Do the Right Thing
The #1 Principle of Sustainable Business Success Is Simpler Than You Think
“Do the Right Thing is about how any company can stay true to its soul. Jim Parker’s deep and abiding belief in the power of people and culture in building a business of lasting worth is evident everywhere; so too is his humility and selflessness as a leader--his stories are not about his own achievements, which are many, but those of the people he led, one of the great success stories of our time.”
--Sean Moriarty, CEO, Ticketmaster
“Do the Right Thing offers insightful views into the culture, leadership, and decisions that build great companies the right way. A must read for my management team. THIS BOOK ROCKS.”
--Kent Taylor, Founder and Chairman, Texas Roadhouse Restaurants
“The book is a fun read filled with memorable stories that get at the heart of what it takes to lead in a way that simultaneously satisfies employees, customers, and shareholders. Jim Parker plays the role of eloquent detective and ferrets out the interweaving parts that distributed leadership, culture, values, and teamwork play as the underlying layers of a company’s success. This is a book about heroes at all levels and the environment needed to create those heroes. A must-read for today’s leaders.”
--Professor Deborah Ancona, Seley Distinguished Professor of Management and Faculty Director of the MIT Leadership Center,
“You’ll laugh and cry reading Jim’s book, and probably won’t be able to put it down. It will forever change the way you view the employees in your organization.”
--Beverly K. Carmichael, Member, Board of Directors,
People matter most.
You know that. But most companies would rather slash costs, cut headcount, replace well-paid employees with lower-paid employees or outsourced workers, and reduce customer service. No wonder so many fail–while others focused on doing the right thing remain profitable and growth oriented for decades. James F. Parker shows why “doing the right thing” isn’t just naļve “feel-goodism:” it’s the most powerful rule for business success. Parker’s stories won’t just convince you: They’ll move you. Naļve? No way. In this book, Southwest Airlines’ former CEO proves why doing what’s right is the #1 rule of business success. James F. Parker tells how after 9/11, Southwest made three pivotal decisions: no layoffs, no pay cuts, and no-hassle refunds for any customer wanting them. The result: Southwest remained profitable and its revenue passenger miles for 4Q01 held steady while the rest of its industry nearly collapsed...and Southwest’s market cap soon exceeded all its major competitors combined. These pivotal decisions grew naturally from Southwest’s culture of mutual respect and trust. Parker offers deeply personal insights into that culture, revealing how those same principles are used by other people and organizations, showing you that it’s really not that hard to Do The Right Thing!
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I really enjoyed this book! I thought it might be boring and hard to read, but it was neither.
The author repeated the same few points many times throughout the book, but the many stories breaking it up made the book interesting. I also liked that he made the points simple and didn't use big terms.
Chapter 24 People Need to Understand Their Mission
Chapter 25 Shared Goals Shared Knowledge and Mutual Respect A Shared Mission
Chapter 26 Do People Think Like Employees or Owners?
Chapter 27 Making Employees Owners
Chapter 28 A Sense of Ownership
Chapter 29 Make Work Fun
Chapter 30 Build a Customer Service Culture
Chapter 31 Everything He Did Was So I Could Come to Work
Chapter 8 I Just Couldnt Resist
Chapter 9 Some of the Obvious Things I Learned
Chapter 10 Were in What Kind of Business?
Chapter 11 With a Little Help from Our Competitors
Chapter 12 Leaders Are Everywhere
Chapter 13 Great Organizations Have Great Leaders at Every Level
Chapter 14 In Case You Didnt Get It Great Organizations Have Great Leaders at Every Level
Chapter 15 Great Leaders Make the People Around Them Better
Chapter 16 People Recognize a Phony
Chapter 17 People Follow a Leader They Trust
Chapter 18 Who Wants the Best People?
Chapter 19 Looking for the Right People
Chapter 20 Interview for Attitude
Chapter 21 Attitudes Also Matter at 30000 Feet
Chapter 22 Everybody Remembers Their Interview
Chapter 23 Every Job Affects Others
Chapter 32 Fun Can Have a Purpose
Chapter 33 Celebrate Success and Achievement
Chapter 34 Creating Entrepreneurs
Chapter 35 Encourage Unconventional Thinking
Chapter 36 Suggestion Boxes
Chapter 37 Many Roads Lead to the Promised Land
Chapter 38 Define the Right Goals and Give People Room to Succeed
Chapter 39 The TwoMinute Drill
Chapter 40 Give People Something to Believe InDefine a Grand Mission
Chapter 41 Create a Culture in Which People Want to Do the Right Things
Chapter 42 Its a Family Affair
Chapter 43 The Tactics of Success May Vary but the Principles Are Constant
Chapter 44 Be Yourself and Have Some Fun
Chapter 45 Its a Round World
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Do the Right Thing: How Dedicated Employees Create Loyal Customers and Large ...
James F. Parker
No preview available - 2007