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Make It Matter: How Managers Can Motivate by Creating Meaning Hardcover – Special Edition, March 4, 2015
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Make It Matter has been named a "Best Book of 2015" by Soundview BusinessBooks!
How many people find a sense of purpose in their jobs? Unfortunately, studies show that most do not. Their bodies may put in long hours, but their hearts and minds never punch in. And that’s a terrible dilemma for organizations trying to motivate their workforces to do more with less.
Make It Matter is the antidote to crisis levels of disengagement. This upbeat, original book shows how meaning-rich workplaces connect, inspire, and catapult employees into new realms of productivity and well-being.
Not only does the book make a convincing case for change, it also explains how to become the kind of business where people love to work, and the kind of manager people love to work for. Insightful research findings, stories, and guidelines help readers create:
Direction: reframing work to add meaning
Discovery: offering challenges and thoughtful opportunities to learn and grow
Devotion: cultivating an authentic, caring culture, free from corrosive behaviors
When people feel that they matter, they give their all. Channel that power and everyone profits.
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I have personally seen these principles work in action, since I worked in Scott Mautz's organization for many years. He took a rigid and process-obsessed culture and injected meaning, the concept of leaving a legacy and eliminated complexity that enabled his people to deliver amazing results and have fun while doing it. His philosophy works to the extent that I still run into other people that worked in his organization and they, to the person, recount the time as one of the best in their career - due to the quality of the relationships that were built and the barrier-busting process that was utilized. Those philosophies, along with advice and examples from other illustrious leaders in the industry, makes this book into a leadership powerhouse and a must-read for anyone wishing to derive more meaning from their work.
Something else that bothers me about a lot of business books is that the author seems mostly to be reporting on the experiences of others. This author has been and remains a marketing executive at P&G. You can tell that he "gets it," that his point of view on how managers can best motivate through meaning is one that has been honed in the real world, with real people and with real ups and downs.
If you manage people, you should read this book. You'll be better for it. And so will those you manage.
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