Summary of Joy, Inc.

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Joy, Inc. book summary
Menlo Innovations’ CEO Richard Sheridan explains how his company exemplifies joyful work.

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Menlo Innovations, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, company that designs and builds custom software, has won six Inc. magazine revenue awards and nine Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. Its software “factory” is an award-winning work environment. Menlo has no separate offices or cubicles. Every “Menlonian” works in a bright, wide-open, collaborative workspace with high ceilings and industrial-chic decor. Menlo is known for contented employees, high productivity, popular software products and impressive profits. Richard Sheridan, Menlo’s CEO and co-founder, explains how you, too, can create a “joyous” work environment. Although it is openly and joyfully promotional, his manual has much to offer. getAbstract recommends Sheridan’s corporate biography to leaders who want to energize their companies by improving their workplaces and fostering collaborative practices.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What makes Menlo Innovations a “joyful” place to work
  • How Menlo uses programmer “pairing,” “Daily Standup” meetings and “High-Tech Anthropology” research
  • How it recruits and hires for a joy-filled environment
 

Summary

Joy at Work
The word “joy” connotes bliss, euphoria and jubilation. Employees and customers all report that they experience joy at Menlo Innovations, a groundbreaking custom software design and development firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Author Richard Sheridan, Menlo’s CEO and co-founder...
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About the Author

Richard Sheridan is CEO and co-founder of Menlo Innovations, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, company that designs and builds custom software. It has won six Inc. magazine revenue awards and multiple Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.


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