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The positive organization : breaking free from conventional cultures, constraints, and beliefs

Author: Robert E Quinn; Wayne Shepherd
Publisher: [Oakland, CA] : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
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Beholden to accepted assumptions about people and organizations, too many enterprises waste human potential. Robert Quinn shows how to defy convention and create organizations where people feel fully engaged and continually rewarded, where both individually and collectively they flourish and exceed expectations.The problem is that leaders are following a negative and constraining "mental map" that insists  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
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Electronic audio books
Material Type: Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Robert E Quinn; Wayne Shepherd
ISBN: 9781626567450 162656745X
OCLC Number: 919126221
Performer(s): Read by Wayne Shepherd.
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file (03 hr., 34 min., 52 sec.)) : digital
Contents: Introduction: the reality of possibility --
The positive organization --
Becoming bilingual --
Creating a sense of purpose --
Nurturing authentic conversations --
Seeing possibility --
Embracing the common good --
Trusting the emergent process --
Using the positive organization generator --
Appendix --
The positive organization generator --
Index --
About the author.
Responsibility: Robert E. Quinn.

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Beholden to accepted assumptions about people and organizations, too many enterprises waste human potential. Robert Quinn shows how to defy convention and create organizations where people feel fully engaged and continually rewarded, where both individually and collectively they flourish and exceed expectations.The problem is that leaders are following a negative and constraining "mental map" that insists organizations must be rigid, top-down hierarchies and that the people in them are driven mainly by self-interest and fear. But leaders can adopt a different mental map, one where organizations are networks of fluid, evolving relationships and where people are motivated by a desire to grow, learn, and serve a larger goal. Using dozens of memorable stories, Quinn describes specific actions leaders can take to facilitate the emergence of this organizational culture--helping people gain a sense of purpose, engage in authentic conversations, see new possibilities, and sacrifice for the common good. The book includes the Positive Organization Generator, a tool that provides 100 real-life practices from positive organizations and helps you reinvent them to fit your specific needs. With the POG you can identify and implement the practices that will have the greatest impact on your organization. At its heart, the book helps leaders to see new possibilities that lie within the acknowledged realities of organizational life. It provides five keys for learning to be "bilingual"--speaking the conventional language of business as well as the language of the positive organization. When leaders can do this, they are able to make real and lasting change.

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