This post is part of the 📖 Nine Lies About Work series.

Today, I am still reading the LIE #1: People care which company they work for chapter of the brand new book Nine Lies About Work written by Authors Marcus Buckingham & Ashley Goodall.

TL;DR! 💬

There are some big lies, distortions, faulty assumptions, wrong thinking that we encounter every time we show up for work. Nine lies, to be exact. They cause dysfunction and frustration, ultimately resulting in workplaces that are a pale shadow of what they could be.

By reading Nine Lies About Work, you can get past the lies and discover what’s real. These freethinking leaders recognize the power and beauty of our uniqueness. They know that emergent patterns are more valuable than received wisdom and that evidence is more powerful than dogma.

Yesterday, I started reading the LIE #1: People care which company they work for chapter from Nine Lies About Work book.

Chapter #1

LIE #1: People care which company they work for

Companies almost universally miss the importance of teams. Most companies don’t even know how many teams they have at any moment in time and who is on them, let alone which are the best ones—we are functionally blind to teams.

When people choose not to work somewhere, the somewhere isn’t a company. It’s a team. If we put you in a good team at a bad company, you’ll tend to hang around, but if we put you in a bad team at a good company, you won’t be there for long.

The team is the sun, the moon, and the stars of your experience at work.

while people might care which company they join, they don’t care which company they work for. The truth is that, once there, people care which team they’re on. - Marcus & Ashley

Those team members who said they trusted their team leader were twelve times more likely to be fully engaged at work.

When you’re next looking to join a company, don’t bother asking if it has a great culture—no one can tell you that in any real way. Instead, ask what it does to build great teams.


  • The team is the nucleus of any companies success. Your role as team leader is the most important role in any company. And who your company chooses to make team leader is the most important decision it ever makes. You have by far the greatest influence on the distinctive local experience of your team.

That’s it for today. Tomorrow, we will read the second chapter LIE #2: The Best Plan Wins.

What lies we've learned so far?
  1. LIE #1: People care which company they work for

    We, as team members, want our team leader to make us feel part of something bigger, that he/she shows us how what we are doing together is important and meaningful. You as a team leader make us feel that you can see us, and connect to us, and care about us, and challenge us in a way that recognizes who we are as individuals.

Nine Lies about Work

Author(s): Marcus Buckingham

Author(s): Ashley Goodall

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