A Stake in the Outcome: Building a Culture of Ownership for the Long-Term Success of Your Business

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A Stake in the Outcome: Building a Culture of Ownership for the Long-Term Success of Your Business

The First Management Classic of the New Millennium!
A bold experiment is taking place these days, as leading-edge companies turn upside down the management paradigm that has dominated corporate thinking for more than one hundred years. Southwest Airlines is perhaps the most visible practitioner, soaring through economic downturns while its competitors slash their budgets and order massive layoffs, but you can find other pioneers of the new approach in almost every industry and market niche. T

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Making Peace with the Things in Your Life: Why Your Papers, Books, Clothes, and Other Possessions Keep Overwhelming You and What to Do About It

Do you spend much of your time struggling against the growing ranks of papers, books, clothes, housewares, mementos, and other possessions that seem to multiply when you’re not looking? Do these inanimate objects, the hallmarks of busy modern life, conspire to fill up every inch of your space, no matter how hard you try to get rid of some of them and organize the rest? Do you feel frustrated, thwarted, and powerless in the face of this ever-renewing mountain of stuff?

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  1. Steve Sheppard says:
    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    More Compelling Stuff From Jack Stack, May 22, 2002
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    Steve Sheppard (Minneapolis, MN USA) –

    What could Jack Stack and Bo Burlingham come up with to match the excitement of The Great Game of Business? Perhaps nothing, but they’ve come pretty close with A Stake in the Outcome, a continuation of the remarkable story of SRC and its traiblazing initiatives in Open Book Management, employee ownership and organization-wide involvement. The first portion of the book is a recounting of the earliest days of SRC, a story that will be very familiar to readers of the earlier Stack book. But the reading quickly becomes compelling as he continues the story and builds the irrefutable case for equity ownership throughout an organization. Jack Stack is a consummate teacher: experienced, entertaining, inspiring and entirely logical. In this work, he demonstrates once again that “he knows his numbers.” For fans and pratitioners of Open Book Management, or those intrigued by the potential behind employee ownership, this is an important new book.

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  2. Roger E. Herman says:
    10 of 12 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A good story, instructive, June 16, 2002
    By 
    Roger E. Herman (Greensboro, NC USA) –
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    Jack Stack has become well-known in some circles as the poster boy of open book management. He and his colleagues at SRC (Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation) have built a company and set of business practices (Great Game of Business) around the concept of sharing numbers with your employees. Yes, it’s more than just sharing numbers, it’s empowering the employees to be true team members, enabling them to take personal and collective actions to influence the numbers and to share in the profits.

    Open book management is a great concept that has made a significant difference for a lot of companies, and even the U. S. Coast Guard. Stack presented the concept in his 1992 book, “The Great Game of Business” (Currency Doubleday). That book was a valuable how-to package.

    “A Stake in the Outcome” is more of the story of the transformation of a remanufacturing plant owned by a large corporation into a thriving independent business. In the midst of the text, the reader will find some advice, some brief case studies of other companies, and some experience descriptions that may be instructive. But, when it all shakes out, this is the story of the growth of a business. It’s an historical review with plenty of detail. It’s Jack Stack’s story.

    If you’re looking for an instruction book of how to build an employee-centered open book management company, this isn’t it. If you’re looking for an instructive report of what one company went through, from the leader’s perspective, this book fits that description. It’s Jack Stack’s book, even though Bo Burlingham, an editor-at-large of Inc. Magazine, is shown as co-author. Burlingham’s photo doesn’t appear on the dust jacket, just Stack’s.

    Reading the book is like listening to Stack telling his story, with the emotion, the ego, the pride, and the rough-and-tumble. It would be interesting to hear this story shared by others. You can gain that experience by visiting SRC in Springfield, Missouri, but you can’t get it from this book.

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  3. E. A Lyons "erpimplementer" says:
    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Much Better than The Great Game of Business, July 2, 2005
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    E. A Lyons “erpimplementer” (Muncie, IN United States) –
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    This review is from: A Stake in the Outcome: Building a Culture of Ownership for the Long-Term Success of Your Business (Paperback)

    I found the Great Game of Business to be uninformative.
    However, A Stake in the Outcome made up for it! If you’ve ever considered becoming an entrepreneur, READ THIS BOOK!

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  4. Yanique Redwood says:
    394 of 403 people found the following review helpful:
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    A fresh perspective on the things/Things in your life!, December 18, 2002
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    Yanique Redwood (Atlanta, GA USA) –
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    This review is from: Making Peace with the Things in Your Life: Why Your Papers, Books, Clothes, and Other Possessions Keep Overwhelming You and What to Do About It (Paperback)

    As Editor-in-Chief of a magazine about getting and staying organized, I read a lot of books on organizing to find good writers. But sometimes books get repetitive. When I read Making Peace with the Things in Your Life, I just had to email the author. What a fresh perspective! This book helps you to differentiate between the things in your life and the Things in your life (when you buy it, you will really get this point). It also helps you to understand the meanings you attribute to your stuff. Not only was there value in this book from my perspective as an editor (I asked her to write an article for the magazine), but I also found gems that helped me to stop and think about my own possessions and those of my family members. For example, I was able to understand why my daughter’s room was swamped with paper by examining the meanings she attached to each and every sheet. Soon I was able to help her see the difference between things and Things, and that’s just one success story. I loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone, whether you are organized, not so organized, or somewhere in between.

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  5. MRB "Busy woman" says:
    191 of 195 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This book changed my life, August 28, 2004
    This review is from: Making Peace with the Things in Your Life: Why Your Papers, Books, Clothes, and Other Possessions Keep Overwhelming You and What to Do About It (Paperback)

    It really did. Knowing the “why” that I was doing something really helped to change the habit. And the part where the author says that there is no “Magic System” was perfect!
    This book approaches a problem in a counseling manner. And anyone who has been through AA or counseling understands getting to the root of something, in order to make a change.
    Frankly, I look at the above negative reviews and see that those people missed the whole point of the book.
    No, feeling overwhelmed is not as serious of a problem as drug abuse, but when the author helps you look at the base issues and reasons why you may feel overwhelmed with all the things and things to do in your life, it DOES help you in other areas of your life that are important.
    Get this book – it will change your life.

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  6. Debbie Stanley "debstanley" says:
    167 of 170 people found the following review helpful:
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    Praise from a Professional Organizer, December 22, 2002
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    Debbie Stanley “debstanley” (Mt. Clemens, MI United States) –

    This review is from: Making Peace with the Things in Your Life: Why Your Papers, Books, Clothes, and Other Possessions Keep Overwhelming You and What to Do About It (Paperback)

    As a professional organizer, I have shelves full of organizing books, but Glovinsky’s is the first to consider the problem of disorganization from a psychological perspective. Her unique vantage point as a therapist who is also an organizer provides valuable insights for other organizers, yet is presented in a way that is accessible to anyone wishing to get a grip on clutter. Some people have success molding their lives around a generic how-to system, but many need to know why they are the way they are before they can embrace the change required to get organized. If you need a deeper explanation combined with an empathetic, humorous approach to clearing out your clutter, or if you are an organizer looking for new ways to help clients understand disorganization, I strongly recommend Glovinsky’s book.

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