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

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 5/31/2010
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill

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THE NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER!Before you ask, "Why aren't my employees working harder?" . . . ask yourself,"Why are my employees working?"PRAISE FORTHE WHY OF WORK:"This book may well be held up as a game-changer in the world of work." --Edgemagazine/International Leadership and Management"Will help managers create a sense of purpose among employees, motivating them and inspiring them to break out to do more."-- Publishers Weekly"Principled, timely, and engaging,The Why of Workteaches that building a culture of abundance andcommon purpose is essential to organizational success."-- Stephen R. Covey, bestselling author of7 Habits of Highly Effective People"Will have a major impact on how individuals shape their attitude to work, how organizations create abundant cultures, and how leaders turn personal meaning into public good."-- Jigmi Y. Thinley, Prime Minister of Bhutan"The Why of Workshows a better, different way to build and lead organizations. It is an insightful guide to how leaders can infuse meaning into their organizations."-- Jeffrey Pfeffer, Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business and author ofPower: Why Some People Have Itand Others Don't"This book brings the question 'why' to the place in which we spend most of our adult lives, giving usinsightful tools to help make a meaningful difference in people's lives."-- Don Hall, Jr., president and CEO, Hallmark Cards, Inc."This is a must read for anyone who works, leads others at work, or works to build a supportive environment."-- Beverly Kaye, founder/CEO, Career Systems International, and coauthor ofLove 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay"Breaks new ground . . . . Going beyond competence and commitment to create abundance at work could be the next frontier for leaders."-- Paul Humphries, EVP Human Resources, Flextronics"The Why of Workopens the door to significant employee engagement. The alignment between company values and those of customers and communities can indeed give employees a sense of purpose while delivering great results to customers!"-- Paula S. Larson, Chief HR Officer, Invesys"Blackstone has proved that finding superior leaders produces superior results. Dave Ulrich has brought this thinking to a new level at Blackstone. Every private equity investor and senior manager must read this book."-- James Quella, Senior Operating Partner, The Blackstone GroupAccording to studies, we all work for the same thing--and it's not just money. It's meaning. Through our work, we seek a sense of purpose, contribution, connection, value, and hope. Digging down to the meaning of work taps our resilience in hard times and our passion in good times.That's the simple but profound premise behind this groundbreaking book by renowned management expert Dave Ulrich and psychologist Wendy Ulrich. They've talked to thousands of people--from rank-and-file workers to clients and customers to top-level executives--and synthesized major disciplines to identify the "why" behind our mostsuccessful experiences.Using the model of the "abundant organization," they provide you with the "how" to create meaning and value in your own workplace. Learn how to: Ask the seven questions that drive abundance Understand the needs of your customers and staff Personalize the work to motivate your employees Build and grow your business in any economyBy following the Ulrichs' step-by-step guidelines, you will set off a chain reaction of positive and enduring effects. Employees who find meaning in their work are more competent, committed, and eager to contributeand their contribution will result in increased customer commitment, which delivers a winning performance on the bo

Author Biography

Dave Ulrich, Ph.d., is a professor of business at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and cofounder of The RBL Group. He has written 23 books that cover topics in HR, leadership, and organization; he serves on the Board of Directors for Herman Miller and the Board of Trustees of Southern Virginia University; and he is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.
Wendy Ulrich, Ph.d., M.B.A., has been a practicing psychologist for over 20 years. She is the founder of Sixteen Stones Center for Growth, which offers seminar-retreats on creating abundance and meaning, and she has authored two books on personal change.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Prefacep. ix
The Case for Meaningp. 1
The Making of Abundancep. 27
What Am I Known For? (Identity)p. 53
Where Am I Going? (Purpose and Motivation)p. 81
Whom Do I Travel With? (Relationships and Teams [Th]at Work)p. 103
How Do I Build a Positive Work Environment? (Effective Work Culture or Setting)p. 125
What Challenges Interest Me? (Personalized Contributions)p. 157
How Do I Respond to Disposability and Change? (Growth, Learning, and Resilience)p. 185
What Delights Me? (Civility and Happiness)p. 219
Implications for Executives, Human Resources, and Individualsp. 243
Appendix: Leadership Challenges and Actions as Meaning Makersp. 265
Notesp. 269
Indexp. 277
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