How Managers Can Motivate by Creating Meaning

Author: Scott Mautz

Publisher: AMACOM

ISBN: 0814436188

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 4629

How many people find a sense of purpose in their jobs? Unfortunately, studies show that most do not. Their bodies may put in long hours, but their hearts and minds never punch in. And that's a terrible dilemma for organizations trying to motivate their workforces to do more with less. Make It Matter is the antidote to crisis levels of disengagement. This upbeat, original book shows how meaning-rich workplaces connect, inspire, and catapult employees into new realms of productivity and well-being. Not only does the book make a convincing case for change, it also explains how to become the kind of business where people love to work, and the kind of manager people love to work for. Insightful research findings, stories, and guidelines help readers create: Direction: reframing work to add meaning Discovery: offering challenges and thoughtful opportunities to learn and grow Devotion: cultivating an authentic, caring culture, free from corrosive behaviors When people feel that they matter, they give their all. Channel that power and everyone profits.
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The Surprising Secret for Leading Digital Transformation

Author: Patricia Lynn McMillan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780994493507

Category: Computers

Page: 118

View: 2752

This book will show you the simple, surprising secret for how to build trust, engage your whole team in your strategy, know your customers and inspire meaningful change, so you can help your organisation thrive through digital transformation. The secret is to make it matter, to bring more meaning to the work--for yourself, for your team, and for your customers. Since before recorded history, people have used stories to uncover and shape meaning in their lives. This book will help you unlock the stories that show who you are, who you serve, where you're going, and where you've been. Paradoxically, as the world becomes more digital and automated, we create the greatest value by being more human. It's time to get personal about work.
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How to say it, mean it, and make it matter

Author: Emma Ledden

Publisher: Pearson UK

ISBN: 1292063238

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 216

View: 5799

'A must read for any aspiring executives looking to improve their professional communication skills.' Gordon Tobin, Head of Global Sales University, LinkedIn ‘Insightful, practical and easy to follow. This leads the charge on how to communicate effectively.’ Mairead Fleming, Managing Director, Brightwater Recruitment Specialists ‘Be the best you can be in communicating effectively with your audience. The three-step approach in preparation before you speak is at the heart of it all.’ Michael McDonnell, MBA Programme Manager, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Effective communication is too vital for you to leave to chance. Make sure what you’re saying is simple, clear, compelling and gets results. The Communication Book is your straightforward, practical and expert guide to the secrets of great communication for all the important scenarios you face in business today. With Emma Ledden’s expert help, quick tips and proven three-step visual approach, you’ll learn how to: Plan and prepare – focus on what you want to say and how you’re going to say it. Know yourself – understand what you want, how to get there and how to know when you’ve succeeded. Know your listener – understand what they want, what they’re thinking and how they will feel about what you’ve got to say. Keep in control – learn the secrets to staying on track, feeling confident and managing your reactions. Learn to communicate like a pro so you can instantly connect, engage, influence and get the results you want.
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Ignite Your Inspiration--and Make Work Exciting Again

Author: Scott Mautz

Publisher: AMACOM

ISBN: 0814438237

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 243

View: 8961

Is the thrill gone? What to do when your mojo's missing at work . . . For many employees, feeling burned out and uninspired is nothing new. But going through the motions impairs more than just work performance-it affects your well-being. Wouldn't it be better to feel as engaged and energized as you were on day one? Fortunately, everyone has the ability to rekindle inspiration. The key is to quit waiting for it to happen and take control of the process yourself. Whether you're wrestling with fear, disconnectedness, boredom, lack of creative outlets, overwhelm, or other issues, Find the Fire helps shake off the malaise and dial up the motivation. Packed with insights, exercises, inspiring stories, checklists, and more, this potent self-help guide identifies nine forces that drain inspiration and delivers tips and advice for turning things around, including how to: Start learning and growing again * Reconnect with coworkers and your boss * Stop procrastinating * Empower yourself * Stay in control during tough times * Overcome fear and embrace risk * Produce work you're proud of * Boost your self-confidence and personal presence * Leave your mark * And more Instead of asking what inspires you, the deeper question is, how did you lose inspiration in the first place? Learn to find it again-and fuel greater fulfillment and success.
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A Roadmpap for Living a Life of Purpose

