by Ron Friedman
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Perigree; 1 edition (28 January 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399165592
- ISBN-13: 978-0399165597
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3 x 21.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 481 g
Why do successful companies reward failure?
What can casinos teach us about building a happy workplace?
How do you design an office that enhances both attention to detail and creativity?
In The Best Place to Work, award-winning psychologist Ron Friedman, uses the latest research from the fields of motivation, creativity, behavioral economics, neuroscience, and management to reveal what really makes us successful at work. Combining powerful stories with cutting-edge findings, Friedman shows leaders at every level how they can use scientifically proven techniques to promote smarter thinking, greater innovation, and stronger performance.
Among the many surprising insights, Friedman explains how learning to think like a hostage negotiator can help you diffuse a workplace argument, why placing a fish bowl near your desk can elevate your thinking, and how incorporating strategic distractions into your schedule can help you reach smarter decisions. Along the way, the book introduces the inventor who created the cubicle, the president who brought down the world’s most dangerous criminal, and the teenager who single-handedly transformed professional tennis – vivid stories that offer unexpected revelations on achieving workplace excellence.
Brimming with counterintuitive insights and actionable recommendations, The Best Place to Work offers employees and executives alike game-changing advice for working smarter and turning any organization – regardless of its size, budgets, or ambitions – into an extraordinary workplace.
Praise for The Best Place to Work
‘A contemporary classic. Dr. Friedman’s new book offers a highly original guide to creating exceptional workplaces based on cross-field academic research and superb examples from real companies. You won’t find these insights elsewhere. From office design to employee motivation to conflict resolution, The Best Place to Work is the best book to have on your shelf now.’ Marshall Goldsmith, author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
‘We’ve lost our way. In this stunning book, Ron Friedman helps us get back on track, exploring not only what work is for, but how we can leap forward and become more human, more alive, and more effective.’ Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception
‘In The Best Place to Work, Ron Friedman examines the factors that take a company from ordinary to extraordinary. The stories in this book – which range from cruise ship casinos to hostage negotiations – are fascinating in their own right, but they also pack powerful, research-based lessons for better leadership in the workplace. Friedman’s finding are often surprisingly counter-intuitive, yet always convincing.’ Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell Is Human
‘The Best Place to Work is an engaging journey through the latest science of improving the quality of life in organizations. Psychologist Ron Friedman examines how to unleash creativity, boost motivation, and offer rewards and recognition that bring people together rather than driving them apart.’ Adam Grant, Wharton professor and author of Give and Take