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Managing for Happiness: Games, Tools, and Practices to Motivate Any Team Paperback – June 27, 2016
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"Jurgen's book should be on every leader's bookshelf!" (Management Services, September 2016)
From the Back Cover
Happy teams are more productive and managers should find joy at work, too!
"Jurgen's book is practical and fun, but most of all, it's subversive. If you care enough to get started, you'll discover that these tools will transform everything about your organization."
Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception
Fact: Happy organizations are more productive and more innovative.
Is there something I can do to foster a better company culture? More productivity from my team? More innovation from management? And more happiness for everyone?
Managing for Happiness offers concrete games, tools, and practices for all workers. It addresses many common leadership questions, such as:
- How can we measure performance?
- How can we reward people in a better way?
- How can we replace performance appraisals?
- How can we motivate our teams?
- How can we change the organization's culture?
In modern organizations, people are expected to be servant leaders and systems thinkers, but nobody explains exactly how to do this. Managing for Happiness offers you serious games, innovative tools, and simple practices. You can use them immediately to motivate any team, change the culture, boost productivity, and nurture innovation across your company. Because management is too important to leave to the managers! Everyone deserves to work in a happier organization.
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=== Summary of the book (spoiler alert !!!) ===
The book starts with Melly Shum - a fictional character from Rotterdam - who hates her job, but she did not do anything about it. The motivation of the book is... "So do you want to be the next Melly Shum?" The thesis of the book is "Hate job = unhappy". The solution proposed is: "How to make a happy workplace" by (largely) improving communication techniques and changing the corporate power hierarchy so that things such as "credit of work", "merit reward" and "effort recognition" are assigned in a more rational (and fair) way. In other words, this is Tony Hsieh's ethos of "Happy Management" formula for process oriented managers who need the message delivered in small chunks, workshopable exercises and bright colors but not too bright. :)
As a keynote speak and consultant in the company culture space, I see organizations struggle all the time with how to align the team, drive results, and make work more meaningful. Outside of hiring me (if I do say so myself), they should all read and apply the methods that Appelo covers in this amazing book.
Not only will it change the way you approach management -- but it is fun and easy to devour every single page of this gorgeously illustrated book.