“The Power of Community an absolute must-read for anyone who leads a team—whether it’s two or two hundred employees. Howard Partridge candidly describes, from personal experience, the incredible and dramatic difference that fostering a true sense of community among employees will make to a company’s overall success. Get your highlighter ready—this book will become your reference manual for years to come!”
Mark Timm, Executive Vice President, Ziglar, Inc., and CEO, Ziglar Family
“Howard’s new book, The Power of Community, addresses one of the most important but often neglected areas in the business world. The principles and concepts he writes about are applicable to anyone interested in having better relationships and experiencing genuine community and true success not only in business but in every area of life.
“In addition to being a master communicator, team builder, business coach, and consultant, Howard has a proven track record of using these lessons to build several companies. He shares from a wealth of personal experience but is also a diligent learner from many other successful leaders. I highly recommend his book to anyone who wants to grow and improve in these areas.”
Jerry Wiles, D.D., North America Regional Director, International Orality Network, and President Emeritus, Living Water International
“We wander around our city streets, airports, coffeehouses, schools, and businesses with our heads down, transfixed by our phones. We are substituting ‘likes’ for genuine human connection. Instead of conversing, debating, and persuading, we post wordy, ineffective rants on social media. We are virtually connected to more people than ever, and though the Internet has had a positive, world-flattening effect, it feels like we are becoming more and more isolated. And, for so many, less hopeful. So, thank you, Howard Partridge, for your inspiring and elegantly practical book. Howard suggests that our ‘longing for belonging’ can be satisfied by creating healthy communities. That resonates, right? Even better, Howard shares exactly HOW to do that, with simple systems, the right questions, and a whole lotta love. Looking for better relationships with your family, friends, team members, and customers? Read on! BONUS: Turns out a flourishing community is very, very good for your business’s bottom line, too.”
Ellen Rohr, ZOOM DRAIN Franchising, LLC
Excerpt from The Power of Community
INTRODUCTION: A LONGING FOR BELONGING
Every human being has a longing for belonging. We all want to feel loved, accepted, and validated. We want to feel that our lives matter. Deep down, we want to belong to something bigger than ourselves. We want to make a positive difference. Today, we are more connected digitally than ever before, yet we often feel more isolated and disconnected personally than ever.
This sense of isolation not only affects our personal lives but dramatically affects our work life as well. The ongoing Gallup Employee Engagement Poll* reveals that 70 percent of American workers are disengaged from their work. Perhaps even more disturbing, 18 percent of those workers are actively disengaged, meaning they are actually working against the success of the company. Not surprisingly, this lack of positive purpose bleeds over from employees to customers and has a serious negative impact on our organizations. * http://news.gallup.com/poll/180404/gallup-daily-employee-engagement.aspx
There is, however, one simple concept by which leaders can reengage their team members and transform their businesses to be phenomenally successful. That concept is community, and that’s what The Power of Community is all about. This book will show you how to build a sense of community in your organization that not only will help you engage your team but will create more loyal and devoted clients in the process, which in turn will create higher returns for your organization.