From the Publisher
Empowerment is one of today's most frequently used words - and most frequently misused concepts! Empowering Employees explains how managers can create an atmosphere of shared knowledge and mutual benefit, in which everyone - from employees to the organization itself - becomes more powerful. Look to this techniques-based book to discover:
* The 6 Building Blocks of Empowerment - From learning to implementing, these are the starting points to becoming an empowering manager.
* E-mentoring - Web-based strategies to help newer professionals tap into your - as well as others' - expertise and experience.
* Benchmarking - Examples of the empowerment successes of others that can be adapted to your own organization.
It's no secret: empowered individuals are more motivated, responsible, and productive. Follow the techniques, strategies, and case studies in Empowering Employees to create a more dynamic, energized, empowered workplace - and watch the results go straight to your organization's bottom line.
Briefcase Books, written specifically for today's busy manager, feature eye-catching icons, checklists, and sidebars to guide managers step-by-step through everyday workplace situations. Look for these innovative design features to help you navigate through each page:
* Clear, concise definitions of important terms and concepts.
* Tips and tactics for fostering an empowering atmosphere.
* Hints for creating a more energized workplace.
* Practical advice to avoid costly errors.
* Red flags for common yet avoidable obstacles.
* Case studies and examples of effective empowerment in action.
* Procedures and techniques for becoming an empowering manager.
From the Inside Flap
During the final decade of the 20th century, empowerment became one of the most frequently used words in management. Unfortunately it also became one of the most misused concepts. Empowerment is not about making others more powerful; we really don't have that effect on others. Instead it is about making organizations both more effective and better places in which to spend major parts of our lives. It is about creating environments that promote high performance and high levels of appreciation among individuals.
With this book, we'd like to set the record straight. To inspire a deeper study of empowerment beyond the buzzwords. To show how you can bring the special quality of empowerment to your workplace. To illustrate that empowerment is not about managers losing power but about creating organizations in which everyone, including managers, gains power. To demonstrate how empowerment helps managers become even better leaders. To clarify that employees don't wait with bated breath to be empowered; they simply want to do a better job and enjoy their work in the process. To outline how managers and employees can grow on the job, become more knowledgeable and therefore more employable, and thus become fully empowered.
Together, then, everyone in the organization has something to gain by creating more empowering workplaces. Empowerment doesn't create narrowly focused gains for one individual or group; it does create far-reaching mutual gains for all.
Achieving those far-reaching - and long-lasting - gains is what this book is all about. We share with you the how-to of empowerment, and we expect you to share the techniques with others. We share with you some fictitious characters whose empowering experiences are based on real-life examples, and we expect you to apply what you learn from them. We share with you what we know empowerment is and what we know it does. We expect you and your organization to be empowering and to do empowering things that raise the bar even higher and set new standards for us who aspire to be empowered.
After all, empowerment is about mutual influence, shared knowledge, and the creation of power. We look forward to sharing them with you.
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