9780132763578

Do the Right Thing How Dedicated Employees Create Loyal Customers and Large Profits (paperback)

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    9780132763578

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    0132763575

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/29/2007
  • Publisher: FT Press

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Summary

The #1 Principle of Sustainable Business Success Is Simpler Than You Think á ; Do the Right Thingis about how any company can stay true to its soul. Jim Parker's deep and abiding belief in the power of people and culture in building a business of lasting worth is evident everywhere; so too is his humility and selflessness as a leader--his stories are not about his own achievements, which are many, but those of the people he led, one of the great success stories of our time. ; --Sean Moriarty, CEO, Ticketmaster á ; Do the Right Thingoffers insightful views into the culture, leadership, and decisions that build great companies the right way. A must read for my management team. THIS BOOK ROCKS. ; --Kent Taylor, Founder and Chairman, Texas Roadhouse Restaurants á ;The book is a fun read filled with memorable stories that get at the heart of what it takes to lead in a way that simultaneously satisfies employees, customers, and shareholders. Jim Parker plays the role of eloquent detective and ferrets out the interweaving parts that distributed leadership, culture, values, and teamwork play as the underlying layers of a company's success. This is a book about heroes at all levels and the environment needed to create those heroes. A must-read for today's leaders. ; --Professor Deborah Ancona, Seley Distinguished Professor of Management and Faculty Director of the MIT Leadership Center, Sloan School of Management á ;You'll laugh and cry reading Jim's book, and probably won't be able to put it down. It will forever change the way you view the employees in your organization. ; --Beverly K. Carmichael, Member, Board of Directors, Society for Human Resource Management á People matter most. Youknow that. But most companies would rather slash costs, cut headcount, replace well-paid employees with lower-paid employees or outsourced workers, and reduce customer service. No wonder so many fail ;while others focused on doing the right thing remain profitable and growth oriented for decades. James F. Parker shows why ;doing the right thing ; isn't just na´ve ;feel-goodism: ; it's the most powerful rule for business success. Parker's stories won't just convince you: They'll moveyou. Na´ve? No way. In this book, Southwest Airlines' former CEO proves why doing what's right is the #1 rule of business success. James F. Parker tells how after 9/11, Southwest made three pivotal decisions: no layoffs, no pay cuts, and no-hassle refunds for any customer wanting them. The result: Southwest remained profitable and its revenue passenger miles for 4Q01 held steady while the rest of its industry nearly collapsed...and Southwest's market cap soon exceeded all its major competitors combined.áThese pivotal decisions grew naturally from Southwest's culture of mutual respect and trust. Parker offers deeply personal insights into that culture, revealing how those same principles are used by other people and organizations, showing you that it's really not that hard to Do The Right Thing! Why doing what's right is the surest way to optimize and sustain value Putting people first...honestly, for real Finding great leaders at every level of the organization Hiring for attitude, training for skills Achieving unprecedented levels of teamwork (and fun!)

Author Biography

James F. Parker served as CEO and vice chairman of the board of Southwest Airlines from June 2001 through July 2004, three of the airline industry’s most challenging years. During Parker’s tenure as CEO, Southwest Airlines was named one of America’s three most admired companies, one of America’s 100 best corporate citizens, one of the world’s most socially responsible companies, and worldwide airline of the year. Parker’s proudest accomplishment, however, comes from the fact that Southwest was the only major airline to protect the jobs of all its employees, while also remaining profitable after 9/11. He is a member of the MIT Leadership Center Advisory Council at the MIT Sloan School of Management. A lawyer by trade, he spent fifteen years as General Counsel of Southwest Airlines before being selected to lead the company. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Texas Roadhouse, Inc.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi

About the Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . viii

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Chapter 1 Stumbling into the Business World . . . 5

Chapter 2 9/11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Chapter 3 The Question Was Answered… . . . . . 17

Chapter 4 …But I Don’t Want to Be a Corporate Bureaucrat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Chapter 5 Getting Off the Ground . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Chapter 6 The Ten-Minute Turnaround . . . . . . . 39

Chapter 7 The Great Texas Whiskey War . . . . . . 47

Chapter 8 I Just Couldn’t Resist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Chapter 9 Some of the Obvious Things I Learned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Chapter 10 We’re in What Kind of Business? . . . 65

Chapter 11 With a Little Help from Our Competitors… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Chapter 12 Leaders Are Everywhere . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Chapter 13 Great Organizations Have Great Leaders at Every Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Chapter 14 In Case You Didn’t Get It… Great Organizations Have Great Leaders at Every Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Chapter 15 Great Leaders Make the People Around Them Better . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

Chapter 16 People Recognize a Phony . . . . . . . . . . 97

Chapter 17 People Follow a Leader They Trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

Chapter 18 Who Wants the “Best” People? . . . . 105

Chapter 19 Looking for the Right People . . . . . . 109

Chapter 20 Interview for Attitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Chapter 21 Attitudes Also Matter at 30,000 Feet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

Chapter 22 Everybody Remembers Their Interview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Chapter 23 Every Job Affects Others . . . . . . . . . . 131

Chapter 24 People Need to Understand Their Mission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

Chapter 25 Shared Goals, Shared Knowledge, and Mutual Respect = A Shared Mission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

Chapter 26 Do People Think Like Employees or Owners? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151

Chapter 27 Making Employees Owners . . . . . . . 155

Chapter 28 A Sense of Ownership . . . . . . . . . . . . 163

Chapter 29 Make Work Fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

Chapter 30 Build a Customer Service Culture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173

Chapter 31 Everything He Did Was So I Could Come to Work… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

Chapter 32 Fun Can Have a Purpose . . . . . . . . . . 181

Chapter 33 Celebrate Success and Achievement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187

Chapter 34 Creating Entrepreneurs . . . . . . . . . . . 189

Chapter 35 Encourage Unconventional Thinking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197

Chapter 36 Suggestion Boxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207

Chapter 37 Many Roads Lead to the Promised Land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209

Chapter 38 Define the Right Goals and Give People Room to Succeed . . . . . . . . . . 215

Chapter 39 The Two-Minute Drill . . . . . . . . . . . . 219

Chapter 40 Give People Something to Believe In--Define a Grand Mission . . . . . . . 225

Chapter 41 Create a Culture in Which People Want to Do the Right Things . . . . . . 229

Chapter 42 It’s a Family Affair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233

Chapter 43 The Tactics of Success May Vary, but the Principles Are Constant . . . . 239

Chapter 44 Be Yourself and Have Some Fun . . . 247

Chapter 45 It’s a Round World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255

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