Managing for Happiness: Games, Tools, and Practices to Motivate Any Team Paperback – 6 Jul 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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In light of that, I find it really hard to say anything negative about this volume, because so much work has gone not the design - and the designer used is clearly excellent.
Packed with interesting and innovative reward systems for your co-workers, this volume talks about subjects you wish that you had thought of yourself! Delegation, management styles and employee empowerment are discussed with new vigour. Approaching appraisals and handling data are covered, as are stories, feedback and motivation. Nothing however is in chapters of those titles, but wrapped up in bigger, more practical questions which will lead you to the answers.
This book cannot be oversold - it is sensational. Whether or not you are a leader or manager is irrelevant, this book will lead you towards embracing culture change and being a positive influence in the workplace. Buy this and you will agree - this is a book of it's time and I defy you nit þo gain something from reading it. In our house the wife and I have ben fighting over it!
I am not sure that, having read this, you will necessarily wish to use every suggestion. However, what is important here, is that so many of the suggestions are different and can help improve communication, motivation and, eventually, possibly have a happier organisation. As someone who has to give performance appraisals, I would agree that, “Second only to firing employees, managers hate performance appraisals the most,” and I would use some of the suggestions. Creating a happier organisation is certainly something everyone should aim for and I think this is an interesting read for anyone managing people, in whatever capacity.
The book (a very friendly and cheerful collaboration between Jurgen and Wiley), covers the following subjects:
1. kudos box and kudos cards - Motivate people with better rewards
2. personal maps - Improve communication and understanding
3. delegation boards and delegation poker - Empower workers with Clear Boundaries
4. value stories and culture books - Define the Culture by Sharing Stories
5. exploration days and internal crowdfunding - Make Time for exploration and Self Education
6. business guilds and corporate huddles - Share knowledge, Tools and Practises
7. feedback wraps and unlimited vacation - Learn How to Offer Constructive Feedback
8. metrics ecosystem and scoreboard index - Measure Performance the Right Way
9. merit money - Pay people according to their merits
10. moving motivators - Discover Real Engagement of Workers
11. happiness door - Aim for a Happier Organization
12. yay! questions and celebration grids - Learn from Success and Failures
conclusion - Never Stop Experimenting
For me this is a book to dip into and comeback to having had a glance through it, as there is too much to think about in one sitting but it a book that provokes thought and I think that is a good thing. I am personally suspicious of the idea of unlimited vacation, in a competitive world which suffers from presentee-ism, I think it may be a way to allow employees to stay at work but perhaps I am wrong.
I've teetered between giving it 5 stars and 4 stars - I think it is probably a 4.5 star book but I erred to the positive - after all it is Managing for Happiness