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Spiegelmans new book tells the story of a successful health care call center business that could have morphed into a larger company by overseas outsourcing or cutting costs of employee benefits, but instead chose to focus on employee loyalty as the most important component of his company. The book explains low- or no-cost practices that will impact the lives of employees and the success of small or large businesses.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.9" Width: 7.4" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.11 lbs.
Release Date May 14, 2007
Publisher Brown Books Publishing Group
ISBN 193328580X ISBN13 9781933285801
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More About Paul Spiegelman
Paul Spiegelman is founder and CEO of The Beryl Companies, which includes among others BerylHealth, a technology-focused patient experience company, and The Circle, a training company that helps businesses enhance employee engagement. BerylHealth has won nine best place to work awards, and in 2010, Spiegelman was honored with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. He is a sought-after speaker and author on executive leadership, corporate culture, and employee engagement. His views have been published in Entrepreneur, the Dallas Morning News, Inc., and many other publications. Britt Berrett, a passionate advocate for excellence in healthcare, serves as president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where, he oversees strategic planning and operations, guiding the hospital in its mission to improve the health of the people in the community it serves. In 2007 U.S. News and World Report recognized Texas Health Dallas as a best hospital in the digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery specialties. Texas Health Dallas also received the Magnet Recognition Program Award for excellence in nursing services from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In addition to his role at the hospital, Berrett also serves as an executive vice president of Texas Health Resources.
Paul Spiegelman currently resides in Los Angeles Dallas, in the state of Texas.
Reviews - What do customers think about Why is Everyone Smiling? The Secret Behind Passion, Productivity, and Profit?
Bravo!!! A magnificent example for other organizations Oct 29, 2007
It was my good fortune to be in Dallas last week speaking to the management team at Sewell Automotive and to the Innovation Council. While in town, I met up with a friend who told me about this book. Once I began reading the story of The Beryl Companies, its founders and employees on my return flight to NYC, I couldn't put it down.
Like Sewell, Beryl is an excellent example of a Connection Culture that I write about in Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team's Passion, Creativity, and Productivity. Vision (the stories that define an organization's mission and character), Value (beliefs and behaviors that value people) and Voice (encouraging employees to honestly share their opinions and ideas) are all here. The result is a culture that is similar to a sled dog team that pulls together rather than a dog-eat-dog team destined to eventually fail.
Let me add that I was impressed with Beryl CEO Paul Spiegelman's self awareness as a leader. The fact that he actively engages on an ongoing basis with a number of mentors shows a degree of humility and desire to learn and grow that is necessary for the long term success of every leader. If there was one aspect I would have liked more of in the book, it would have been the events in Paul Spiegelman's life that shaped his convictions and character. I hope he writes about them for the sake of his team. I suspect there are wonderful, inspiring stories about Paul Spiegelman's journey in life that would reinforce the values that shape the Beryl Companies' character.
Spiegelman Gets it Jul 4, 2007
Paul Spiegelman gets it. He knows that the secret to building a culture of excellence starts with a focus on people. In his book, Why is Everyone Smiling?, The Secret Behind Passion, Productivity and Profit, (2007, Brown Books Publishing),Spiegelman demonstrates that when the leader shares a passion for excellence and empowers his staff to do the right thing at the right time for the right reason; great things will happen. As the CEO and co-founder of Beryl, Spiegelman has first-hand experience building a successful company from the ground floor up. He's no stranger to the trials and tribulations of entrepreneurship but his steady, unwavering approach to focusing on the work environment and doing the right thing was a prescription for sure success.
In order to build a reputation as a service-centered company that goes above and beyond the expected to thrill its customers, Beryl went above and beyond to excite and thrill its employees. The results have been stellar.
This book is not written as a "how to" manual but rather as a story of one company's journey from a tiny start up to a nationally recognized brand. From the beginning, the founders understood that employees' loyalty leads to customer loyalty and ultimately a profitable business. These guys know that they need to be accessible, visible and approachable in order to gain their employees' respect and trust. I especially appreciated Spiegelman's candor about mistakes he made along the way and the important lessons learned in the process.
As an entrepreneur myself, I was equally enthralled with the Spiegelman brothers' business journey as I was with their culture-enhancing approach to leadership. Their story of the Beryl Corporation is one worth sharing. It reminds us to never lose sight of our vision and to remain true to our values in virtually every decision.
Celebrating the "joy" of organizational excellence Jun 26, 2007
As I began to share Paul Spiegelman's thoughts about "the secret behind passion, productivity, and profit," I realized that there really isn't a "secret" to be revealed. Rather, the challenge is to assemble and then - key point - retain those people who are so excited about being part of a given organization that they eagerly and cheerfully go what Napoleon Hill once characterized as "the extra mile" to add value to their organization and to its customers. It is no coincidence that many (most?) of those on Fortune's annual list of the "most admired companies" are also #1 or #2 in their respective industries in terms of profitability and cap value. They also have the highest retention rate of valued employees and far more applicants for an open position than do any of their competitors. In fact, those who work for competitors are the most eager to work for them. The title of Spiegelman's book is apt: If an organization's employees (or if you prefer, as do Wal-Mart and JCPenney, associates) are not smiling, you can be certain that its customers aren't.
This is an especially personal book and it must be because Spiegelman is obviously a passionate as well as a thoughtful and sensitive person. However, what he shares is really not about him; rather, it is about others within and beyond the Beryl organization who have found joy for themselves and created joy for others in the modern workplace, one in which, regrettably, joy is seldom experienced. I especially appreciate his provision of "stories" shared by thoughtful and caring people such as Julia, John, Melanie, Michael, Lance, Jared, Lali, Juli, Maricela, and Rhonda. Throughout the narrative, Spiegelman also includes a number of communiqués between and among people who are struggling to understand important business issues, to solve problems, and to share (often with stark candor) their opinions about a given situation. However different high-performance organizations may be in every other respect, all of them are transparent in terms of communication, cooperation, and most importantly, collaboration.
In the final chapter, Spiegelman explains that he wrote this book to "share simple secrets that might help other leaders successfully advance their business. I wrote it as an appeal for old-fashioned values in the commercial arena, with special emphasis on treating coworkers well." The "stories" provided by others provide a human context for each of the "simple lessons." In this instance, I am reminded of what Oliver Wendell Holmes once observed: "I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity." What Spiegelman and his Beryl associates share may seem "simple" and that's true, but only if viewed within the context of Holmes's observation.
There is a great deal of substantial value to be learned from this book. That said, the challenge to each reader is to apply lessons learned effectively and consistently. Awaiting them is what Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton have aptly characterized as "The Knowing-Doing Gap." I agree with former Texas football coach Darrell Royal: "potential" means "you ain't done it yet." Credit Spiegelman and his Beryl associates with sharing what they have learned about the "what" and "how" of establishing and then sustaining passion, productivity, and profit within any organization (regardless of size or nature) by putting a smile on everyone's face, by having fun, and thus sharing a sense of joy in what they do and how they do it...together. It remains for each reader to apply effectively what she or he has learned.
This is a must read for anyone with a large group of employees Jun 23, 2007
This is a great book. Spiegelman describes the ABC's for becoming a great company - from building the brand to become a premium provider while at the same time being a top place to work. The first-person, connect to purpose employee stories at the end of each chapter are powerful.