Here you'll find a list of some of our top picks of books, talks, and podcasts on 'making work more fun'. Add your personal tips in the comments below the article.
Books - case studies
- Ari Weinzweig - A lapsed anarchist's approach to ... - series (Zingerman's)
- Arthur Cremers, Anja van der Horst & Wim van Twuijver - Poleposition (Hollands Kroon)
- David Marquet - Turn the ship around! (USS Santa Fe)
- Dee Hock - One from many (VISA)
- Dennis Bakke - Joy at work (AES)
- Eckart Wintzen - Eckart's notes (BSO-Origin)
- Jean-Francois Zobrist - La belle histoire de Favi (FAVI)
- Sharda S. Nandram - Organizational Innovation by Integrating Simplification (Buurtzorg)
- Laszlo Bock - Work rules! (Google)
- Ricardo Semler - Maverick (Semco)
- Richard Sheridan - Joy, Inc. (Menlo Innovations)
- Stanley McCrystal - Team of teams (US Army)
- Tony Hsieh - Delivering happiness (Zappos)
- Wouter Torfs - Werken met hart en ziel (Torfs Schoenen)
- Yvon Chouinard - Let my people go surfing (Patagonia)
Books - Others
- Brian Carney & Isaac Getz – Freedom Inc
- Daniel Pink – Drive
- David Burkus – Under new management
- Dennis Bakke – The decision maker
- Doug Kirkpatrick – Beyond empowerment
- Frederic Laloux – Reinventing organizations
- Henry Stewart – The happy manifesto
- Jacob Botter & Lars Kolind – Unboss
- John Case – Open-book management
- Mathieu Weggeman – Leidinggeven aan professionals? Niet doen!
- Laurence Peter & Raymond Hull – The Peter principle
- Robert Kegan & Lisa Laskow Lahey – An everyone culture
- Ron Friedman – The best place to work
- Salim Ismail, Michael Malone & Yuri van Geest – Exponential organizations
- Shawn Achor – The happiness advantage
- Simon Sinek – Start with why
- Yves Morieux – Six simple rules
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Social capital and social networks are becoming increasingly important in today’s economy at large, and for individuals within organisations. For my MSc dissertation in Organisational Psychology, I researched how newcomers transition into a self-managing organisation (Lee & Edmondson, 2017), an organisation where authority is decentralised and classic manager-subordinate relationships are absent.
It’s all about your people. Now more than ever. But in knee-jerk reactions to the coronavirus many companies are laying off large numbers. I want to shout out to the shareholder-value managers driven by their spreadsheets: “This is not only inhumane. It is bad for your business!”. Why? It will harm your company. Companies that treat their people best in bad times emerged as winners in the past.
"Nothing reveals character like a crisis." We wrote this recently and, as predicted, during the Corona crisis, companies revealed their true colors. Recently, we highlighted the bad. So let's turn to the good, and highlight organizations that not only talk about putting people first, but also walk their talk. Let's applaud those that put their money where their mouth is in difficult times.