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Why corporate "happiness" can be the #1 driver of sustainable success--and how to achieve it in anyorganization.
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.
About the Authors xv
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