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The Optimistic Workplace : Creating an Environment That Energizes Everyone

By: Murphy, Shawn.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: New York : AMACOM, 2015Description: 1 online resource (258 p.).ISBN: 9780814436202.Subject(s): Goal setting in personnel management | Performance standards | Work environmentGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Optimistic Workplace : Creating an Environment That Energizes EveryoneDDC classification: 658.3/12 LOC classification: HD7261 .M87 2015Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
COVER; TITLE; CONTENTS; FOREWORD; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION; CHAPTER 1: The Future of the Workplace; CHAPTER 2: Destructive Management; CHAPTER 3: The Power of Contagious Emotions; CHAPTER 4: The Downside of Optimism: Missteps and Excess; CHAPTER 5: Values-Based Leadership; CHAPTER 6: It All Starts with Purpose; CHAPTER 7: The Meaning Makers; CHAPTER 8: We Must Change the Way We Work; CHAPTER 9: Human-Centered Leadership; CHAPTER 10: Next Comes Trust: Creating Community; CHAPTER 11: The Cultivation of Optimism; AFTERWORD; APPENDIX 1: The Optimism Planner; APPENDIX 2: One-on-One Format
ENDNOTESINDEX; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z; ABOUT THE AUTHOR; FREE SAMPLE CHAPTER FROM MAKE IT MATTER BY SCOTT MAUTZ; COPYRIGHT
Summary: Supported by the latest research, this eye-opening book argues that our best work is the product of a positive environment. While you can't personally transform the corporate culture, you can influence the workplace climate and create meaningful and lasting change. Far from being a wish-upon-a-star discussion of workplace happiness, this book presents an array of surprisingly simple strategies as well as practical 30-, 60-, and 90-day plans designed to focus your actions and make employee optimism not just a worthy goal-but a real and measurable result.
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COVER; TITLE; CONTENTS; FOREWORD; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION; CHAPTER 1: The Future of the Workplace; CHAPTER 2: Destructive Management; CHAPTER 3: The Power of Contagious Emotions; CHAPTER 4: The Downside of Optimism: Missteps and Excess; CHAPTER 5: Values-Based Leadership; CHAPTER 6: It All Starts with Purpose; CHAPTER 7: The Meaning Makers; CHAPTER 8: We Must Change the Way We Work; CHAPTER 9: Human-Centered Leadership; CHAPTER 10: Next Comes Trust: Creating Community; CHAPTER 11: The Cultivation of Optimism; AFTERWORD; APPENDIX 1: The Optimism Planner; APPENDIX 2: One-on-One Format

ENDNOTESINDEX; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z; ABOUT THE AUTHOR; FREE SAMPLE CHAPTER FROM MAKE IT MATTER BY SCOTT MAUTZ; COPYRIGHT

Supported by the latest research, this eye-opening book argues that our best work is the product of a positive environment. While you can't personally transform the corporate culture, you can influence the workplace climate and create meaningful and lasting change. Far from being a wish-upon-a-star discussion of workplace happiness, this book presents an array of surprisingly simple strategies as well as practical 30-, 60-, and 90-day plans designed to focus your actions and make employee optimism not just a worthy goal-but a real and measurable result.

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Eschewing the "m" word (manager) in favor of "coach," "mentor," "leader," "guide," and "steward," and setting aside the quasi-military concept of command and control, Murphy sets traditional motivational and management theory on its ear. A consultant with decades of experience, the author is solidly in the camp of practitioners emphasizing the human side of organizations as a reliable path to higher motivation and greater innovation; this emphasis, he says, also means bottom-line benefits in enhanced productivity and profits. Urging departure from time-honored but ineffective financial motivators, Murphy advocates overlaying traditional management skills with the subtleties of stewardship behaviors, citing examples from businesses such as Luck Companies and Menlo Innovations. He convincingly argues for values-based leadership that taps into employees' desire to make a difference and to connect through work to some existential higher purpose-a powerful mindset for motivating the entire workforce and one expected by the younger contingent. This thesis echoes Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor in Primed To Perform, as does the focus on skills a leader must develop in order to move toward a positive environment aligning personal goals with organizational priorities. VERDICT Including the appendix's 12-week actionable plan for transitioning to an optimistic workplace, progressive managers will find this fascinating book an insightful basis for reexamining heirloom beliefs and evolving toward enlightened practices.-Elizabeth Wood, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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