The Dream Manager Hardcover – Aug 21 2007
|New from||Used from|
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.
The business statistics are astounding: high percentages of detached, ready-to-exit employees; soon-to-occur vacancies among top executive and middle-manager ranks; and a growing chasm between employees and the organizations they work for. From Gallup to corporate human resources gurus, myriad solutions have been proposed. Yet Kelly, consultant and author (The Rhythm of Life, 1999; The Seven Levels of Intimacy, 2005, among others), proffers an idea that seems simple to implement. His philosophy is that organizations can only become best versions of themselves if their employees can realize that same opportunity. Center stage is the Dream Manager, an individual (or group) devoted to helping workers achieve personal life goals. His fictional parable plays out the story of Admiral Janitorial Services, a cleaning company plagued with extraordinarily high turnover. Presto digito! Within months of hiring a Dream Manager, employees stayed. Profits increasedand customers clamored for information. It is true that the pursuit of dreams "creates passion, energy, enthusiasm, and vitality." It is also true that, without solid proof, few businesses will explore this avenue. Jacobs, Barbara
“In a town where everyone wants go down in history remembered for something, Ian Kerner wants to go down as the champion of going down.” (New York magazine )
“Love Sex and the City? Revisit the world of strategic dating with Be Honest—You’re Not That Into Him Either.” (People )
“Men, while still lame, can no longer hide behind the old excuse of ignorance when it comes to pleasuring a woman--the facts are all here in this complete guide.” (Dr. Drew Pinsky, co-host of Loveline )
“Move over, Casanova. Step aside, Don Juan. Out of the way Mr. Big. Meet Ian Kerner, the author of She Comes First: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Pleasuring a Woman.” (New York Post )
“Required reading for all men who are dating and all women who are wondering why they’re not satisfied.” (Cindy Chupack, writer/executive producer of Sex and the City )
“Take note, guys. This book is your secret weapon.” (Jauretsi Saizarbitoria, Jane Magazine )
“This book has an incredible amount of detailed, useful information about pleasuring women. I kind of knew I was doing everything wrong, but now I know why. Thanks Ian!” (Joel Stein )
“This well-written, hands-on, fluff-free book puts the ‘big-penis-big-orgasm’ theory to rest once and for all, and offers men the tools they need to have their partners coming back for more. No man or woman should be without it.” (Michele Weiner-Davis, M.S.W., author of The Sex-Starved Marriage )
“Witty and informed . . . this must-read promises to help you break your bad dating habits and stay true to your own intentions.” (Us Weekly )
“Ian Kerner is that rare man who truly loves women and wants to help them. Be Honest—You’re Not That Into Him Either is a smart and very funny guide to getting off your butt and getting back on the journey that will eventually lead you to someone who love (From the foreword by Amy Sohn, New York magazine columnist )
“Here comes a book that puts men in their places - smack dab in between women’s legs!” (Cake )
“Every man’s must-read. Tell your guy to put down the remote and pick up She Comes First.” (Cosmopolitan )
“Be Honest—You’re Not That Into Him Either is a funny and truly helpful look at what modern women may have forgotten (or just won’t admit) about themselves. Ian Kerner’s insights show us what we really think, why it matters, and how we can get what we really want.” (Jane Buckingham, author of The Modern Girl's Guide to Life )
“Armed with a doctorate in clinical sexology, Kerner has devoted his life to the study and practice of good sex-there are few men that wouldn’t benefit from the female-centric philosophy and techniques that Kerner advocates.” (Salon.com )
“An entire book written strictly for the pleasure of women by a man. Hallelujah!” (Playgirl )
“A funny and truly helpful look at what modern women may have forgotten (or just won’t admit) about themselves. (Jane Buckingham, author of The Modern Girl's Guide to Life )
“[Kerner] addresses common sexual concerns with compassion and straightforward advice.” (New York Post )
“Women will be putty in your hands if you read this book!” (Anka Radakovich, author of The Wild Girl's Club )
“You’ve all heard about ‘lunch at the Y.’ Well, this book will make it a feeding frenzy.” (—Sue Johanson, host of Oxygen's Talk Sex )
PRAISE FOR BE HONEST—YOU’RE NOT THAT INTO HIM EITHER:“Love Sex and the City? Revisit the world of strategic dating with Be Honest—You’re Not That Into Him Either.” (People )
PRAISE FOR SHE COMES FIRST:“The sex manual getting the most attention these days is She Comes First. . . . With a cool sense of humor and an obsessive desire to inform, [Kerner] encourages men through an act that many find mystifying.” (New York Times )
PRAISE FOR BE HONEST—YOU’RE NOT THAT INTO HIM EITHER“Unlike many nuptial-obsessed manuals, Be Honest is about figuring out how to best serve your own needs, both sexual and otherwise, and still respect yourself in the morning.” (Elle.com )
“It’s refreshing and reassuring to know that Ian Kerner is out there in the world showing people how to love.” (Helen Fisher, PhD, author of Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love )
“Who knew that a temporary bout of celibacy could be so sexy? This book will gently hold your hand throughout the process, challenging you with questions you never dared ask yourself and inspiring you with stories and manageable to-do lists.” (Em & Lo, authors of Buh Bye: The Ultimate Guide to Dumping and Getting Dumped and Sex Toy: An A-Z Guide to Bedside Accessories )
“Kerner makes intimacy intimate again, as well as downright lustful. You’ll walk away trusting your instincts instead of subscribing to the fabricated ideas of what sexy ‘should’ be.” (Stephanie Klein, author of Straight Up and Dirty ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Kelly builds on the concept of connection (See Michael Stallard's "Fired Up or Burned Out) to meet basic human psychological needs for respect, recognition, belonging, autonomy, personal growth, and meaning. The connector is the Dream Manager who connects the employees' now to their dreams and a better tomorrow.
