Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations That Win

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Book Information

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publish Date: 05/31/2010
Pages: 281
ISBN-13: 9780071739351
ISBN-10: 0071739351
Language: English

What We're Saying

July 02, 2010

Hot on the tail of the recent Inc. /800-CEO-READ Business Book Bestseller List, we're launching a series of blog posts called '3x3' - where we'll ask the top three authors from each month's bestseller list three of the same questions. June's top three authors are: Dave and Wendy Ulrich (The Why of Work), Jim Champy (Reengineering Health Care), and Gregory Salsbury (Retirementology). READ FULL DESCRIPTION

June 15, 2010

I'm sad to admit that I've had jobs in the past that were difficult to get out of bed to go to. Once at the job, I would try my best to find something interesting about the things going on to occupy some mental space; imagination playing a big role. I would create stories, I would plan projects, and I would accomplish all sorts of things in my head while my body went around completing totally mundane (and sometimes downright unpleasant) tasks. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

June 14, 2010

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By Sally Haldorson

Cruising Twitter this morning, I read a quick mention of a talk on TED ("TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. On TED. com, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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"Principled, timely, and engaging, "The Why of Work" teaches that building a culture of abundance and common purpose is essential to organizational success."
--Stephen R. Covey, bestselling author of "7 Habits of Highly Effective People"

"Will have a major impact on how individuals shape their attitude to work, how organizations create abundant cultures, and how leaders turn personal meaning into public good."
--Jigmi Y. Thinley, Prime Minister of Bhutan

""The Why of Work" shows a better, different way to build and lead organizations. It is an insightful guide to how leaders can infuse meaning into their organizations."
--Jeffrey Pfeffer, Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business and author of "Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don't"

"This book brings the question 'why' to the place in which we spend most of our adult lives, giving us insightful tools to help make a meaningful difference in people's lives."
--Don Hall, Jr., president and CEO, Hallmark Cards, Inc.

"This is a must read for anyone who works, leads others at work, or works to build a supportive environment."
--Beverly Kaye, founder/CEO, Career Systems International, and coauthor of "Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay"

""The Why of Work" opens the door to significant employee engagement. The alignment between company values and those of customers and communities can indeed give employees a sense of purpose while delivering great results to customers!"
--Paula S. Larson, Chief HR Officer, Invesys

"Blackstone has proved that finding superior leaders produces superior results. Dave Ulrich has brought this thinking to a new level at Blackstone. Every private equity investor and senior manager must read this book."
--James Quella, Senior Operating Partner, The Blackstone Group

According to studies, we all work for the same thing--and it's not just money. It's meaning. Through our work, we seek a sense of purpose, contribution, connection, value, and hope. Digging down to the meaning of work taps our resilience in hard times and our passion in good times. That's the simple but profound premise behind this groundbreaking book by renowned management expert Dave Ulrich and psychologist Wendy Ulrich. They've talked to thousands of people--from rank-and-file workers to clients and customers to top-level executives--and synthesized major disciplines to identify the "why" behind our most successful experiences.

Using the model of the "abundant organization," they provide you with the "how" to create meaning and value in your own workplace. Learn how to: Ask the seven questions that drive abundance Understand the needs of your customers and staff Personalize the work to motivate your employees Build and grow your business in any economy

By following the Ulrichs' step-by-step guidelines, you will set off a chain reaction of positive and enduring effects. Employees who fi nd meaning in their work are more competent, committed, and eager to contribute and their contribution will result in increased customer commitment, which delivers a winning performance on the bottom line.

"The Why of Work" includes targeted checklists, questionnaires, and other useful tools to help you turn aspirations into action. Using the proven principles of abundance, you can coordinate your needs with those of your employers, your employees, and your customers--and create a vision that resonates for years to come. When you understand why we work, you know how to succeed."

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