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Nine Lies about Work
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Nine Lies about Work
A Freethinking Leader's Guide to the Real World
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Your organization's culture is the key to its success. Strategic planning is essential. People's competencies should be measured and their weaknesses shored up. People crave feedback. These may sound like basic truths of our work lives today. But actually, they're lies. As Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall show in this provocative, inspiring book, there are some big lies-distortions, faulty assumptions, wrong thinking-running through our organizational lives. But there are those who can get past the lies and discover what's real. These are freethinking leaders who recognize the power and beauty of our individual uniqueness, who know that emergent patterns are more valuable than received wisdom, and that evidence is more powerful than dogma. With engaging stories and incisive analysis, the authors reveal the essential truths that such freethinking leaders will recognize immediately: that it is the strength and cohesiveness of your team, not your company's culture, that matters most; that we need less focus on top-down planning and more on giving our people reliable, real-time intelligence; that rather than trying to align people's goals we should strive to align people's sense of purpose and meaning; that people don't want constant feedback, they want helpful attention. This is the real world of work.
Your organization's culture is the key to its success. Strategic planning is essential. People's competencies should be measured and their weaknesses shored up. People crave feedback. These may sound like basic truths of our work lives today. But actually, they're lies. As Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall show in this provocative, inspiring book, there are some big lies-distortions, faulty assumptions, wrong thinking-running through our organizational lives. But there are those who can get past the lies and discover what's real. These are freethinking leaders who recognize the power and beauty of our individual uniqueness, who know that emergent patterns are more valuable than received wisdom, and that evidence is more powerful than dogma. With engaging stories and incisive analysis, the authors reveal the essential truths that such freethinking leaders will recognize immediately: that it is the strength and cohesiveness of your team, not your company's culture, that matters most; that we need less focus on top-down planning and more on giving our people reliable, real-time intelligence; that rather than trying to align people's goals we should strive to align people's sense of purpose and meaning; that people don't want constant feedback, they want helpful attention. This is the real world of work.
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  • Marcus Buckingham is a New York Times bestselling author, global researcher, and thought leader. He is head of all people and performance research at the ADP Research Institute and the author of several books, including Nine Lies About Work (with Ashley Goodall) and StandOut 2.0.
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  • AudioFile Magazine Narrating their own work, Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall argue that much, if not all, of the flurry of activity and corporate lip service paid to performance reviews, strategic planning, and corporate culture is in reality counterproductive. Drawing distinctions between management and leadership, the audiobook explores nine generally accepted but arguably false theories. Buckingham's lighter and more lilting voicing is better suited to the task of narrating this business tome. His phrasing is solid, understandable, and workmanlike, easing the listener's understanding. The more quantitative research-based information is read by Goodall, whose deeper voice, a bit nasal and professorial, too often loses this listener's focused attention. The overall message here is to find ways to creatively and organically grow your organizational teams. W.A.G. 2020 Audies Finalist � AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine
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