All In by Adrian Gostick
How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results

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I consider it “must reading” for C-level executives and for those who aspire to become one; but it is also, in my opinion, “must reading” for business school instructors and their students because the material that Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton provide is relevant to all organizations (whatever their size and nature may be) and to all of those who comprise the workforce in those organizations (whatever the level and area of operations may be).
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To have any hope of succeeding as a manager, you need to get your people all in.

Whether you manage the smallest of teams or a multi-continent organization, you are the owner of a work culture—congratulations—and few things will have a bigger impact on your performance than getting your people to buy into your ideas and your cause and to believe what they do matters.

Bestselling authors of The Carrot Principle and The Orange Revolution, Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton return to answer the most overlooked leadership questions of our day: Why are some managers able to get their employees to commit wholeheartedly to their culture and give that extra push that leads to outstanding results? And how can managers at any level build and sustain a profitable, vibrant work-group culture of their own?

These leading workplace experts teamed up with research giant Towers Watson to analyze an unprecedented 300,000-person study, and they made a groundbreaking finding: managers of the highest-performing work groups create a “culture of belief.” In these distinctive workplaces, people believe in their leaders and in the company’s vision, values, and goals. Employees are not only engaged but also enabled and energized (termed the three Es), which leads to astonishing results—average annual revenues three times higher than for organizations lacking such a positive culture. And this was true during a period that included this most recent recession.

Based on their extensive consulting experience and in-depth interviews with leaders and employees at exceptional companies such as American Express, Cigna, Avis Budget, Pepsi Bottling, and Hard Rock, the authors present a simple seven-step road map for creating a culture of belief: define a burning platform; create a customer focus; develop agility; share everything; partner with your talent; root for each other; and establish clear accountability. Delving into specific how-tos for each step, they share eye-opening stories of exceptional leaders in action, vividly depicting just how these powerful methods can be implemented by any manager.

All In draws on cutting-edge psychology and all of the creative genius that have made Gostick and Elton a must-read for leaders worldwide. This vital resource will empower managers everywhere to inspire a new level of commitment and performance.
 

About Adrian Gostick

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Adrian Gostick is the co-author of the bestselling Carrot books and co-founder with Chester Elton of The Culture Works, their new consultancy for leadership development training, which has signed on a number of leading global companies including American Express, Kmart, and Towers Watson. He gives approximately 50 keynote addresses to companies and conferences annually. His blog can be found at adriangostick.com. Chester Elton, dubbed ""the apostle of appreciation"" by the Globe & Mail, is coauthor of the bestselling Carrot books and co-founder of The Culture Works. He was previously O.C. Tanner’s lead recognition consultant and researcher. He appears weekly on WCBS radio's Building Better Places to Work segment, broadcast to 130 stations in the top 50 US media markets. His blog can be found at chesterelton.com.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Free Press. 258 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Bob Morris on Apr 03 2012

I consider it “must reading” for C-level executives and for those who aspire to become one; but it is also, in my opinion, “must reading” for business school instructors and their students because the material that Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton provide is relevant to all organizations (whatever their size and nature may be) and to all of those who comprise the workforce in those organizations (whatever the level and area of operations may be).

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