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Why Should Anyone Work Here? 2016-09-20T12:06:16+00:00

WHY SHOULD ANYONE WORK HERE?

Goffee & Jones

The one sentence summary

Successful company cultures need honesty and meaning, allowing people to be themselves and do work that makes sense.

WHAT THE BOOK SAYS

  • In the past, businesses made people conform to the organization’s needs. That doesn’t work any more.
  • Leaders need to attract the right people, keep them and inspire them to do their best work.
  • The best leaders are almost invisible:
  • “A leader whose existence is unknown to his subordinates is really the most brilliant one.” Zhang Ruimin, CEO of Chinese company Haier

ELEMENTS OF THE BOOK I PARTICULARLY LIKE

  • There are a set of diagnostic tools and questions to work out whether the culture is healthy (like the Creating the Best Workplace on Earth staff survey).
  • It cautions on not making promises that you can’t keep.
  • It cautions on not trying too much.
  • The authors propose six attributes of a healthy company culture (see Creating a Great Company Culture tool):
  1. Difference: Let people be themselves
  2. Radical honesty: Let people know what’s really going on
  3. Extra value: Magnify people’s strengths
  4. Authenticity: Stand for something more than just shareholder value
  5. Meaning: Make the work make sense
  6. Simple rules: Make the rules clear and apply equally to everyone