Pour Your Heart Into It - Book Review

I recently finished reading "Pour Your Heart Into It," a book that tells the story of Starbucks and it's rise to prominence in the coffee world. Howard Schultz, former CEO and current Chairman, is the main story teller and he shares some very interesting details about his goals and intentions.

I loved the book and could hardly put it down. Here are a few quotes that I found particularly applicable to ministry and business leadership alike...
  • A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It is seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It is seeing what other people don't see, and pursuing that vision, no matter who tells you not to.
  • It is those who follow the road less traveled who create new industries, invent new products, build long-lasting enterprises, and inspire those around them to push their abilities to the highest levels of achievement.
  • But, passion is, and always will be, a necessary ingredient. Even the world's best business plan won't produce any return if it is not backed with passion and integrity.
  • When you take on a partner, and when you select employees, be sure to choose people who share your passion and commitment and goals. If you share your mission with like-minded souls, it will have a far greater impact.
  • When companies fail, or fail to grow, it is almost always because they don't invest in the people, the systems, and the processes they need.
  • Once you figure out what you want to do, find someone who has done it before and ask them to mentor you.
  • In building discipline into a company it is possible not only to honor the creative process but also make it stronger and more dynamic.
  • Even when life seems perfect, you have to take risks and jump to the next level, or you will start spiraling downhill into complacency.
  • "We're not in the coffee business serving people. We are in the people business serving coffee." - Howard Behar, Starbucks executive
  • One of the fundamental aspects of leadership, I realized more and more, is the ability to instill confidence in others when you yourself are feeling insecure.
  • To be an enduring, great company you have to build a mechanism for preventing and solving problems that will long outlast any one individual leader.
  • The head of a company can't, and shouldn't, always be the cheerleader. He has to be willing to let his people see the weaknesses and pain, as long as they understand them in the context of the companies greater accomplishments.