The fable Kelly tells is based on a true story in which a janitorial services company had a chronic annual turnover rate of 400%. The fictional General Manager, Simon, is frustrated since he is operating more as a full-time "lead recruiter" rather than GM.
After numerous unsuccessful studies to define the problem, Simon's senior assistant suggests they learn what the employee's dreams are then find a way "to connect their job today with their dreams for tomorrow." Making money without a dream to fulfill is pointless and obscene. "Life is about living our dreams."
The company goes on to implement "The Dream Manager" program (the program's implementation and evolution is described in detail). The program results in improved morale and loyalty, and a drop in the annual turnover rate to 12% while gross revenue tripled. The number of employees grew only to 743 from 407 (less than 200%) during the same period.
The story of Rita serves as an example of a dream fulfilled. Rita, a 42 year old woman, had a dream to own a home. No one in her family ever owned a home. Within 132 days she owned her first home. This dream was not fulfilled with an increase in pay, company bonus or a gift but rather, with the involvement of a Dream Manager who worked with her to develop a program of saving and house/loan shopping. Once in her home, Rita commented that no one had ever asked her what HER dreams were.
Do you know the dreams of those around you? "You can ignore people's dreams, but it will be at your peril. You are free to ignore your children's dreams, your spouse's dreams, your employee's dreams, and your nation's dreams. But in each of these areas of life, you will pay an enormous price if you do." Dreams are invisible but powerful. With a "Dream Manager" you make them visible then harness their power.
Since his real life experience with implementing the Dream Manager program, Kelly has founded Floyd Consulting (Chicago, Illinois) to help companies in its implementation.
And since reading "The Dream Manager," I have begun to find out the dreams of my employees. I have also added the question, "What are your dreams?" to interviews of potential employees, suppliers, and consultants...and I have given copies of the book to: my wife, a real estate agent; two friends who are financial planners; another CEOl; and an inner-city high school teacher. All, like me, are in a position to be effective Dream Managers.
And in closing, it would be accurate to say Kelly's book really is about "self" not just "the other" as there is a lot of receiving when one gives.
By really listening to employees and finding innovative solutions that appear to cost, but really pay back-and pay back big time, Simon finds the real key to employee satisfaction, full engagement, and reduced turnover, as well as profitability. For example, running employee shuttles to help people get to their jobs because many don't have cars, and the buses don't operate on the schedules when they clean buildings.
Ultimately, this is where the Dream Manager comes in-someone who asks people what their dreams are and then helps them to create plans to reach them. Simon and Greg, together with the executive team and the Dream Manager, show the employees that the company is committed to helping them achieve their dreams-and the employees respond with increased performance, lower turnover, fewer sick days, and greater productivity.
Kelly helps the reader realize the importance of motive in making the concept of a Dream Manager work. Though the story is fiction, the facts quoted are alive and well in every industry. Hearing of the employees' dreams that come true because of the company's commitment, will bring tears to your eyes. Executives and managers reading this book will long to make the same things happen for their own employees-and they can. The final section of the book lays out a step-by-step plan for individuals, managers, or organizations to implement their own Dream Manager process.
Armchair Interviews says: Everyone will want to work for a company with a Dream Manager program.
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Business & Investing > Management & Leadership > Leadership
- Books > Business & Investing > Management & Leadership > Management
- Books > Business & Investing > Management & Leadership > Motivational
- Books > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Psychology & Counseling > By Topic > Motivation
- Books > Professional & Technical > Business Management > Management & Leadership > Leadership
- Books > Professional & Technical > Business Management > Management & Leadership > Management
- Books > Professional & Technical > Business Management > Management & Leadership > Motivational
- Books > Science & Math > Behavioural Sciences > Behavioural Psychology