Managing by Values

How to Put Your Values into Action for Extraordinary Results

Ken Blanchard (Author) | Michael O’Connor (Author)

Publication date: 10/08/2003

Bestseller over 225,000+ copies sold

Managing by Values
  • From the coauthor of The One Minute Manager, one of the bestselling business books of all time (over 9 million copies sold), and Empowerment Takes More Than a Minute (a 1996 BusinessWeek bestseller)
  • Provides a concise game plan for designing and implementing a set of guiding values to achieve organizational, group, team, and individual objectives

Today's business world is characterized by increasing change-technological, cultural, social, economic, and personal-the net effect of which is increasing anxiety, insecurity, and more pressure than perhaps ever before on today's employees, managers, and business owners. Managing By Values provides a practical, proven new solution for addressing these issues. Ken Blanchard and Michael O'Connor provide a framework for stability, continuity, and growth in the midst of these challenges.

Managing By Values describes a new measure and level of organizational success-beyond that of "Fortune 500" organizations. Blanchard and O'Connor show how organizations can commit to a way of doing business that enables all stakeholders-owners/shareholders, employees, customers, and others-to win. By committing to a common purpose and set of values, any organization can join the ranks of the "Fortunate 500." This list is defined, not by size or volume or profits, but by the quality of service available to customers and the quality of life accessible to employees.

Numerous books written over the last decade have stated both the need for, and power of, an organizational culture whose strategies, processes, and people are managed by a common vision, purpose, and set of values. Managing By Values goes beyond merely lobbying for such a management approach. Blanchard and O'Connor provide readers with a practical game plan that clarifies, communicates, and aligns the organization's practices at all levels and in all areas, with a defined, functional set of guiding values adopted throughout the organization. Many previous books have addressed the importance of values, but Managing By Values provides a clear methodology for defining and implementing such values to achieve organizational, group, team, and individual objectives.

Written in the simple, direct story format that has become a trademark of Ken Blanchard's previous books, Managing By Values builds on the mass of diverse research, experiences, and literature on organizational, group, and individual performance and satisfaction. Based on the authors' research and applied real-world experience with client organizations, Managing By Values provides a practical, proven approach for how to give your organization the gift of a promising future while also discovering a way for all of its stakeholders to be satisfied in the process.

  • From the coauthor of The One Minute Manager, one of the bestselling business books of all time (over 9 million copies sold), and Empowerment Takes More Than a Minute (a 1996 BusinessWeek bestseller)
  • Provides a concise game plan for designing and implementing a set of guiding values to achieve organizational, group, team, and individual objectives

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Overview

  • From the coauthor of The One Minute Manager, one of the bestselling business books of all time (over 9 million copies sold), and Empowerment Takes More Than a Minute (a 1996 BusinessWeek bestseller)
  • Provides a concise game plan for designing and implementing a set of guiding values to achieve organizational, group, team, and individual objectives

Today's business world is characterized by increasing change-technological, cultural, social, economic, and personal-the net effect of which is increasing anxiety, insecurity, and more pressure than perhaps ever before on today's employees, managers, and business owners. Managing By Values provides a practical, proven new solution for addressing these issues. Ken Blanchard and Michael O'Connor provide a framework for stability, continuity, and growth in the midst of these challenges.

Managing By Values describes a new measure and level of organizational success-beyond that of "Fortune 500" organizations. Blanchard and O'Connor show how organizations can commit to a way of doing business that enables all stakeholders-owners/shareholders, employees, customers, and others-to win. By committing to a common purpose and set of values, any organization can join the ranks of the "Fortunate 500." This list is defined, not by size or volume or profits, but by the quality of service available to customers and the quality of life accessible to employees.

Numerous books written over the last decade have stated both the need for, and power of, an organizational culture whose strategies, processes, and people are managed by a common vision, purpose, and set of values. Managing By Values goes beyond merely lobbying for such a management approach. Blanchard and O'Connor provide readers with a practical game plan that clarifies, communicates, and aligns the organization's practices at all levels and in all areas, with a defined, functional set of guiding values adopted throughout the organization. Many previous books have addressed the importance of values, but Managing By Values provides a clear methodology for defining and implementing such values to achieve organizational, group, team, and individual objectives.

