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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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