Nine Lies About Work: A Freekthinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World was published on April 2, 2019 and authored by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall. If you haven’t already added it to your 2019 reading list, you definitely need to. Authored by bestselling author Buckingham and Cisco leadership and team intelligence head Goodall, Nine Lies About Work is already causing a buzz in the business world.
They challenge the lies we are told every morning when we walk into work. They discuss nine lies specifically that we need to forget. They’re common things that we’re all told and just expect to be true, without really thinking about them. Buckingham and Goodall wrote it in hopes of building a coalition of freethinking leaders that focus on truth and the strength of honoring the uniqueness of each individual. They believe that the workplace is the best place to unleash that strength and individuality. Freethinking leaders stand against practices that crush those beliefs.
We’re often told that feedback is necessary and craved, culture is what will lead to success, and every detail of the business should be strategically planned. All of your weaknesses should be noted and eliminated, and your strengths should be improved upon. Buckingham and Goodall say that these are all lies that we are told—“faulty assumptions” and “wrong thinking.” These distortions lead to dysfunction in the workplace and will turn it into a shadow of what it could be. The only way to get past this, succeed, and improve the business is to embrace freethinking. This means that individuals shouldn’t rely on workplace clichés, but should instead focus on patterns and evidence.
Buckingham and Goodall use provocative stories and powerful analysis to reveal the important truths leaders should follow. For instance, focus on the cohesiveness of your team because it will make it stronger. Encourage a sense of purpose within the business, rather than relying on lofty goals that people can’t relate to. And pay thoughtful, regular attention to your employees rather than occasionally providing feedback.
Head to your local bookstore or purchase a copy on Amazon today!