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According to studies, we all work for the same thing--and it's not just money. It's meaning. Through our work, we seek a sense of purpose, contribution, connection, value, and hope. Digging down to the meaning of work taps our resilience in hard times and our passion in good times. That's the simple but profound premise behind this groundbreaking book by renowned management expert Dave Ulrich and psychologist Wendy Ulrich. They've talked to thousands of people--from rank-and-file workers to clients and customers to top-level executives--and synthesized major disciplines to identify the "why" behind our most successful experiences. Using the model of the "abundant organization," they provide you with the "how" to create meaning and value in your own workplace.

Learn how to:

  • Ask the seven questions that drive abundance Understand the needs of your customers and staff
  • Personalize the work to motivate your employees
  • Build and grow your business in any economy
  • By following the Ulrichs' step-by-step guidelines, you will set off a chain reaction of positive and enduring effects.

Employees who find meaning in their work are more competent, committed, and eager to contribute and their contribution will result in increased customer commitment, which delivers a winning performance on the bottom line. The Why of Work includes targeted checklists, questionnaires, and other useful tools to help you turn aspirations into action. Using the proven principles of abundance, you can coordinate your needs with those of your employers, your employees, and your customers--and create a vision that resonates for years to come. When you understand why we work, you know how to succeed.

©2010 David Ulrich and Wendy Ulrich (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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  • Dominic
  • 28-08-2011

Poor narration

I couldn't finish it. The narration is killing me...and life is just too short to suffer through this. The book is not being 'expressed' through the narrator. The narrator has his own style and what you get is that style - very strongly expressed. He could be reading ANY book - I don't think he is even hearing the words he is saying. I bet if we stopped him to ask what he just read he would have no idea. And that's the problem. After a few minutes I realize I have no idea what he is saying - my mind wanders because I'm sure the narrators mind has wandered. He is just not present or focused on the book and I can't get present either.

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