The Why Of Work

Dave Ulrich Wendy Ulrich



Before you ask, "Why aren't my employees working harder?" . . . ask yourself, "Why are my employees working?"


"Will help managers create a sense of purpose among employees, motivating them and inspiring them to break out to do more."-Publishers Weekly

"Principled, timely, and engaging, The Why of Work teaches that building a culture of abundance andcommon purpose is essential to organizational success." -- Stephen R. Covey, bestselling author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

"Will have a major impact on how individuals shape their attitude to work, how organizations create abundant cultures, and how leaders turn personal meaning into public good." -- Jigmi Y. Thinley, Prime Minister of Bhutan

"The Why of Work shows a better, different way to build and lead organizations. It is an insightful guide to how leaders can infuse meaning into their organizations." -- Jeffrey Pfeffer, Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business and author of Power: Why Some People Have It-and Others Don't

"This book brings the question 'why' to the place in which we spend most of our adult lives, giving usinsightful tools to help make a meaningful difference in people's lives." -- Don Hall, Jr., president and CEO, Hallmark Cards, Inc.

"This is a must read for anyone who works, leads others at work, or works to build a supportive environment." -- Beverly Kaye, founder/CEO, Career Systems International, and coauthor of Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay

"Breaks new ground . . . . Going beyond competence and commitment to create abundance at work could be the next frontier for leaders." -- Paul Humphries, EVP Human Resources, Flextronics

"The Why of Work opens the door to significant employee engagement. The alignment between company values and those of customers and communities can indeed give employees a sense of purpose while delivering great results to customers!" -- Paula S. Larson, Chief HR Officer, Invesys

"Blackstone has proved that finding superior leaders produces superior results. Dave Ulrich has brought this thinking to a new level at Blackstone. Every private equity investor and senior manager must read this book." -- James Quella, Senior Operating Partner, The Blackstone Group

According to studies, we all work for the same thing--and it's not just money. It's meaning. Through our work, we seek a sense of purpose, contribution, connection, value, and hope. Digging down to the meaning of work taps our resilience in hard times and our passion in good times.That's the simple but profound premise behind this groundbreaking book by renowned management expert Dave Ulrich and psychologist Wendy Ulrich. They've talked to thousands of people--from rank-and-file workers to clients and customers to top-level executives--and synthesized major disciplines to identify the "why" behind our mostsuccessful experiences.

Using the model of the "abundant organization," they provide you with the "how" to create meaning and value in your own workplace. Learn how to:

As the seven questions that drive abundance

Understand the needs of your customers and staff

Personalize the work to motivate your employees

Build and grow your business in any economy

By following the Ulrichs' step-by-step guidelines, you will set off a chain reaction of positive and enduring effects. Employees who find meaning in their work are more competent, committed, and eager to contribute-and their contribution will result in increased customer commitment, which delivers a winning performance on the bottom line.

The Why of Work includes targeted checklists, questionnaires, and other useful tools to help you turnaspirations into action. Using the proven principles of abundance, you can coordinate your needs with those of your employers, your employees, and your customers--and create a vision that resonates for years to come. When you understand why we work, you know how to succeed.

DAVE ULRICH, PH.D., is a professor of businessat the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and cofounder of The RBL Group. He has written 23 books that cover topics in HR, leadership, and organization; he serves on the Board of Directors for Herman Miller and the Board of Trustees of Southern Virginia University; and he is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.

WENDY ULRICH, PH.D., M.B.A., has been apracticing psychologist for over 20 years. She is thefounder of Sixteen Stones Center for Growth, which offers seminar-retreats on creating abundance and meaning, and she has authored two books on personal change.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Purpose and Meaning: Emphasizing the significance of finding purpose and meaning in one's work, connecting personal values and aspirations with organizational goals.

  2. Employee Engagement: Recognizing that engaged employees are those who find meaning in their work, feel valued, and understand how their contributions align with organizational objectives.

  3. Workplace Culture: Building a positive work culture that fosters a sense of purpose, belonging, and fulfillment among employees.

  4. Leadership's Role: Highlighting the role of leaders in creating environments that inspire and support employees in finding meaning and purpose in their work.

  5. Individual Fulfillment: Acknowledging that work can contribute to an individual's sense of fulfillment and well-being beyond financial rewards.

  6. Alignment with Organizational Values: Encouraging organizations to align their mission, vision, and values with employees' personal values to enhance motivation and commitment.

  7. Continuous Learning and Development: Emphasizing the importance of continuous learning, growth, and skill development in achieving personal and organizational objectives.

  8. Work-Life Integration: Addressing the need for a balanced approach to work and personal life, where work contributes positively to overall well-being.

  9. Feedback and Recognition: Recognizing and appreciating employees' contributions through regular feedback, recognition, and opportunities for advancement.

  10. Impact on Performance: Highlighting how a sense of purpose and meaning at work can positively impact individual and organizational performance.

Language English
ISBN-10 9352602102
ISBN-13 978-9352602100
No of pages 271
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Tata Mcgraw-Hill
Published Date 28 Jul 2010

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