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About Jurgen Appelo
With my company Agility Scales, I am inventing the future of organizational agility. Why are we wasting our time learning how to manage companies, when very soon computers will navigate us through our work-lives and help us to lead and manage our teams?
As a serial founder, successful entrepreneur, author and speaker, I am pioneering management to help creative organizations survive and thrive in the 21st century. I offer concrete games, tools, and practices, so you can introduce better management, with fewer managers. I also offer a platform for you to share your practices and stories with the rest of the world.
I call myself a creative networker. But sometimes I am a writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, illustrator, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, freethinker, or... Dutch guy. Inc.com has called me a Top 50 Leadership Expert and a Top 100 Great Leadership Speaker. Since 2008, I write a popular blog at NOOP.NL, offering ideas on the creative economy, agile management, organizational change, and personal development. I am the author of the book Management 3.0, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations. And I wrote the little book How to Change the World, which describes a supermodel for change management. My most recent book is called Managing for Happiness, which offers you practical ideas to engage workers, improve work, and delight clients.
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Managing for Happiness offers a complete set of practices for more effective management that makes work fun. Work and fun are not polar opposites; they're two sides of the same coin, and making the workplace a pleasant place to be keeps employees motivated and keeps customers coming back for more. It's not about gimmicks or 'perks' that disrupt productivity; it's about finding the passion that drives your business, and making it contagious. This book provides tools, games, and practices that put joy into work, with practical, real-world guidance for empowering workers and delighting customers. These aren't break time exploits or downtime amusements—they're real solutions for common management problems. Define roles and responsibilities, create meaningful team metrics, and replace performance appraisals with something more useful. An organization's culture rests on the back of management, and this book shows you how to create change for the better.
Somewhere along the line, people collectively started thinking that work is work and fun is something you do on the weekends. This book shows you how to transform your organization into a place with enthusiastic Monday mornings.
- Redefine job titles and career paths
- Motivate workers and measure team performance
- Change your organization's culture
- Make management—and work—fun again
Modern organizations expect everyone to be servant leaders and systems thinkers, but nobody explains how. To survive in the 21st century, companies need to dig past the obvious and find what works. What keeps top talent? What inspires customer loyalty? The answer is great management, which inspires great employees, who then provide a great customer experience. Managing for Happiness is a practical handbook for achieving organizational greatness.
1. Ignore it. Changing organizations is hard work. If you don’t have the stamina to learn how to be a good change agent, then stop complaining about what’s bad. Accept that the organization is what it is, and enjoy the good parts of your work.
2. Quit your job. The only reason there are bad organizations is that people don’t quit their jobs. Do the world a favor and find a better place to work. Help bad organizations out of their misery by not working for them.
3. Learn about change management. Most people are terrible at influencing other people and changing organizations. But, if you’re serious about it, you can learn how to be a more effective change agent.
It’s take it, leave it, or change it...
This book is for those who choose option 3.
1. Ignorez-la. Si vous n’avez pas l’endurance nécessaire pour apprendre à être un bon agent du changement alors acceptez l’organisation pour ce qu’elle est et appréciez les bonnes parties.
2. Quittez votre travail. Aidez les mauvaises organisations à sortir de leur misère en ne travaillant pas pour elles.
3. Apprenez le management du changement.
Ce manuel est destiné à ceux qui choisissent l’option 3 et est la traduction de "How to change the world" de Jurgen Appelo. Il y donne des conseils sur le management du changement dans une organisation autour de quatre thèmes principaux :
- Danser avec le système
- Prêter attention aux personnes
- Stimuler le réseau
- Changer l'environnement