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Gung Ho!: How To Motivate People In Any Organization (The One Minute Manager) [Paperback]

Kenneth Blanchard , Sheldon Bowles
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1 Sep 2011 The One Minute Manager

With a new foreword by Ken Blanchard

An invaluable new strategy for creating enthusiastic employees, from the author of the bestselling The One Minute Manager.

Every day thousands of uninspired employees trudge to work – often dooming their companies to failure with their lack of enthusiasm.

Drawing on over 20 years’ experience of working with hundreds of corporations across the US – including America Online, Eastman Kodak, General Motors, Hershey Chocolate and Microsoft – Blanchard reveals a sure-fire strategy for boosting employee enthusiasm, productivity and performance.

Gung Ho! presents a simple system for inspiring employees. Based on three core ideas: work must be seen as important, workers must be put in control of their own production and managers must cheer their workers on – it is a method that all employees and managers can easily implement and which has already been adopted by such major corporations as K-Mart.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; New edition edition (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006530680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006530688
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Gung Ho!" will make a difference in your life, and in the lives of all of those you have theprivilege to touch."-- Anthony Robbins, author of "Awaken the Giant Within"and "Unlimited Power"""Gung Ho!" will become the preeminent book in energizing and empowering people as "The One Minute Manager? has become for management and "Raving Fans for customer service."-- Harvey Mackay, author of "Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive"and "Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty""Aboriginal North Americans are running banks and hospitals, designing computers and teaching in universities. They own and operate thousands upon thousands of successful businesses. It's nice to have the business-book world finally catch up to reality and give us Andy Longclaw, a man who saved 1,500 jobs and may well save yours." -- Phil Fontaine, Grand Chief, Assembly of Canadian Chiefs"Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles strike again. "You need and "business needs "Gung Ho!" This book will revolutionize any organization which adopts it, and those that don't won't survive. It's that simple."-- Tom Peters, co-author of "In Search of Excellence""I predict that like "Raving Fans" and "The One Minute Manager?, Gung Ho!" will become an invaluable tool in our team's pursuit of excellence. It conveys meaningful lessons about motivation, inspiration, and goal-setting that any organization can put to immediate use."-- Sally Gore, Human Resources Leader, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.""Gung Ho!" shows in three easy steps how to release the energy and enthusiasm of your whole team and focus it on success. A great book."-- Stephen R. Covey, author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ken Blanchard is the founder and Chairman of The Ken Blanchard Companies. His One Minute Manager series has sold over 18 million copies and been translated into more than 25 languages. He has also written or co-authored numerous other books, including Gung Ho!, Big Bucks! and Raving Fans!. The Blanchards currently live in San Diego.