Author: Kris Reece

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780996517232

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 1354

Combining the practical with the spiritual, Kris Reece guides you through discovering who you are, developing the skills and traits you need, and designing a plan to launch you into your destiny.If you are longing to take control of your life and make it what God intends it to be, you're ready to Make it Matter.
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Taking Control of Your Life and Making It Matter

Author: Melody Beattie

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061741256

Category: Self-Help

Page: 272

View: 6879

“Melody Beattie gives you the tools to discover the magnificence and splendor of your being.” — Deepak Chopra, author of Jesus and Buddha “Beattie understands being overboard, which helps her throw bestselling lifelines to those still adrift.” — Time magazine From the New York Times bestselling author of Codependent No More, The Language of Letting Go, Finding Your Way Home, Journey to the Heart, and Stop Being Mean to Yourself, comes Choices: powerful wisdom and insight about how to make the best choices in our lives from the author who revolutionized how we look at relationships.
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Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage

Author: Nicholas G. Carr

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 1422129527

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 193

View: 5812

Over the last decade, and even since the bursting of the technology bubble, pundits, consultants, and thought leaders have argued that information technology provides the edge necessary for business success. IT expert Nicholas G. Carr offers a radically different view in this eloquent and explosive book. As IT's power and presence have grown, he argues, its strategic relevance has actually decreased. IT has been transformed from a source of advantage into a commoditized "cost of doing business"--with huge implications for business management. Expanding on Carr's seminal Harvard Business Review article that generated a storm of controversy, Does IT Matter? provides a truly compelling--and unsettling--account of IT's changing business role and its leveling influence on competition. Through astute analysis of historical and contemporary examples, Carr shows that the evolution of IT closely parallels that of earlier technologies such as railroads and electric power. He goes on to lay out a new agenda for IT management, stressing cost control and risk management over innovation and investment. And he examines the broader implications for business strategy and organization as well as for the technology industry. A frame-changing statement on one of the most important business phenomena of our time, Does IT Matter? marks a crucial milepost in the debate about IT's future. An acclaimed business writer and thinker, Nicholas G. Carr is a former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review.
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Author: Blake Mycoskie

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

ISBN: 0679603522

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 5378

The incredible story of the man behind TOMS Shoes and One for One, the revolutionary business model that marries fun, profit, and social good. “A creative and open-hearted business model for our times.”—The Wall Street Journal Why this book is for you: • You’re ready to make a difference in the world—through your own start-up business, a nonprofit organization, or a new project that you create within your current job. • You want to love your work, work for what you love, and have a positive impact on the world—all at the same time. • You’re inspired by charity: water, method, and FEED Projects and want to learn how these organizations got their start. • You’re curious about how someone who never made a pair of shoes, attended fashion school, or worked in retail created one of the fastest-growing footwear companies in the world by giving shoes away. • You’re looking for a new model of success to share with your children, students, co-workers, and members of your community. You’re ready to start something that matters.
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The Education of a Craftsman

Author: Peter Korn

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9781784705060

Category:

Page: 192

View: 1583

Why do we make things? Why do we choose the emotionally and physically demanding work of bringing new objects into the world with creativity and skill? Why does it matter that we make things well? What is the nature of work? And what is the nature of a good life? Part memoir, part polemic, part philosophical reflection, this is a book about the process of creation and what it means to be a craftsman in a mass-produced world. For woodworker Peter Korn, the challenging work of bringing something new and meaningful into the world through oneâe(tm)s own efforts is exactly what generates authenticity, meaning, and fulfilment, for which many of us yearn. This is not a âe~how-toâe(tm) book in any sense, Korn wants to get at the âe~whyâe(tm) of craft in particular, and the satisfaction of creative work in general, to understand its essential nature. How does the making of objects shape our identities? How do the products of creative work inform society? In short, what does the process of making things reveal to us about ourselves? Korn draws on four decades of hands-on experience to answer these questions eloquently in this heartfelt, personal and revealing book.
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A Memoir Writing Workbook

