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Polar Bear Pirates and Their Quest to Engage the Sleepwalkers: Motivate everyday people to deliver extraordinary results [Kindle Edition]

Adrian Webster , Phil Williams
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Book Description

Conquer complacency and transform your team into a happy, winning crew.

Polar Bear Pirates are highly focused, successful characters, they can’t help but motivate everyone around them and just like you; they love to have some fun.

In their latest quest, they take on the Sleepwalkers, the workplace zombies who are with you in body but never take a step beyond the ordinary because their minds have drifted into sleep mode. Going through the motions, thinking the same old stuff and delivering the same results, they stand out like beacons of disappointment.

Sleepwalkers can be found orbiting Planet Complacency. This place is in the arch enemy of success! It is a huge planet, more powerful than the inhospitable Rock Bottom, it appears to be a comfortable, safe and popular place to be. Yet this silent assassin is responsible for snuffing out millions of dreams and kidnapping untold potential.

Stepping Beyond Ordinary

The Polar Bear Pirates’ mission is to re-awaken dormant talent and release untapped potential. Join them and meet a cast of amazing characters, from Neg Ferrets and Bloaters, to Amps and Vamps. One thing’s for sure, you’ll come out the other side inspired and ready to get the best out of your team and the people around you.

Polar Bear Pirates shows you how to motivate everyday people to deliver extraordinary results. 



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‘ This is a management book like no other – you′re going to laugh, cry…and come away with plenty to think about.’ (The Bookbag.co.uk, May 2011).

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Conquer complacency and transform your team into a happy, winning crew. Polar Bear Pirates are highly focused, successful characters, they can’t help but motivate everyone around them and just like you; they love to have some fun. In their latest quest, they take on the Sleepwalkers, the workplace zombies who are with you in body but never take a step beyond the ordinary because their minds have drifted into sleep mode. Going through the motions, thinking the same old stuff and delivering the same results, they stand out like beacons of disappointment. Sleepwalkers can be found orbiting Planet Complacency . This place is in the arch enemy of success! It is a huge planet, more powerful than the inhospitable Rock Bottom , it appears to be a comfortable, safe and popular place to be. Yet this silent assassin is responsible for snuffing out millions of dreams and kidnapping untold potential. Stepping Beyond Ordinary The Polar Bear Pirates’ mission is to re–awaken dormant talent and release untapped potential. Join them and meet a cast of amazing characters, from Neg Ferrets and Bloaters, to Amps and Vamps. One thing’s for sure, you’ll come out the other side inspired and ready to get the best out of your team and the people around you. Polar Bear Pirates shows you how to motivate everyday people to deliver extraordinary results.  

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 916 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 1 edition (5 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006K4HQV6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,296 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Riot copper, milkman and salesman were just a few of the entries on Adrian's CV before he moved into the I.T industry and discovered an ability to motivate and inspire others.


Today Adrian is probably the most entertaining and effective motivational speaker on the UK circuit. He specialises in delivering key messages on behalf of clients in a humorous and completely unique, down to earth style that audiences can easily relate to.


His addictively inspirational presentations help people at all levels and from diverse backgrounds to make a very real difference in their workplace.


Drawing on his vast amount of practical experience as a motivator and team builder he brings to life a whole new world of fun motivational terminology and characters that everyone can instantly identify with, take away and put to good use - a world not a million miles away where TNTs rule and Neg Ferrets, BLOATERS and Sinkers reside...all of whom you will no doubt instantly recognise!


The son of a Yorkshire coal miner, Adrian started off his colorful career as a Police Officer in St. Pauls, Bristol. He left shortly after the St. Paul's riots to go 'back to school' and ended up becoming President of Southampton Students Drama.


Fed up with being a poor student, he spent the next four years building up a dairy company by knocking on thousands of doors and persuading households and local shops to buy his milk. Having established the dairy business he worked as, amongst many other things, a radio presenter on local radio in Bristol.


To help 'fund' his career, Adrian started selling a wide range of products, ranging from frozen food to houses. He quickly discovered he could make some real money in sales and began to take selling seriously, the part time sales side soon took over as his full time career.


In 1987 he moved into I.T sales and by 1989 he had established himself as one of the most successful sales professionals in the industry.


After two highly successful years as Corporate Sales Manager of US Robotics, he joined Northamber Plc an I.T Distributor as Group Sales and Training Manager responsible for recruiting, training, motivating and 'driving' 150 staff to achieve phenomenal success on shoestring budgets.


It was during this time, out of pure necessity to inspire and retain staff that the world of 'Polar Bear Pirates' was born and Adrian discovered an ability to turn teams of everyday people with little or no ability into some of the most productive in the I.T industry.


Fuelled by a desire to try to gain a better understanding of what really makes exceptional people tick he set about researching some of the UK's most successful people. These six years of research along with his real-life experiences, raw energy and sense of humour combine to create a thrilling roller coaster style that is completely original, hilariously funny and brilliantly effective.


Visit Adrian's website at www.adrianwebster.com


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A positive, inspirational message 5 Aug. 2011
By David Burton VINE VOICE
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I'm not sure I'm completely sold on turning all your colleagues into cartoon character stereotypes, but the general message about how to maintain energy in a team and get it functioning as smoothly as possible makes a lot of sense.
While I'm not a manager, it pointed me at a couple of behavioural patterns I was falling into myself, and if nothing else the book proved useful for looking at my job from a different perspective. Looking at a team from a perspective of who is energising and motivating others, and how just because someone is in a relatively lowly position they're no less a person shifts away from the personal 'whats in it for me' perspective, and I'm sure that many who read this will at least gain a more balanced perspective on their own job.
Because of the writing style it's not necessarily a book I'd feel that comfortable passing on to a manager to read, but despite that I do think it's worthwhile reading - it is, after all, getting the message across in a short enough book to be readable in a single evening.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The approach works for some 29 Jun. 2012
By Simon Fraser VINE VOICE
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I struggled a great deal with this book. When I first started reading it I was incredibly frustrated by the gross over-simplification of people's motives and behaviours, and felt that it was dangerous to start thinking of people in such simplistic terms.

