The Energy EquationUnlocking the Hidden Power of Energy in Business
A groundbreaking approach to unlocking the power of energy for professional productivity and business success The Energy Equation provides a new approach to achieving marketplace success by leveraging the internal workings of your business. The energy of your business is part of a physical system. Just like any other form of energy, it can be drained and wasted or be harnessed and optimized. This book offers a revolutionary contribution to management science that can be used to drive change, improve collaboration, enhance performance, strengthen organizational health and agility, and much more. Author Greg Baker, CEO of Advance Consulting—a leading management consulting and professional development firm specializing in the transformation of people, teams, and organizations—shows you how to use “enterprise” energy to dramatically increase professional productivity and enhance business performance. The Energy Equation teaches you how to “see” the energy of your company, enabling you to understand why some things work and others don’t. The traditional “surface-level management” model no longer works in the 21st century; a much deeper view is needed. The Energy Equation will help you unlock the hidden power of energy in your business: Eliminate unnecessary conflict that saps the energy of your business Build business agility, boost employee engagement, and establish a positive culture throughout your organization Optimize your daily business, manage change, and prepare for the future of work View your business through the lens of energy to see what is really happening beneath the surface The Energy Equation is a powerful resource for any person or business seeking to adapt and thrive in the challenging global business environment.
Caption List vii Preface ix Chapter 1 The Dawn of a New Era in Business 1 The Current Course of Business 5 How Business Could Be 12 Understanding Business Through the Lens of Energy 19 Chapter 2 Unintentional Conflict 27 Understanding Conflict 28 Traditional Conflict Management 36 Forms of Unintentional Conflict 39 The Enterprise Elements Model 41 The Cost of Unintentional Conflict 50 Chapter 3 Shared Space 67 The Power of Shared Space 68 Models for Creating Shared Space in the Enterprise 82 Strategies for Creating Shared Space in the Enterprise 92 Chapter 4 Work and the Dimensions of Energy 101 The Dimensions of Energy in Work 102 One Thing Affects Another 110 Optimizing Work Streams 115 Chapter 5 Collaboration and Interpersonal Services 131 The Importance of Collaboration 132 The Collaboration Dynamic 135 Applying the Collaboration Dynamic 141 One-on-One Collaboration 149 Group Collaboration 162 Chapter 6 Managing People 189 Machiavelli Was Right and Wrong 190 The Energy of Leadership 197 Avoiding Negative Behaviors 206 Chapter 7 Business Transformation, Health, and Agility 219 Making Transformation and Change Initiatives Successful 220 Creating Business Agility and Organizational Health 227 Chapter 8 Start Your Journey 237 References 239 About the Author 243 Index 245
GREG BAKER is President and CEO of Advance Consulting Inc., a premier management consulting and professional development firm serving corporate and government clients in the U.S. and abroad. Advance Consulting specializes in the transformation of people, teams, and organizations, and helps clients adapt and thrive in the turbulent and challenging global business environment. Baker is a strategic and visionary leader with demonstrated experience growing and transforming businesses across multiple industries.
Most leaders are unaware of the powerful dynamics within their organizations as they function day-to-day. All too often, common occurrences go unexplained. Leaders are frequently at a loss to know why some initiatives succeed while others fail, why some interactions foster discord while others create productive harmony, and why some companies decline in their status quo while others continually reinvent themselves. The Energy Equation outlines a groundbreaking new approach to marketplace success that accesses the powerful, internal workings of a business. The energy of any business is part of a physical system, and just like any form of energy, it can be drained and wasted or harnessed and optimized. In his pioneering book, Greg Baker—CEO of Advance Consulting—offers a radical contribution to management science that can drive change, improve collaboration, enhance performance, strengthen organizational health and agility, and much more. The Energy Equation is a hands-on guide to help leaders "see" the energy in their companies, enabling them to understand why some things work and others don't. The traditional, surface-level management model is no longer viable in today's complex business environment. A much deeper view is needed if organizations are to thrive into the future. The Energy Equation offers the keys to unlocking the hidden power of energy in any business. Baker shows how to eliminate unnecessary conflict that saps the energy of a business and reveals what it takes to build business agility, boost employee engagement, and establish a positive culture throughout an organization. Discover how to optimize daily business transactions, manage change, and prepare for the future of work. The Energy Equation is a powerful resource for any person or business seeking to adapt and prosper in the challenging global business environment.
A REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO UNLOCKING THE POWER OF ENERGY WITHIN YOUR ORGANIZATION "A friend asked me, 'Why do you want to just give away your secrets?' to which I said to him, 'I want to start a bigger conversation. I really think the business world needs this right now.' So, I offer this book to you. May it help you and your business, now and into the future. As you experience the energy equation and manage the (previously) hidden energy of you and your business, I hope you find it immensely useful, take it to heart, and become part of the bigger conversation." —From the Preface Filled with groundbreaking models, methods, and tools, The Energy Equation outlines a much-needed approach to business success that relies on the power of the internal workings of an organization. Author Greg Baker offers his fresh insight into management science to show leaders how they can drive change and bolster organizational health and agility by adopting the energy equation.
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