Author: Beth Kephart

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781546819493

Category: Authorship

Page: 210

View: 1702

What are we supposed to do with that lovely, infuriating, instigating, mischievous blank page? Who are we, when we're being uncommonly honest? Where do we stand, in the landscape of truth? How do we discover and profess the story of our life when lives are such strange and messy things? Frankly, why bother? In Tell the Truth. Make It Matter., a one-of-a-kind memoir workbook, Beth Kephart offers an insider's look at the making of true tales--and an illustrated workbook to guide the wild ride. Combining smartly selected samples with abundantly fresh ideas, dozens of original exercises with cautions, questions with answers, Kephart inspires, encourages, and persistently believes in those with a story to tell. Write this, the workbook says. Read this. Consider this. Discover who you are. Have some honest fun with words. Truth could not come from a more authoritative source--Beth Kephart, who, as an award-winning writer of 22 books, an award-winning teacher at the University of Pennsylvania, a winner of the 2013 Books for a Better Life Award (motivational category) for Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir, a nationally renowned speaker, and a partner in Juncture Writing Workshops, has mastered the art of leading readers and writers toward the stories of themselves. Truth should find a home among high school teachers, college professors, workshop leaders, autodidacts, secret writers and public ones. It is the perfect (graduation, birthday, holiday, friendship) gift--to others, and to oneself.
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How Great Design Will Make People Love Your Company

Author: Robert Brunner,Stewart Emery,Russ Hall

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 9780132703758

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 7296

“Definitely, a game changer! Design experience is the power shift to our era what mass marketing was to the last century.” John Sculley former CEO, Pepsi and Apple “Great design is about creating a deep relationship with your customers. If you don’t, you’re roadkill. This book shows you how and much, much more. Be prepared to have your mind blown.” Bill Burnett Executive Director, Design Program, Stanford University “Design is the last great differentiator, and yet so few really understand it. Do You Matter? offers a marvelous series of direct, in-your-face observations and drives home the means to an absolutely integrated design strategy.” Ray Riley Design GM, Entertainment and Devices, Microsoft “This book will challenge you to ask and answer what arguably are the most important questions an executive can ponder today. So open up.” Noah Kerner CEO, Noise and coauthor, Chasing Cool More and more companies are coming to understand the competitive advantage offered by outstanding design. With this, you can create products, services, and experiences that truly matter to your customers' lives and thereby drive powerful, sustainable improvements in business performance. But delivering great designs is not easy. Many companies accomplish it once, or twice; few do it consistently. The secret: building a truly design-driven business, in which design is central to everything you do. Do You Matter? shows how to do precisely that. Legendary industrial designer Robert Brunner (who laid the groundwork for Apple's brilliant design language) and Stewart Emery (Success Built to Last) begin by making an incontrovertible case for the power of design in making emotional connections, deepening relationships, and strengthening brands. You'll learn what it really means to be "design-driven" and how that translates into action at Nike, Apple, BMW and IKEA. You'll learn design-driven techniques for managing your entire experience chain; define effective design strategies and languages; and learn how to manage design from the top, encouraging "risky" design innovations that lead to entirely new markets. The authors show how (and how not) to use research; how to extend design values into marketing, manufacturing, and beyond; and how to keep building on your progress, truly "baking" design into all your processes and culture.
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Why It Matters

Author: Dan Fox

Publisher: Coffee House Press

ISBN: 156689428X

Category: Art

Page: 144

View: 9059

Pretentiousness is the engine oil of culture; the essential lubricant in the development of all arts, high, low, or middle.
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What the Post-9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership

