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Joy at Work by Dennis Bakke

Joy at Work by Dennis Bakke



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Joy at Work: A Revolutionary Approach To Fun on the Job by Dennis W. Bakke. Get more at www.dennisbakke.com. Executive Summary of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Joy at Work: A Revolutionary Approach To Fun on the Job by Dennis W. Bakke. Get more at www.dennisbakke.com. Executive Summary of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

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Publish date: Jul 1, 2006
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“A timely and inspiring book that challenges us to rethink thepurpose of business.”
— President Bill Clinton
“A must-read book for anyone who wants to make work fun.”
— Jack Kemp,former HUD secretary and vice presidential candidate
“Dennis Bakke’s book is a ‘coaching manual’ on how to make funand success synonymous in the workplace.”
— Mike Holmgren, coach of the Seattle Seahawks
Imagine a company where people love coming to work and are highly produc-tive on a daily basis. Imagine a company whose top executives, in a quest to createthe most “fun” workplace ever, obliterate labor-management divisions and pushdecision-making responsibility down to the plant floor. Could such a company compete in today’s bottom-line corporate world? Could it even turn a profit? Well, imagine no more. In
 Joy at Work,
Dennis Bakke tells the true story of thisextraordinary company—and how, as its co-founder and longtime CEO, he chal-lenged the business establishment with revolutionary ideas that could remake America’s organizations. It is the story of AES, a worldwide energy giant with40,000 employees in 31 countries and revenues of $8.6 billion.Business is about doing what’s right. Principles are the bottom line.Integrity – Principles and values must guide all decisions.Fairness – Fairness means treating everybody differently.Freedom – Eliminate management, organization charts and job descriptions.Fun – Having the opportunity to make important decisions that contributeto the success of the company.
 Joy at Work 
offers a model for the 21st-century company that treats itspeople with respect, gives them unprecedented responsibility, and holds themstrictly accountable—because it’s the right thing to do,
 just because it makesgood business sense. More than any book you’ve ever read, Dennis Bakke’s
 Joy at Work 
 will force you to question everything you
you knew aboutcorporate success.
A Revolutionary Approachto Fun on the Job
 Available in bookstores everywhere
 Joy at Work
is simply the best book I have ever read about integrating human val-ues and economic success. Bakke has changed the nature of the game of businessforever. The book is an answer to our cynicism and materialism and to the loss of faith in our leaders. It is required reading for all who are in a leadership position,are studying leadership, or know someone who is doing either.”
–Peter Block, author of 
The Answer to How Is Yes 
 Joy at Work
is a major breakthrough in corporate decision making, which isbuttressed by actual practice. It is right in principle, persuasively argued, andreader-friendly, as well as pioneering in its potential to revolutionize the culturesof corporations and most other organizations in society.”
–Joel L. Fleishman, professor of law and public policy studies, Duke University 
“For too long, our nation’s laws and regulations have stifled our workplaces. DennisBakke holds fast to the belief that when American workers are given freedom andresponsibility, they are more productive, creative, loyal, and joyful. He wonderfully details the creation of an organization that recognizes the shared values of all thestakeholders—owners, management, employees, and the community.”
–U.S. Senator Don Nickles
“Work—fun, exciting, stimulating, and totally enjoyable—is this a dream cometrue? Bakke could be way ahead of today’s corporate leaders’ thinking.”
–Peter Woicke, executive vice president, International Finance Corporation
“For 20 years, as co-founder, president, then chief executive officer, Dennis Bakkerode hard that great thoroughbred of American corporations, AES. And thenshe stumbled. To see her at her best, to see her down, was in fact to see the sameanimal—the most originally wired, finely wrought athlete to run the distance.
 Joy at Work
is Dennis Bakke’s brilliant making of the beast.”
–David Bradley, chairman and owner of Atlantic Media 
“Can a corporation do God’s work—for its employees, its customers, and forsociety—and still make a profit? Dennis Bakke showed as a CEO that it definitely can and, in this compelling book, he shows how every company might.”
–Morton Kondracke, executive editor of Roll Call and Fox News contributor

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