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From Fort Worth Star-Telegram

By: CECIL JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE STAR-TELEGRAM
For most readers, the title of this way-outside-the-box leadership manual will call to mind Dee Brown’s classic work on American Indians, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. But management and corporate-culture consultant Stan Slap also appears to allude to Stephen Vincent Benét’s poem American Names, which ends with that line. In that poem, Benét expresses his profound love for American culture by naming American places he prefers to French and English locales. The message is the homespun wisdom, “Home is where the heart is.” And that is the core of Slap’s message. He maintains that companies and organizations thrive best when managers are as passionately committed to them as they are to their homes. And such commitment, he says, can happen only if the organization allows its managers to work and lead in accordance with their personal values and make work more like home. While companies can bully and bribe managers to make extraordinary exertions and sacrifices to boost the bottom line, they can never get the kind of passionate commitment that the organization needs if they force managers to violate their personal values, Slap writes. The best that can come from the carrot-and-stick approach to leadership, Slap says, is ultimately corrosive detachment. Many leadership gurus today are rhapsodizing on the same theme. Slap just does it better than most. With humor, pointed anecdotes and historical allusions, he has delivered a readable, realistic guidebook for organizational leaders and managers at all levels that has a lot of heart in it.

From Publisher’s Weekly

“There is more mythology, misdirection, superstition, and generalized academic babble about leadership than any other business subject,” says management consultant Slap in this must-read for anyone who cares about organizational success. Slap shares the techniques he’s used over several decades to transform the performance of some of the world’s leading companies, quickly cutting to the chase with irreverence as he emphasizes drawing deep loyalty and vital energy from every rank in the workforce and allowing “each manager to work according to their individual values.” Drawing on his successful engagements at such companies as Microsoft and software company, SAS, which has a culture so compelling and attractive that last year “they had 23 job vacancies and received 23,760 applications,” he illustrates his points powerfully and persuasively. If Slap’s discussion grows repetitive and drags on a few chapters too many, the strong kickoff and exploration of individual values makes for a provocative read sure to appeal to managers who want to connect with their employees in a fresh, meaningful, and lasting way.
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From Barnes & Noble

The hard truth of corporate boardrooms is that managers punk out. They might star in start-ups, but over the long haul, they begin to regard work at the time of trouble between vacations. Stan Slap’s Bury My Heart at Conference Room B functions as a wake-up call for managers who yearn for the years when they were fully committed to their life’s work. A motivational reboot.

“I urge you to follow where Stan Slap fearlessly leads us. He has the answer to making a career in management actually bring you a fuller, richer, better life.”
Geoff Colvin, author of Talent Is Overrated; senior editor at large, Fortune
“A subversively radical triumph of a book which uniquely and definitively demonstrates the mystery of how organizations succeed.”
Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the University of Southern California, author of Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership
“Slap has written the holy grail for companies seeking the most from their managers and for managers seeking the most from their companies. It is fascinating, thought provoking and actionable. This book is not just a ‘must read’ but a ‘must experience.’”
Jack Calhoun, president, Banana Republic
“This book has the answer for any manager who thinks there must be a better way to do the job without hating the job. The single most powerful management book I’ve read in years.”
Jason Jennings, author of Hit the Ground Running; Think Big, Act Small; and Less Is More
“Stan Slap’s approach for developing managers who care resonates deeply with the principles we at Four Seasons strive to embody. There are great insights here for creating a true culture of ethics, integrity, and heartfelt service.”
Isadore Sharp, founder, chairman, and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
“Whether you are a first time supervisor or a CEO, reading this book will allow you to tap into the secret that will drive organizational success.”
Julia Stewart, CEO, DineEquity
“You have to read Bury My Heart at Conference Room B. Stan Slap covers all the bases. A warm, witty book that will take you and your organization to a better place.”
Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager(r) and Leading at a Higher Level
“Humanity in any organization, whether professional or political, is what will save us. The world needs this book.”
Amir A. Dossal, executive director, United Nations Office for Partnerships