The Human Equation : Building Profits by Putting People First, Hardback Book

The Human Equation : Building Profits by Putting People First Hardback

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Why is common sense so uncommon when it comes to managing people?

How is it that so many seemingly intelligent organizations implement harmful management practices and ideas?

In his provocative new book, The Human Equation, bestselling author Jeffrey Pfeffer examines why much of the current conventional wisdom is wrong and asks us to re-think the way managers link people with organizational performance.

Pfeffer masterfully builds a powerful business case for managing people effectively--not just because it makes for good corporate policy, but because it results in outstanding performance and profits.

Challenging current thinking and practice, Pfeffer: reveals the costs of downsizing and provides alternatives; identifies troubling trends in compensation, and suggests better practices; explains why even the smartest managers sometimes manage people unwisely; demonstrates how market-based forces can fail to create good people management practices, creating a need for positive public policy; and provides practical guidelines for implementing high-performance management practices. Filled with information and ideas, The Human Equation provides much-needed guidance for managing people more wisely and more profitably.




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Pfeffer does a really nice job laying out the evidence for building people first organizational cultures and reaping the benefits. The evidence is clear that if organizational leaders adopt seven related practices vis-a-vis their employees, they will see better financial performance. Yet for many reasons that Pfeffer elaborates, leaders and organizations don't, and sometimes even do the opposite. Be different. Transform your workplace.