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- Print Length: 56 pages
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- Publication Date: June 12, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071X6XV43
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Ceremony: A Profound New Method for Achieving Successful and Sustainable Change Kindle Edition
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While the word "ceremony" may conjure up images of vestmented hierophants swinging incense-burners, the ceremonies outlined in this book are nothing more or less than a streamlined approach to managing interactions and achieve necessary goals and outcomes with the minimum of waste and friction - in effect, a way of optimizing interactions with co-workers to free up everyone's scarcest and most valuable resource: time. HIghly recommended.
I was instantly hooked and knew it to be a breakthrough concept.
This book is a distilled formula for team productivity that addresses the uniquely perverse and stubborn problem that humans insist in behaving like humans ( duh!)
“The only cure I know is good ceremony.”
Tom is an intuitive and insightful individual and in “Ceremony” he lays out the key elements with no fluff or fillers.
As someone that reads several books a week regularly I am always having to “filter” to figure out what really is important and I really really appreciate when authors take the time to present the material in the most sucinct and clear manner (unlike this review lol)
Ceremony is no short of a game changer concept and this book a landmark in team development and human management (not just business management)
Ignore at your extreme peril!
Gabe Bautista, entrepreneur
I have worked with the authors and know their zeal for improving workplaces and people's work lives. They have invested years of thought and experimentation in the real world to clarify and distill an essential, yet simple and totally overlooked key element of business success: ceremony.
They define ceremony as "a purposeful ritual social interaction which completes an element of work, requires sacrifice, and rewards participants with positive emotional energy." The definition alone gives you some insight into why ceremony can be so powerful. The definition is also concise and a working summary of how to put ceremony into action. Appropriately, a good part of the book explores the definition key words via explanation and example to bring ceremony to life for the reader.
In their summary, the authors cite some reasons why ceremony is critically important: employee engagement, meetings, change, and work effectiveness (productivity, quality, cost effectiveness).
Let's take meetings. Or not, as most people would do if they could. Meetings are universal in businesses and clog most people's calendars. They are also universally ineffective, despite decades of tips and tricks to make them otherwise. A common complaint is of being in meetings all day and getting nothing done. Two common reasons for this universal loathing:
* Meetings don't get meaningful work done.
* Meetings leave attendees feeling drained of energy or worse, with negative emotional energy.
Good business ceremonies do the opposite. By the books definition, ceremonies get meaningful work done and leave attendees with positive emotional energy. Isn't that what you want in your business? I know I do, and that's why I've been looking forward to the authors' guidance being broadly available in book form rather than just being available via working with them directly.
Recommended for anyone in any kind of business.
I love that this book describes things that are inherently human and describes how we can use them in life. Ceremony is a tool used by humans many thousands of years ago...and it is still central to things we do today because we are still human.
Did it serve its purpose: yes, I learned more about ceremony than I had know before. I will attempt to use some of what I've learned here.
Was it worth the sacrifice: considering how little the book cost and the short reading time, yes
Did I get positive emotional energy? Meh...I'm not ready to preach the power of ceremony from the mountain tops but then again, after applying some of this, perhaps that will change.