The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace
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The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace


For readers of Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, and Freakonomics, comes a captivating and surprising journey through the science of workplace excellence.
Why do successful companies reward failure? What can casinos teach us about building a happy workplace? How do you design an office that enhances both attention to detail and creativity?
In The Best Place to Work , award-winning psychologist Ron Friedman, Ph.D. uses the latest research from the fields of motivation, creativity, behavioral economics, neuroscience, and management to reveal what really makes us successful at work. Combining powerful stories with cutting edge findings, Friedman shows leaders at every level how they can use scientifically-proven techniques to promote smarter thinking, greater innovation, and stronger performance.
Among the many surprising insights, Friedman explains how learning to think like a hostage negotiator can help you diffuse a workplace argument, why placing a fish bowl near your desk can elevate your thinking, and how incorporating strategic distractions into your schedule can help you reach smarter decisions. Along the way, the book introduces the inventor who created the cubicle, the president who brought down the world’s most dangerous criminal, and the teenager who single-handedly transformed professional tennis—vivid stories that offer unexpected revelations on achieving workplace excellence.
Brimming with counterintuitive insights and actionable recommendations, The Best Place to Work offers employees and executives alike game-changing advice for working smarter and turning any organization—regardless of its size, budgets, or ambitions—into an extraordinary workplace.

Title:The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages

    The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace Reviews

  • Bookphile
    Dec 10, 2014

    Fascinating read, which I can hardly believe I'm saying about a business book. So much of what Friedman discusses exposes exactly why employees are as dissatisfied with their jobs as they are, and how...

  • Whitney
    Mar 08, 2016

    Easy to read with some solid guidance on managing people and a workplace to get both productivity and happiness. It's rare that I can finish books like this--usually 1/2 through I get the picture and ...

  • Nabil
    May 29, 2017

    An interesting overview of positive workplace behaviour. Unfortunately, there's a tonne of cliche'd statements and examples that sound good on the surface, but don't actually hold up to light when scr...

  • Alaeddin Hallak
    Feb 08, 2015

    Bit depressing to see how far local companies have yet to go to abandon their Industrial Age ways of creating a working environment, but ultimately worth the read. Every workplace can improve – and ...

  • Mariah
    May 03, 2016

    Great meld of scientific research and real life stories. Finally a book about work that didn't bore me. ...

  • Eric Brooke
    Jan 06, 2015

    A good book for those who wish to improve their workplace. Provides a lot of evidence e.g. psychology studies, but crafts them into a compelling narrative. The actions at the end of each chapter are u...

  • Mukesh Emes
    Feb 04, 2016

    One of the best business book I've ever read. In this book Ron Friedman explain the importance of a healthy work environment in the success of a company. He redefine the conventional employee manageme...

  • Sandy Irwin
    Feb 16, 2015

    What can I say? This is the best work-related book I've ever read. It takes psychology, and the multitude of studies completed on work and engagement, and weaves them together into a relatable and pra...

  • Amanda Paulin
    Dec 17, 2014

    Great read. I love how it just further cemented our mission here at FULL. If we focus on bridging the gap between our work life and our home life, we can create happy and healthy team members. ...

  • Marcus
    Oct 10, 2016

    Amazing book that should be read by everyone working with management or organizational development...

About Ron Friedman

Ron   Friedman

Ron Friedman, Ph.D. is an award-winning psychologist and the author of a high-anticipated new book from Penguin Random House/Perigee, titled The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace.An expert on human motivation, Friedman has served on the faculty of the University of Rochester, Nazareth College, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and consulted for som