Author: Martin Dempsey,Ori Brafman

Publisher: Tom Rath

ISBN: 1939714125

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

View: 7104

A WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLING BOOK NAMED BY THE WASHINGTON POST AS ONE OF THE 11 LEADERSHIP BOOKS TO READ IN 2018 Radical Inclusion: What the Post-9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership examines today’s leadership landscape and describes the change it demands of leaders. Dempsey and Brafman persuasively explain that today’s leaders are in competition for the trust and confidence of those they lead more than ever before. They assert that the nature of power is changing and should not be measured by degree of control alone. They offer principles for adaptation and bring them to life with examples from business, academia, government, and the military. In building their argument, Dempsey and Brafman introduce several concepts that illuminate both the vulnerability and the opportunity in leading today: Radical Inclusion. Fear of losing control in our fast-paced, complex, highly scrutinized environment is pushing us toward exclusion―exactly the wrong direction. Leaders should instead develop an instinct for inclusion. The word “radical” emphasizes the urgency of doing so. The Era of the Digital Echo. The speed and accessibility of information create “digital echoes” that make facts vulnerable, eroding the trust between leader and follower. Relinquishing Control to Preserve Power. Power and control once went hand in hand, but no longer. In today’s environment, control is seductive but unlikely to produce optimum, affordable, sustainable solutions. Leaders must relinquish and share control to build and preserve power. The principles discussed in Radical Inclusion are memorable and the book is full of engaging stories. From a young vegan’s confrontation with opponents in Berkeley to a young lieutenant’s surprising visitor during the Cold War, from a reflection on the significance of Burning Man to a discussion of challenges faced in the Situation Room, Radical Inclusion will provide you with leadership tools to address real leadership challenges.
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The Difference and Why It Matters

Author: Richard P. Rumelt

Publisher: Crown Pub

ISBN: 0307886239

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 322

View: 4415

Argues that a manager's central responsibility is to create and implement strategies, challenges popular motivational practices, and shares anecdotes discussing how to enable action-oriented plans for real-world results.
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How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most

Author: Steven Johnson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0525534709

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 1092

The hardest choices are also the most consequential. So why do we know so little about how to get them right? Big, life-altering decisions matter so much more than the decisions we make every day, and they're also the most difficult: where to live, whom to marry, what to believe, whether to start a company, how to end a war. There's no one-size-fits-all approach for addressing these kinds of conundrums. Steven Johnson's classic Where Good Ideas Come From inspired creative people all over the world with new ways of thinking about innovation. In Farsighted, he uncovers powerful tools for honing the important skill of complex decision-making. While you can't model a once-in-a-lifetime choice, you can model the deliberative tactics of expert decision-makers. These experts aren't just the master strategists running major companies or negotiating high-level diplomacy. They're the novelists who draw out the complexity of their characters' inner lives, the city officials who secure long-term water supplies, and the scientists who reckon with future challenges most of us haven't even imagined. The smartest decision-makers don't go with their guts. Their success relies on having a future-oriented approach and the ability to consider all their options in a creative, productive way. Through compelling stories that reveal surprising insights, Johnson explains how we can most effectively approach the choices that can chart the course of a life, an organization, or a civilization. Farsighted will help you imagine your possible futures and appreciate the subtle intelligence of the choices that shaped our broader social history.
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How to Focus on What Matters Every Day

Author: Jake Knapp,John Zeratsky

Publisher: Currency

ISBN: 0525572430

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 595

"A charming manifesto—as well as an intrepid do-it-yourself guide to building smart habits that stick. If you want to achieve more (without going nuts), read this book."—Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better From the New York Times bestselling authors of Sprint, a simple 4-step system for improving focus, finding greater joy in your work, and getting more out of every day. Nobody ever looked at an empty calendar and said, "The best way to spend this time is by cramming it full of meetings!" or got to work in the morning and thought, Today I'll spend hours on Facebook! Yet that's exactly what we do. Why? In a world where information refreshes endlessly and the workday feels like a race to react to other people's priorities faster, frazzled and distracted has become our default position. But what if the exhaustion of constant busyness wasn't mandatory? What if you could step off the hamster wheel and start taking control of your time and attention? That's what this book is about. As creators of Google Ventures' renowned "design sprint," Jake and John have helped hundreds of teams solve important problems by changing how they work. Building on the success of these sprints and their experience designing ubiquitous tech products from Gmail to YouTube, they spent years experimenting with their own habits and routines, looking for ways to help people optimize their energy, focus, and time. Now they've packaged the most effective tactics into a four-step daily framework that anyone can use to systematically design their days. Make Time is not a one-size-fits-all formula. Instead, it offers a customizable menu of bite-size tips and strategies that can be tailored to individual habits and lifestyles. Make Time isn't about productivity, or checking off more to-dos. Nor does it propose unrealistic solutions like throwing out your smartphone or swearing off social media. Making time isn't about radically overhauling your lifestyle; it's about making small shifts in your environment to liberate yourself from constant busyness and distraction. A must-read for anyone who has ever thought, If only there were more hours in the day..., Make Time will help you stop passively reacting to the demands of the modern world and start intentionally making time for the things that matter.
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A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle

