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  • By Mo HB on 12 June 2013

    We all hear about the amazing companies that everyone wants to work for such as Google and Pixar. The simple principal of 'empower your workforce and let them excel' is the way forward if you're going to attract the best people and keep them.In this short easy read Henry Stewart helps you see how it can be done.

  • By Jon Stacey on 18 July 2017

    Great read. Full of insight and practical advice which any organisation can take advantage of. Will be recommending it to others.

  • By Donal Carroll on 20 November 2011

    Hold `business as usual'! Instead, recruit for attitude, pre-approve staff projects, dump `management', work so you get a life (= more than work), celebrate mistakes, and above all, make your people feel good. Sounds impossible? Well Henry Stewart has the evidence these factors (along with others) ensure consistent, excellent performance. And his organisation has many continuing awards for best company, best for staff and communities, to prove it.The barriers to this: managers steadfastly sour-dressed in the `old management' mindset which continues to produce rust not trust, dulled attendance not engagement. Managers who fail to realise that the greatest risk is doing more of the same.There are many exhilarating examples here of how to start changing your organisation. Fearful managers could start with how Stewart himself overcame his own default management habit of `managing by cloning' (creating staff in his own image) a branch of command and control, and how such organisations deal with `I love my job but not my manager'. We are also made aware of the strategic need to set direction first, so all the company energies are forward-facing. There is, too, an outline of how organisations can succeed in an increasingly uncertain climate (the `new normal') by creating a learning culture designed to enable independent learners and staff. Perhaps an underdeveloped strand?If you want a roughened-with-experience guide on how to multiply staff vitality, imagination, engagement and performance, buy and use this. It's in the new about-time tradition of putting employees first in order to better serve customers. Read it alongside Umair Haque's 'New Capitalist Manifesto:building disruptively better business'. As for the actual `manifesto' at the end, if you don't like it improve it and tell them, or build your own. THM makes (new) risk safe. Donal Carroll Critical Difference

  • By DanielleMoon on 9 September 2013

    This book just makes so much sense that the morning after I read it I went in and talked to the CEO of our company about how quickly we could make our workplace a Happy workplace.Everyone knows when they have a good manager - someone who trusts them, encourages them to play to their strengths and develop, and gives them flexibility and responsibility. Everyone knows when they have a bad manager too - someone who micro-manages, needs to approve every word change in every document, and who believes that there is only one right way to do something. Yet somehow when people become managers themselves they can find it difficult to let go of control, and to become the good managers they need to be in order for their business to thrive.This is the first book I've read that really helps managers to let go of the fear and to create a Happy workplace, and demonstrates through experience that Happy workplaces are highly effective and productive workplaces. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • By SureFlap Customer Service on 2 September 2013

    I first came across Henry Stewart, and the Happy Manifesto over a year ago. I picked up the book and couldn't put it down - finishing the book in one night. The whole time I was reading I was nodding my head, agreeing, and sometimes saying "Yes!" out loud!This book is common sense, the golden rule of management at every step. Treating your staff well, treating your customers well, being open and honest. If every company were able to follow these steps, people would look forward to going to work every day!The combination of good writing and stories that back up the ideas in real life business situations makes it difficult to argue that your organisation wouldn't be made better by implementing one (or all) of these steps.If I could recommend an easy reading management book to any head of a company this would be it!

  • By MPH on 10 January 2012

    This book is like a giant dare, a sort of `truth or consequences' for organisations in the 21st Century. In its easy to read style, Henry Stewart explains how he has turned many conventional organisational practices on their head and has reaped the awards by creating a business that is regularly voted as one of the best small businesses, as well as one of the best places to work, in the UK.The book describes the steps Henry has taken to achieve this in his business while also providing plenty of examples from other successful and like-minded organisations.Reading this book has changed my perspective of organisational convention and has left me wanting to work in a place that applies the principals so clearly described in `The Happy Manifesto'. Reading it means that work will never seem the same again. Now it's your turn - I dare you.

  • By Normanghast on 27 August 2013

    "Imagine a workplace where people are energised and motivated by being in control of the work they do. Imagine they are trusted and given freedom, within clear guidelines, to decide how to achieve their results. Imagine they are able to get the life balance they want. Imagine they are valued according to the work they do, rather than the number of hours they spend at their desk."Stop imagining and get in on practical tips. This isn't a book with airy-fairy hi-fallutin' nonsense. This is a very readable easy to understand book with a practical message. I bumped into Mr Stewart at an exhibition after reading this and believe it or not, he was happy! READ THIS BOOK, it's not self-help nonsense; it's great


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