Joy, Inc.

Joy, Inc.

How We Built a Workplace People Love

Additional Formats
  • ePub
  • ISBN 9780698151703
  • 288 Pages
  • Portfolio
  • Adult


“A guidebook for how leaders can motivate, engage, and recognize their people all the while growing the business profitably.” —

Every year, thousands of visitors come from around the world to visit Menlo Innovations, a small software company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They make the trek not to learn about technology but to witness a radically different approach to company culture.

CEO Rich Sheridan removed the fear and ambiguity that typically make a workplace miserable. With joy as the explicit goal, he and his team changed everything about how the company was run. The results blew away all expectations. Menlo has won numerous growth awards and was named an Inc. magazine “audacious small company.”

Joy, Inc. offers an inside look at how Menlo created its culture, and shows how any organization can follow their methods for a more passionate team and sustainable, profitable results.


Joy, Inc. is a marvelous title, sure. But this masterpiece delivers and delivers and delivers. I beg you to keep taking deep breaths and imagining the world that Richard Sheridan reveals. Then . . . give it the best shot you can. I do truly beg you.”
Tom Peters, coauthor, In Search of Excellence

“Redefining management, the way Richard Sheridan did at Menlo Innovations, is a big task. But with the direction and inspiration he provides in Joy, Inc., you can tap into your team’s trust, enthusiasm, and energy to successfully build your own stronger organization.”
Captain D. Michael Abrashoff, author, New York Times bestselling It’s Your Ship

“Sheridan and his colleagues at Menlo Innovations have created one of the world’s most inspiring—and productive—workplaces, and he reveals its secrets in this highly readable and thought-provoking book. Joy Inc. is about a way of organizing work so logical, so effective, and so rewarding that you have to wonder why everyone doesn’t do it. Maybe now they will.”
Bo Burlingham, author, Small Giants, and editor at large, Inc. magazine

“Readers who have experienced lean or agile software development may recognize the tools Sheridan used to create a totally different organizational model. But make no mistake—bringing them to life to create a joyful workplace is an act of leadership and teamwork, not implementation. Joy, Inc. shows us how the right intentional culture, combined with the right systems of management, can bring joy and exceptional business success.”
Jeffrey Liker, author, The Toyota Way

Joy, Inc. is the next step in the evolution of leadership and organization theory. And how appropriate that it comes from Menlo Innovations, the namesake of Edison’s ‘invention lab.’ Sheridan offers not only a manifesto for elevating the soul of organizations but a trail guide from a skilled explorer to help us follow his lead.”
Joseph Grenny, coauthor, Influencer

“An amazing book about a stunning idea. Can you deliberately create a corporate culture that challenges every conventional wisdom on how a workplace should and must operate—while simultaneously skyrocketing performance? Sheridan says yes, and outlines how he and his team he did it. It’s a riveting story that left me deeply inspired.”
Frans Johansson, author, The Click Moment, and CEO, The Medici Group
Joy Inc. is about a way of organizing work so logical, so effective, and so rewarding that you have to wonder why everyone doesn’t do it.”
Bo Burlingham, author, Small Giants
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