All In: How Obsessive Leaders Achieve the Extraordinary

  • 4h 12m
  • Robert Bruce Shaw
  • HarperCollins Leadership
  • 2020

Extraordinary leaders share a passionate commitment to achieving their vision that borders and sometimes crosses the line into obsession. All In shows why obsession, if properly focused and managed, is both necessary and productive. Advances in any endeavor almost always depend on a small group of individuals who are completely consumed by the goal they're pursuing. When these leaders and teams are successful, everyone benefits from their obsessive nature.

All In explores the three obsessions underlying the achievements of the greatest leaders: delighting customers, building great products and creating an enduring company. By taking you inside the success stories of iconic leaders, including Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Elon Musk of Tesla, and Steve Jobs of Apple, author Robert Bruce Shaw shows the upside of obsession and the practices that support it. Learn why...

  • Amazon's first principle is customer obsession and the behaviors that sustain it as the firm becomes one of the largest in the world. The company strives to "work backwards" from the customer in its day-to-day operations and when making key decisions.
  • Tesla puts product obsession at the center of everything it does and the leadership approach that created a revolutionary electric car. Musk believes great companies are built on great products, and anything that does not improve the quality of a firm's products is a waste of time and money.
  • Steve Jobs' greatest creation was not the Mac or iPhone but Apple the company. He was forceful in creating a unique and enduring culture that has continued to thrive in the decade since his death.

Shaw also provides insight into the dark side of obsession and its destructive potential- as vividly illustrated in his case study of Uber's aggressive pursuit of growth during the tenure of CEO Travis Kalanick. Appealing to any reader of entrepreneurial biographies, All In shows individuals, teams and organizations how to manage obsession's downsides while realizing the benefits of relentlessly seeking to create something that truly matters.

About the Author

Robert Bruce Shaw helps business leaders build companies and teams capable of superior performance. He holds a PhD in organizational behavior from Yale University and is the author of highly regarded books on leadership and culture.

In this Book

  • Going all in—Fortune Favors the Obsessed
  • Beyond Grit—All-Consuming Focus & Relentless Drive
  • Delighting Customers—Jeff Bezos & Amazon
  • Building Great Products—Elon Musk & Tesla
  • Juicing Growth—Travis Kalanick & Uber
  • The Individual’s Choice—All in or Not?
  • The Organization’s Challenge—Nourishing Obsession
  • Notes