The Optimistic Workplace
Creating an Environment That Energizes Everyone
Author: Shawn Murphy
Pub Date: October 2015
Print Edition: $24.95
Print ISBN: 9780814436196
Page Count: 240
e-Book ISBN: 9780814436202
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“The Optimistic Workplace is bursting with ideas that are both imaginative and practical. It’s a rallying cry for a more uplifting world of work.” — Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take
“The Optimistic Workplace is a joyful read. At a time when we’re hearing how engagement at work is stuck in a rut and leaders just can’t be trusted, it’s really nice to see something that offers a better future . . . now. Shawn Murphy’s book is rich with examples from businesses that are putting to work a new work ethic. It’s an ethic based on values, meaning, purpose, and balance. It’s an ethic that stresses stewardship and leadership, hope and happiness, openness and caring. The Optimistic Workplace is certain to uplift our spirits. It’ll also prove to you that it pays to be positive.” — Jim Kouzes, coauthor of the award-winning and bestselling The Leadership Challenge and the dean’s executive fellow of leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
“Just as sunlight and rich soil lead plants to thrive, optimism provides the nutrients of a flourishing organization. Shawn Murphy shares his journey of diving deep into organizations filled with this positive energy and, in doing so, teaches us all how to add to our own. Take the journey with him!”— Rich Sheridan, CEO, Chief Storyteller, Menlo Innovations, and author of Joy, Inc: How We Built a Workplace People Love
“Behavior is often a function of environment, and environment is a function of leadership. In this well-researched and applicable read, Shawn Murphy outlines how to build the positive environment that yields positive behavior.” — David Burkus, author of The Myths of Creativity
“The Optimistic Workplace is an essential exploration of what makes work fun, meaningful, and ultimately worth doing. If you’re serious about building an extraordinary workplace then you need to know the insights in Shawn Murphy’s new book.”— Ron Friedman, Ph.D., author of The Best Place to Work
“Murphy has hit upon the ‘Rosetta Stone’ for business—how to believe in something while still delivering results. I loved it. Optimism is the essence of innovation—the idea that you can do something better, but with a purpose. This is a must-read for any emerging manager or leader imagining success in the 21st-century economy.” — Ron Ricci, Vice President, Customer Experience Services, Cisco
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