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The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations That Win

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"Principled, timely, and engaging, The Why of Work teaches that building a culture of abundance and common 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 indivi
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Published June 18th 2010 by McGraw-Hill Education (first published May 10th 2010)
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Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dave and Wendy Ulrich’s book about abundance is itself an example of abundance. Dave, a business writer, and Wendy, a psychologist, sweep you up in a tide of leadership ideas, processes, quotations and stories that hammer home a thesis so right and true you might mistake it for common sense: Workers who care about their jobs and understand why they work will exceed your expectations and break the boundaries of their job descriptions. They will better serve
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Sep 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very few things are guaranteed in life ... but a recommendation from Marci Nickell is always worth pursuing. The Ulrichs were former clients of Marci's, as was I.

Their book, "The Way of Work," has application well beyond the corporation. Anyone trying to achieve something great knows that the starting point is to give meaning and value to that achievement. For it is the depth of meaning that correlates to the strength of resolve to accomplish the goal. Francis Ford Coppola is quoted as saying t
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Human beings need meaning to be happiest and most productive. And while this has been known individually and collectively for a long time, leaders often struggle trying to help people – and entire organizations – capture, create or find meaning in their work.

The Why of WorkThat is the focus of this book written by a married couple – Dave, a professor of business, author and more, and Wendy, a practicing psychologist. This “marriage” brings a unique and valuable perspective to a book on an import
Feb 16, 2015 rated it liked it
First a confession that I HEARD this book on audio in my car. Having said that, listening to it could be excruciating. The "see chapter 7" and "as explained in list 2, 3 and four below" don't work, but also sounded like a recipe rather than a book. Like many books on business advice, this could have been a 10 page monograph rather than an 11 chapter book as it has to bring in 10 examples for every concept.

The subject and principles mostly ring true, but one or two examples seem so pat as to bei
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that gets in to the meaning of work and how leaders can create abundant organisations with abundant individuals therein. It draws on the significant qualifications and experience of the authors as well as the material of others I have read such as Martin Seligman on Happiness, William Bridges on Transitions and Robert Eichinger and Michael Lombardo (Lominger combined) on competencies. It also relates some interesting lessons from historical figures and events such as President Abraham Lin ...more
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Why of Work is a compelling look at adding meaning to any job. Working a career-building job myself, I enjoy the 'work' I do, but I do not like having a 'job'; not out of laziness or sloth or despising work, but working full-time is not what I want to do all my life. That said, I found many useful insights into helping me find more joy and meaning in my 'job,' even though I am not the direct audience of this book.
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Pretty good book.
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Every c- suite executive, manager, and team lead should read & understand.
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This had some interesting concepts and probably would have been more interesting to me if I liked business genre books. I tried to apply the principles to my family setting, but kind of a stretch.
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David Olson Ulrich is a university professor, author, speaker, management coach, and management consultant. Ulrich is a professor of business at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and co-founder of The RBL Group
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