The Dream Manager

The Dream Manager

by Matthew Kelly, Patrick Lencioni


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A business parable about how companies can achieve remarkable results by helping their employees fulfill their dreams

Managing people is difficult. With disengagement and turnover on the rise, many managers are scratching their heads wondering what to do. It's not that we dont dream of being great managers, it's just that we havent found a practical and efficient way to do it. Until now . . .

The fictional company in this remarkable book is grappling with real problems of high turnover and low morale — so the managers begin to investigate what really drives the employees. What they discover is that the key to motivation isnt necessarily the promise of a bigger paycheck or title, but rather the fulfillment of crucial personal dreams. They also learned that people at every level need to be offered specific kinds of help and encouragement — or our dreams will forever remain just dreams as we grow dissatisfied with our lives and jobs.

Beginning with his important thought that a company can only become the-best-version-of-itself to the extent that its employees are becoming better-versions-of-themselves, Matthew Kelly explores the connection between the dreams we are chasing personally and the way we all engage at work. Tackling head-on the growing problem of employee disengagement, Kelly explores the dynamic collaboration that is unleashed when people work together to achieve company objectives and personal dreams.

The power of The Dream Manager is that simply becoming aware of the concept will change the way you manage and relate to people instantly and forever. What's your dream?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401303709
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 08/21/2007
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 35,990
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 5.75(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Matthew Kelly is the author of several inspirational books on love, happiness and the keys to personal success, including the New York Times bestseller The Rhythm of Life and The Seven Levels of Intimacy. His most recent novel, Perfectly Yourself, teaches readers to be themselves while striving to reach their full potential. Kelly's books have appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal, and his world speaking tours are widely attended. He is president of Chicago-Based Beresford Consulting, and the founder of The Matthew Kelly Foundation, which helps young people find direction and meaning in life. He lives in the Cincinnati area.

What People are Saying About This

Robert A. McDonald

"The Dream Manager emphasizes that a key and critical role of leadership is the ability to recognize the dreams of those that we lead and inspire them to achieve those visions . . . I believe Matthew Kelly's new book will be an important contribution to the literature of leadership."--(Robert A. McDonald, Chief Operating Officer, Procter & Gamble)

Patrick Lencioni

"The Dream Manager will forever change how companies think about their employees, and how managers define what it means to do their job."--(Patrick Lencioni, author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team)



The most powerful ideas are almost always the simple ones. And so often, they come from unlikely sources. Matthew Kelly's The Dream Manager is a testament to both of these axioms.

As long as organizations have existed, leaders have been looking for ways to inspire workers and keep them from leaving for imagined greener pastures. But during the past thirty years, as fewer and fewer people cling to the notion of staying with the same company for their entire careers, concerns about inspiring and retaining employees have grown rapidly. Today, with the increasing shortage of skilled labor in the job market - and the unprecedented leverage that it has given employees - the search for an effective solution to the retention problem has become nothing short of an obsession in the corporate world. And for good reason.

Executives today realize that the cost of losing good people is no longer limited to higher recruiting and retraining expenses; it is a recipe for failure. Even the most cynical manager will admit that one of the most important competitive advantages a company can have is the ability to keep and motivate the human capital that is in such short supply.

Unfortunately, managers and human resources professionals have traditionally focused most of their attention on levers like compensation and benefits. They've raised salaries, increased bonuses, awarded stock options, increased vacation time, and let people bring their pets to work - with limited success, at best. In those cases where a company has been able to successfully use one of these tools to coax an unfulfilled employee into staying, they usually find that the solution is onlya temporary - and costly - one.

The truth is, few people - if any - work for money alone. Sure, we all need money, and we certainly factor it into our decisions about a given job. But when it comes to inspiring people and creating the kind of environment where employees laugh at the notion of leaving their company, there is something far more powerful - and less expensive - that companies have largely overlooked.

Until now.

As you read this book, you'll probably have the same reaction I did. "Why hasn't someone already figured this out? It's so obvious in hindsight!" And that is the sign of a truly ingenious idea.

And the real beauty of Matthew Kelly's breakthrough is that it is one of those rare discoveries that is as beneficial for employees as it is for a company's bottom line. It's like discovering a cheap and powerful new source of fuel that is also good for the environment!

The one sad thing about Matthew's idea - although, I suppose from a competitive standpoint it might be a good thing - is that some managers will probably dismiss his theory. They might say, "Give me a break. That's the simplest idea I've ever heard." Or they'll think, "Who is this Matthew Kelly guy, anyway? He's not a business or management expert I've ever heard of."

My response to both of those objections is, "Exactly!"

Patrick Lencioni
Author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

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The Dream Manager 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the business world, not only is money not the major motivator in performance, but money is often limited. Helping an employee reach a dream, regardless of its scope, will breed unimaginable loyalty. Managers, supervisors, presidents and business owners cannot afford to not read this book. A manager can implement this plan even if the entire organization is not involved.
GinMint More than 1 year ago
The Dream Manager gave me a new perspective on leading my team more effectively because I now think of each person more personally, how their job is just a means to the end of what they are dreaming about personally. I have given this book to several CEO's of larger companies in hopes that they will rethink their corporate culture to become more employee focused.
shanglee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a small book with big ideas. It reminds me about the importance of having a dream. I thought this was a management book and what a "manager from heaven" (a dream manager) would look like. No it isn't. It has a more important message. That everyone of us has dreams. Sometimes, we just need a book, or someone else to remind us. That's the role of a dream manager, who can be anyone really. Read the book. Dare to dream.
jpsnow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The premise of this book is that building a great organization requires helping people achieve their highest potential. The storyline throughout is a fictional company that implements a "dream manager" program to help motivate people and to help them achieve their goals. I found the first half somewhat simplistic but it grew on me. I still think the concept of. having full-time dream managers for every employee is a stretch. There needs to be more personal accountability. It's still a worthy and illustrative aspiration. It's also very readable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always set my goals and chased my dreams but often lacked the ability or knowledge to reach them in a timely manner. I think I could have achieved much more had I read this sooner. Furthermore, I could have helped more employees and friends reach theirs. Very easy to see how applying this concept will help retain quality employees and create a sense of achievement for both company and individual.
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