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Adam Zak


The Positive Business Manifesto – Hoshin Planning for Employee Engagement?

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respect_for_peopleI’ve been writing quite a bit lately about why respect for people, often vividly demonstrated when your team members are truly engaged in their day-to-day work, is critical to building and sustaining the Lean Enterprise.  And you’d have to live on another planet not to notice the plethora of business books and articles discussing the importance of developing a positive organizational culture at work. The research is clear. Positive leaders, positive work environments, and positive engaged employees produce positive results.

However, if building a positive business is so important and beneficial, then we are left to wonder, “Why aren’t more companies, more positive?” Why are there not more people skipping through the halls, smiling at their co-workers and loving their job? Why do more people die Monday morning at 9am than any other time? Why does negativity cost companies 300 billion dollars and sabotage teamwork, careers, morale and performance?

The Positive Business Manifesto, from author and business culture guru Jon Gordon, whose books and blog I’ve been folllowing for some time now, offers some insights that Lean Leaders at all levels in the organization will find to be stimulating and energizing. More importantly, I believe that implementing Jon’s principles and practices will help our organizations weather the uncertainty of this current recessionary environment. Download the PDF here… Positve Business Manifesto

Written by LeanThinker

November 5, 2008 at 3:58 pm