Joy Inc

Joy  Inc Author Richard Sheridan
ISBN-10 9780698151703
Year 2013-12-26
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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The moment you walk into Menlo Innovations, you can sense the atmosphere full of energy, playfulness, enthusiasm, and maybe even . . . joy. As a package-delivery person once remarked, “I don’t know what you do, but whatever it is, I want to work here.” Every year, thousands of visitors come from around the world to visit Menlo Innovations, a small software company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They make the trek not to learn about technology but to witness a radically different approach to company culture. CEO and “Chief Storyteller” Rich Sheridan removed the fear and ambiguity that typically make a workplace miserable. His own experience in the software industry taught him that, for many, work was marked by long hours and mismanaged projects with low-quality results. There had to be a better way. With joy as the explicit goal, Sheridan and his team changed everything about how the company was run. They established a shared belief system that supports working in pairs and embraces making mistakes, all while fostering dignity for the team. The results blew away all expectations. Menlo has won numerous growth awards and was named an Inc. magazine “audacious small company.” It has tripled its physical office three times and produced products that dominate markets for its clients. Joy, Inc. offers an inside look at how Sheridan and Menlo created a joyful culture, and shows how any organization can follow their methods for a more passionate team and sustainable, profitable results. Sheridan also shows how to run smarter meetings and build cultural training into your hiring process. Joy, Inc. offers an inspirational blueprint for readers in any field who want a committed, energizing atmosphere at work—leading to sustainable business results.

Joy Inc

Joy  Inc Author Richard Sheridan
ISBN-10 1591847125
Year 2015-01-27
Pages 268
Language en
Publisher Portfolio Trade
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Every year, thousands of visitors come from around the world to visit Menlo Innovations, a small software company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They make the trek not to learn about technology but to witness a radically different approach to company culture. CEO Rich Sheridan removed the fear and ambiguity that typically make a workplace miserable. With joy as the explicit goal, he and his team changed everything about how the company was run. The results blew away all expectations. Menlo has won numerous growth awards and was named an Inc. magazine 'audacious small company'.

Joy Inc

Joy  Inc Author Richard Sheridan
ISBN-10 1591845874
Year 2013
Pages 270
Language en
Publisher Portfolio (Hardcover)
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The CEO and cofounder of Menlo Innovation, a small software company in Ann Arbor, Michigan, reveals how he and his team implemented a radically different approach to workplace culture - one which was intentionally designed to produce joy while fostering dignity and respect.

Software by Numbers

Software by Numbers Author Mark Denne
ISBN-10 0131407287
Year 2003
Pages 190
Language en
Publisher Prentice Hall Professional
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- Opens the black box of methodologies and demonstrates that software development is fundamentally a value creation process - Covers new and radical approaches to software development that respond to business demands for shorter investment periods and increased agility - Provides software engineers tools for understanding enterprise-level value creation and managing financial objectives

The Lean IT Field Guide

The Lean IT Field Guide Author Michael A. Orzen
ISBN-10 9781498730419
Year 2015-10-14
Pages 183
Language en
Publisher CRC Press
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How many IT books have you read that are long on theory and short on practical application? They are interesting, but not very impactful. They provide a framework from which to think and understand, but lack a process from which to act. Addressing this urgent need for the IT community, The Lean IT Field Guide explains how to initiate, execute, and sustain a lean IT transformation. Illuminating a clear path to lean IT, the authors integrate more than two decades of combined experience to provide you with a proven method for creating and sustaining a true lean IT workplace. This field guide not only highlights the organizational techniques of more agile and lean processes, but also the leadership work required to help management adopt these new approaches. Based on proven methods from different industries, including banking, manufacturing, insurance, food and beverage, and logistics, the book details a clear model that covers all the components you need to achieve and sustain a favorable work environment and culture in support of lean IT. Filled with anecdotes and case studies from actual businesses, the book includes pictures, templates, and examples that illustrate the application of the lean methods discussed.

Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work

Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work Author Tracy Brower
ISBN-10 9781629560045
Year 2014-09-23
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Bibliomotion, Inc.
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Organizations accomplish results when they powerfully engage employees and capture their discretionary time. This is more important than ever during this period where employees are facing unprecedented time poverty. Technology has blurred the lines between employees’ work and personal lives, and they are faced with the challenges of successfully navigating and integrating work and personal demands. When organizations provide the right benefits, policies, and cultural practices, they win and they serve employees in the process. Using examples and real-world experiences from senior executives and employees at all levels, author Tracy Brower shows readers the importance of work-life supports and how they lead to more engaged and fulfilled employees. Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work is your go-to guide to work-life support, providing easy-to-read strategies for building and implementing your organization’s strategies to harness work-life supports, increasing positive impact to your bottom line.

