Joy Works: Empowering Teams in the New Era of Work

  • 3h 49m 13s
  • Alex Liu
  • Gildan Media
  • 2022

In Joy Works, Alex Liu delivers an engaging blueprint for ensuring people feel safe and inspired at work. In the book, you'll find a step-by-step action plan for approaching joy at work using the three key drivers that determine employee happiness--people, praise, and purpose--and learn how to implement that plan for maximum results and maximum joy.

The author demonstrates how to create more joy for your people at work, in both virtual and in-person environments, as well as how to incorporate joyfulness even in periods of dramatically heightened stress. Listeners will learn from a diverse collection of leaders, from psychologists, academics, athletes, nonprofit and board leaders, and a Broadway producer, to leaders at companies including HPE, Cisco, T-Mobile, SAP, and UPS. In the dialogues and research, listeners will also find: an introduction to "ikigai," a Japanese concept meaning "reason for being"--a framework we can all use to find joy and meaning in our work; an investigation into the link between social justice and joy; a new perspective on how the next generation will view joy at work, the Great Reflection, and the shifting balance of power in work cultures; in-depth discussions about people, purpose, and praise: the three key elements in building a joyful work experience; and a call for more reflective leadership.

About the Author

ALEX LIU is Managing Partner and Chairman at Kearney, a leading global consulting partnership. Recognized by Consulting magazine as a global Top 25 Consultant and by the Global Diversity List as one of the Top 10 Senior Executives, he is also a top-ranked consulting CEO and trusted advisor to CEOs and boards. A regular contributor to the World Economic Forum, he has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, The Economist, CNBC, and Bloomberg. He regularly consults with business and public sector leaders on matters of leadership, culture, justice, and joy, and hosts an award-winning podcast, Joy@Work.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • CHAPTER 1 - Why Business Leaders Should Prioritize Joy at Work
  • CHAPTER 2 - What the Research Tells Us About Joy
  • CHAPTER 3 - People
  • CHAPTER 4 - Praise
  • CHAPTER 5 - Purpose
  • CHAPTER 6 - Joy in the Hard Times
  • CHAPTER 7 - Safe, Seen, Supported, Inspired
  • CHAPTER 8 - Virtual and Hybrid Work
  • CHAPTER 9 - Social Justice and Joy
  • CHAPTER 10 - The Joy of Innovation
  • CHAPTER 11 - The Next Generation of Joy at Work
  • Conclusion


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