Be The Best Part of Their Day
Supercharging Communication with Values-Driven Leadership
by David L. Schreiner Ph.D.
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Pub Date 16 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 16 Jan 2024
What’s the “secret sauce” to Supercharged Communications? Can it be quantified? Can it be taught? More than that, as a leader, who are you? What are the values you project―not just in the workplace but 24/7?
David Schreiner, Ph.D., spent years researching and speaking to executives and people in large organizations across the country to try to discover just that. The good news is he uncovered three essential elements to communication:
Engage and connect at a personal level.
Engage with intent through various mediums.
Be mission-focused through united leadership.
He also pinpointed fifteen effective strategies―principles and concepts you could begin to apply to your organization today. He created a platform of Supercharged Communications he could use as a CEO in the healthcare industry―but that could be applied no matter the sector, no matter the circumstances.
Utilizing the technique of Appreciative Inquiry―and a real and personal desire to connect with others, David Schreiner has embraced authentic leadership and distilled its best practices. Research-based and actionable, Schreiner invites the reader on a personal journey to get at the very heart of their organization―and the communications principles that can ensure readers are the best part of the day for the people they encounter.
"Dr. Schreiner’s Be the Best Part of Their Day masterfully presents a case for the role of positivity, appreciation, and values in effective leadership. He offers practical strategies and concrete examples, demonstrating the impact of aligning your communication and leadership with core values. This book is a beacon of hope, illuminating a path to success that is both effective and deeply meaningful."
― HUBERT JOLY, Former Best Buy CEO, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School, Author of The Heart of Business
"Every day, I see how positive communication energizes people, from sharing bright spots, to storytelling, to just saying thank you. David Schreiner gets it. Be the Best Part of Their Day is a powerful statement on looking at the world through the lens of what’s right rather than what’s wrong. Right from his book’s title, Schreiner reminds us of the difference we can make in people’s lives when we choose to approach them with a mindset of abundance, appreciation, and love. I am grateful for David, his message, and his sincere desire to make healthcare better."
― QUINT STUDER, Author of The Calling: Why Healthcare Is So Special
"David Schreiner successfully uses Appreciative Inquiry to effect robust communications in supporting the “how” of individual, team, and organizational change. This is an essential addition to any manager’s tool kit. An essential book to read and, more importantly, to follow!"
― LEONARD SCHLESINGER, Baker Foundation Professor, Harvard Business School
"Read this book. It will be the best part of your day. Based on solid research and decades of experience as an industry-leading healthcare system CEO, Dave Schreiner’s insights will fill you with joy, lift your leadership, and guide you in building an organizational culture in which people flourish and high performance becomes the norm. If you are a values-driven leader and want to supercharge your communication, this book is an essential read."
― JIM LUDEMA, PHD, Dean, School of Business, Calvin University
"Be the Best Part of Their Day is a trusted blueprint that any leader should embrace in learning to communicate and relate with their teams. Truly an outstanding read. Dr. Schreiner lays out the playbook, packed with real-world examples, that will help anyone in leadership, professionally and personally!"
― HAYS WALDROP, Founder, Institute for Healthcare Executives and Suppliers, Franklin, TN
"Comprehensive leadership is theory + practice. Dave Schreiner has created a research-based look at leadership, balanced with his own unique executive perspective. Insights into appreciative inquiry, leadership theory, and effective communications are combined, so that the reader is better informed on how to create a culture of inclusion and caring."
― CHRIS WESTFALL, Author of Leadership Language and Easier, US National Elevator Pitch Champion
"This book is a gem. David Schreiner has produced a book that every leader needs to read. As a result of his research and as a practicing CEO, David has identified clear differences between highly successful leaders and less successful leaders. The differences can be easily implemented, so this book is inspiring and extraordinarily useful for anyone who engages in leadership roles."
― KIM CAMERON, William Russell Kelly Professor Emeritus of Management & Organizations, Ross School of Business Professor Emeritus of Higher Education School of Education, University of Michigan
Average rating from 1 member
The author sets out to share the secrets behind what he calls supercharges communication-at the workplace, on a personal level and in general the clarity of purpose and proceeds to unpack three essential elements to communication:
1. Engage and connect at a personal level.
2. Engage with intent through various mediums.
3. Be mission-focused through united leadership.
It was my first time putting a name to something I have always been interested in, and herein the author calls it Appreciative Inquiry- "a proven collaborative strength based approach to facilitating positive change and building capacity in organizations, groups and communities."
Each chapter comes with a recap section at the end so you can affirm what you've read and refresh your memory of key takeaway points. On the leadership spectrum, I find this book to be more intentional on creating and sustaining positive relationships through clarity of communication.
Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.