The Invisible Employee: Realizing the Hidden Potential in Everyone

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Most employees feel invisible to their leadership—and many times prefer to stay hidden in the corporate shadow lands. The Invisible Employee, part fable, part business advice, teaches managers how to actively engage employees, and find the way to bring out the best in them. This book focuses on how managers can lead people from obscurity to achievement and take companies from ordinary to extraordinary by something as simple as setting a guiding vision, providing rewarding work, ...
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Overview

Most employees feel invisible to their leadership—and many times prefer to stay hidden in the corporate shadow lands. The Invisible Employee, part fable, part business advice, teaches managers how to actively engage employees, and find the way to bring out the best in them. This book focuses on how managers can lead people from obscurity to achievement and take companies from ordinary to extraordinary by something as simple as setting a guiding vision, providing rewarding work, and then recognizing the right behaviors.

Like other bestselling business fables, The Invisible Employee combines a good yarn with great business advice and practical guidance for managers. Following a group of people as they attempt to live and work together on a mysterious island, the book combats one of the most common negative attitudes in business—that smart employees should keep quiet, keep their heads down, and try not to draw attention to themselves. The Invisible Employee argues that this attitude undermines our efforts at building great companies and that effective leaders can break their employees of this negative attitude.

The Invisible Employee guides management to learn to engage their staff by setting a clear guiding vision, recognizing the strengths in their employees, and providing a sense of visibility and connection to corporate values and goals. In short, employees feel invisible to corporate leadership because leadership allows them to. This book shows managers how to get involved and lead their people from obscurity to achievement-and reap the rewards across their entire organization.

Most employees feel invisible to their leadership--and many times prefer to stay hidden in the corporate shadow lands. Part fable, part business advice, this work teaches managers how to actively engage employees, and find the way to bring out the best in them. Unabridged. 3 CDs.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This book has a simple message: praising employees is the "single business strategy" that meets "all your business objectives simultaneously." Praising employees generates commitment, which leads to high-level performance, which causes customer and investor loyalty, it argues. The authors' point is illustrated through a long, tedious fable about a tribe of "Highlanders" who are showered with gems by a tribe of "Wurc-Urs," until, that is, the Wurc-Urs start to disappear because they're so frustrated by the lack of praise. The book contains a list of 70 ways to recognize employees (buy them a garden statue, write them a funny song, etc.), as well as a few bits of more journalistic evidence (brief accounts of business studies, a story from the Wall Street Journal about an employee who quit when his employer gave him a gold Rolex without offering to pay the income tax on the gift, etc.). Savvy managers are unlikely to buy into the idea that lavish praise is all it takes to generate profits and make the stock price go up, but the book may provide them with a few new ideas for how to make their employees feel appreciated. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Soundview Executive Book Summaries
In The Invisible Employee, bestselling authors Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton describe the phenomenon of the employee who feels overlooked and underappreciated. They explain that the repercussions of breeding this type of employee can create negative mindsets that lead to the spread of unproductive behavior throughout the organization. The Invisible Employee shows managers how to engage their people in their cause and find ways to bring out their best by setting clear goals and celebrating every success. Copyright © 2006 Soundview Executive Book Summaries
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400132225
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Gostick, an award-winning business author, is coauthor, with Chester Elton, of the Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek bestseller A Carrot a Day.

Alan Sklar is the winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards and a multiple finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award. Named a Best Voice of 2009 by AudioFile magazine, his work has twice earned him a Booklist Editors' Choice Award, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and Audiobook of the Year by ForeWord magazine.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

CHAPTER ONE: Invisible People.

CHAPTER TWO: Blink Outs.

CHAPTER THREE: The See-er.

CHAPTER FOUR: Recognizing.

CHAPTER FIVE: Visible Results.

CHAPTER SIX: Blink Backs.

CONCLUSION: Succeed!

Notes.

About the Authors.

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