Treat People Right!: How Organizations and Individuals Can Propel Each Other into a Virtuous Spiral of Success

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One of the nation's leading management experts shows what it really takes to make a great organization-put people first
How do organizations move beyond merely acknowledging that "human capital" is their greatest asset, and actually implement practices that create true benefits for both employees and the organizations? In this book, Edward Lawler shows how companies can "treat people right" by doing more than simply ensuring good working conditions and good pay. He shows how to ...

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Overview

One of the nation's leading management experts shows what it really takes to make a great organization-put people first
How do organizations move beyond merely acknowledging that "human capital" is their greatest asset, and actually implement practices that create true benefits for both employees and the organizations? In this book, Edward Lawler shows how companies can "treat people right" by doing more than simply ensuring good working conditions and good pay. He shows how to build a special relationship between individuals and the organizations they work for-a relationship in which good performance at all levels of the organization pays off for both the company and the individual. The author details specific practices designed to keep employees satisfied but still motivated to continue improving their performance. These techniques include: developing a "brand" as an employer that attracts high achievers, selecting and developing the high achievers, crafting a leadership style that integrates and promotes these actions, and more. Lawler draws on examples from a wide range of companies such as Microsoft, Motorola, IBM, Ford, and others to show how these practices are already at work and successful in some of the world's most enduring organizations. Full of examples and a voice of true conviction, Treat People Right! is a must-have resource for anyone concerned about building and sustaining competitive advantage for the long term.
Edward E. Lawler (Beverly Hills, CA) was named one of the country's leading management experts by BusinessWeek magazine. He is the author of over thirty books, and his articles have appeared in Fortune, the Harvard Business Review, and other national publications. He is Director of the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California (USC) and Professor of Management and Organization in the USC Marshall School of Business.

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What People Are Saying

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"Ed Lawler is simply the best thinker about people in organizations today. His new book turns treating people right from magical and nice-to-do client'ss to a set of specific, research-based actions that leaders can take."
— Dave Ulrich, professor, University of Michigan

"Practical advice for everyone who manages anyone . . . from first-time supervisor to CEO."
— Bob Eckert, chairman and chief executive officer, MATTEL, INC.

"Treat People Right! Is essential reading for any senior executive who believes that great and committed people are the ultimate source of value creation for their business."
— Dennis Liberson, executive vice-president, human resources, Capital One Financial Corporation

"Treat people Right! puts forward the principles, practices, and responsibilities necessary to be successful in today's ever changing business world— whether you are a seasoned executive or a recently hired college graduate you must read it!"— Jim Madden, chairman, president, and CEO, Exult, Inc.

"Lawler's concept of 'virtuous spirals' is right on. His Seven Principles for Treating People Right and Creating a Virtuous Spiral are straight forward and obvious, but hard work. He clearly defines roles for both the organization and the people."
— Mel Haught, president and CEO, Pello Corporation

"If you care about how to attract, motivate, and maximize the potential of outstanding people, read this book!"
— Bruce Pasternack, senior vice president and founding partner, Organization and Strategic Leadership Center, Booz Allen Hamilton

"In the midst of all of the hype and psychobabble that fill bookstore shelves, Ed Lawler has done a fabulous job of brining solid rigorous thinking about people and organization into an accessible form."
— David A. Nadler, chairman, Mercer Delta Consulting, LLC.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787964788
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/7/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward E. Lawler III is director of the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California (USC) and distinguished professor of management and organization in the USC Marshall School of Business. Named one of the country's leading management experts by BusinessWeek magazine, he is the author or coauthor of more than thirty books including Corporate Boards, From the Ground Up, Organizing for High Performance, Rewarding Excellence, Tomorrow's Organization, and The Ultimate Advantage, all from Jossey-Bass. His writings have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and the Financial Times, as well as many academic journals.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Preface.

Part One: The New Relationship Between Organizations and Individuals.

1. Why Treating People Right Pays Off.

2. What Makes Organizations Effective.

3. What Makes People Effective.

Part Two: The Seven Principles of Treating People Right.

4. Attract and Keep the Right People.

5. Hire the Right People.

6. Develop People Right.

7. Design Work Right.

8. Establish the Right Goals.

9. Reward People Right.

10. Lead People Right.

Epilogue: Manage Change Right.

Notes.

The Author.

Index.

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