The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations That Win, Hardback Book

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

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Before you ask, "Why aren't my employees working harder?" ...ask yourself, "Why are my employees working?" PRAISE FOR THE WHY OF WORK: "This book may well be held up as a game-changer in the world of work." -- Edge magazine/International Leadership and Management "Will help managers create a sense of purpose among employees, motivating them and inspiring them to break out to do more." -- Publishers Weekly "Principled, timely, and engaging, The Why of Work teaches that building a culture of abundance andcommon 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 usinsightful 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 "Breaks new ground ...Going beyond competence and commitment to create abundance at work could be the next frontier for leaders." -- Paul Humphries, EVP Human Resources, Flextronics "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 mostsuccessful 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 find 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 turnaspirations 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.

DAVE ULRICH, PH.D., is a professor of businessat the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and cofounder of The RBL Group. He has written 23 books that cover topics in HR, leadership, and organization; he serves on the Board of Directors for Herman Miller and the Board of Trustees of Southern Virginia University; and he is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.

WENDY ULRICH, PH.D., M.B.A., has been apracticing psychologist for over 20 years.

She is thefounder of Sixteen Stones Center for Growth, which offers seminar-retreats on creating abundance and meaning, and she has authored two books on personal change.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
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  • Category: Business & management
  • ISBN: 9780071739351

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The Why of Work is not only a how to manual on managing employees, but also a great tool to use day in and day out when dealing with people. Resources and strategies are fully discussed, charted and diagrammed for easy understanding. For example, dealing with conflict, managing change, and handling difficult people are just a few areas the authors explore. We live in a world of change, and this way of life is not slowing down according to husband and wife authors, Dave and Wendy Ulrich. Therefore, managers, and successful leaders must deal with issues head on, to empower and engage their staff for a successful future. Also bringing a sense of “delight” with humor, fun, and productive activities make for a more meaningful work experience as detailed in the latter chapters. Check out The Why of Work for better insight and a different perspective on what motivates people.

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The forward by Marshall Goldsmith kindly suggests that, "this book would have been very important in 1979. It was needed then. It is really needed now!" The other way around possibly, the melding of merch' and nurture is folkloric. It is a solid reflection on foundations. Hold onto your hats HR people this trolly ride is for you!