The problem is that leaders are following a negative and constraining Ã¢ÂÂmental mapÃ¢ÂÂ that insists organizations must be rigid, top-down hierarchies and that the people in them are driven mainly by self-interest and fear. But leaders can adopt a different mental map, one where organizations are networks of fluid, evolving relationships and where people are motivated by a desire to grow, learn, and serve a larger goal. Using dozens of memorable stories, Quinn describes specific actions leaders can take to facilitate the emergence of this organizational cultureÃ¢ÂÂhelping people gain a sense of purpose, engage in authentic conversations, see new possibilities, and sacrifice for the common good.
The book includes the Positive Organization Generator, a tool that provides 100 real-life practices from positive organizations and helps you reinvent them to fit your specific needs. With the POG you can identify and implement the practices that will have the greatest impact on your organization.
At its heart, the book helps leaders to see new possibilities that lie withinÃÂ the acknowledgedÃÂ realities of organizational life. It provides five keys for learning to be "bilingual"--speaking the conventional language of business as well as the language of the positiveÃÂ organization.ÃÂ When leaders can do this, they are able to make real and lasting change.
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