO ENTERPRISEWIDE RESULTS
THE PURPOSE
THE PATH
THE WHOLE POINT
Looking Back at Twenty Years of Help Along the Way
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Stan Slap has revolutionized performance for some of the world’s most demanding organizations. His international consulting company, slap, specializes in achieving ferocious commitment in manager, employee and customer cultures––the three groups that decide the success of any business. His client list ranges from Hewlett Packard and Microsoft to HSBC and Viacom. When he’s home, he lives in San Francisco.

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