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Brad's book, Ownership Thinking: How to End Entitlement and Create a Culture of Accountability, Purpose, and Profit is available on Amazon.com and in major book stores across the country.
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"Ownership Thinking takes on two of the biggest challenges in companies: lack of ownership, and lack of good thinking about the company. Hams' work is readable, thought-provoking, and makes you hungry for his next bit of wisdom. It's an excellent read, and should be on your short list."
Dave Logan, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling coauthor of Tribal Leadership and Three Laws of Performance
"You would have to read a dozen other books on employee compensation, empowerment, management, and motivation to even come close to Ownership Thinking-a systematic and practical process for getting your employees to give that extra effort and brain power we know they possess."
Verne Harnish, CEO, Gazelles, author, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits
"Brad Hams tells it like it truly is: transparency creates trust; trust creates engagement; engagement creates a healthy enterprise. This thoughtful and practical book shows you how to achieve all of these things and more."
Chip Conley, founder and executive chair, Joie de Vivre; author, PEAK
"Comprehensive and marvelously clear, Ownership Thinking's techniques for creating change are focused, direct, and motivating. This is a wise book, unusually useful and I recommend it most highly."
Judith M. Bardwick, Ph.D., author Danger in the Comfort Zone and the Psychological Recession
"Brad Hams is one of the most persuasive and creative thinkers I know. Unlike most books in this field, which are full of noble ambiguities and self-evident truths, but few practical ideas, this one will give you a specific guide you can (and should) implement now."
Corey Rosen, founder, National Center for Employee Ownership
"Having built 6 companies from scratch into national firms, along with coaching small to medium size companies over the past 15 years to become bigger and better, I say this: 'Brad, where were you all those years?'"
Jack Daly, CEO, Professional Sales Coach, Inc.
"Character is to an individual as culture is to an organization. They each represent the essential DNA for future success. Brad Hams has captured the keys to the best of both in Ownership Thinking. He is masterful at outlining the engagement practices that inspire people to care and to be deeply vested in business results."
Jim Haudan, CEO of Root Learning, author, The Art of Engagement
"Reading Hams' book is like a candid conversation with a wise friend about getting your employees more engaged in your company. It is a 'must read' for any manager in a company with employee stock ownership, or for any business leader wanting to create a culture of ownership."
Dean Schroeder, author, Ideas Are Free
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How to End Entitlement and Create a Culture of Accountability, Purpose, and Profit
It's an insidious disease that is crippling companies, destroying our economy, and crushing potential. It's infecting the very roots of business performance, and it's spreading fast. It isn't the recession, market volatility, scandal, or greed.
It's entitlement. And it may be killing your business.
In myriad ways, entitlement has been cultivated for decades. As a result, too many employees today believe that they are entitled to a paycheck simply because they show up. Brad Hams has proven that we are not doomed to a path of entitlement and dependence. Over 15 years of working with hundreds of companies, he knows that the vast majority of employees addicted to entitlement actually want to engage, want to contribute, and feel much better about themselves when they are in an environment that requires them to do so. Now, with Ownership Thinking, Hams shares his strategy that will increase your company's productivity, employee retention, and profitability:
The Right Education: Teach employees the fundamentals of business and finance, how their company makes money, and how they add-or take away-value.
The Right Measures: Identify the organization's Key Performance Indicators and teach employees to forecast results in an environment of high visibility and accountability.
The Right Incentives: Create incentive plans that are self-funding, and clearly align employees' behavior to the organization's business and financial objectives.
Your employees will learn to think and act like owners, and will become active participants in the financial performance of the business. They will gain the self-esteem that is only possible through achievement, and will reap rewards that are in alignment with the success of their organization. Meanwhile, you will enjoy your role more, sleep better at night, and leave a legacy that is far more inspiring and significant than you dreamed possible.
Brad Hams is the founder and CEO of Ownership Thinking, an international consulting and training firm that has helped over 1,000 companies to engage all of their employees in the success of the business, and replace cultures of entitlement with cultures of earning. Hams also spreads his message by speaking to over 50 domestic and international audiences a year. He lives in Lakewood, CO.