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Reviving Work Ethic: A Leader's Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Emerging Workforce Hardcover – January 5, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press (January 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608322424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608322428
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.2 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Too many young people are under the impression that work is a four-letter word; something to be avoided. Chester shows leaders how to get inside their heads--and their hearts--and get them to take pride in their work and perform at their best.'' --Ron Boire, president and CEO, Brookstone

''Eric has distilled his vast experience into a timely and concise book that will be very valuable to anyone who wants to improve the performance of young people in today's workforce. This is a must-read for managers, teachers, and parents.'' --Ted Fowler, president and CEO, Golden Corral

''Nothing beats hard work, and never will. The problem is that it is in short supply. In this wonderful book Eric Chester lays out the path to getting back to basics and unleashing winning behaviors in your workforce. Read it, study it and then DO IT! It will make you a better leader.'' --Chester Elton, coauthor of best-selling The Orange Revolution and The Carrot Principle

''Chester certainly has a handle on driving performance through the emerging workforce. And with the diminishing work ethic being such a pressing concern for leaders, the timeliness of this book couldn't be better.'' --Donald Broman, president, Snap On Industrial

''No one knows the emerging workforce better than Eric Chester. He's spot on when it comes to the challenge leaders face for improving work ethic and restoring pride, and he offers advice that is both practical and solid.'' --Joseph M. DePinto, president and CEO, 7-Eleven

About the Author

Eric Chester is an acclaimed expert in school-to-work transition. He has presented for more than two million youth at 1,500 high schools and colleges and has spoken to hundreds of leading companies and organizations that rely on teens and young adults as their front line workforce. Chester is the author four books, most recently Getting Them to Give a Damn and has coauthored eight others. He's the founder of the Bring Your ''A'' Game to Work youth training and certification program and is the president of Reviving Work Ethic, Inc., a speaking and consulting firm.

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Bravo Eric Chester!
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He has taken his life work and put it into a book that will help you understand how to motivate and get the most out of your employees.
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Leaders and managers have to provide clarity when it comes to the values of Work Ethics.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Nelson on April 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'm a student in the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management degree program at Gwinnett Technical College. This book was an assigned textbook for my Supervision and Leadership in Hospitality class. I have to say that it is the best book that I have ever read for school! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would have gladly read it on my own time. It really speaks to someone of my generation (the millennial generation)about the importance of hard work and ethics. This book provides a great plan for developing these ethics. Great read, I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Newton on April 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is the second semester that I have assigned "Reviving Work Ethic" to my college students in my Supervision and Leadership class. This book is so much better than a text book for several reasons: 1) Students love reading this book (You don't get that in text books). 2) Because students read this book, classroom discussions are much more engaging. 3) Student learn about the importance of work ethics from an employee and employer perspective. 4) This book is extremely practical and not a bunch of theory!!! 5) The book deals with important performance issues that leaders (and students) face daily. 6) Values such as attitude, reliability and integrity are important components of the book. You cannot talk about values enough to college students. 7) "Reviving Work Ethic" allows students to look at performance challenges through the eyes of employers. Supervision and Leadership is all about performance challenges. 8) This book actually helps students find employment.
Thanks to Eric Chester for delivering the goods. I would highly recommend this book not just to all college students but especially to people in leadership positions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Ives on April 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Reviving Work Ethic by Eric Chester provides actionable methods organization leaders can employ to instill within their young workers the strong work ethic foundational to America's market success. He begins by categorizing young workers on a cognizance and compliance scale; later revealing what leaders must do to imbue workers within each quadrant with a strong work ethic. Eric clearly defines this target ethic as being comprised of a positive attitude, reliability, professionalism, initiative, respect, integrity, and gratitude. He closes by highlighting the value proposition of a workforce characterize by a strong work ethic.

I like Reviving Work Ethic because of the actionable insights provided to imbue workers with a strong work ethic. Unique to this writing is the cognizance and compliance matrix that provides an excellent starting point from which leaders can specifically tailor their actions to individual employees. I further appreciate Eric's deliberate definition and influencing actions associated with each aspect of work ethic. His attention to defining work ethic, employee conversation starters, action tips, and work ethic value proposition tables, contribute to the completeness of this book and make it ideal for new and experience leaders alike.

If I had one criticism of Reviving Work Ethic it would be Eric's singular focus on new workers. I believe to varying degrees and for differing reasons workers of all ages and experience levels have a sense of entitlement. Furthermore, I believe workers from all generations can be found in each quadrant of Eric's cognizance-compliance matrix.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay Oza on November 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Disclaimer: I received this book from the 12booksgroup.com club to help with the discussion of this book during the month of November 2012 and provide a review in several places, including Facebook, Goodreads.com, Amazon, Twitter, LinkedIn and my web site.

The book "Reviving Work Ethic" has a very good message in how to get people, especially young people, to develop a work ethic which has been a bedrock of America's economic success, i.e, people working hard everyday to earn a good living, take care of their family and elevate themselves. It is a core American value that is taught from childhood.

The author argues that we are losing this core value as he has been observing (based on his extensive research, varied experience and numerous speaking engagements with young people) that we are becoming an entitlement society -- people wanting and expecting things without really working hard for it.

So, how do you fix this?

The book recommends that we need to revive our work ethic which has made American economic success an envy of the world and help build a thriving middle class. It is a simple message, presented in a no nonsense way in a readable form supported by plenty of real world examples.

The book is well organized in that the author first clearly states the problem of lack of work ethic in our society. He cites, according to the Rasmussen poll, that "58% of adults don't think work ethic will pay off, and another 16% weren't sure." He further adds that "adults eighteen to twenty-nine were by far the most pessimistic age group on the topic of work ethic."

Next, he defines work ethic as "knowing what to do and not doing it.
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