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This book is for you if you are: A high school or college student, A government, business, nonprofit, or educational leader, A president, director or CEO, A scholar, researcher, or writer
This is a book that I reviewed in 2005 while being the business coach, insurance and baptist host - editor - writer at another site. A must read for anyone in a leadership position. This book is aimed primarily at the working life of the other 90-95% of people in large organizations. A joy-filled workplace improves financial performance. But this is not a how-to book for executives looking to improve their stock price or beat the competition. This book is for you if you are: A high school or college student A government, business, nonprofit, or educational leader A president, director or CEO A scholar, researcher, or writer The author was CEO of AES, an energy company that by 2002 had plants in 31 countries, $8.6 billion in revenue, $33.7 billion in assets, and 40,000 AES people. Several family members, some close friends, a few business associates, and numerous students who preserved through his lectures suggested that he start putting what he was learning at AES in some publishable form. Joel Fleishman, distintguished professor of public policy at Duke University, was the most persistent, even offering to hire someone to follow the author around to his lectures and write the book for him. The work place should be fun and fulfilling. The author is not a master of philosophy, theology, psychology, or sociology, but his wanderings have taken him unto the territory of each. On the author bookshelves are more than one hundred volumes about businesses and organizations. But most are deficient in one major respect: They don't define the ultimate purpose of an enterprise. His early work experiences were more important to his later understanding of the workplace and business than his formal schooling, including the two wonderful years he spent at Harvard Business School. All leaders - and aspiring leaders - should read this provocative book. -- Lynn Sharpe Paine, John G. McLean Professor, Harvard Business School It's a must-read and will also challenge your thinking about better ways to run a business --- Roger Eigsti, former CEO & chairman, Safeco Corporation The author reminds us that no matter the role, whether it be manager or employee, coach, star, or backup, it is getting to make decisions that makes work fun. -- Trent Differ, Super Bowl Champion quarterback Joy At Work - Dennis W. Bakke. The author is the co-founder of the AES Corporation and served as its president and CEO from 1994 - 2002. He helped build the international energy corporation into a multi-billion dollar company with 40,000 employees in 31 countries. Currently, the author is president & CEO of Imagine Schools, a company that operates 70 elementary and secondary schools in 10 states.