- Paperback: 162 pages
- Publisher: Interrog8 N8ture, LLC; Version 1 edition (April 10, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996814337
- ISBN-13: 978-0996814331
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
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Danny Gutknecht is CEO and Co-founder of Pathways, an advisory firm that helps organizations tap their potential through its people strategies. He works with individuals and businesses all over the world. Danny lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Unfortunately many if not most companies today seek the employee that fit a perceived notion of qualifications instead of truly exploring the passions and desired pursuits of their employee candidates to best match them to the role assumed in their new career. As an outside the box, unconventional, they may have broken the mold employee myself that has achieved company defined #1 top success within most organizations I have had an opportunity to be a part of, I find it refreshing that these ideals are coming to light through the pages of this book. Early and throughout my career I found it demoralizing that so many large, established Fortune 1000 like companies would not take a look at me because I did not fit their conceptual profile of what an ideal employee would encompass, so I found my success competing and winning against those same organizations in smaller, unconventional thinking, successful organizations that embraced some of the unique thought processes brought to light inside the pages of this book.
As a business owner today, I will embrace and utilize the principles in this book for all hiring decisions.
In this content-rich yet easy-to-read book, Danny guides us to draw a vivid mental picture of the different possible faces of workplace, and argues why a meaning-driven effort should play a key role in creating a healthy workplace. He also takes us readers out of the workplace and see this meaning based approach in its fitted big pictures. The framework of big picture that is worthy of special mention is Bijoy Goswami's Four House Model.
I highly recommend Danny's book to all who cares about how people may be better motivated in the workplace, and how the upcoming meaning-based societal trend may be seen in the workplace. This book is an idea starter, and by itself, a powerful tool for anyone who desires a deep insight and/or makes a proactive move to improve the workplace in its embodiment of meaning, thus to improve the ultimate chance of creating a healthier and more productive workplace.
For the current U.S., the massive application of such a meaning-based approach is bound to take place in the near future. This book comes handy at such a good timing.
“How do we create environments that empower people to actualize their potential?”
"What will trigger any person or organization to switch from potential to realization?"
Danny talks about how too many organizations today want people with specific skills and experience that fit neatly their formatted culture. They think that it makes managing people easier. He notes that organizations with their list of values on the wall are looking for people who can either conform or cast them out as not a culture fit. It made me realize that for myself at 42 years of age, that my values have been built throughout my lifetime and through my own individual experiences. That to simply adopt an organizations values the way that they want them to be demonstrated just isn’t natural or realistic. Organizations are asking for robots and when it doesn’t seem natural to the employee, which it never does, they disengage. The book makes you realize that today’s organizations are expecting employees to abide by and protect their own pre-fabricated cultures instead of the organization stewarding the things that employees find meaningful in their work while constantly working on creating the environment that acts as a sand box for talent to be engaged and productive. "This is a fundamental shift from operating as an authoritarian system to a system with a process that lets individual employees participate" empowering them to inject their own intelligence and creativity into their work. While the sharing of
Danny’s research and experiences is enough by itself to pick this book up, the bonus comes half way through the book when you realize that there is a proven framework called “Essence Mining” that empowers any organization to seek out and identify those themes that are meaningful to its’ employees and how they are specifically experiencing that meaning in the environment. It’s a playbook for building great environments that talent can thrive in!
Whether you are a CEO, Head of HR, Talent, or in Leadership Development, if you are interested in attracting great talent and creating a culture that it can thrive in, this book is for you!