Author: Jeff Flake

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 039959292X

Category: Political Science

Page: 160

View: 8202

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A thoughtful defense of traditional conservatism and a thorough assault on the way Donald Trump is betraying it.”—David Brooks, in his New York Times column In a bold act of conscience, Republican Senator Jeff Flake takes his party to task for embracing nationalism, populism, xenophobia, and the anomalous Trump presidency. The book is an urgent call for a return to bedrock conservative principle and a cry to once again put country before party. Dear Reader, I am a conservative. I believe that there are limits to what government can and should do, that there are some problems that government cannot solve, and that human initiative is best when left unfettered, free from government interference or coercion. I believe that these ideas, tested by time, offer the most freedom and best outcomes in the lives of the most people. But today, the American conservative movement has lost its way. Given the state of our politics, it is no exaggeration to say that this is an urgent matter. The Republican party used to play to a broader audience, one that demanded that we accomplish something. But in this era of dysfunction, our primary accomplishment has been constructing the argument that we’re not to blame. We have decided that it is better to build and maintain a majority by using the levers of power rather than the art of persuasion and the battle of ideas. We’ve decided that putting party over country is okay. There are many on both sides of the aisle who think this a good model on which to build a political career—destroying, not building. And all the while, our country burns, our institutions are undermined, and our values are compromised. We have become so estranged from our principles that we no longer know what principle is. America is not just a collection of transactions. America is also a collection of ideas and values. And these are our values. These are our principles. They are not subject to change, owing to political fashion or cult of personality. I believe that we desperately need to get back to the rigorous, fact-based arguments that made us conservatives in the first place. We need to realize that the stakes are simply too high to remain silent and fall in line. That is why I have written this book and am taking this stand. —Jeff Flake
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A practical guide to knowing what you want and making it happen ... NOW

Author: Shelley Brunskill-Matson

Publisher: Exisle Publishing

ISBN: 1775592057

Category: Self-Help

Page: 168

View: 1114

This has a voice like no other book – talking in well-travelled areas in a completely dynamic new way. Shelley cuts out the routine self-help processes and with full force sincerity offers something that really works. Shelley challenges readers to be honest about where they are in life, and what’s really stopping them from living the lives they want (fear!). Do you want action? If so this is for you. Top life coach with psychology training, Shelley gets results – are you up for it? You may not be able to meet her one-on-one but working through the book ensures positive change. You have to go to work here, with checklists and questions to work through. You are shown how to produce written responses, which are really going to help you move forward. Shelley enables you to decide and work out what you want in life (and there is a five-step interactive plan for that), and how to stop wasting time waiting and to make it happen. Practical, immediate, lucid and fun this little book carries a life-changing punch above its weight, with distilled wisdom and new zing to get you your own kick-arse life without fear. What’s new here is the interactive nature of the book, the crossover from experienced one-on-one coaching into a book that delivers results and its own unique whizz and chutzpah.
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The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters

Author: Tom Nichols

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190469439

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 4572

People are now exposed to more information than ever before, provided both by technology and by increasing access to every level of education. These societal gains, however, have also helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitarianism that has crippled informed debates on any number of issues. Today, everyone knows everything: with only a quick trip through WebMD or Wikipedia, average citizens believe themselves to be on an equal intellectual footing with doctors and diplomats. All voices, even the most ridiculous, demand to be taken with equal seriousness, and any claim to the contrary is dismissed as undemocratic elitism. As Tom Nichols shows in The Death of Expertise, this rejection of experts has occurred for many reasons, including the openness of the internet, the emergence of a customer satisfaction model in higher education, and the transformation of the news industry into a 24-hour entertainment machine. Paradoxically, the increasingly democratic dissemination of information, rather than producing an educated public, has instead created an army of ill-informed and angry citizens who denounce intellectual achievement. Nichols has deeper concerns than the current rejection of expertise and learning, noting that when ordinary citizens believe that no one knows more than anyone else, democratic institutions themselves are in danger of falling either to populism or to technocracy-or in the worst case, a combination of both. The Death of Expertise is not only an exploration of a dangerous phenomenon but also a warning about the stability and survival of modern democracy in the Information Age.
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