Written in the simple, direct story format that has become a trademark of Ken Blanchard's previous books, Managing By Values builds on the mass of diverse research, experiences, and literature on organizational, group, and individual performance and satisfaction. Based on the authors' research and applied real-world experience with client organizations, Managing By Values provides a practical, proven approach for how to give your organization the gift of a promising future while also discovering a way for all of its stakeholders to be satisfied in the process.

  • From the coauthor of The One Minute Manager, one of the bestselling business books of all time (over 9 million copies sold), and Empowerment Takes More Than a Minute (a 1996 BusinessWeek bestseller)
  • Provides a concise game plan for designing and implementing a set of guiding values to achieve organizational, group, team, and individual objectives

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Meet the Authors


Visit Author Page - Ken Blanchard
Ken Blanchard is the founder and chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies. He is the coauthor of several best-selling books, including The One Minute Manager®_and The New One Minute Manager®, Raving Fans and Gung Ho! His books have combined sales of more than twenty million copies in forty-two languages. Ken is also cofounder of Lead Like Jesus, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and equipping people to be servant leaders.

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Dr. Michael J. O'Connor is the Founder and Executive Vice President of Life Associates and The Center for Managing by Values.

He is an internationally recognized thought leader who has contributed several different types of breakthroughs for producing greater success and satisfaction. He has often been referred to as a practical, problem-solving visionary. He is called upon daily to provide his expertise in the areas of personal, group and organizational performance. Michael has dedicated his life to helping others through his coaching, consulting, speaking, and training.

His past 30 years research has translated into many widely used resource products and best selling books including The Leader Within, People Smart and Managing By Values. The same research and practical expertise has enabled Michael to act as coach and advisor to many businesses across the United States, Canada and Europe. He is recognized for his accomplishments in the fields of leadership assessment development, conflict resolution, behavior management, building winning business cultures and strategic development. Michael is the creator of the Global Profiles System (GPS) which includes both self and observer(s) analysis reports for Personal Style (‘DISC’), Values, Interests, Capabilities and Adaptability.

Michael holds a B.S. in the social sciences, an M.A. in the behavioral sciences/psychology and a Ph.D. in management. He has served as a business executive, entrepreneur, advisor and board member to businesses, university professor, and Vice President of Resources Development & Consulting at Carlson Learning Co.

You can contact Dr. O’Connor and access resources he has developed, including free webinars, through his website.

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Table of Contents

1. Finding Out
2. The Acts of Life
3. The MBV Process
4. The Search Begins
5. Clarifying Your Mission and Values: Phase I of the MBV Process
6. Communicating: Phase II of the MBV Process
7. Aligning: Phase III of the MBV Process
8. Beginning the MBV Journey
9. Reflecting Back on the Journey
10. Moving Forward on the Journey

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Endorsements

"This book describes an emerging type of company.... I've been a part of this 'fortunate' journey and seen it produce great results with customers and employees, while increasing productivity and profits throughout the process. 'Managing By Values' works!"

Erv Kamm, President and CEO, Digi International, Inc.

"'Managing By Values' creates a positive and healthy employee culture that unleashes the power of the human spirit."

Paul Baszucki, CEO, Norstan Communications, Inc.

"We believe an important component for long-term success is establishing a company culture based on values. The 'Fortunate 500' process has given us a practical, clear, and effective way to identify and implement such values."

Jim Hickey, CEO and President, Aequitron Medical, Inc.

"The 'Managing By Values' process can be replicated in any organization, providing there is the commitment to do it. You can tell that it's working when employees take heroic, values-based actions and then simply remark, 'I'm only doing my job!'"

Marcia Ballinger, Director, HumanResources Development, BMC Industries, Inc.

"'Managing By Values' (MBV) is a powerful process that focuses an organization on common behavioral expectations and provides the platform for effective empowerment. Employees report that we have a more productive and fulfilling workplace, which in turn is driving improved customer satisfaction and the resulting return for owners. MBV is the basis of continuous improvement in our company."

The Management Team, Holt Company of Ohio

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