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Three Secrets of Happy Employees: Jill Geisler’s Interview for Entrepreneur.com

Gwen Moran, a columnist for Entrepreneur.com, recently contacted me to talk about "WORK HAPPY: WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW" and the lessons it holds for improving workplaces.  From that interview, she developed a useful list of tips for managers who want to improve quality and productivity, by making the workplace better for employees.  I like the way she synthesized some of the many pages of advice from the book into three key ingredients to a happy workplace:
  1. A supervisor who cares
  2. Sincere and specific praise and feedback
  3. A supportive and fair workplace culture
Here's a link to Moran's full column, "Three Secrets to Happy Employees" and my advice for developing those key ingredients.  Of course, to really know how to make it happen, I think you just have to read the book.  Keep leading, friends.        
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The “WORK HAPPY: WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW” Facebook Page is Launched!

"WORK HAPPY: WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW" now has a Facebook Page. Sarah Reck, web publicist at Hachette did a terrific job setting up the page.  This a great way to augment the site you are currently reading -- because it provides an easy opportunity for me to connect with you. I'd really like the site to be a gathering place for good ideas on leadership, robust and civil conversations about issues managers and employees face, and a chance to chat with readers. I'll use the site to post information about book events and adventures and to invite your suggestions for leadership and management topics for my Poynter.org columns and podcasts.  If you like that idea, then click on this link, which will take you to the page for "WORK HAPPY: WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW" -- where I hope you "like" what you see.
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Publishers Weekly: Praise for “WORK HAPPY: WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW”

Publishers Weekly, the international magazine devoted to books, has just released its review of "WORK HAPPY: WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW."  Authors wait with their fingers crossed for positive reviews -- and oh my! What a joy to read the reviewer's kind words and insights about the book! The reviewer describes "WORK HAPPY: WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW" as  a "practical step-by-step guide to improving leadership skills" and goes on to say: "Rather than a prescriptive, academic book on leadership, Geisler humanizes the text with anecdotes from her own leadership development as a broadcast news director in Milwaukee, sharing her revelations, corrections, and progress." I don't know who the reviewer is: PW reviews are anonymous. But that writer certainly made my day and has my eternal gratitude -- especially for predicting that 'WORK HAPPY: WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW" will become a "go-to-manual for those new to management."   To see the full review on the Publishers Weekly website, just click on this link.
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The “Bookplate” Solution

THE CHALLENGE: People have been asking me about how to get autographed copies of "WORK HAPPY: WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW" after its June 5th publication.  I love signed books myself,  and I really want to sign books for folks, wherever they are and wherever they may have purchased the book.  But -- shipping books back and forth seemed to be a pretty cumbersome endeavor.  I was determined to come up with a practical way to do this.  And then I thought of it... THE SOLUTION:  I came up with an idea I hope will work well for anyone who has purchased a book, no matter where they might be: Customized bookplates. "Bookplate" is really just a fancy name for a sticker -- something that's applied to the inside cover to identify the book's owner. I've had custom bookplates made for "WORK HAPPY: WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW." If readers would like to have their book signed, all they have to do is send me an email request.  I will sign and send a bookplate via good old snail mail.

The bookplate instructions are simple:

  • Address your request to jgeisler@poynter.org
  • Put "Bookplate Request" in the subject line
  • Tell me the name of the person(s) for whom I'll be signing a bookplate
  • Include any other info you might want me to include in the signature (i.e., "Congratulations on your promotion" or "To an already great boss!")
  • Include your mailing address
  • Be patient, please, since I'm often on the road teaching -- but I'll respond as quickly as I can!
Thanks! Jill
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The Importance of Editors

Had a great meeting in NYC today at the offices of the Hachette Book Group, planning for the release of  "WORK HAPPY: WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW" on June 5th.  At my side in this photo, as she has been throughout the writing of the book, is Hachette editor Kate Hartson. Being an editor takes many of the leadership skills I write about in my book.  A good editor understands motivation, coaching, feedback, time management, and collaboration.  A good editor helps a writer discover ideas and take risks.  A good editor identifies gaps in content or logic, so the writer can fill in the holes.  A good editor encourages and challenges. Interestingly, many editors are accomplished wordsmiths, but they take great care not to pressure writers into emulating their personal writing style.  Their goal is simple: to guide the author toward success while keeping the author's unique voice intact.  That's leadership. I've been blessed to have that great leadership from Julie Moos.  She's the head of Poynter.org, the website for which I produce "What Great Bosses Know" columns and podcasts.  Her encouragement and skillful editing helped lead to the development of Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know.  In fact, she's been at the head of a line of incredible cheerleaders for the book.  But Julie's done more than cheer.  She's edited columns and podcasts, brainstormed ideas for the book and helped with the book proposal.  She even helped me set up this web site, which I could not have done without her. Great bosses -- including great editors -- often stay in the background while good things are happening for those they lead.  That's why it's important to turn the spotlight on them -- and offer them my heartfelt thanks.      
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