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Book Of The Week Inside The Office

Book of the Week – The Thriving Hive

Mari Ryan shares "The Thriving Hive," a workplace parable discussing leadership and management strategies.

Looking for some beach reads? We’re showcasing books written by speakers at our sister company, Innovation Women. Read the best books to help you launch your startup or refine your business skills. This week, we’re featuring “The Thriving Hive: How People-Centric Workplaces Ignite Engagement and Fuel Results” by Mari Ryan, CEO and founder of AdvancingWellness.

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What is “The Thriving Hive” about?

A first-time CEO realizes her organization is no longer attracting and retaining the kinds of employees they need to remain competitive and keep their customers happy. She seeks help from a mentor, the retired former CEO. With his unconventional insights, he introduces her to two very different beehive workplace cultures and how they deal with adversity. Replete with interesting characters, the fable takes you on a journey as the bees experience hive-threatening situations. The story looks at organizational behavior and how leadership and their management teams can create workplace cultures that diminish or support the well-being of their employees. You’ll meet the management teams and worker bees that represent typical employees in any business.

Topics include:

  • Putting employee wellness first to revitalize a company
  • The economic benefits of a people-centric workplace
  • Creating a workplace culture with organizational behaviors that encourage organizational well-being
  • Implementing structural adjustments that support employee engagement
  • Strategic viewpoints and tactical practices for enhancing employee well-being

Why should people read it? Who is the book for?

This is a quick read for anyone who wants guidance for creating a culture of well-being, purpose, vitality and satisfaction for an all-encompassing employee experience.

Best takeaway

“When employees thrive, the business thrives.”

About the author

Mari Ryan is a workplace well-being strategist, international speaker and award-winning author. She is the CEO and founder of AdvancingWellness and leverages over 30 years of business experience in a variety of industries. For the past 15 years, Ryan has been creating thriving workplaces through her consulting work and speaking on worksite well-being. Ryan is the author of award-winning book “The Thriving Hive: How People-Centric Workplaces Ignite Engagement and Fuel Results.” She is passionate about being physically active, which includes walking long distances, hiking, biking and rowing.


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