Thursday 19th October marks World Values Day, so we thought we would take a look at five books that examine values within organisations and how to give employees purpose and meaning at work.
Conscious Business by Fred Kofman
What would business be like if it had a heart and a mind? Fred Kofman outlines the transformation that can occur when these two things go hand in hand.
Kofman says companies must nurture a balance between the ‘it’ (say, a task), `we’ (the relationships between colleagues) and `I’ (the desire of each individual for happiness and meaningful work). He says most managers focus solely on the ‘it’ and they’ll never achieve harmony in their organisation’s culture.
Conscious Business advises hiring conscious employees, who can collaborate rather than compete against one another, handle conflict properly and have true self-awareness for the team’s overall well-being.
The Values Driven Organisation – Richard Barrett
Richard Barrett is a world-renowned thought leader on values in organisations. He believes that organisations work better when leaders focus on building values-driven cultures to benefit their people, their customers and society.
The Values Driven Organisation is full of guidance and tools to enable leaders to unleash human performance.
Reinventing Organisations by Frederic Laloux
How do you decide what to do every day at work? Traditionally, objectives and tasks come from a top-down hierarchy, but what if bosses were eliminated and hierarchies flattened? That’s the idea behind Reinventing Organisations.
To reinvent your organisation, Laloux advocates humanising environments where the employee can thrive as their ‘whole self’. His message is that purpose trumps profit, and a mission-driven approach is key.
Find your Why by Simon Sinek
You’ve probably heard of Start with Why; Simon Sinek’s global bestseller and the topic of the third most watched TED talk of all time. In Find your Why, he expands the idea with a guide for individuals and organisations to define and share their why.
Sinek’s work is simple and accessible and this workbook is a practical way to kickstart defining values within your organisation.
Principles by Ray Dalio
Ray Dalio built a hugely successful hedge fund from his two-bedroom apartment and believes that his principles are behind his success.
Dalio’s describes his company, Bridgewater Associates, as “an idea meritocracy that strives to achieve meaningful work and meaningful relationships through radical transparency.”
Far from simply being about growing an investment business, Principles is full of hundreds of practical lessons for both individuals and organisations to make decisions, tackle challenges, and build strong teams.