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

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

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  1. Terrell Lamb Says:

    The maverick Stan Slap has been shaking the corporate world in the best possible way for a couple of decades. I love his insistence that being fully human is integral to any bottom line.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. Freddy Sennhauser Says:

    I love it, love it, love it. What an easy, enjoyable read and Stan’s all so subtle humor is refreshing and so natural. I had a hard time putting it down; for example, even when I failed the “values” test. ‘Stan, way to give me the tools to discover my true guiding values.’

    We all have gone to those motivational seminars, spent oodles of money on them and what came about??? This is one of those “motivational” books that actually makes sense and at what bargain? The book will help me become a better person, partner and manager.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Alayne Says:

    Like other reviewers, I was fortunate enough to spend time in a conference room setting with Stan. I was astonished at how quickly he got so deeply into EXACTLY the things we didn’t want to talk about. (I was working for a famous global company, our division DEEPLY, if quietly, in crisis.) I was prepared for the usual string and sticky-notes facilitation. Instead the group walked into a highly considered and thorough process of exploring, uncomvering and re-membering where we all really came from emotionally, before we came to work. Stan handled all the “we hire only smart people” claptrap, attempted derision and sullen insurrection that came his way as people tried to wiggle away from the truth. He was poised, passionate, strong from the core, and could always come back with a deep insight, delivered so smartly (and often snarkily.) His intolerance for corporate-speak is obvious through everything — his clarity about emotion is deployed with deadly effect, and simply removes all the usual hiding places. I have never seen anyone as skilled at calling issues so precisely, certainly not in any therapeutic or remedial setting. If you cannot see Stan or his people in person, this book gets you as close as you can get to the real thing. His work is a huge gift to all of us at work, and as it turns out, at home. Thanks Stan.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Andie C Says:

    Stan Slap writes: “when you don’t know what’s true for you, everyone else has unusual influence” and “when rewards come from an external source instead of an internal source, they’re unreliable, which means they’re dangerous if you grow to depend on them.” That’s wisdom. This book equipped me to identify my own values and chart a course of action that allows me to be more authentic at work — to my benefit, the benefit of my team, and the benefit of my company. This was a gift for me to read.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. J.Z. Says:

    Bury My Heart at Conference Room B is the first book I have seen that directly addresses the issue of how to gain emotional commitment from managers. Slap describes this elusive quality and why it is so critical to organizational success, and then shows exactly how to achieve it enterprise wide, on a sustained, self-reinforced basis.

    How this book deconstructs a seemingly unsolvable issue and presents it as an executable solution is amazing. Looking back on my own experience building businesses and managing other managers, the times when we were most successful – and had the most fun doing it – were those very times when we had this rarest type of commitment. Stress levels went down, confidence was high, and the thrill of the game was real.

    Whereas I may have stumbled into it in past business situations, Bury My Heart at Conference Room B helped me understand what conditions enable emotional commitment to develop, how to go about creating those conditions, and how to maintain the commitment level once it is there. The book is peppered with engaging stories from Slap’s consulting success with large companies but his methods aren’t dependent on the size of the organization, only that is has managers and that the company wants those managers to be as committed as humanly possible.

    This is a powerful book and thankfully it is also a great read. It is persuasive, practical and very entertaining.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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