On a second attempt, I read it and realised the author was not really wanting us to consider these basic characters as complete people, but as aspects of any one individual. As long as I thought of each one as an exaggeration of a character trait, or set of traits, then I was able to look past the weaknesses I saw the first time. Perhaps I wouldn't have had this trouble had I read the first book, but coming straight into this one felt like I was arriving mid-narrative.

As advice to deal with certain behaviours, rather than with types of people, it has some tips, but it's a fair amount of work to build advice you can use out of it all.
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By Hugo Minney TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Adrian's experience in the world of motivating teams shines through this easy-to-read and easy-to-remember guide to getting the best out of your people.
He uses motifs that we can all recognise instantly - most of your staff are "sleepwalking" (turning up every day, doing what you asked of them, and no more), and hidden amongst them are the AMPs (people with limitless energy), VAMPS (people who can achieve great things as long as someone is always there to keep pumping in energy) and Pothole people (looking for any opportunity to derail your plans and bring the team down). Your job as leader and/or manager is to:
* give the Amps enough challenge that they feel valued and continue to focus their energy with your team (otherwise they will go and join someone else's team)
* make sure the Vamps have the support they need to shine and deliver results that will propel the team towards the stars (and don't themselves become Pothole people)
* wake up your sleepwalkers and find their hidden Amp and Vamp tendencies - and start to deliver extraordinary results
* Inspire the Pothole people to become contributors instead of negative members of the team, or help them out of the door

Adrian Webster makes no bones about it - this is going to take effort from you the leader, and time. But most importantly it takes strategy, and Polar Bear Pirates is the handbook to that strategy. It's well worth learning from someone who has been and done that, and who has made the mistakes so you don't have to.

The problem with many books on this subject is that they are too dry - in the heat of motivating a team you can't quite remember what they were going on about, that seemed so obvious at 2am when you read it the night before.
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4.0 out of 5 stars amusing and insightful 22 Aug. 2011
By H. Ashford VINE VOICE
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This book is quite short, but it is packed full of observations about office life and suggestions for managers to motivate their teams. It is entertaining and fairly lightweight to read, but never falls into the trap of being patronising.

It starts off with amusing descriptions of people that you meet in the office who hold you back ("Neg Ferrets", "Bloaters", "Sinkers", "Head Treads") and some who will help you ("Betty Back Room"). Personally I wasn't happy with attaching labels to people, but I do recognise the descriptions of problem (and positive) behaviours.

It goes onto discuss why people become "sleepwalkers" and operate at only a fraction of their potential, giving some lovely examples from business, and from day-to-day life.

Subsequent chapters look at how to encourage people to give their best, discuss what we mean by "success", describe how to identify the people in your team who have energy ("Amps" and "Vamps") and how best to use them, and give a whole host of tips for motivating your staff and building up a really good team. The whole thing is brought to life with real life anecdotes and examples.

I enjoyed reading the book, and found it accessible and full of good ideas. There's nothing particularly new or earth-shaking about it and there are plenty of other motivational books around that cover similar ground, but it is easy to read, the ideas are put across simply and without unnecessary padding, and I can imagine it would be very useful to new managers, or those who feel they may have got into a rut.

Certainly there are some nuggets in it that I will try to put into practice in my work - and what more can you ask from a business book of this length?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic eye opening read for managers that really do want to lead and inspire and encourage their teams.
Published 1 month ago by sam hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it!
Easy conversational style to read and can easily identify with all the "characters": there's someone we each know that's like the personas! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Hélène
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful for storm weary managers
This isn't a one size fits all answer to every problem, but if you glean out the bits that mirror your teams problems then you've got a handy and humourous guide.
Published 20 months ago by Mrs. K. A. Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, quick & easy to read. Caricatures of behaviour
Management books and stories. Stories are supposed to deliver information in a format that is compelling, more compelling than facts, research and statistics. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Suzanne Hazelton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Listened to Adrian at a conference, was impressed by his energy and delivery; decided to buy the book. Read more
Published on 19 Dec. 2011 by Alanp
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 2nd book, Great read!
I had the pleasure of seeing Adrian Webster in action at a conference in Harrogate recently, he was absolutely brilliant! Read more
Published on 29 Nov. 2011 by Sharkman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Down To Earth and Simplistic
A touch of brilliance that keeps you laughing. This author knows how to motivate even those that don't even know that they are being motivated. Read more
Published on 28 Nov. 2011 by Rufito
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but very effective
I am not the type of person that reads many business books, but Adrian's first book "Polar Bear Pirates and their quest to reach Fat City" captivated me in it's simplicity and... Read more
Published on 27 Nov. 2011 by Charlton
1.0 out of 5 stars Patronising and empty management tosh
You might be able to guess from the title of the book that Polar Bear Pirates and Their Quest To Engage The Sleepwalkers is one of those patronising management books that are best... Read more
Published on 16 Nov. 2011 by mr_ska
4.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted, but with good ideas
This is a nice, clearly set out book providing simple advice on motivating people to get the most from themselves, and increase their contributions to their teams. Read more
Published on 8 Nov. 2011 by Glasgow Dreamer
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