*Starred Review* Why doesn’t every corporate leader actively listen to employees and to veteran consultants like Gostick and Elton (authors of the Carrot Principle books)? Though the answer to that question isn’t the subject of this book, adopting the how-to’s for realizing dreams could indeed provide the solution to staid, stagnant, and unrewarding work in America. As with most human resources type of business books, the authors present ideas in a many-stepped process, with principles to follow, often too many to remember. Yet if readers and executives just stick to their rule of three (wow, no surprises, and cheer), the rewards of an engaged workforce will probably ensue. Examples of great teams, believe it or not, proliferate here; in addition to the well-known cultures of a Zappos, for instance, there are also stories from Medical City Dallas Hospital, Pepsi Bottling Group, the Blue Angels, and Nash Finch, all about the power of teams to transform. And lest you think that the authors simply collected anecdotes, their philosophy is based on valid and overwhelming statistics, thanks to the Best Places to Work database (350,000 employees from 28 industries): 63 percent of workers surveyed found productivity to be positively affected when coworkers are friends outside of work (to cite just one finding). Take a letter to the C-suite: it’s all about work that matters. --Barbara Jacobs
“This book can change your business as it teaches you how you can create great teams to WOW your customers, employees and vendors.”
—Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos, and Author of Delivering Happiness
“Truly groundbreaking. Gostick and Elton take us to new heights in cultivating great teams. This book will bring you world-class results!”
—Marshall Goldsmith, Executive Coach and Author of MOJO
and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
“From the first story to the last, The Orange Revolution
captivated me. Chock full of solid research, inspiring stories and practical tips on how to turn your group into a breakthrough team. Their 100 ways to bring your team together is alone worth the price of the book.
—Jim Kouzes, coauthor, The Leadership Challenge
and The Truth about Leadership.
"This book captures the true essence of leadership and how leaders develop teams that make a difference and truly work.”
—GJ Hart, President & CEO, Texas Roadhouse, Inc.
“The book is a blueprint for revolutionary team performance. It is a neo-classic.”
—Dave Ulrich, Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and Partner, The RBL Group
“A rare and extraordinary business book, The Orange Revolution
contains everything you need to cultivate a breakthrough team.”
—Matt Davis, CEO, Pets at Home (UK’s largest pet store chain)"The Orange Revolution
should be required reading for all people leaders wishing to unleash the power of their workforce and create an ongoing fountain of high performance.”
—David Kasiarz, Senior VP of Global Compensation and Benefits, American Express