In The Inner Work of Work, experienced organizational consultant Michael Baroff has created a series of hands-on guides that enable people to coach themselves, showing them how to develop key competencies in self-management and interpersonal relations, and meet and exceed expectations.
Baroff employs a unique reflective rather than prescriptive format to make these guides as relevant, real and memorable to the reader as possible. He skillfully uses a series of probing questions, thought-provoking observations and innovative activities and exercises that enable readers to use the guides by drawing on their own experiences, not the someone else's.
This makes The Inner Work of Work unusually flexible-it can be used by people in any industry, at any level. And readers proceed at their own pace-they can use the guides as a comprehensive, progressive program, or dip into the booklets as difficult situations arise.
The work employees do "inside"--improving their own attitude, behavior and skills, and understanding of organizational dynamics--pays off in improved performance and greater job satisfaction. The Inner Work of Work guides readers in taking over their training and being their own best coaches.
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Being Your Best
Become more aware of how your attitudes and choices determine your professional success and come to terms with who you are, what you have to offer, and where you want to go in your work life.
Getting Along with Others
Explore the behavior and skills that enhance communication and relationships and examine how your behavior is perceived by others. Learn how to build trust, develop rapport when communicating, deal with differences and conflict, and present yourself assertively to colleagues and customers.
Contributing to Your Company's Success
Understand the organizational dynamics that create and support a productive work environment and determine where you fit into a company's big picture, how to work as part of a team, understand how a company evaluates the bottom line to add value to your organization, and develop personal approaches to being a leader.
Engaging Employees: A Manager's Guide to Clarifying Expectations
This guidebook provides managers and human resource professionals a step-by-step approach to moving from "activity-based" job descriptions to a "role-focused and results-oriented" performance management strategy.
By applying the concepts and doing the exercises in this guidebook, you will learn how to:
Implement an Employee Engagement approach that aligns your company or department’s “big picture” with the “bottom line”.
Assess how your organization’s culture affects employee engagement and performance.
Move from a focus on job descriptions to engagment and performance results.
Link organizational performance measures with individual and team performance.
Refine your management practices to enhance employee motivation, engagement and accountability.
Create a climate and process for your employees to “manage their own performance”.
Talking With Each Other: The Key to Effective Organizations
In this Guidebook you will find a series of one-page Thought Provoking ideas, quotes, models and approaches to stimulate your appreciation of the value and power of "talking with each other".
Integrating What You Do With Who You Are
We spend much of our life in the pursuit of and the doing of "work". Work can provide us the grist for maintaining a livelihood, developing a career, as well as personal satisfaction and growth. At the core of this pursuit are the underlying goals to discover and develop who we are; to engage in relationships with other people to express a common humanity and unique diversity; and to actualize a sense of meaning and purpose through service to a good beyond yourself. This guidebook takes you through your own very personal exploration of the 8 Dimensions of Awareness that will become the foundation for you being able to "integrate what you do with who you are".
Cultivating a Facilitative Mindset
I compiled Cultivating a Facilitative Mindset to provide a guide for the organizational effectiveness practitioner to explore concepts, models, and processes that I have found useful in my 40-year career in the workplace learning, performance improvement and organizational effectiveness field.
This material is less a “how to” facilitate, rather an exploration of “what to” keep in mind as one facilitates groups as relates to: