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Get Weird! 101 Innovative Ways to Make Your Company a Great Place to Work Paperback – May 21, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 1 edition (May 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814471145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814471142
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is a funhouse of creative, inexpensive, offbeat ideas for getting the best from employees! -- BizLife December 2001

“Nurturing Your Company’s Inner Child: Let There Be Fun!” “the reiterated message .... ‘work and fun are not opposites.’” -- New York Times October 2001

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"Get Weird! is the only book I've ever seen that actually has as many great ideas for creating a culture of fun and innovation as we do. If we had written a how-to book on out-of-the-box best practices for high performance, this would have been it!""

--Libby Sartain, SPHR, Vice President of People, Southwest Airlines and Chair of the Society for Human Resource Management

""This book is a perfect reflection of Putzier's creative and captivating teaching and speaking style. He has managed to compile an incredible array of unusual yet theoretically sound tips, tools, and techniques for today's managers.""

--Dr. Harry Faulk, Dean Emeritus, H. John Heinz III Graduate School of Public Policy and Management and founder of Executive Management Programs, Carnegie Mellon University

"Get Weird! is both powerful and easy to read at the same time. Putzier's down-to-earth style, combined with his depth of knowledge in organizational behavior, has resulted in a must-read for the next generation of managers and leaders.""

--Gerry Crispin, SPHR, co-author of CareerXRoads, the best-selling directory of job and resume sites on the WWW

""Two thumbs up! A fun read with ideas you can use immediately. John Putzier has been there and done that and offers innovation on every page. A delight and a must-have for a competitive edge in business.""

--Steven Solomon, Sr. Vice President and General Manager, FUJI Computer Products"


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I must add that it was delightful to read in terms of being a fun book I did not want to put down.
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This book is all about how to being a good boss and looking after your staff and making your business a great place to work.
Chris Sellick
It was a great way to get our minds off of the conference calls and deadlines and get the blood pumping and laugh.
Jessica Miller-Merrell

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Roger E. Herman on October 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
When John Putzier was a child, his mother told him he was weird. For most kids, being told they were weird might be traumatizing. Not John. He prided himself on being weird-different. Over the years of his career in human resource consulting, professional speaking, and college teaching, he has prided himself on being weird-just a little bit different, off-beat. The power of being off-beat is encapsulated in a quotation I learned in my growing-up years, "It's the usual thing, done in the unusual way, that captures the attention of the world."
John certainly has captured the attention of the world with his work. And how he shows us how to make this happen in our lives as executives, managers, and human resource professionals.
Weirdness is doing things differently. The results can be very positive, both in your confidence and in the results you can achieve. Putzier spends the first part of the book explaining this and setting up the reader to receive and consider 100 thought-provoking ideas. This section is titled Tapping Your Natural Weirdness, aka [also known as] Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving. The double title theme continues through the other parts of the book, enabling the reader to comfortably transition between Putzier's weird titles and terminology that will be more familiar.
One hundred ideas are presented in the balance of the book, categorized in seven sections.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 1, 2001
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You will very quickly realize that this person is a veteran who is not talking theory. There is very serious substance and great ideas that can make a difference in the workplace.
I must add that it was delightful to read in terms of being a fun book I did not want to put down.
Worthwhile investment of time!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John P. Fixmer on April 14, 2002
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As an insatiable consumer of business books, I can confidently say that "Get Weird!" is the most engaging, entertaining, yet useful business book I've ever read. It's chock full of great ideas guaranteed to make your workplace the one people on the outside want to get into. Putzier's humorous writing style and knack for knowing a great idea when he sees one make this one of the most enjoyable and beneficial business books you'll ever buy. I've recommended it to hundreds of people and will continue to for the rest of my career.
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This is one of the best books on management I have read in a long time! The ideas inside Get Weird by John Putzier are highly adaptable to my own business, Flying Pen Press, a book publishing company. While Putzier directs his narrative at large corporations, the book rings true for the small business owner, as well as within our publisher-author relationships.

Putzier postulates the rather obvious ideas that people are more likely to join and stay with a company where they are respected, trusted and most of all, where they enjoy themselves. These ideas are obvious, yet so few companies have failed to see this.

With this in mind, Putzier offers 100 different methods of turning these ideas into reality. Each method is easy to implement, inexpensive for the company, and will actually increase productivity and employee retention. Most of them can be implemented by middle managers without need of a superior's authorization, other methods are best implemented companywide by the top executives.

After a full chapter that broadly discusses the basics of creative thinking in the business place, Putzier applies his own creativity to the following topics: Employee Recruitment, Employee Retention, Company Culture, Recognition & Incentives, Training & Employee Development, and a miscellaneous chapter that includes ideas for sales, service, public relations, and personal satisfaction.

Here are just a few of the ideas that I will be implementing at Flying Pen Press:

To recruit employees: #11, Birds of a Feather. We will be assigning a current emlployee to act as host to prospective recruits.

To retain employees: #22 Mind Your Own Business!
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I permanently borrowed this book three years ago from my old boss. Its a good book full of unusual and "weird" ideas that business leaders and human resource teams often looks past as solutions to drive creativity, engagement, and workplace satisfaction.

One of my favorite suggestions that seems very small but it is effective is the "Food for Thought" program (Page 87). I have implemented this at many organizations and is best when it is not work related but activity related. One of the most popular activities one of my management teams did was to bring in a Salsa Dancing Group who conducted a class for all our site employees. They loved it! It was a great way to get our minds off of the conference calls and deadlines and get the blood pumping and laugh. Activities like this attract fun, motivation, and inspiration similar to the Zappos way.

A good business book in my house is decided by two things: the number of folded pages and pencil marks. This book has lots of both as I am generating ideas for my clients or for articles or blog content. It's also a great starting point to get inspired for yourself. You can use this book to help create a creative and inspiring workplace for you and your team.

Jessica Miller-Merrell
CEO of Xceptional HR
Author of Tweet This! Twitter for Business
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