The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations That Win

The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations That Win

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The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations That Win 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Brien_Convery More than 1 year ago
The IBM Competitive Edge Book Club, open to all Sales, Marketing, and Communication professionals at IBM, voted and selected "The Why of Work" as the Q3 2010 book selection. Overall feedback from the members was good. In the feedback from the members, we ask them the question - "What will you do differently in your job since your study of this book?" Some of the replies directly from the members included: - "This book gave some good insights of things to consider during the career planning process." - "I will incorporate some of the suggested techniques when trying to solicit input and motivate my coworkers and customers." - "For me, that will cause me to remember to think about my passions when I am doing career planning and focus on the quality of my networks at work." - "I have already incorporated the suggested exercises to a client meeting I am hosting on Friday!" - "Empathy toward teammates in work and interaction" I would like to personally thank Dave and Wendy for being apart of the IBM Competitive Edge Book Club experience and given our team a book that has real application for them at work and at home. Best Regards, Brien Convery IBM Business Operations Leader and Competitive Edge Book Club Leader
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The book is a great integration of many disciplines. It offers readers a glimpse into why meaning matters and into what meaning means in organizations. The ideas are applicable to all types of organizations ... large or small, public or private, global or domestic. Any leader will succeed in the future by doing more than actions and by creating emotions or meaning among their people. The tools in this work are specific and useful.
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RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Dave and Wendy Ulrich's book about abundance is itself an example of abundance. Dave, a business writer, and Wendy, a psychologist, sweep you up in a tide of leadership ideas, processes, quotations and stories that hammer home a thesis so right and true you might mistake it for common sense: Workers who care about their jobs and understand why they work will exceed your expectations and break the boundaries of their job descriptions. They will better serve customers who, in turn, will bind themselves to the thoughtful firm that produced such an enlightened staff. If this sounds like the yellow brick road, the authors cobble together ample gold paving stones to build a solid path toward fulfilling your firm's potential. They explain how every person and organization can change for the good, while earning a profit. Along with positive psychology and happiness research, you will find useful grids, summaries and assessment tools to help you shift staid cultures and motivate stale staffers. Some of the advice is soft and general; the authors acknowledge that they skim the surface of various disciplines. Yet when the Ulrichs become specific about how to build relationships or cultivate creativity, they show you concretely how to nurture a firm where business results and human development work together. getAbstract recommends this book to executives, managers and human resources personnel who hope to serve their customers and the world through deeper service to their employees. Read more about this book in the online summary: http://www.getabstract.com/summary/13569/the-why-of-work.html
XenophonHasapis More than 1 year ago
Just as its title suggests, this new book from Dave and Wendy Ulrich is full of questions. And I find that herein lays the beauty of the book. Dave is an expert management advisor, story-teller and teacher, with a rare grasp of the universal meaning of life and his feet firmly based on the ground. In his 20-plus books so far, he has taught us valuable, practical concepts concerning leadership and the management of people. I personally consider myself fortunate to have attended both Dave's public presentations in Athens, Greece. In "The why of Work", Dave is partnered by Wendy, an acclaimed practicing psychologist. And I suspect that Wendy has been instrumental in giving the book its questioning character. After all, a psychologist's prime duty is to come up with the right questions, and ask them in a way that helps the mind and soul flourish. There is an abundance of ideas about the meaning of work, which is the subject matter of this book. And there is much more. It takes a skilful duet, to present its teachings in the form of questions, without annoying the reader. No one better, than the Ulrichs. Could it be that they sense the topic of "abundance and meaning in working life" is a personal terrain, and they chose not to dictate? In any case, the reader benefits richly from immersing in the exercises and self-assessment tools that accompany each chapter. In doing so, you come away with not just a good understanding of the "why of work", but also many ideas that can help you help others give and get much more from it. Finally, if you admire Dave Ulrich, as much as I do, you must read the pages he talks about his late father. In this personal and unparalleled narrative, you will find the answers to what makes a man so kind, generous, and also passionate and inspiring, and yet so humble and grateful for the treasures life gives us every day.