It's My Company Too! (Hardcover)

How Entangled Companies Move Beyond Employee Engagement for Remarkable Results

By Kenneth R. Thompson, Ramon L. Benedetto, Thomas J. Walter

Greenleaf Book Group, 9781608323968, 280pp.

Publication Date: October 23, 2012

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Like college athletes, engaged employees are valuable, but "entangled" employees, like Olympians, are the ones who take an organization to new heights. What makes these top-performing employees have such an impact on the success of each of their organizations? What encourages their sense of organizational ownership?
With deep insight into eight award-winning, market-leading companies, " It's My Company Too " explores how the highest-performing organizations entangle employees, systems, culture, and leadership into a unified drive for excellence. The entangled culture emerges from a unique synergy and magnetism within the organization that is the result of leaders:
Doing extraordinary things
Building an ethical organization
Focusing human capital
Using processes to guide performance
Building self-efficacy and esteem
Developing freedom and responsibility within a culture of discipline
Hardwiring discretionary thinking and actions
Guiding the transformational process
Through interviews and extensive field research, the authors analyze how companies across industries tackle internal and external challenges, constructing the pieces of the entanglement puzzle. Along the way, they show you how to develop motivated, involved, and entangled employees who embody an organization's core values, vision, and mission and succeed beyond imagination.

About the Author

Ken Thompson, Ph.D., is a professor and former chair of management at DePaul University. He has coauthored four textbooks and is the senior editor of the "Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies." Ken is past chair of the Management Education and Development Division of the Academy of Management. He is a Senior Lead Examiner for the Baldrige National Quality Award Program.

Ray Benedetto, DM, is a retired USAF colonel. Ray founded a consulting firm that helps leaders build high-performing, character-based cultures. He teaches leadership and strategic planning for the University of Phoenix Chicago Campus MBA program. Ray is an active member of the Academy of Management and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Tom Walter has been in the food and beverage service industry for over forty years as a partner, principal, president, or CEO of twenty-nine start-ups and three acquisitions. His focus on a moral and ethical workplace culture and the value of human capital has resulted in numerous awards as a Best Place to Work. An active member of the Academy of Management and the Small Giants Community, Tom was inducted into the Chicago Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.

Molly Meyer is a marketing professional and independent writer. As the creative director for nuphorIQ, a Chicago-based marketing firm, Molly translates strategy into fresh and compelling creative for multiple mediums. Additionally, Molly has built on her University of Dayton All-Atlantic 10 and Academic All-American student-athlete honors by freelance writing. "