Can China Lead

Can China Lead Author Regina Abrami
ISBN-10 9781422144169
Year 2014-01-28
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher Harvard Business Review Press
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It’s time to rethink the way we think about China. In this thought-provoking book, noted China experts from Harvard Business School and the Wharton School assert that while China has experienced remarkable economic growth in recent decades (nearly 10 percent for more than thirty years), it now faces major challenges—tests that could shift the country’s political and economic trajectory. A lack of accountability, transparency, and ease of operating in China—combined with growing evidence of high-level corruption—has made domestic and foreign businesspeople increasingly wary of the “China model.” These issues have deep roots in Chinese history and the country’s political system. Regina M. Abrami of the Wharton School and William C. Kirby and F. Warren McFarlan of Harvard Business School contend that the country’s dynamic private sector could be a source of sustainable growth, but it is constrained by political favoritism toward state-owned corporations. Disruptive innovation, research, and development are limited by concerns about intellectual property protection. Most significant of all is the question of China’s political future: does a system that has overseen dramatic transformations in recent years now have the capacity to transform itself? Based on a new and popular course taught by the authors at Harvard Business School, this book draws on more than thirty Harvard Business School case studies on Chinese and foreign companies doing business in the region, including Sealed Air, China Merchants Bank, China Mobile, Wanxiang Group, Microsoft, UFIDA, and others. Can China Lead? asserts that China is at an inflection point that cannot be ignored. An understanding of the forces that continue to shape its business landscape is crucial to establishing—and maintaining—a successful enterprise in China.

The Basics of Process Improvement

The Basics of Process Improvement Author Tristan Boutros
ISBN-10 9781498719902
Year 2016-04-27
Pages 219
Language en
Publisher CRC Press
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Unlike other books that promote a specific process and performance improvement discipline, this book shows organizations how to achieve success by fixing basic operational issues and problems using a broad and wide-sweeping process-based toolkit. In addition, it helps individuals who have worked in stale- or siloed-thinking enterprises make the transition to a process or improvement-oriented culture and teaches those who are unfamiliar with process tools to look at their work with a new lens and adopt a continuous improvement and analytical-thinking mindset. The authors have successfully used the various methods, tools, and concepts found in this book to overcome practical, daily problems at various organizations. This book will surely help operators, managers, practitioners, and executives, who are charged with improving processes and workplace culture, produce better products and services.

The Age of the Platform

The Age of the Platform Author Phil Simon
ISBN-10 9780982930267
Year 2011-10-22
Pages 312
Language en
Publisher BookBaby
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Buoyed by the success of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, thousands of companies of all sizes are fundamentally rethinking how they do business. They are creating vibrant ecosystems and, in the process, reaping big rewards. In the tradition of The Long Tail, The Age of the Platform demonstrates how the world of business today is vastly different from that of even ten years ago. Today, the most successful companies are operating under an entirely different business model—one predicated on collaboration, emerging technologies, externally driven innovation, different types of partnerships, and vibrant ecosystems. Rife with examples, The Age of the Platform is nothing less than essential reading to understand business today--and where it is going.

Human Resource Management Essential Perspectives

Human Resource Management  Essential Perspectives Author Robert L. Mathis
ISBN-10 9781305465220
Year 2015-01-09
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Cengage Learning
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HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: ESSENTIAL PERSPECTIVES, 7E provides a focused understanding of the most up-to-date concepts and practices that are important for today's successful HR professionals. Recognized authors Robert Mathis, John Jackson, and Sean Valentine have condensed the best from their market-leading Human Resource Management, 14e to create a concise text intended for HR directors and instructors seeking basic yet comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of HR concepts and practices. Thorough yet concise, HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: ESSENTIAL PERSPECTIVES, 7E follows a consolidated framework adapted from the larger book while helping students identify and focus on core concepts in the field in a more succinct, streamlined format. This edition reviews today's most important laws and regulations and addresses the information most often used by HR professionals. The authors focus on the coverage most important for students, with a solid introduction to concepts and practices that are applicable for HR professionals and general managers in numerous industries. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Best Place to Work

The Best Place to Work Author Ron Friedman, PhD
ISBN-10 9781101625538
Year 2014-12-02
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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For readers of Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, and Freakonomics, comes a captivating and surprising journey through the science of workplace excellence. Why do successful companies reward failure? What can casinos teach us about building a happy workplace? How do you design an office that enhances both attention to detail and creativity? In The Best Place to Work, award-winning psychologist Ron Friedman, Ph.D. uses the latest research from the fields of motivation, creativity, behavioral economics, neuroscience, and management to reveal what really makes us successful at work. Combining powerful stories with cutting edge findings, Friedman shows leaders at every level how they can use scientifically-proven techniques to promote smarter thinking, greater innovation, and stronger performance. Among the many surprising insights, Friedman explains how learning to think like a hostage negotiator can help you diffuse a workplace argument, why placing a fish bowl near your desk can elevate your thinking, and how incorporating strategic distractions into your schedule can help you reach smarter decisions. Along the way, the book introduces the inventor who created the cubicle, the president who brought down the world’s most dangerous criminal, and the teenager who single-handedly transformed professional tennis—vivid stories that offer unexpected revelations on achieving workplace excellence. Brimming with counterintuitive insights and actionable recommendations, The Best Place to Work offers employees and executives alike game-changing advice for working smarter and turning any organization—regardless of its size, budgets, or ambitions—into an extraordinary workplace.

