How great leaders inspire action | Simon Sinek

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Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers — and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.

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  1. This is one of the best Ted talks I’ve had yet to see. I enjoyed the way he spoke throughout the entirety of the video; to get each message across. And the fact that it’s over 10 years old. Incredible.

  2. Inspiring talk. Really insightful.

    One issue: I’m not sure I’d agree that we’ve never heard of Samuel Pierpont Langley. They did happen to name an entire Air Force Base after him. NASA Langley Research Center was named after him. He was also the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

    He certainly isn’t as well known as the Wright Brothers, but to say “nobody’s heard of him” is a bit of a stretch.

  3. Great point but your knowledge of Martin Luther King and the movement is incorrect. That is not how it started and to use it in that presentation is misleading. I know this clip was done over 10 years ago but enough of black history has been explained incorrectly. I wonder if you were study the true process of how Martin Luther King became the leader and make a correction on your presentation? It was by committee! I’m gonna leave it here.

  4. I’m 48years old living in California.I’m hoping to retire at 50 if things keep going well for me. Bought my first house last month and I can’t be more proud that I’m a now. I’m glad made a great decision about my finances that change me forever

  5. If anyone would like to see Mr.Langley's airplane that would never fly and was beaten by the Wright brothers, it's at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA, Right next to Dulles Airport.

  6. This is so true. However as times change and money becomes tight, companies like Apple have you evolve to a mid market product, as I feel they will lose market share if they don’t.

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