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Make It Matter

Book Description

How many people find a sense of purpose in their jobs? Unfortunately, studies show that most do not. Their bodies may put in long hours, but their hearts and minds never punch in. And that’s a terrible dilemma for organizations trying to motivate their workforces to do more with less.

Make It Matteris the antidote to crisis levels of disengagement. This upbeat, original book shows how meaning-rich workplaces connect, inspire, and catapult employees into new realms of productivity and well-being.

Not only does the book make a convincing case for change, it also explains how to become the kind of business where people love to work, and the kind of manager people love to work for. Insightful research findings, stories, and guidelines help readers create:

Direction: reframing work to add meaning

Discovery: offering challenges and thoughtful opportunities to learn and grow

Devotion: cultivating an authentic, caring culture, free from corrosive behaviors

When people feel that they matter, they give their all. Channel that power and everyone profits.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. INTRODUCTION
  6. PART ONE: DEFINITION
    1. CHAPTER 1: Why Meaning Matters
      1. THE MEANING OF “MEANING”
      2. MEANING AS A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
      3. PROFOUND PERFORMANCE
      4. MEANING AS A COMPASSIONATE ADVANTAGE
    2. CHAPTER 2: The Markers of Meaning
      1. DIRECTION
      2. What’s the point?
      3. DISCOVERY
      4. DEVOTION
      5. DILIGENCE
  7. PART TWO : DIRECTION
    1. CHAPTER 3: The Potency of Purpose
      1. THE IMPACT OF PURPOSE
      2. Purpose is the Profound Why.
      3. THE PATH TO PURPOSE
      4. Step 1: Change the Equation
      5. Step 2: Change Your Questions
      6. Step 3: Put the “Me” in Meaning
      7. Step 4: Conduct an Inner Interview
      8. Step 5: Commit to Something Greater Than Yourself
      9. Step 6: State Your Purpose
      10. PURPOSE POWER-UPS
      11. Mission Fit
      12. Job Reframing
    2. CHAPTER 4: The Lighthouse of Legacy
      1. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LEGACY AND PURPOSE
      2. Legacy is the Profound What.
      3. THE PIVOTAL MOMENT
      4. THE FIVE FOOTPRINTS OF LEGACY
      5. Enduring Results
      6. Transfer of Knowledge
      7. Passing on Values and Life Lessons
      8. Relationships and Lives Serviced
      9. Stories Told About You
      10. THE FIVE-STEP FOOTPATH TO LEGACY-WORTHY RESULTS
      11. Step 1: Appreciate the Power of Legacy and Commit
      12. Step 2: Color-Code Your Work Plan
      13. Step 3: Choose Your Investments for Enacting a Legacy
      14. Step 4: Write Your Legacy Statement and Align Your Legacy Projects
      15. Step 5: Be Attentive to “Others-Focused” Vehicles for Legacy-Worthy Results
  8. PART THREE: DISCOVERY
    1. CHAPTER 5: Learning and Personal Growth
      1. THE LEARNING AND GROWTH ENVIRONMENT
      2. Method 1: Learn About Learning
      3. Method 2: Be Conducive to Learning
      4. Method 3: Practice Managerial Metamorphosis
      5. Method 4: Reimagine Their Jobs
      6. Method 5: Promote Learning Exchanges
      7. Method 6: Make the Employee’s Personal Learning a Priority
      8. Method 7: Lean Forward to Learn
    2. CHAPTER 6: Meaningful Decision Making and Influence
      1. EMPLOYEE-CENTERED DECISION MAKING
      2. A METHOD FOR EMPLOYEE-CENTERED DECISION MAKING
      3. Step 1: Fulfill the Foundational Requirements
      4. Step 2: Hold a Decision Stakeholders Meeting
      5. Step 3: Ask for a Recommendation
      6. Step 4: Conduct Inquiries, Not Inquisitions
      7. Step 5: Debate. Decide. Commit.
      8. Step 6: Ensure Energy-Yielding Outcomes
      9. Step 7: Conduct a Decision Quality Check
      10. INTELLIGENT AUTONOMY
  9. PART FOUR: DEVOTION
    1. CHAPTER 7: Cultures of Consequence
      1. CARING
      2. Family Unit—Not Military Unit
      3. Rewards and Recognition Done Right
      4. Respect
      5. Work-Life Harmony
      6. Personal Well-Being
      7. AUTHENTICITY
      8. Being Where You Belong
      9. Being True to Yourself
      10. Conducting Yourself in an Authentic Manner
      11. TEAMWORK
      12. Teamwork Engenders Esprit de Corps
      13. Teamwork Enables Interdependence
      14. Teamwork Creates a Shared Learning Lab
      15. Teamwork Results in Meaningful Results
      16. WORK IN A COMMUNITY, NOT A CORPORATION
    2. CHAPTER 8: Meaning-Making Leadership
      1. TRAITS OF MEANING-MAKING LEADERS
      2. Have a Passion for Potential
      3. Emit a Caring, Connective Undercurrent
      4. Possess Framing Finesse
      5. Create an Atmosphere of Relaxed Intensity
      6. MEANING-MAKING MESSAGING
      7. SPECIALTY MEANING-MAKING MESSAGING
      8. MY OPEN BOOK BELIEFS
      9. THE BOSS (Blueprint for an Organizationally Savvy Startup)
      10. IN TIMES OF ADVERSITY
    3. CHAPTER 9: Cutting Off Corrosive Behaviors
      1. DESTROYING A SENSE OF CERTAINTY
      2. Lack of Integrity
      3. Indecision
      4. Inconsistency
      5. Mismanagement of Change
      6. Lack of Communication/Listening
      7. DESTROYING A SENSE OF COMPLETION
      8. Killing Feelings of Ownership
      9. Creation of Rework and Waste
      10. DESTROYING A SENSE OF CONFIDENCE
      11. DESTROYING A SENSE OF COMMUNITY
      12. Negativity
      13. Excessive Internal Competitiveness
  10. PART FIVE: DILIGENCE
    1. CHAPTER 10: A Plan to Make It Matter
      1. THE MEANING-MAKING MENU
      2. A STRUCTURED ACTION PLAN FOR MEANING-MAKING
      3. M2 REVIEWS
      4. OUR GREATEST ROLE
  11. NOTES
  12. INDEX
  13. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
  14. FREE SAMPLE CHAPTER FROM THE ENEMY OF ENGAGEMENT BY MARK ROYAL AND TOM AGNEW