Fit Matters

Fit Matters Author Moe Carrick
ISBN-10 9781938548765
Year 2017-05-16
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Maven House
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How can you discover a job that really matches your needs? A job that provides meaning to your life? Fit Matters shows you how – it's a practical guide to help you find the job you'll love, at any stage in your career. Odds are that you want to bring your best self to work. You want a job that feeds your spirit, your mind, and your heart. Fit matters – it's crucial if you're to perform at your best. Thought-provoking and practical, the book offers tools and exercises designed to help you evaluate the fit between your needs and the culture of your current or prospective employer, assess and articulate what you really need to thrive at work, and develop options if you find yourself in a company or job where you are misfit. You'll learn that self-knowledge, combined with an understanding of six elements of work fit, will help you make career decisions that will lead to better job satisfaction and improved performance over the entire course of your career.

Beyond Legacy Code

Beyond Legacy Code Author David Scott Bernstein
ISBN-10 1680500791
Year 2015-08-03
Pages 230
Language en
Publisher
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We're losing tens of billions of dollars a year on broken software, and great new ideas such as agile development and Scrum don't always pay off. But there's hope. The nine software development practices in Beyond Legacy Code are designed to solve the problems facing our industry. Discover why these practices work, not just how they work, and dramatically increase the quality and maintainability of any software project. These nine practices could save the software industry. Beyond Legacy Code is filled with practical, hands-on advice and a common-sense exploration of why technical practices such as refactoring and test-first development are critical to building maintainable software. Discover how to avoid the pitfalls teams encounter when adopting these practices, and how to dramatically reduce the risk associated with building software--realizing significant savings in both the short and long term. With a deeper understanding of the principles behind the practices, you'll build software that's easier and less costly to maintain and extend. By adopting these nine key technical practices, you'll learn to say what, why, and for whom before how; build in small batches; integrate continuously; collaborate; create CLEAN code; write the test first; specify behaviors with tests; implement the design last; and refactor legacy code. Software developers will find hands-on, pragmatic advice for writing higher quality, more maintainable, and bug-free code. Managers, customers, and product owners will gain deeper insight into vital processes. By moving beyond the old-fashioned procedural thinking of the Industrial Revolution, and working together to embrace standards and practices that will advance software development, we can turn the legacy code crisis into a true Information Revolution.

Joy at Work

Joy at Work Author Dennis W. Bakke
ISBN-10 0974355291
Year 2010-08-03
Pages 314
Language en
Publisher PVG
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Imagine a company where people love coming to work and are highly productive on a daily basis. Imagine a company whose top executives, in a quest to create the most "fun" workplace ever, obliterate labor-management divisions and push decision-making responsibility down to the plant floor. Could such a company compete in today's bottom-line corporate world? Could it even turn a profit? Well, imagine no more. In Joy at Work, Dennis W. Bakke tells the true story of this extraordinary company--and how, as its co-founder and longtime CEO, he challenged the business establishment with revolutionary ideas that could remake America's organizations. It is the story of AES, whose business model and operating ethos -"let's have fun"-were conceived during a 90-minute car ride from Annapolis, Maryland, to Washington, D.C. In the next two decades, it became a worldwide energy giant with 40,000 employees in 31 countries and revenues of $8.6 billion. It's a remarkable tale told by a remarkable man: Bakke, a farm boy who was shaped by his religious faith, his years at Harvard Business School, and his experience working for the Federal Energy Administration. He rejects workplace drudgery as a noxious remnant of the Industrial Revolution. He believes work should be fun, and at AES he set out to prove it could be. Bakke sought not the empty "fun" of the Friday beer blast but the joy of a workplace where every person, from custodian to CEO, has the power to use his or her God-given talents free of needless corporate bureaucracy. In Joy at Work, Bakke tells how he helped create a company where every decision made at the top was lamented as a lost chance to delegate responsibility--and where all employees were encouraged to take the "game-winning shot," even when it wasn't a slam-dunk. Perhaps Bakke's most radical stand was his struggle to break the stranglehold of "creating shareholder value" on the corporate mind-set and replace it with more timeless values: integrity, fairness, social responsibility, and a sense of fun.

Start With Why

Start With Why Author Simon Sinek
ISBN-10 9780241958230
Year 2011-10-06
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Penguin UK
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Simon Sinek's recent video on 'The Millennial Question' went viral with over 100M views. Start with Why has sold over a million copies and the TEDTalk based on it is the third most watched of all time. Why are some people and organisations more inventive, pioneering and successful than others? And why are they able to repeat their success again and again? In business, it doesn't matter what you do, it matters WHY you do it. Start with Why analyses leaders like Martin Luther King Jr and Steve Jobs and discovers that they all think in the same way - they all started with why. Simon Sinek explains the framework needed for businesses to move past knowing what they do to how they do it, and then to ask the more important question-WHY? Why do we do what we do? Why do we exist? Learning to ask these questions can unlock the secret to inspirational business. Sinek explains what it truly takes to lead and inspire and how anyone can learn how to do it.