Managing for Happiness

Games, Tools, and Practices to Motivate Any Team

Jurgen Appelo

Publisher: Wiley, 2016, 279 pages

ISBN: 978-1-119-26868-0

Keywords: Culture, Management

Last modified: Sept. 15, 2021, 10:30 a.m.

Fact: Happy organizations are more productive and more innovative.

Is there something I can do to foster a better company culture? More productivity from my team? More innovation from management? And more happiness for everyone?

Managing for Happiness offers concrete games, tools, and practices for all workers. It addresses many common leadership questions, such as:

  • How can we measure performance?
  • How can we reward people in a better way?
  • How can we replace performance appraisals?
  • How can we motivate our teams?
  • How can we change the organization's culture?

In modern organizations, people are expected to be servant leaders and systems thinkers, but nobody explains exactly how to do this. Managing for Happiness offers you serious games, innovative tools, and simple practices. You can use them immediately to motivate any team, change the culture, boost productivity, and nurture innovation across your company. Because management is too important to leave to the managers! Everyone deserves to work in a happier organization.

  • Preface
    Better Management for Everyone
  • Introduction
    What Is Management 3.0?
  1. Kudo Box and Kudo Cards
    Motivate People with Better Rewards
  2. Personal Maps
    Improve Communication and Understanding
  3. Delegation Boards and Delegation Poker
    Empower Workers with Clear Boundaries
  4. Value Stories and Culture Books
    Define the Culture by Sharing Stories
  5. Exploration Days and Internal Crowdfunding
    Make Time for Exploration and Self-Education
  6. Business Guilds and Corporate Huddles
    Share Knowledge, Tools, and Practices
  7. Feedback Wraps and Unlimited Vacation
    Learn How to Offer Constructive Feedback
  8. Metrics Ecosystem and Scoreboard Index
    Measure Performance the Right Way
  9. Merit Money
    Pay People According to Their Merits
  10. Moving Motivators
    Discover Real Engagement of Workers
  11. Happiness Door
    Aim for a Happier Organization
  12. Yay! Questions and Celebration Grids
    Learn from Successes and Failures
  • Conclusion
    Never Stop Experimenting