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The Good Ones: Ten Crucial Qualities of High-Character Employees Kindle Edition
You’ll read stories from managers and employees across the U.S. and beyond who reveal how honesty, courage, loyalty, and patience have helped their organizations maintain an edge over the competition. Each chapter is devoted to a single quality of character and ends with questions employers can use to hire and promote the Good Ones — people who are consistently honest, accountable, fair, and grateful.
Whether you’re looking to bring new people into your organization or seeking a job or promotion yourself, The Good Ones will help you appreciate in practical terms why character is the missing link to excellence.
-- Mark Sanborn, bestselling author of The Fred Factor, Fred 2.0, and You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader
"All too often, we focus on competence and overlook the importance of character. In this thoughtful book, ethics expert Bruce Weinstein gives us the tools to correct that imbalance."
-- Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take
"This inspiring, fast-moving book shows you how to hire, manage, motivate, and get the very best out of a team of excellent people."
-- Brian Tracy, bestselling author of How the Best Leaders Lead and Eat That Frog!
"The Good Ones is a must-read for managers and employees alike. In a world that sometimes has a win-at-all-costs attitude, it is good to read about how you can have long-term success by surrounding yourself with people of high character. From now on I will incorporate character questions when conducting interviews and will look at the ten qualities associated with high-character individuals as part of my hiring process."
-- John Owen, global business director at Thomson Reuters
"I don't know which is more exciting, the tools for recognizing character in the interview process or the 'permission' it gives companies to focus on character in the first place. Either way, this is an important and valuable book for any organization."
-- David LevIn, author of Don't Just Talk, Be Heard! and coauthor (with John G. Miller) of QBQ! The Question Behind the Question
"Bruce Weinstein has put together a survival kit that just might save your job. Want to get ahead? Read The Good Ones, a road map to a better life."
-- Bob Dotson, national correspondent for NBC News and Today, and New York Times bestselling author of American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things
"Bruce's ten qualities of high-character employees ring true to me. I've hired hundreds of individuals over the past thirty-five years, and when I've failed in hiring it's almost always been about an individual's character, not their skills. We need more sound character in our workplaces, and this book is a great and entertaining way to learn more about why character matters."
-- David L. Brown, MD, former chair of the anesthesiology Institute at the Cleveland Clinic and founder of Curadux
"The Good Ones helps individuals and institutions integrate ten character traits critical to success. Dr. Weinstein's expert weaving of valid interview questions throughout each chapter provides hiring managers with tools for identifying good people, but also provides job candidates with legitimate samples of behavior-based interview answers to those questions, which will help them land good positions. Finally, employees can apply this book's recommendations by emulating the ten traits necessary to propel them to the leadership ranks. I will personally keep The Good Ones close, regularly referencing its resourceful contents in my daily interactions with clients, colleagues, friends, and family."
-- J. Kim Scholes, strategic human capital consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton
"Bruce Weinstein has done it again! The insights, practicality, and wisdom shared in this book will help businesses create 'Good Ones' in the workplace. This book is a wonderful, easy read filled with practical examples. All organizations need to focus on character and accountability in the manner Weinstein suggests. Read this book, implement what Weinstein recommends, and watch what happens!"
-- Frank C. Bucaro, CSP, CPAE, Values-Based Leadership Expert and author of If Good Ethics Is Good Business, What's the Problem?
"I really enjoyed this remarkable book! It's well written, with a bit of humility sprinkled in for a good measure, which I liked. The concept of the Good Ones translates well into Russian, which is another indication of how goodness transcends boundaries."
-- Anatoly Yakorev, director of the Center for Business Ethics & Compliance, International University in Moscow
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--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00WOZZ6US
- Publisher : New World Library (27 April 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 1432 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 282 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1608682749
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,208,952 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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- 1,847 in Business Ethics (Books)
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His topics, the stories of the people he’s interviewed, and his guidance resonate with me. Like many of you, I’ve encountered trying situations in my work and personal life that, from time to time, put me in a quandary. His columns provided practical advice for how to navigate really challenging situations and encounters, and I felt I received “validation” for my thoughts and values.
After checking out his website, TheEthicsGuy.com, where I read more about his credentials, interviews by journalists I admire, and his several published books, I chose two of his books to read. Since then, I’ve read a third, and I’ve written reviews about all three because I found them each valuable. I hope you find the reviews inspiring.
