Making the Grass Greener on Your Side

Stephen R. Covey (Author)

Publication date: 08/01/1995

Making the Grass Greener on Your Side

Making the Grass Greener on Your Side is the story of how Ken Melrose adopted a philosophy of leading by serving and made it work in a real-world-and often challenging-situation. His mission as CEO of The Toro Company has been to build an environment that not only serves the needs of the corporation, but also provides a climate for its constituents-the employees-to grow and develop as human beings. In Making the Grass Greener on Your Side, he shows how cultivating an environment for individual growth creates a win-win situation for the company and the employee.

In the "servant leadership" model, leaders operate from a principle-centered base by working for and serving the rest of the organization. This approach allows employees to grow and contribute in ways that best serve the long-term interests of the company. Melrose tells of both the successes and struggles in applying the model to the Toro environment.

This book follows Toro's history-beginning in 1979, when Toro had reached a peak of unparalleled expansion and development, to the brink of disaster in 1981, and back again. Readers will learn about the company's cut-backs and sacrifices, its self-examination, its decision to embark on the path of servant leadership, and its ultimate return to profitability and customer satisfaction. Melrose recounts his own process of refining his personal commitment to leadership principles and gaining the courage to implement fundamental changes. He tells which culture initiatives and leadership strategies the company applied, which worked, and why.

Making the Grass Greener on Your Side helps readers take stock of where their company is now, and shows how to cultivate the soil and prepare a "seed-bed" that will allow for the deep rooting of value-centered leadership principles. Melrose tells how to develop a culture that will allow for sustained growth, and describes the abundant fruits of the long-term approach that occur all along the journey.

  • By the CEO of The Toro Company, a member of the Fortune 500

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Making the Grass Greener on Your Side is the story of how Ken Melrose adopted a philosophy of leading by serving and made it work in a real-world-and often challenging-situation. His mission as CEO of The Toro Company has been to build an environment that not only serves the needs of the corporation, but also provides a climate for its constituents-the employees-to grow and develop as human beings. In Making the Grass Greener on Your Side, he shows how cultivating an environment for individual growth creates a win-win situation for the company and the employee.

In the "servant leadership" model, leaders operate from a principle-centered base by working for and serving the rest of the organization. This approach allows employees to grow and contribute in ways that best serve the long-term interests of the company. Melrose tells of both the successes and struggles in applying the model to the Toro environment.

This book follows Toro's history-beginning in 1979, when Toro had reached a peak of unparalleled expansion and development, to the brink of disaster in 1981, and back again. Readers will learn about the company's cut-backs and sacrifices, its self-examination, its decision to embark on the path of servant leadership, and its ultimate return to profitability and customer satisfaction. Melrose recounts his own process of refining his personal commitment to leadership principles and gaining the courage to implement fundamental changes. He tells which culture initiatives and leadership strategies the company applied, which worked, and why.

Making the Grass Greener on Your Side helps readers take stock of where their company is now, and shows how to cultivate the soil and prepare a "seed-bed" that will allow for the deep rooting of value-centered leadership principles. Melrose tells how to develop a culture that will allow for sustained growth, and describes the abundant fruits of the long-term approach that occur all along the journey.

  • By the CEO of The Toro Company, a member of the Fortune 500
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