Alive at Work



Book Title:  Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do
Author:  Dr Daniel M. Cable
Publisher:  Harvard Business Review Press
List Price:  $30.00
Format: Hard Cover, 203 pages
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978-1-63369-425-5
Reviewer: Oghenemena Okobiah
Review Date: October 2019




To start and grow a company is not an easy task, to sustain continued growth is a more difficult task. The same can be said with hiring and managing workforce. Hiring and integrating a motivated employee into a team is a task, sustaining the level of excitement and ingenuity for that employee is an intricate task. In today’s world where competition is high and running a lean workforce requires more work done with less resources, keeping the energy levels of your workforce is a key to improving and maintaining productivity and performance tor sustainable growth.

Dr. Daniel Cable, the author, carefully takes on an insightful journey into the world of employee disengagement, understanding how it happens and a roadmap to  creating sustainable passion and creativity in today’s workforce.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Alive at work seeks to help the reader understand the essential nature of employee engagement and systems to help employees “bring their best selves to work” through to the finish line.

The book is structured in four main parts: Part I: The Seeking System:- Understanding the current state of things and how to make them better; Part II: Self Expression:- Promoting self-expression and encouraging employees to bring their best to work; Part III: Experimentation:- Exploring systems to improve engagement and creativity; Part IV: Purpose:- Helping employees experience the value of their work.

Each chapter is well written with real world examples that illustrate the concepts and its applications.


Dr Daniel Cable introduces the concept that learning, and exploration are basic human concepts inherently designed to evoke the better part of the “us” human species. These seeking systems, play a fundamental role in our human aspirations. In Dr Daniel’s words, “when the seeking systems are not active, human aspirations remain frozen in an endless winter of discontent”.


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About the Reviewer

Mena Okobiah

Texas, USA


Mena Okobiah is a mechanical engineer with over 9 years of experience in construction, manufacturing and aerospace sectors. He is currently completing a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Texas and working towards obtaining his PMP certification.

Mena can be reached at mena.okobiah@yahoo.com and on linked in  on www.linkedin.com/in/menaokobiah


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