I was initially attracted to “The Good Ones: Ten Crucial Qualities of High-Character Employees” because I wanted to know and understand those “ten crucial qualities” noted in the title and, frankly, probably for support to indicate that I was “one of the good ones.” I also thought the book would make a great text study for an office book club.
While several colleagues expressed interest, the book club never materialized. Nonetheless, “The Good Ones” is the perfect book for discussion about values in the work environment – if your employer’s leadership team and colleagues have the courage to go here. If not, take on the professional development opportunity for yourself. Your character affects the quality of every aspect of your life.
In this book, Dr. Weinstein urges employers and employees to consider what’s at stake if they don’t harness and cultivate the 10 qualities that he says reliably distinguish high-character employees. Those qualities are:
9. Patience, and
As he states, character is the cornerstone of honorable behavior, and “questionable character is costly.” In an easy-to-read conversational style, Dr. Weinstein backs up his convictions by weaving in personal experiences of hundreds of people as he defines each quality and the potential consequences of the opposite behavior in the workplace. By understanding these qualities and how they can show up in relationships and encounters, you’ll learn how to work through challenging behaviors and rise above them, which also makes you a better person who lives with honor and reaps the many rewards that come with that.
One of my favorite parts of the book is that Dr. Weinstein provides questions to ask job candidates to help shed light on one’s character during job interviews. If your company or organization is committed to hiring high-character employees – employees who consistently reveal through their actions the qualities he discusses in the book – and evaluating candidates based on character, HR won’t flinch at the notion of including some of these behaviorally focused questions in the hiring process. If not, you might question its core values and whether or not they’re in alignment with yours.
The book ends with calls to action – another bonus for employers, job candidates, and those seeking a raise and/or promotion.
As in his other books I’ve read – “Ethical Intelligence: Five Principles for Untangling Your Toughest Problems at Work and Beyond,” and “Is It Still Cheating If I Don’t Get Caught?” – Dr. Weinstein is authentic, vulnerable, candid, funny, and skillful as he shares his and others’ experiences. And, no matter what your fancy – music, movies, literature, philosophy, politics, money, and/or television – he has a reference that will resonate with you and bring to life a concept he’s illustrating. This makes his books of practical and wise advice all the more enjoyable – and even fun – to read!
In this book, Weinstein tackles the challenging topic of ethics in the workplace using real-world examples from actual interviews instead of hypothetical examples. The practical treatment of his Ten Crucial Qualities of High-Character Employees is what makes this book so readable and his subject so accessible. The author makes the business case that high-character employees make good economic sense and that being a "Good One" (having a high-character) is the missing link to excellence.
Weinstein suggests specific questions for hiring managers to use during the interview process to gain insight into a candidate's character. Beyond the hiring process, his approach can be used when assessing the character of potential business partners, vendors, advisors, investors and board members.
For the new professional and recent college graduate, The Good Ones provides a preview of some very common ethical scenarios in the workplace. Being familiar with these scenarios and having thought through possible responses and implications will help new professionals deal with these inevitable choices.
I highly recommend this book for all professionals, especially new professionals and recent college graduates. Many times an ethical line is breached because a decision is made in haste or without the proper context. Ethical dilemmas are not limited to the hiring process and are more common than most people expect. The Good Ones provides the context and guidelines for making the right ethical decisions.
In the opening pages of "The Good Ones" author Bruce Weinstein has the guts to ask a difficult question: What is character? He then goes about 1. Answering the question with care and the insight of a true expert, 2. Showing us how companies can hire and screen for high-character employees, and 3. Encouraging us to develop our own strong character.
For me, the uniqueness of this book comes from Weinstein's decision to examine character not in terms of "What should I do?" (as most other guides to ethics in the workplace do) but in terms of "Who should I be?" From that decision flows some of the book's most appealing aspects; its division of character into ten qualities—as that creates a very human framework for evaluating conduct that can often be murky at best—and the way that each chapter profiles real people in all of their individual complexity.
Although geared towards the corporate workplace, I feel that the lessons in this book would be equally valuable for those working with and managing volunteers in non-profits and community organizations. In fact, I found myself thinking again and again about the examples that Weinstein puts forward in terms of people I have known and situations I have experienced in all walks of my life, not just those encountered at work.
"The Good Ones" is a volume that will stay at the front of my bookshelf for a very long time!