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Angels in the Workplace: Stories and Inspirations for Creating a New World of Work 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 078794369X
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"So much has been written about the negative aspects of today's work environments. Angels in the Workplace is an inspiring look at how ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference in their place of work." --Karol Emmerick,, corporate director, Dayton Hudson Corporation

"Angels will forever change the way you view your role in the workplace. It will lift your heart and gently guide you toward the highest calling found in work." --Paul G. Stoltz,, author, Adversity Quotient: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities

"With Angels, Giovagnoli makes a significant and very positive contribution to marketplace literature. It is at once tough minded and touching, practical and inspirational. I strongly Andorse it. --Bob Briner,, author, The Management Methods of Jesus

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For sixteen years, noted business author and consultant Melissa Giovagnoli has visited companies across the country. And every place she goes, she finds too many workers struggling with feelings of alienation and job dissatisfaction. But she's also come across dozens of ordinary people whose extraordinary actions have made the work experience more rewarding for all concerned. These people are, by every account, angels in the workplace.On these pages, you'll find the angels' stories and you'll discover how even small acts of kindness can transform entire organizations. More important, you'll realize that you can do the same. Part inspiration and part instruction, Angels in the Workplace is your guide to bringing joy and purpose back into your daily life and into the lives of those around you.Here is the tale of a telemarketing firm owner whose personal generosity toward her employees made for low turnover, stellar customer service, and increased business. Then there's the story of Momma Hawk, a Chicago high-school teacher who's given fresh hope to hundreds of at-risk students through the innovative learning program she established.You'll also learn about an impoverished woman in El Salvador who turned a one-hundred-dollar loan into new prosperity for herself and her entire community. And you'll cheer the rising young corporate executive who reinvigorated his career-and saved his colleagues' jobs-by courageously challenging the downsizing plans of top management.With these stories and more, Angels in the Workplace shows how people from all walks of life have followed seven simple principles to the betterment of their lives, their organizations, and their communities. The author hopes you might do the same and, to that And, provides a number of strategies, action steps, and exercises for bringing out the angel that resides in us all.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078794369X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787943691
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,234,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Melissa is the author and/or co-author of 15 books with a number of bestsellers. Her latest book,Networking is Dead: Creating Connections that Matter, was a Wallstreet Journal and Barnes and Noble bestseller and her book, Networlding, that was a #10 book on Amazon for an entire year.

Melissa started Networlding Publishing, a ghostwriting and book marketing organization, because her top value is "making a difference." She found that she could make the biggest difference by following her "Power-of-Ten" Networlding process.

To this end Melissa assists thought leaders in writing, publishing and marketing their books. Her clients have included people like the head of diversity for Hewitt, the president of Holland Cruise Lines, the head of a division of Allstate, the head of HR for the NBA, a seven-time Inc. 500 entrepreneur and thought leaders from many small and mid-sized companies around the world.

Melissa's greatest passion is helping new adults get better starts in their lives and careers. Here, she mentors up to ten college graduates yearly providing them with paid mentorships in book publishing and marketing.

Melissa has also been a guest on both radio and television including The Today Show, CNN, WGN, CNBC and FOX. One of her books was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a frequent speaker and a winner of a Consummate Speaker of the Year Award. Two other unique honors include being chosen as one of six extraordinary women of the year by The University of Chicago Women's Graduate Business Alumni Board licensed by Yale University through their graduate school of business.

From the Author

Hi! Melissa here! I have been writing now for more than fifteen years. My latest work is all about helping teens learn history from books that are cool and unique.


All the proceeds form this series go to the mentoring of new adults I take on yearly. So, if you know a teen or young or new adult or teachers of teens or young or new adults, have them check out these mashup books:

Shakespeare to Steven King -
Marie Antoinette to Madonna -
Sleeping Beauty to Beyonce -
Princess Grace to Princess Kate -

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Angels in the Workplace is by far the best book to come along in years! Workers and employers all over America will improve their attitude and working environment by reading this book. In a time where the knowledged-based workplace is imminent, employers and employees alike are looking for ways to enhance their work life. This is the way! Using Giovagnoli's action steps, your workplace will become a more spiritual and fulfilled place to spend your 40 hours a week.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1998
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This is the perfect gift for family, friends, colleagues. I even gave a copy to my boss. I like the way each belief--faith,hope, charity, courage, truth, trust and love have not only stories, but strategies to make them work in your work place. I turn to the book once a day to get ideas and inspiration.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
With so little time spent on caring in the workplace, Giovagnoli shows us all that there are practical, powerful things we can all do daily to make a difference in our workplaces. The book was so well laid out and the stories brought me to tears as well as laughter. Great Angel Advice Corners at the end of each section really help bring the strategies she offers to life. I put the Action Strategies page up in my lunch room as Giovagnoli suggests and last week alone three people brought food treats for my department. For the first time in a long time, this Christmas at the office feels like there are people who care about each other. It's even getting to the point that I look forward to going to work to see what new idea someone has come up with--all from the strategies Giovagnoli recommends.
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