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ARE YOU AN ALPHA? – Simon Sinek – Why Leaders Eat Last

In this in-depth talk, ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders get the first pick of food and other spoils, but at a cost. When danger is present, the group expects the leader to mitigate all threats even at the expense of their personal well-being. Understanding this deep-seated expectation is the key difference between someone who is just an “authority” versus a true “leader.”

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  1. …except that Nelson Mandela was a murderous, Communist scumbag whose "revolution" has decimated the population of both blacks and whites in South Africa, and directly led to the inevitable coming civil war and mass starvation of his people.

    So yeah, good people everywhere would have a huge problem with "giving" him $150M..

  2. about 50% of what he said had basis. Like the long rant he went on about the endorphins released from social media stimulation also exist naturally outside of drugs or addiction, they're released regularly such as in exercise. So trying to equate us to some social media junkie doesn't have much basis in this speech. We as millennials have been thrust into a world of maximum availability and productivity. I've had many jobs that expect me to be available at the drop of a hat for technical support issues. In that sense, our knowledge of technology and communication puts us at a disadvantage. We are hardly ever at rest, there is no mandated work hours during the day followed by rest. We have to learn to slow down, speed does not put us at an advantage…. remember to disconnect from work and your goals and just be in your surroundings. Learn to say no, we are not slaves to our availability. We cannot run ourselves ragged for our jobs, we cannot let our jobs work us, we work our jobs…. if it costs us job prospects so be it, there are always many fools lined up to take a bad opportunity, keep moving. Find your period of rest every day in prayer, peace, silence, meditation, whatever you do. Escape the mode of productivity. Our jobs need us as badly as we need them

  3. Alpha doesn't always mean the toughest or most badass in life. You just control social situations more than others. Sometimes because you can't stand to not be the center of attention

  4. Real leadership is rare in the business world. The business world is really a knife fight. A marketing person fights the competition to get the business but then might get stabbed in the back by a fellow employee that is trying to take over his/her developed accounts. A good marketing person carries a very sharp bayonet, not a knife.

  5. Very true from my experience.

    A few years ago I was in a bar with a couple of friends. The biggest, strongest friend (who had always been our caretaker) was so drunk he went to the bathroom for an hour and didn't come out. Left me with our two friends, one was an overweight placid guy the other was a small nervous guy. We were playing pool. Three guys came into the bar and two of them immediately came over to me and started trying to offend me. Getting too close, invading my space. Smacktalking etc. I could see their betas were glancing around at my friends, and it became apparent they wanted trouble. Their alpha, the biggest guy by far, was sitting at the bar with his back to us. I didn't get a good look at him but I knew he was at least 6'3" and probably 3-4 stone heavier than me. I was very nervous, I knew I wouldn't be able to fight all these guys (and they were bad guys) and I knew I couldn't rely on either on my friends who were present, and a little bit of me felt responsible for getting them out of harms way. So I "pretended" to be alpha, and got cheeky back, and stood up tall and kept control best I could.

    Finally after what seemed like forever, our big friend came out of the bathroom, and he stood there silently near the doorway looking at the three guys. I had no idea how long he'd been standing there when I spotted him, I'd been playing pool and trying to keep my eyes on my two extremely nervous friends. Then my alpha friend put down his drink and walked over to the biggest one of their group and sat down next to him and put his arm around him. Looking him straight in the eye and smiling, he asked if he could buy them all a beer and started feeling the guys nipple inside his shirt. Then he stood up and laughed and said "yeah I'm not gay! Just joking! Hey you guys want a fight? Or a beer? I'll buy you a beer. Or I'll kick the fuck out of you… nah I'm just joking! Let me buy you a beer! THREE BEERS PLEASE DARLIN! You wanna beer, yeah?…." and I swear to god all three had left the bar in the next 2 minutes.

    That's alpha, he knew instantly he had to do something, he wasn't nervous, he knew what to do and he ENJOYED doing it. He got a kick out of it. Then he came over and rubbed my shoulder and said "well done, sorry I was being sick ha! lets play pool" and we carried on playing.

    So yes I was nervous, because there was trouble and our alpha, our protector wasn't present. Yes I (we) expected him to fix it and step up. Yes he DID step up without fear or considering his own safety. Yes he got the job done. I guess he was just more alpha than their alpha!

  6. 5:37 that "social contract" is called a high-trust society, which is unique to WHITE PEOPLE. we are robbed by foreigners, JEWS, often because they have no honor or morality only sociopathology. just like brown people

  7. When seeing this kind of video, I can't help noticing how close we are to beasts. Not because of the content of this video, but because people seem to believe it and find it normal. If humans really want to prove that they are superior to animals they should stop comparing themselves to them to justify their own behaviours.

  8. I most definatly would have a problem to give 150 million dollar to the guy that invented necklacing (look that term up in google picture search), had people tortured, maimed and killed, was responsible for bomb attacks that blew inocents to pieces and in his later years ruined the last country of propserity, stability and peace in an entire continent reverting back to barbarism.
    Most definatly "nope" is the last thing that comes to mind.

  9. I guess I’ll be a good alpha then since I’m so caring and kind if I need to I will be a alpha but I won’t mind having a leader so I consider my self as the beta I will lead if I need to but I don’t mind stepping aside if I need to.

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