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The Energy Equation

Unlocking the Hidden Power of Energy in Business

Baker, Greg


1. Auflage Januar 2020
272 Seiten, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-119-63868-1
John Wiley & Sons

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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.