On Fire at Work by Eric Chester – A Book Review

On Fire at Work, By Eric Chester

Sound Wisdom Publishers, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257

978-0768408164, $ 24.95, 2015, 256 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, richard330@yahoo.com

Best Practice Strategies for Attaining Excellence in Recruiting, Training, and Retaining High Quality Employees

Eric Chester interviewed over 25 top business leaders to determine how they “ignite passion” in their people without burning them out. “On Fire at Work – How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People without Burning Them Out” is a compilation of the information he gleaned through these interviews. The information has been narrowed down to seven categories which today’s employers look at as the seven cultural pillars: Compensation, alignment, atmosphere, growth, acknowledgment, communication, and autonomy.

Chester uses case studies, models, and stories to explore and compare each of these pillars in depth. His assessment and sage advice of the non-negotiable character traits of potential employees is an example of his sensitivity, astuteness, and expertise in the field of behavior leadership, human resources. His writing is clearly articulated and powerfully focused.

A unique and stimulating feature titled “Igniters, Flamethrowers, and Burnout Extinguishers” provides thought provoking questions and related exercises which help the reader keep on target, assimilate the concepts and visualize how to incorporate and apply the principles and examples introduced within the chapter.

“On Fire at Work” is a timely and practical resource for the corporate manager, HR professional, for business leaders in large corporations or small businesses, and is filled with important strategies and concepts for implementation, that will insure excellence in recruiting, training, and retaining high quality employees.

A copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.


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