Lessons from the Hive: The Buzz on Surviving and Thriving in an Ever-Changing Workplace

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In this brilliant reimagining of the business-fable genre, bestselling author Charles Decker present immediately engaging characters undergoing the throes of organizational change.

Going through a company merger or buy-out creates new challenges for managers and employees alike, but this unique business fable offers real-world advice for coping and even prospering. Based on the true story of a candle-making company in New England, Lessons from the Hive is actually a ...

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Overview

In this brilliant reimagining of the business-fable genre, bestselling author Charles Decker present immediately engaging characters undergoing the throes of organizational change.

Going through a company merger or buy-out creates new challenges for managers and employees alike, but this unique business fable offers real-world advice for coping and even prospering. Based on the true story of a candle-making company in New England, Lessons from the Hive is actually a fictionalized look inside an organization, Bee Natural, Inc., as it deals with inevitable changes after its purchase by a consumer-products conglomerate.

Using a week-in-the-life approach, five major players in the organization are profiled, ranging from the recently installed tough CEO to a brand-new junior employee. The main character is a seasoned director of marketing who must face her own personal struggles with changes both at work and at home. Fast paced and entertaining, Decker's story parable is populated with likable, realistic characters who portray the tribulations and eventual success of a company enduring organizational change. Readers will learn:

* More positive ways of looking at changes within an organization.
* Less confrontational ways of dealing with conflicts at work.
* How to deal with fears of the unknown in a changing business environment.
* The importance of establishing trust in the workplace.
* How to deal with conflicting interpersonal relationships in a professional manner.

Well experienced in organizational development, training, and human resources management through his extensive business publishing background, Decker uses this business fable to demonstrate thattrust is a stronger force than fear and that organizational change can actually result in career opportunities rather than career demise.

Anyone involved in dealing with personal and professional transformation (and who isn't?) will find comfort in this delightful tale of a company dealing with the challenge of reinventing itself.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780793191864
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.38 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

1 For the sake of change 1
2 Wicks and sticks 15
3 As bees in honey drown 25
4 Loose cannons 37
5 Reimagining the future 47
6 Feelin' groovy 57
7 Refrigerator wisdom 65
8 New behavior 73
9 Show time 81
Epilogue : cleared for takeoff 89
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2004

    Really useful

    This book really opened my eyes about how my own attitude makes a difference in how things actually turn out. Just yesterday my supervisor called me in and she was really mad. I'm pretty new, got virtually no training, and am already dealing with substance-abuse patients directly. She said I was making all these mistakes, not keeping my distance from our clients, etc. I decided to take the lessons from this book and listen rather than become defensive, and it really helped. At the end of the conversation my boss even said she had been worried about having the talk with me and how well it had gone. I referred her to Lessons from the Hive.

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