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Joy at Work

Dennis W. Bakke

Joy at Work

by Dennis W. Bakke

Joy at Work

Dennis W. Bakke

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In Joy at Work, ex-Fortune 500 CEO Dennis Bakke teaches the secret to running a profitable business: your company's long-term success depends upon the happiness of your employees.

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Joy at Work

by Dennis W. Bakke

Joy at Work

Dennis W. Bakke

Overview

Dennis Bakke's success story is an unconventional one. When he co-founded AES, a Fortune 500 electricity company, Bakke wanted to build a company that prioritized pleasing his employees over everything else – his board members, company shareholders, and even annual financial targets. Bakke was frustrated by how often he noticed senior executives focused solely on metrics like sales, numbers, and data. Bakke wondered why so many companies ignored the welfare of their employees in favor of hitting financial targets, when it seemed so clear that these two factors walked hand in hand.

The goal of Joy at Work is simple: to advocate for work that is stimulating, engaging, and fun for its employees. When employees feel like they're genuinely contributing, they'll show up ready and excited for work each day. Believe in the power of joy at work, and the results will follow.

Whether you're feeling dejected about your job and unable to pinpoint why, an entrepreneur looking to kickstart your own successful company, or a manager looking to inject new life into your employees, the secrets to joy at work are all here. The bottom line? A company's purpose is just as important as its financial targets.

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"A special workplace has many ingredients, but by far the most important factor is whether people are able to use their individual talents and skills to do something useful, significant, and worthwhile."

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