What Happy Companies Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Company for the Better by Dan BakerWhat Happy Companies Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Company for the Better by Dan Baker

What Happy Companies Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Company for the Better

byDan Baker, Cathy Greenberg, Collins Hemingway

Paperback | May 22, 2006

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Happy companies are winning companies. Well-adjusted, psychologically healthy companies collaborate better. They innovate more effectively. They change faster. They see reality with exceptional clarity, but they know how to address it positively. They uncover opportunities where others fixate on obstacles and blame. What Happy Companies Know reveals the five crucial elements that happy companies share in common... and shows how to lead any company to happiness! This book reflects the experiences of the world's best companies, as well as the latest scientific research. Drawing on case studies from dozens of great businesses and exceptional leaders, this book's authors offer a complete blueprint, practical tools, and proven best practices for achieving organizational happiness and breakthrough performance. This book shows readers how to build a company where individuals at every level can apply their diverse strengths towards shared goals that are meaningful, positive, and profitable.

Three professionals with unique yet overlapping backgrounds have come together to create a book that will change the way America does business. Dan Baker, a medical psychologist, has spent his life counseling business leaders and organizations and is a pioneer in applied positive psychology. Cathy Greenberg, a trained anthropologist, h...
Title:What Happy Companies Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Company for the BetterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6.2 × 0.8 inPublished:May 22, 2006Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

                     Acknowledgments xi

                        About the Authors xv

                        Foreword xvii


Chapter 1        The Naked Ape Dons the Designer Suit  1

Chapter 2        What Is a Happy Company and Why Do I Want One?  15

Chapter 3        The Nerd from the Mists  25

Chapter 4        Scarcity Behavior in the Modern Tribe  43

Chapter 5        Aggression, Target Fixation, and the Crashes They Cause  61

Chapter 6        The Lesson of the Salmon, or Why Happiness Beats Going Belly Up  81

Chapter 7        What’s a Body to Do? Personal and Corporate Strategies for Health  95

Chapter 8        Humility, the Most Courageous Form of Leadership  111

Chapter 9        From Guts to Sight to Heart, the Role of Visionaries  131

Chapter 10      Organizing for Innovation  149

Chapter 11      Only the Emotionally Intelligent Need Apply  169

Chapter 12      Return on People  189

Chapter 13      Engage with People  205

Chapter 14      Doing Well and Doing Good  223

Chapter 15      Tools for Building Constructive Culture  245

Chapter 16      Happy Companies Are All Alike and Yet Unique  261

                      Index  281

Editorial Reviews

Penned by three successful psychology and business writers, including the author of the worldwide bestseller, What Happy People Know , this book presents a strong case for introducing the new science of organizational happiness into the workplace. Because motivated employees are the keystone to business success, companies built around people, positive mindsets and long-term goals consistently out-perform unhappy companies. Illustrated with examples of positive and successful businesses, this book will teach readers how to apply the principles, priorities and motivation of happy companies to their own organizations. Filled with practical ways to master “the softer side” of business, this guide will help employers effectively implement change and produce more cooperative, innovative and dedicated employees. One of the most convincing aspects is the discussion of the evolutionary and behavioral science on which the “science of happiness” premise is based. Thanks to the authors’ thorough research and accessible style, readers will understand not just how to improve their companies, but why it’s necessary. Original and intelligent–a “complete blueprint” for building a happy and successful organization.   --Kirkus Reports, Vol. 3, Issue 3 (March 31, 2006)    Distinguished by optimism and honesty, a happy company has a "culture in which personal respect, appreciation, and trust become a major reason for its business success." Employees won't need to sing "kumbaya" to accomplish this, assert the authors of this persuasive and encouraging if dense guide. But promoting "happiness" may result in an innovative, collaborative company with employees who are relatively stress-free and attuned to opportunity-plus, happiness will promote the bottom line. Baker (a psychologist and coauthor ofWhat Happy People Know ), Greenberg (a leadership coach) and Hemingway (a business writer and coauthor with Bill Gates ofBusiness @ the Speed of Thought ) investigate the underlying emotional, psychological and even neurological influences on good and bad business practices. Beginning with an examination of fear and aggression as motivators for negative or even passive business decisions, the book later delves into topics including strategies for combating stress both personally and as an organization, employing humility in leadership and developing emotional intelligence. This book is relevant to both the CEO concerned with motivating workers and the employee figuring out how to improve personal coping skills.(June 6)   --Publisher's Weekly (4/17 Issue)  Copyright © 1997-2005 Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.