The Passionate Organization: Igniting the Fire of Employee Commitment - James R. LucasAmacom, 1999, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
From the cover: “What separates today’s winning companies from the merely adequate? What truly makes a difference in business? This breakthrough book has the surprising answer—passion. Provocative yet highly practical, it puts passion in a whole new light as a "hard" skill with clear bottom-line impact. “Ultimately, we’re not driven by what we know, but what we feel” firmly believes noted author and speaker James R. Lucas. And, as he demonstrates, that holds especially true when it comes to our work.
The Passionate Organization shows leaders and managers how to find and inspire passionate people, with a focus on deeply-held core values, mutual trust, and a common vision. Filled with lively, real-world examples and straightforward strategies, the book reveals the keys to bringing diverse, driven, and feisty people together and bringing out their best. Readers will discover:
• ten clues to whether employees are passionate about a company and their role in it — including their willingness to confront reality and their desire to make a difference
• how to align organizational goals with employees’ personal passions — and why it’s both the right thing and the smart thing to do • how to pick and prepare the right passionate people, and cut out the deadwood — including smart and accomplished workers who aren’t committed to the vision
• how to separate strategy from planning — and ensure that the strategy is flexible enough to survive the turbulence that’s always ahead
• how to explore and direct passion — instead of striving to control or suppress it
• how to stoke the fire of waning passions — and take on crises and obstacles with a roar
• the power of daring to be spiritual — without treading on workers’ religious beliefs
Inspiring and iconoclastic, timely and pragmatic, The Passionate Organization gives decision-makers the vital insights to be on the winning side when the enthusiasm of the heart overwhelms the logic of the head. By tapping into what makes people excited about work and committed to a company, this book could well make the workplace of tomorrow not only more effective and productive, but also much happier.”