Description : Engaging employees is an enormous challenge for companies and their leaders, costing employers hundreds of billions of dollars annually in lost productivity and crippling innovation. Often CEOs and business owners are aware of the problem yet can’t seem to increase the engagement levels of their employees. The Engaged Employee Blueprint offers an actionable framework that can be used by companies of any size to create the kind of workplace where employees can’t wait to come to work every day. The book includes six extended case studies from award-winning companies that solved common problems related to employee engagement and gained a competitive advantage by making workplace culture a top priority. Employee engagement is one of the most important strategic challenges that companies must overcome to remain competitive in the twenty-first century marketplace. The Engaged Employee Blueprint is the playbook that companies, business owners, and managers have been waiting for to help them build a thriving workplace culture.
Description : "If you think you know everything it takes to attain associate/employee engagement, put yourself to the test. This book provides a holistic approach to engagement that will create the competitive edge required to succeed in this economy." --Sharon S. Bilgischer, senior manager, logistics global talent, curriculum and documentation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. There is clear and mounting evidence that employee engagement keenly correlates to individual, group, and corporate performance in areas such as retention, productivity, customer service, and loyalty. This timely treatment provides a comprehensive framework, language, and process that genuinely connects "People" strategy with "Business" strategy. It offers a research-based blueprint for looking at employee engagement with the same regularity and importance as any other aspect of the organization.
Description : Blueprint for Building Community is a rare look at the career of a city manager. This career portrait is set in two Illinois communities - Park Forest and Woodridge - communities which hold high aspirations for their residents. City managers, partnering with elected leaders and citizens in these communities, have worked to fulfill those aspirations. This book highlights the values and relationships that must be cultivated by the city manager to successfully build community. Although the focus is on the role of the city manager, other key participants such as elected officials, citizens, and employees can gain from the insights. Community building requires connecting the key groups in the community to the mission and "sacred things" dear to residents. Harnessing the energy of all the players produces tremendous results. For the many people who worked to build Park Forest and Woodridge, and so many communities across this country, this book is a tribute to their efforts.--COVER.
Description : This is one of the most thoughtful books on branding I've come across. Most such books are either quickly-crafted "how-to" books or academic tomes over-burdened with references. This book is thoughtful because it raises questions which deal with the "why" rather than just "how" of branding. The reference to brutal truth as the truth which will set us free—to examine ourselves without self-illusions—is liberating. The notion that Asia has many good, but no great brands, is also not a put-down but a clarion call for Asian CEOs to rise to the challenge and create lasting, meaningful, committed brands. Ho Kwon Ping Chairman/CEO, Banyan Tree and Board of Trustees, SMU 2010 recipient of the "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the American Creativity Association A cold shower to wake people up. Joe Baladi's Brand Blueprint is a great tool for anyone involved in Sovereign Relationship Marketing or brand building anywhere. Timothy Love Vice Chairman Chief Executive Officer, Omnicom APIMA There are many books about branding but few address Asian companies directly. Joe Baladi has been one of the loudest voices to advocate strong branding practices to Asian companies determined to outperform their competitors. The Brutal Truth About Asian Branding is a timely book that all Asian CEOs with global aspirations should read. Richard Eu Group CEO, Eu Yan Sang International The Brutal Truth About Asian Branding is the first book that connects branding frameworks to the realities of operating in Asia. It offers a very straightforward perspective on the challenges Asian CEOs face as they build their businesses and their brands, and perhaps the most compelling part of the book is the passionate plea for how Asian CEOs should be thinking different about branding. In true Baladi style, it is straight from the heart. Maarten Kelder Managing Partner (Asia), Monitor Group A very interesting and valuable perspective on Asian branding... one that decision makers in the region should read and embrace. Well done Joe! Ron Sim Founder & CEO, OSIM International Brands mean Business, anywhere in the world! The focus on Asia, at this time, is natural since the developing nations of the region did so much to help the world recover from the global 2008 economic crisis. Baladi’s text is timely; it is thoughtful and thought-provoking; putting people and brands center stage with practical insights borne of his breadth of personal experience at the frontline. Chris D. Beaumont Professor, Tokyo University, Global Centre of Excellence Director, North Asia, Results International The brutal truth is that Joe Baladi is right. Asian CEOs must learn the brand skills used so successfully in the rest of the world. It will take a big change in mentality, but the rewards will be vast. This book is a great start to that revolution. Michael Newman Author, 22 Irrefutable Laws of Advertising
Description : When it comes to employee engagement, Timothy R. Clark goes where no one has gone before. One of today’s leading experts on the subject, Clark reveals that the business world has been focusing on only half the question—namely, the organization’s role in driving employee engagement. Clark points to the other interested party—the employee. Through extensive research, the author has discovered that approximately 75 percent of employees are not fully engaged with their work—a frighteningly high number with frighteningly dire consequences for both companies and individual employees. The Employee Engagement Mindset is a step-by-step guide to reversing this pattern, one employee at a time. Clark breaks it all down into six key behaviors: Connecting: Form solid relationships with coworkers and align your behavior to the organization’s culture and goals Shaping: Seize opportunities for tailoring experiences based on your personal preferences Learning: Take proactive measures to learn at or above the speed of change Stretching: Move out of your comfort zone and take calculated risks Achieving: Accomplish your goals Contributing: Make personal contributions that drive lasting positive change to others and to the company The Employee Engagement Mindset provides practical advice on how any employee can put him or herself on the fast track to true engagement using this six-part model. Simply put, every engaged employee is worth his or her weight in gold. Whether you’re in charge of driving employee engagement or feel the need to take personal responsibility for excelling at work, The Employee Engagement Mindset tells you everything you need to know. "Clark and his team discovered some surprising truths about highly engaged people that cross cultural, demographic, and industry lines. The Employee Engagement Mindset unlocks the door to our own personal and professional connectedness."—Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times bestsellers MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There "[The Employee Engagement Mindset ] lays out in clear, practical terms how highly engaged people think and what they do. I highly recommend it."—Vai Sikahema, NBC Philadelphia sports anchor and former NFL All-Pro, Philadelphia Eagles "[The Employee Engagement Mindset] captures the emerging search for meaning and purpose in organizations and offers fantastic concepts, tools, and examples of how to go beyond rhetoric to action and resolve."—Dave Ulrich, professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and partner, The RBL Group "There has been a lot written about employee engagement from the leader’s perspective. What excites me about The Employee Engagement Mindset is that it is written for employees. It offers a blueprint for high engagement that really works."—Patricia Longshore, vice president, Duke Corporate Education "The six drivers introduced in this book have the powerful capacity to enrich your life, no matter where you are on the engagement spectrum. Read this book—for both inspiration and practical strategies to supercharge your organization!"—Elliott Masie, chair, The Learning CONSORTIUM "Clark advances a well-considered approach to creating a culture of superior employee engagement. This is a worthy read for every aspiring leader."—Douglas R. Conant, former president and CEO, Campbell Soup Company and New York Times bestselling author of TouchPoints
Description : Are you ready to make your work just a little bit easier and a lot more enjoyable? Would you like to unleash the potential of the people in your team? Do you want to enhance your business goals of employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and profitability? Then this book is your blueprint to discovering, developing, and delivering on your strengths at work-those things you're good at and actually enjoy doing. With more than a decade of senior leadership experience in organizations around the world, best-selling author Michelle McQuaid and her colleague Erin Lawn share their combined knowledge of applied positive psychology in Your Strengths Blueprint: How to be Engaged, Energized, and Happy at Work, to guide readers on how developing strengths can improve your confidence, wellbeing, and performance at work. With one study finding that using your strengths can boost your happiness more than a $10,000 pay rise, this book will help you to: Explore tested tools to help you discover what your strengths are, including a detailed breakdown on how to use the twenty-four character strengths as outlined in the Values in Action (VIA) Survey at work. Create a step-by-step, busy-proof plan to put your strengths to work each day no matter what your job description says. Embed a strengths-based approach into your organization with templates for recruitment, performance management, and performance reviews. Now is the time to strive for a strengths-fueled future. Discover how to nurture your strengths and unleash your inner potential to find new and exciting pathways at work.
Description : 9/11 revealed serious public sector shortcomings in such areas as border security and immigration control, cybersecurity, and first responses to hostile acts. This book focuses on how to make government more effective, especially in our post-9/11 era of heightened concern for national and homeland security. "Meeting the Challenge of 9/11" is a top-to-bottom guidebook for improving government organization and performance. While it specifically addresses the key issues of homeland security (biodefense, border security, immigration control, and infrastructure protection), it has a broader agenda - the renewal of an effective, well-managed government. The chapter authors have extensive senior-level experience in managing government organizations or in analyzing government organization and management. Most are Fellows of the National Academy of Public Administration and active participants in NAPA's Standing Panel on Executive Organization and Management.
Description : In today's volatile and ambiguous world, organizations need to have the capacity and flexibility to respond rapidly to changes in their environment, both internally and externally. The key to retaining this competitive advantage is agility, a set of capabilities that help organizations adapt with the full co-operation of their employees. Packed with helpful checklists, tips and advice, The Agile Organization is a practical blueprint to building both agility and resilience at individual, team and organizational levels. This revised second edition of The Agile Organization contains a new chapter on the latest approaches to agile organization design in light of digitization and customer-centricity, as well as new and updated case studies from the University of California, Berkeley, the UK National Health Service (NHS), SNC-Lavalin's Atkins business and General Electric (GE). It remains the 'go to' guide for HR and OD specialists, senior leaders and managers who want to help bring about organizational transformation and build a sustainably agile business while enhancing employee engagement and resilience.
Description : When we see the word blueprint we usually think of a technical drawing or other image rendered as white lines on a blue background produced by an architect. A blueprint is a detailed plan of action and everyone should develop a blueprint in order to plan for success in life. The men and women in this book have, in interesting and innovative ways, developed their own blueprints that paved the way for their success.As I interviewed these people, I found that there are as many ways to plan for success as there are people who create those plans. I was fascinated as I learned from these highly successful people what they did to succeed in their various professions. A successful businesswoman once told me that when she was involuntarily separated from her last corporate job she took the opportunity to sit back and take a deep breath, discover what she really wanted to do, and to explore her passion. She said she didnt write anything down but from just taking some time out to think and explore, she came up with her path to success.At times, successful people have to push through hard times and setbacks. I am always intrigued by the various methods they use to overcome difficulties. Some of them have gone on to teach others what they learned as they went back to the drawing board and created a new blueprint that led them to success.I believe you will find that your time will be well spent in reading this book. I think you will find that these people have something to say that is worth listening to. I know that I did.