The Dream Manager
A business parable about how companies can achieve remarkable results by helping their employees fulfill their dreams Managing people is difficult. With disengagement and turnover on the rise, many managers are scratching their heads wondering what to do. It's not that we dont dream of being great managers, it's just that we havent found a practical and efficient way to do it. Until now . . . The fictional company in this remarkable book is grappling with real problems of high turnover and low morale -- so the managers begin to investigate what really drives the employees. What they discover is that the key to motivation isnt necessarily the promise of a bigger paycheck or title, but rather the fulfillment of crucial personal dreams. They also learned that people at every level need to be offered specific kinds of help and encouragement -- or our dreams will forever remain just dreams as we grow dissatisfied with our lives and jobs. Beginning with his important thought that a company can only become the-best-version-of-itself to the extent that its employees are becoming better-versions-of-themselves, Matthew Kelly explores the connection between the dreams we are chasing personally and the way we all engage at work. Tackling head-on the growing problem of employee disengagement, Kelly explores the dynamic collaboration that is unleashed when people work together to achieve company objectives and personal dreams. The power of The Dream Manager is that simply becoming aware of the concept will change the way you manage and relate to people instantly and forever. What's your dream?
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NEWS & OPINION: Finding It
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NEWS & OPINION: 2007 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards announced today
Posted January 15, 2008, 3:05 PM with category of General BusinessThe day has finally arrived. After careful consideration, the winners have been determined for our first annual Business Book Awards. Nearly 300 titles were submitted which were then critiqued and reviewed by our editorial staff. Read more
NEWS & OPINION: 2007 Best Business Book Awards: Semifinalists and Shortlist announced today
Posted December 17, 2007, 4:09 PM with category of General BusinessAfter nearly 300 submissions and weeks of intense reading, the 8cr editorial staff has narrowed down the top titles to be considered as the best in 13 categories for the first 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards. The shortlist for the Best Business Book of 2007 was also announced which includes: The Dream Manager Matthew Kelly The Last Tycoons William D. Cohan Made to Stick Chip and Dan Heath Strengths Finder 2. Read more
NEWS & OPINION: Two New Fables Break-up Summer Bestsellers Club
Posted August 31, 2007, 6:16 PM with category of General BusinessAfter a summer of same-old, same-old on the Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller List, two new books appear this week signaling the start to the fall business book season. Given some of my comments recently, it serves me right that I have to report both titles are business fables. Pat Lencioni returns with his sixth story-based book, titled The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (and Their Employees). Read more
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