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Serve to Be Great

Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom
Written by: Matt Tenney
Narrated by: Rex Anderson
Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins

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Publisher's Summary

This three-part book begins with Matt’s story of going from selfish to servant while on his journey from prisoner to monk to social entrepreneur. The book shows leaders the connection between superior long-term results and serving their people and community.

Matt Tenney cites numerous business case studies and research that demonstrate how servant leadership results in attracting top talent, increased employee engagement, and lower turnover, as well as a more innovative culture, better customer service, and a better ROI on marketing efforts.

Serve to Be Great offers practical, actionable guidance on becoming an extraordinary leader who is devoted to serving and inspiring greatness in others.

In keeping with the spirit in which Serve to Be Great was written, all author proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to charity.

©2014 Matt Tenney (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Rahman Latif
  • 19-02-15

Nice BUT!

Nice anecdotes but very few "new" tangible lessons and ideas. i was hoping the book will have a structured argument, but i got disappointed.

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  • Alicia
  • 18-01-15

Well worth it!

I truly loved listening to this book. Especially since servant leadership is a principle I fully support. Your talk of love being fundamental to having a great business is superb. Very uplifting and encouraging, Matt. A great book! Thank you.

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  • elenne
  • 10-06-14

more than a leadership book

Would you consider the audio edition of Serve to Be Great to be better than the print version?

This audio exceeded my expectations. I pretty much listened to this in one sitting.Was not planning on that. Lots of great stories about leaders and companies whose success stems from not only serving the needs of their customers but also their employees. Some of the companies mentioned are Google,Southwest airline, Next Jump,Life is Good,Zappos and Ritz Carlton. Ritz Carlton allows their employees to spent up to $2000 per customer! Pretty amazing what these companies will do for their customers and employees, not because they have to but they want to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Matt Tenney was a US Marine, spent 5 1/2 years in military prison trying to defraud the US government of $2.7 million. During his confinement, he learned mindfulness practice and almost became a monk after leaving prison. He made a really bad decision and paid for it. And ultimately found his success by serving others.

Have you listened to any of Rex Anderson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Rex has a pleasant voice and I would listen to him again. A couple of words he pronounced sounded odd but other than that he did a great job.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Inspiring story of success that could be achieved through serving others. A book that everyone should read. It's about thinking less of yourself,your needs and more about how you can help others, creating a win/win situation for everyone involved.

Any additional comments?

I'm also getting the print version to share with others. If you enjoyed books by Malcolm Gladwell and Daniel Pink, you will like this book. My other 2 favorite audiobooks that are 5 stars and I listened to in the last 3 months are 10% Happier by Dan Harris and Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun.