Creating healthy work environments resonates with me as it is about people and the creation of a work environment where individuals can thrive. The page at the beginning of the book infused with a scent, which Simon Sinek suggests, is the smell of optimism is an interesting slant, making the link between familiar smells and emotions, behaviours and motivation via our olfactory bulb in our nose and the limbic system of the brain. For me the smell reflects a clear summer day on the top of a mountain, it reminds of Donald Schon’s work on reflective practice and the need to spend time focused on the ‘high pinnacle of academia’ understanding theories and reflecting in and on leadership practice in order to function effectively in the ‘low swamp land’ of everyday life, where as a leader and manager you are making complex decisions. I never tire of reading this little book, it serves to remind me that it is a privilege to lead others, that putting others first and seeing them develop and succeed is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a successful leader.
One remarkable aspect of this book is that each page works on its own, like a mini fable to stimulate discussion in team development activities or in personal reflection or just simply as a digestible and enjoyable dose of inspiration to focus you and spur you on. One of my favourite quotes is P 80 “The opportunity is not to discover the perfect company for ourselves, the opportunity is to build the perfect company for each other”, like a flock or team of geese all heading in the same direction, in any company we are stronger and more effective together so for me “Together is Better” is a great read.