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Joy at Work: Revolutionary Approach to Fun on the Job

Book by Dennis Bakke, review from Peter Han on Amazon - "Bakke was co-founder and eventually CEO of AES, a large energy company which grew to over $8 billion in annual revenue and over 40,000 employees. Bakke's Joy at Work is in part, a CEO memoir, as it chronicles AES's growth, complete with anecdotes about boardroom confrontations, employee relations, and new openings of production facilities. Joy at Work goes beyond the standard business tale, though: Bakke believes in moral values as ends in themselves, as opposed to means towards the end of greater financial return, and he's not afraid to say it.

A number of authors in recent years have made the case that companies which embody humanistic values, and which nurture uplifting cultures, come to house happier, more productive employees. "Values" should be embraced, the argument goes, because they lead to better business results. Bakke shuns such thinking. He wants "values" for values' sake--because he believes they are an integral part of the human experience, and one that daily work should incorporate. He argues that financial return is only one good alongside others. As Bakke writes at one point in Joy at Work: "Why should enriching shareholders be more important than producing quality products and selling them to customers at fair prices?"

... Joy at Work provokes questions and warrants a read, if, for no reason other than its impressive string of blurbs from friends of the author: Everyone from President Bill Clinton to Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren vouches for Bakke and his gospel." For more information visit the Joy at Work website.

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posted by Justin Forman | 5.01.2009 - 7:02 AM

1 Comments:

we really short-change ourselves if we look at work as pure drudgery. We can be productive, energetic, a solid Christian witness and good for our organization at the same time as having FUN at work.

It takes some doing and an attitude change -- but it can be done.

I will read this book!

David
www.redletterbelievers.com
commented by Anonymous Red letter believers, 9:22 AM  

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