Joy at Work

  • by Dennis W. Bakke
  • Narrated by Dennis W. Bakke
  • 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Imagine a company where people love coming to work and are highly productive on a daily basis. Imagine a company whose top executives, in a quest to create the most "fun" workplace ever, obliterate labor-management divisions and push decision-making responsibility down to the plant floor. Could such a company compete in today's bottom-line corporate world? Could it even turn a profit? Well, imagine no more. In Joy at Work, Dennis W. Bakke tells the true story of this extraordinary company, and how, as its co-founder and longtime CEO, he challenged the business establishment with revolutionary ideas that could remake America's organizations. It is the story of AES, whose business model and operating ethos, "let's have fun", were conceived during a 90-minute car ride from Annapolis, Maryland, to Washington, D.C. In the next two decades, it became a worldwide energy giant with 40,000 employees in 31 countries and revenues of $8.6 billion.
Joy at Work offers a model for the 21st-century company that treats its people with respect, gives them unprecedented responsibility, and holds them strictly accountable, because it's the right thing to do, not just because it makes good business sense. More than any book you've ever read, Dennis Bakke's Joy at Work will force you to question everything you thought you knew about corporate success.

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What the Critics Say

"A timely and inspiring book that challenges us to rethink the purpose of business in society." (Bill Clinton)
"A must-read book for anyone who wants to make work fun." (Jack Kemp)

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Customer Reviews

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Don't expect much

Where is the joy? The narrator doesn't seem to express much. Hey this stuff is not new. Good Christians and great leaders have long known this and expressed it in fewer words before. I wish he wrote this book as a reminder of how people should treat each other and not as though it is something he thought of himself. Maybe I expected too much. Maybe it is a sad comment on the state of our business culture that this is considered revolutionary. I agree with most of his tenets, but people shouldn't expect too much. It reminds me of Dr. Phil in some ways ( without the bombast). He gives advice without acknowledging that it won't work without a fundamental change in a person's nature. He doesn't seem to be willing to acknowledge the fact that evil exist and it can exist in human beings, and if these things aren't acknowledged and dealt with, all the good advice in the world is pretty much an exercise in vanity.
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- James

Good - but not great!

Why do publishers give misleading titles?

I expected an innovative, exciting book that gave me a way to make a workplace fun, exciting, even fresh. I got a nasally author telling me, in a very roundabout way how he ran a power company.

NOT VERY RELEVANT and far, far too wordy. You really will struggle to get through it all.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2005
  • Publisher: PVG LLC