About the Book

There is an astonishing gap between the latest science and the modern workplace.

Over the past few decades, advances in behavioral science have produced eye-opening insights into the conditions that help us work more effectively. Yet most of these findings remain trapped in library stacks, collecting dust on university bookshelves.

In THE BEST PLACE TO WORK, award-winning social psychologist Ron Friedman offers a captivating journey through the latest science of workplace excellence, turning thousands of academic studies into practical tips anyone can use to elevate their performance and transform their workplace.

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  • Introduction

    A Tale of Two Menus

  • Chapter 1

    Success Is Overrated: Why Great Workplaces Reward Failure

  • Chapter 2

    The Power of Place: How Office Design Shapes Our Thinking

  • Chapter 3

    Why You Should Be Paid to Play

  • Chapter 4

    What Happy Workplaces Can Learn from a Casino

  • Chapter 5

    How to Turn a Group of Strangers into a Community

  • Chapter 6

    The Leadership Paradox: Why Forceful Leaders Develop Less Productive Teams

  • Chapter 7

    Better than Money: What Games Can Teach Us About Motivation

  • Chapter 8

    How Thinking Like a Hostage Negotiator Can Make You More Persuasive, Influential, and Motivating

  • Chapter 9

    Why the Best Managers Focus on Themselves

  • Chapter 10

    Seeing What Others Don’t: How to Eliminate Interview Blind Spots That Prevent You from Reading People’s True Potential

  • Chapter 11

    What Sports, Politics, and Religion Teach Us About Fostering Pride

  • Conclusion

    Three Keys to Creating an Extraordinary Workplace

Ron Friedman, Ph.D.

Ron Friedman, Ph.D., is an award-winning social psychologist who specializes in human motivation.

He has served on the faculty of the University of Rochester, Nazareth College, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and has consulted for some of the world’s most successful organizations. Popular accounts of his research have appeared on NPR and in major newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, as well as magazines such as Men’s Health, Shape, and Allure.

He is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, and Psychology Today.

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