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All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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—David Cordani, President and CEO, Cigna Corporation
"I loved this book! The stories will resonate and be repeated on a daily basis by leaders who understand that their greatest responsibility is to create and sustain a high performing culture. This book is a prescription for doing just what all new and experienced leaders dream of doing. It is a fabulous and fun read and one I recommend for all levels of any and every organization.”
—Ann Rhoades, Founding Executive Vice President of People, JetBlue Airways; President, People Ink; and bestselling author, Built on Values
"What could you learn from 300,000 people who thrived in the toughest economy in seventy years? Read this book and find out. Want to thrive yourself? Follow Gostick and Elton's fascinating, fun, and potent principles and you will."
—Joseph Grenny, New York Times bestselling co-author of Change Anything and Crucial Conversations
“Gostick and Elton have done it again! All In captures more than 20 years of experience about motivation, belief, change management, and, very importantly, what I consider essential to leadership and the ability to change for the better: Agility. This book will help the reader assess whether a culture of high performance exists in his/her organization and find the ways to create one if it is absent.”
—Jean-Luc Butel, Group President, International, Medtronic Inc.
"Gostick and Elton’s All In is a treasure map to a company’s exponential success. This call-to-action will ignite a culture that inspires passionate interest and meaning in people’s lives, yielding their best performance by inspiring more than perspiring."
—Peter Guber, Chairman & CEO, Mandalay Entertainment Group & #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Tell To Win
About the Author
Chester Elton is coauthor of The Carrot Principle and The Orange Revolution, a popular lecturer, and an influential voice in global workplace trends. He is a founder of The Culture Works and advises the leadership teams of numerous Fortune 500 firms on cultural issues. Learn more at TheCultureWorks.com or ChesterElton.com.
Top Customer Reviews
I especially like the four approaches to this book:
1. The research that backs it up is solid
2. The stories of culture change from multiple industries and companies is awesome
3. The three Es (engaged, enabled, energized) is a great idea. Granted they are not new ideas but putting them all together in one chapter helps the reader to see their power
4. The seven-steps to culture change is an easy to follow guideline to making a culture change that can be used in any business or organization.
I hope you enjoy and can use this book as much as I can.
I left the company since everyone wasn't all in. Reading a book like this gets your hopes up about what could be.I bought a personal copy for myself.
Gostich and Elton, however, make a strong case that engagement alone is not enough. They argue employers also need employees to feel energized and enabled. (thus the three E's)
I was originally attracted to the book by its cover reference to creating a culture of belief. Since organizational change is really nothing more than individual change and I believe addressing belief is a neglected area in discussion about the individual change process, I felt compelled to read this book. I was not disappointed.
My book is heavily marked up with notes and underlining relative to the passages I want to address or quote in my writings and presentations. From the initial section on Culture Works, to the second section on the 7 Steps Roadmap managers can use to create a culture that works, to the third section on Culture Tools, this book delivers.
If you are interested in organizational culture and how culture impacts both organizational and individual performance, this book should be on your must read list.
Gostick and Elton assert, and I emphatically agree, that it is culture that will differentiate a team or organization and drive initiatives that produce high-impact results. Moreover, they believe - and again I agree - that a "culture" can be any shared community in which there are direct contact and frequent interaction. The Pixar campus in Emeryville (CA), for example, but it could also be the animators within the Walt Disney Company who created classic films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio. In fact, it could be a team of only two or three persons who also have direct contact and frequent interaction while at work. Here's the key point: In a healthy culture (whatever its size and nature may be), those who share it are nourished by mutual respect and trust. It is no coincidence that most of the companies that are annually ranked among those that are the most admired and best to work for are also annually ranked among those that are most profitable and have the greatest cap value in their respective industries.
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Just so you know, I have worked with/for Chester and Adrian before. So look at my review as a unique insight into their knowledge, expertise, professionalism and general genuinosity-ness.
This book is the latest in their successful line of talent-focused publishing efforts. Their books (The Integrity Advantage, The Carrot Principle)and the speeches and training based upon them have always had a reputation for drilling straight to basic principles that enable leadership and their organizations succeed.
All In is, obviously, a culmination of their efforts and learning so far. The writing is solid as ever; wit and wisdom combine for quick reading, but the research and case studies provide a bedrock foundation of learning that's not just enjoyable, it works...at work. Actionable.
Very basically, the book details how to define what's REALLY important to your Culture (organization, division, store, location, team) and then how to get ALL of your people "All In." As in; on board, in the boat, on the train, bought in...to accomplishing your goals, mission and values.
One of my favorite bits; The research for this book (3 years, 300,000 people) suggests that Engagement is no longer the "holy grail" of talent development. Though it's still incredibly important, Engagement must be accompanied by Enabled and Energized people, or you're missing huge opportunity. This of course makes for a handy mnemonic in the form of E+E+E, but the research bears it out; organizations with high levels of Engagement are trounced by those with high levels of all three "E's."
Highly suggested reading for any leader who wants to build better teams and winning cultures.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book continues the process of The Carrot Principle which is enlightening and informative. This series by Gostick and Elton are a must read for any organization that wants to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Scott
Bought it. Read a chapter. Let it sit on the nightstand for months. Clearly not as engaging as the description of it here.Published 18 months ago by What? Yep.
A terrific book about building a culture of caring & helping within your organization by treating people with respect and applying the Golden Rule.Published 18 months ago by Bill-Miami
Great book and even better authors! I would strongly suggest this to anyone looking to improve your work culture.Published 19 months ago by Charlotte S.