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We: How to Increase Performance and Profits through Full Engagement Hardcover – January 25, 2011
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'We: How to increase performance and profits through full engagement' is not your typical business book. Yes, it covers employee engagement, leadership and how to increase productivity. But what really distinguishes this from the crowd is that it's also a book for individuals on how to achieve happiness at work.
This dual purpose - of looking at engagement both from an individual's perspective and from the point of view of a manager/employer - is very much deliberate as we're told that employees and their managers have a shared responsibility to work together if they are to bring about the desired state of full engagement.
The authors - Rudy Karsan and Kevin Kruse, both leaders of fast-growing companies - claim you can tell whether employees are engaged by how often they use the word 'We' (as opposed to 'they') when describing their employer. Hence the title of the book.
The authors chart a brief history of the changes that have occurred in the job environment and attitudes to work: from the creation of 'jobs' and 'managers' to the shift to a work-life blend.
For individuals, a key message is that it's unlikely you'll be satisfied in life if you aren't satisfied and engaged at work. Want to be happy with better health and a passionate marriage? Get a job that engages you!
To be engaged, you'll need passion, purpose and pay.Read more ›
With this view that one should "reject the false choice between work and life, career and family, and fun and money," Rudy Karsan and Kevin Kruse use examples from professional sports and elsewhere to discuss the shift in American society from pay-for-time to pay-for-performance (e.g. a bonus for hitting a certain number of home runs); from limited job choices to a variety of job choices (e.g. playing pro basketball while working on endorsement deals to the side); from holding one job for most of your life to holding multiple jobs at one time or over your career (e.g. playing pro ball while spending summers offering basketball camps); from "false security guarantees to shared responsibility for economic security" (e.g. loss of retirement benefits when the company goes bust, vs ownership interests).
Well-written, with a practical narrative style, it's a good, thought-provoking book that delves into what drives job satisfaction. For example, there's a good discussion of a study published in the British Medical Journal regarding links between work and mortality (e.g. "to see if your job could actually kill you") that revealed that "employees who were dissatisfied with their compensation, recognition and career opportunities had a BMI that was 0.Read more ›
Your job, on one level, defines who you are and "it should be easy to see how one's employment plays a critical part in who you are and how you experience life." (p. 36) You'll learn about the spillover and crossover effects of your job and how they impact your life and the lives of others, specifically that of your family. If you think that you "leave work at the office" you might just want to rethink that platitude after reading about the psychological effects of work satisfaction or dissatisfaction on the family dynamic. Did you know that "only 45% of workers in the United States were satisfied with their jobs?" (p. 213) Probably no big surprise there and almost everyone is aware of the divorce rate here in the United States.
As we learn to craft a work-life blend we also learn that both the employer and employee need to blend into "We" in order to become "truly engaged at work.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite often I receive books from Divakar sir. This book was one of them. This book is far more than just a book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Abhi...
Very insightful and prescriptive read. Rudy and Kevin write and advise from a position of real world experience. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Eric Kimball
The term "full engagement" refers to a never-ending process rather than to an ultimate destination. Also, because people are not machines, they cannot be fully engaged (however... Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by Robert Morris
This is the unusual business book that talks about all the nice things people can do to succeed in business. Read morePublished on July 3, 2011 by Bob Dog
As the title indicates, the authors are out to convince you that there is nothing more important for an organization - or an individual - than full engagement. Read morePublished on March 29, 2011 by P. Friedrich
Take a careful look at this one before buying. Two stars instead of one as I did find a few pithy acronyms and stories of use, but overall, not great... Read morePublished on March 10, 2011 by Jeffrey
While not everyone lives to work, there are plenty of folks (present company included) who need to feel a) engaged by their work, b) part of something bigger than themselves, and... Read morePublished on February 26, 2011 by Christopher Shuster
Kevin & Rudy have done an amazing job of thoroughly analyzing global research from over 150 countries & integrating it with scientific findings. Read morePublished on February 17, 2011 by Matthew Kulp
Kudos to Rudy and Kevin for brining this book to us. Understanding the power of employee engagement (from an employers perspective) and the power of finding your passions in your... Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by Philip McCrea