Today’s multigenerational, fast-paced work environment is causing employees to rethink their work. Today it is less about the paycheck and more about seeking a meaningful and purpose-driven career. As we spend more time in the workplace, and technology makes working from anywhere more commonplace, it is more vital than ever to create a work environment that instills meaning, both in the workplace and in our lives. Research shows that the vast majority of employees (85% worldwide) are disengaged, which is killing employee happiness and satisfaction, and thereby affecting the bottom line. Meaning-Centered Leadership will inspire and incite readers to create meaning in their organizations so their employees have higher engagement and are more fulfilled. By creating meaning, we can turn employee engagement levels upside down, creating a powerful, more productive, and overall happier place to work. The 3Es of Meaning-Centered Leadership - Engagement, Empowerment, and Expertise - will provide leaders ways to develop behaviors and strategies that in turn will inspire employees to love their jobs and their lives! Happier employees lead to healthier work environments and higher engagement, positively impacting the bottom line.
Barbara Bartels has been in education and leadership throughout her career, from K-12 Special Education, into the business and entrepreneurship arena, and now in higher education as an administrator and adjunct faculty. She has a passion for helping others achieve their dreams.
C. Edward Jackson is a lifelong educator with experience in California and Florida. He is currently a school leader and an adjunct professor, who seeks to help others find meaning in their work.
INTRODUCTION: THE CASE FOR MEANING
Chapter 1: The Seminal Search for Meaning
Chapter 2: The Impact of Meaning
Chapter 3: The Elements of Meaning-Centered Leadership
PART I: ENGAGEMENT
Chapter 4: Trust
Chapter 5: Care and Concern
Chapter 6: Open Communication with Active Listening
PART II: EMPOWERMENT
Chapter 7: Collaborative Visioning
Chapter 8: Recognition
Chapter 9: Enthusiasm
Chapter 10: Wisdom
Chapter 11: Optimism
Chapter 12: Humility
PART IV: MEASURING MEANING: Becoming a Meaning-Centered Leader
Chapter 13: Resources for Change
Chapter 14: Tools for Measuring Impact
Chapter 15: Conclusion: Meaning-Centered Leadership for your organization
About the Authors
During the COVID pandemic work-from-home experience, people all around the world spent time evaluating how meaningful and satisfying their lives were. And we can be certain many didn’t like the answers. So, there simply isn’t a greater demand for meaning-centered leaders — managers who value people and seek to ensure they maximize their one precious life on the planet through their work and career. Consequently, this book couldn’t be more timely. Well done!
This book belongs on every leader’s bookshelf! The authors’ thesis and corresponding strategies are a must have for anyone planning to lead us through the impending and challenging global society we are face.
You had me at "meaning-centered" with this book! Easy to read, relatable, and immediately applicable, with statistics and actionables to back it up, this book is an invitation and a call to action for today's business leaders and organizations to show up more meaningfully.
I have written many endorsement ‘blurbs’ over the years, but until now I have never written the following sentence: ‘I wish I had written this book.’ The message is crystal clear. The message is important. The message is in fact more important than ever. And if the reader has good sense, she or he will act on these words and ideas immediately. Bravo!
Getting great employees is hard. Losing them is hard to take. But that's what so many companies face with employee engagement so low in so many places. Bartels and Jackson have the antidote to workplace malaise - their 3E model gives you the power to put meaning front and center in your organization, and engagement on a pedestal. A must read for a thriving workplace.
6/25/21: Author Barbara Bartels hosted a Tedx Talk to discuss how leaders can create more meaning in the work environment.