The Dream Manager

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A business parable about how companies can achieve remarkable results by helping their employees fulfill their dreams

Managing people is difficult. With disengagement and turnover on the rise, many managers are scratching their heads wondering what to do. It's not that we dont dream of being great managers, it's just that we havent found a practical and efficient way to do it. Until now . . .

The fictional company in this remarkable book is ...

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Overview

A business parable about how companies can achieve remarkable results by helping their employees fulfill their dreams

Managing people is difficult. With disengagement and turnover on the rise, many managers are scratching their heads wondering what to do. It's not that we dont dream of being great managers, it's just that we havent found a practical and efficient way to do it. Until now . . .

The fictional company in this remarkable book is grappling with real problems of high turnover and low morale -- so the managers begin to investigate what really drives the employees. What they discover is that the key to motivation isnt necessarily the promise of a bigger paycheck or title, but rather the fulfillment of crucial personal dreams. They also learned that people at every level need to be offered specific kinds of help and encouragement -- or our dreams will forever remain just dreams as we grow dissatisfied with our lives and jobs.

Beginning with his important thought that a company can only become the-best-version-of-itself to the extent that its employees are becoming better-versions-of-themselves, Matthew Kelly explores the connection between the dreams we are chasing personally and the way we all engage at work. Tackling head-on the growing problem of employee disengagement, Kelly explores the dynamic collaboration that is unleashed when people work together to achieve company objectives and personal dreams.

The power of The Dream Manager is that simply becoming aware of the concept will change the way you manage and relate to people instantly and forever. What's your dream?

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Worker morale is low and worsening; turnover is through the roof; and your middle-level managers lack commitment. What can you do? According to motivation master Matthew Kelly, the key to becoming a dream manager is to help your workers follow their dreams. In this persuasive book, based on a true story, he uses a simple business parable to demonstrate how thinking about the big picture can sharpen the focus in your workplace. Improving attitude, one human being at a time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401303709
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 8/21/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 66,852
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Kelly is the author of several inspirational books on love, happiness and the keys to personal success, including the New York Times bestseller The Rhythm of Life and The Seven Levels of Intimacy. His most recent novel, Perfectly Yourself, teaches readers to be themselves while striving to reach their full potential. Kelly's books have appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal, and his world speaking tours are widely attended. He is president of Chicago-Based Beresford Consulting, and the founder of The Matthew Kelly Foundation, which helps young people find direction and meaning in life. He lives in the Cincinnati area.
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Foreword

Foreword

The most powerful ideas are almost always the simple ones. And so often, they come from unlikely sources. Matthew Kelly's The Dream Manager is a testament to both of these axioms.

As long as organizations have existed, leaders have been looking for ways to inspire workers and keep them from leaving for imagined greener pastures. But during the past thirty years, as fewer and fewer people cling to the notion of staying with the same company for their entire careers, concerns about inspiring and retaining employees have grown rapidly. Today, with the increasing shortage of skilled labor in the job market - and the unprecedented leverage that it has given employees - the search for an effective solution to the retention problem has become nothing short of an obsession in the corporate world. And for good reason.

Executives today realize that the cost of losing good people is no longer limited to higher recruiting and retraining expenses; it is a recipe for failure. Even the most cynical manager will admit that one of the most important competitive advantages a company can have is the ability to keep and motivate the human capital that is in such short supply.

Unfortunately, managers and human resources professionals have traditionally focused most of their attention on levers like compensation and benefits. They've raised salaries, increased bonuses, awarded stock options, increased vacation time, and let people bring their pets to work - with limited success, at best. In those cases where a company has been able to successfully use one of these tools to coax an unfulfilled employee into staying, they usually find that the solution is onlya temporary - and costly - one.

The truth is, few people - if any - work for money alone. Sure, we all need money, and we certainly factor it into our decisions about a given job. But when it comes to inspiring people and creating the kind of environment where employees laugh at the notion of leaving their company, there is something far more powerful - and less expensive - that companies have largely overlooked.

Until now.

As you read this book, you'll probably have the same reaction I did. "Why hasn't someone already figured this out? It's so obvious in hindsight!" And that is the sign of a truly ingenious idea.

And the real beauty of Matthew Kelly's breakthrough is that it is one of those rare discoveries that is as beneficial for employees as it is for a company's bottom line. It's like discovering a cheap and powerful new source of fuel that is also good for the environment!

The one sad thing about Matthew's idea - although, I suppose from a competitive standpoint it might be a good thing - is that some managers will probably dismiss his theory. They might say, "Give me a break. That's the simplest idea I've ever heard." Or they'll think, "Who is this Matthew Kelly guy, anyway? He's not a business or management expert I've ever heard of."

My response to both of those objections is, "Exactly!"

Patrick Lencioni
Author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2007

    Inspiring Professionally and Personally

    In the business world, not only is money not the major motivator in performance, but money is often limited. Helping an employee reach a dream, regardless of its scope, will breed unimaginable loyalty. Managers, supervisors, presidents and business owners cannot afford to not read this book. A manager can implement this plan even if the entire organization is not involved.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

    Re think your Corporate Culture

    The Dream Manager gave me a new perspective on leading my team more effectively because I now think of each person more personally, how their job is just a means to the end of what they are dreaming about personally. I have given this book to several CEO's of larger companies in hopes that they will rethink their corporate culture to become more employee focused.

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