UCL School of Management

Book Launch: Professor Dan Cable, London Business School


Monday, 4 June 2018
17:00 – 18:30

The UCL School of Management presents Professor Dan Cable of London Business School, in the launch of his newest book ‘Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do’ (Harvard Business Review Press).

Join us 17:00-18:00 on Monday 4 June at our home on Level 38, One Canada Square. Book signing and reception to follow from 18:00. Space is limited, please RSVP by May 31 to c.tsay@ucl.ac.uk

Poll after poll has confirmed that an astonishing number of workers are disengaged from their work. Why is this happening? And how can we fix the problem? In this bold, enlightening book, social psychologist and professor Daniel M. Cable takes leaders into the minds of workers and reveals the surprising secret to restoring their zest for work. Disengagement isn’t a motivational problem, it’s a biological one. Humans aren’t built for routine and repetition. We’re designed to crave exploration, experimentation, and learning–in fact, there’s a part of our brains, which scientists have coined “the seeking system,” that rewards us for taking part in these activities. But the way organizations are run prevents many of us from following our innate impulses. As a result, we shut down. Things need to change. More than ever before, employee creativity and engagement are needed to win.

For more commentary about Prof. Cable’s book:

 “If you care about improving the quality of life at work, you’ll enjoy this lively book. Daniel Cable presents a bold vision and practical ideas for breathing life into every organization.” 

— Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of GIVE AND TAKE, ORIGINALS, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg

“In this smart, insightful book, Daniel Cable argues that too many organizations suppress our innate, biological drive to learn and grow — and thereby leave us feeling listless and unproductive. The solution, Cable says, is a set of small redesigns to bring organizations into harmony with our true selves. Well-researched and eminently practical, Alive at Work is an essential read for leaders at every level.”

— Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell is Human

“Once every ten years a book comes along that lights the way for us. Not since Daniel Pink’s Drive has a book so clearly illuminated what the future of leadership should look like.

— Bruce Daisley, Vice President Europe, Twitter 

Alive at Work offers an illuminating look into our minds and emotions – what inspires us, what lights a fire inside of us, and what drives us to achieve more at work and in our lives. Daniel Cable’s eye-opening insights will help leaders unleash the passion and purpose inside of others.”  

— William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies

“The principles of managing people have changed little since the Industrial Revolution. Daniel Cable has blown those principles apart to create a playbook for the next revolution – the People Revolution. 

— David Fairhurst, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, McDonald’s Corporation

“Daniel Cable lends an energetic and inspirational voice to a problem that nags leaders: how do we encourage people to inject more passion into what they do?  Dan’s deep insights will make you think about engagement and motivation in an entirely new way.” 

Gary Hamel, author of The Future of Management and What Matters Now

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