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, excellent perspective 13 April 2002
By A Customer
I read this book in one session on a Sunday afternoon. The skillful writing had me literally with tears rolling down my cheeks by the end of the prologue (not of laughter!) and thus I was glued. The message in the book is simple and a must for anyone who is looking to motivate their teams and increase productivity for the long term rather than short term fixes and is about looking at your own attitude as well as that of your team. If you wish to stay as one of life's lone rangers don't buy this book.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Treating employees like human beings 2 Oct 1999
By A Customer
Gung Ho! is a simple yet powerful presentation of three easily understood principles which saved an American factory from closure and resulted in the site receiving a White House commendation.
The three principles involve lessons from the natural world. The animals used to demonstrate the principles - squirrels, beavers and geese - should be sufficiently familiar to most readers, even if only from television, to not obscure the messages which the authors present. To me the beauty of this book - less than 200 pages in paperback - is the evident conviction conveyed in the text, supported by several references to other organisations who have successfully adiopted the Gung Ho! principles.
This is not a dry technical managerial textbook. It is rather a story of how observation of the natural world can be used to motivate human beings.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dose of not-so-common sense! 21 Oct 1998
By A Customer
I looked forward to my lunchtime reading breaks while reading this book, as I knew I would come away feeling more energised and positive about what is possible.
This is an easy book to read, and in some ways it is a simple book, although not simplistic. The principles are timeless, and you can take practical advice from it which you can apply straightaway.
What's cool is that the story is based on real events, and its connexion with real-life people is touching. A success-story blueprint.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowles lives up to the Gung Ho! principles 24 Jun 1998
By A Customer
I must admit, I was at first a bit skeptical of this title's "Native American wisdom" -- talk about squirrels and geese . . . however, because co-author Sheldon Bowles unselfishly provided guidance to us as we edited our own book, "Bubba on Business" (also available at, I forged ahead. What I found was an amazingly practical book, filled not with vague "principles" but solid, actionable ideas. In our consulting business, we have found no better articulation of these straightforward ideas than Blanchard and Bowles' Gung Ho! Watch out, though -- if you apply Gung Ho's learnings, it will change your business and your personal life. Kudos from someone who's a fairly skeptical reader of so-called leadership books. This one's not on the top shelf with my "show off" titles, but down where I can reach it again and again. It's really worth buying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST BOOK I've read in years! 20 Feb 1999
By A Customer
The beauty of this book is that it is thin, has a large typestyle and lots of white around the text. And yet every page contains high value lessens wrapped in true-to-life story. Buy it and read it: you'll never look at squirrels, beavers and geese the same again. And you will never look at increasing your own circle of influence the same again. Actualy this book should have six stars..!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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After I read this book, I bought a copy for my boss and my Leadership Team. We are taking this book a few pages at a time and applying the principles to our business. We'll be Gung Ho in no time! The lessons are numerous and the philosophy is priceless. Gung Ho, friend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but powerful concepts 21 July 1999
By A Customer
This book provides simple but powerful concepts that can actually be implemented. After all the lengthy management books I've read and struggled to apply this one is a breath of fresh air.
Gung Ho!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An All American Wild West Blockbuster 22 Oct 2012
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This is an all American blockbuster were the native indian runs the no good cowboy industrialists out of town and at the same time saves the first lady from being fired. Coming to the rescue, Andy (native indian) shows his boss the ways of the wild. If David Attenborough and brother Richard had ever considered making leadership and management films this would have been an opportunity to work together and utilise their talents. The behaviour of the squirrels, beavers and geese is replicated back in the factory so production can be increased and the factory and workforce saved. It is a nail biting, rollercoaster ride, set against a backdrop of the American wild and the seasons, will they have time to learn the way of the squirrel, before the bosses shut those factory gates, will we ever understand the way of the beaver and will we ever be able to implement the way of the geese, before time runs out! When you open the last page of this book the star spangled banner plays loudly. The book is a great metaphor for leadership and management within a team environment. God Bless America
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading!
Excellent service. Easy read, and fantastic leadership strategy.
Published 2 months ago by Harry Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars Teambuilding
Great for team building
Published 3 months ago by Julie A Derrick
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Utter drivel, badly written and really rather nasty with its patronising racial stereotyping and subliminal "new age Christian" message underpinning the whole ridiculous... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs A S Newson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read
I enjoyed this book because it's a quick easy read and it gets you thinking about how best to engage your team. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little book ...
As with Ken's other books this is also a very good story build around the problem "how to increase productivity" - and i like the style and the often give me small hints... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tonni Buur
4.0 out of 5 stars Gung Ho
This is a really quick read - leaves you feeling energised! It is a good inspiring tale and as much as I can't say that I have postered my workplace there are important underlying... Read more
Published 10 months ago by NJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I chose this book because someone else had recommended it. To begin with I thought it was going to be one of those management books wrote by management people in management speak. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jason Knighton
4.0 out of 5 stars True ?
Compelled to read for a work assignment but a surpassingly good easy read. A little unbelievable but aren't all good fables ?
Published 11 months ago by Patricia A McGrath
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I loved this book. My boyfriend as well. It's easy to read and catch the attention. It's a nice story which teaches a lot.
Published 16 months ago by ceci
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