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Polar Bear Pirates and Their Quest to Reach Fat City: A Grown Up's Book for Kids at Work Paperback – Illustrated, 27 Sep 2002


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  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone (27 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841124222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841124223
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 0.9 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 644,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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"…he warns that you must have certain qualities to get there (Fat City) though. Using a highly original omelette metaphor he suggests that you can have all the ingredients but unless you have an egg you really should "think along the lines of cheese and toast." Quite…" (The Herald (Glasgow), 9 November 2002)

"In a nutshell: A motivating and inspiring guide on how to succeed in life and how to deal with various characters you may meet along the way, whether they prove to be friend or foe...Final Word: the book really is an enjoyable read, illustrated with highly entertaining characters that can be likened to at least one or two people in our life..." (Evening Standard, 2 December 2002)

“…You’ll be guaranteed to smirk a bit at Webster’s wise–crack filled prose…” (www.tuc.org.uk, 20 December 2002)

“…a self help career book for the Nintendo generation…” (www.worksmart.org.uk, 20 December 2002)

"…lighthearted yet meaningful…an inspirational book…should sit on the shelf of any line manager who wants to inspire the sceptics…" (Personnel Today, 18 February 2003)

"…he warns that you must have certain qualities to get there (Fat City) though. Using a highly original omelette metaphor he suggests that you can have all the ingredients but unless you have an egg you really should "think along the lines of cheese and toast." Quite…" (The Herald (Glasgow), 9 November 2002)

"In a nutshell: A motivating and inspiring guide on how to succeed in life and how to deal with various characters you may meet along the way, whether they prove to be friend or foe...Final Word: the book really is an enjoyable read, illustrated with highly entertaining characters that can be likened to at least one or two people in our life..." (Evening Standard, 2 December 2002)

“…a self help career book for the Nintendo generation…” (www.worksmart.org.uk, 20 December 2002)

“…You’ll be guaranteed to smirk a bit at Webster’s wise–crack filled prose…” (www.tuc.org.uk, 20 December 2002)

"…lighthearted yet meaningful…an inspirational book…should sit on the shelf of any line manager who wants to inspire the sceptics…" (Personnel Today, 18 February 2003)

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A fresh and innovative route to business and personal success in the tradition of the bestselling, Who Moved My Cheese? --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marvel Man on 21 April 2010
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I have read parts of this book at a colleagues desk and found it really intriguing although this review is intended more about how this book should be used.... I had the great pleasure to see Adrian Webster at a conference this week and he was amazing.

Hearing Adrian discuss his book and his findings was just the ticket to re-energise my belief and motivation levels. Within minutes his no nonsense and humourous over-view of team roles revealed an incredbly useful insight into some of my team members. I can't wait to get into work tomorrow.

Will this book change your life, probably not, but (ironically) inline with Adrian's view of sucess, reading this book this will almost certainly be one of the 'small steps' you may need to take to make the changes you are probably needing. It will remind you about all the really important things that you have done in the past which you have probably forgotten to keep doing.

I wish I'd seen this when I first started managing people as it would have saved a lot of mistakes.

Enjoy the experience and show that you are having fun while you do it.....eg. smile

Thanks Adrian.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hugo on 27 Jan 2014
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Often people ask me what gives me the drive and relentless energy to be involved in so many things. I simply give them a copy of Polar Bear Pirates and after they read it, they know. I am a PBP and on my way to Fat City. On my way I am not being stopped by all sorts of people we encounter in our lives. The negative people, or the people who tried it before (and failed).

When you read this book it will open your eyes. Either for who you are yourself and how you interact with others. Or you will recognise many people that work and live within your life. Be prepared!
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If you want a quick read that will provide some insights into how to progress your career I would recommend Polar bear Pirates.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 6 Oct 2003
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An innovative writing style makes this book easy reading with humorous names and images for the less than positive people adding to the fun of the book.
Underlying all of that is a simple strategy for achieving personal success.
I want to be a Polar Bear Pirate and am making the changes necessary to achieve that goal.
A good starting point for anyone at an impasse in their lives; personally or professionally
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Oct 2002
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Polar Bear Pirates and Their Quest to Reach Fat City must be the most refreshing business book around. It's great fun labelling all those work colleagues and friends that drive you up the wall, but just think 'Neg Ferret' or 'Bloater' and they will never have the same effect again. Not only is this book fun and amazingly illustrated, it is inspiring and motivational. I couldn't put it down!!
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun 2005
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At first sight, this comes across as original and engagingly written. Many of us will initially recognise the archetypal characters lampooned, especially from work. Don't be fooled, though. Keep whatever wits you have about you, and you realise a couple of chapters in that the whole thing is getting a little wearing. You begin to ache for a bit of actual advice amidst all the increasingly forced joviality.

What starts out as caricature soon becomes stereotyping - not the best habit for the workplace. No-one is always true to type; but the author is so far into his own rather repetitive creativity, and so far from any coherent theme, that he implies just that. Rather limiting for a "champion of change"!

The acronyms become especially tedious. It seems any clever-clever phrase is going to be initialised, so that the effort of remembering what it's actually for starts to sap any enjoyment or mnemonic effectiveness. The level of contrivance we're looking at is ultimately equivalent to David Brent on a bad day. You start to wish he'd just STFUAGOWI... (hoho, heehee).

This is fodder for the enthusiasms of personality-challenged business geeks on whom opposable thumbs are largely wasted, other than for twiddling or leafing through this sort of puerile gibberish. Nothing is developed; the list of cute nicknames just stretches on and on, ultimately becoming witless evidence of Webster's own zero disposition to change. I agree that the negative types need resistance, even ridicule, on occasion. But simply despising people, writing them off as one-dimensional, and offering no thoughts as to how we can change them - or our dispositions towards them - is an approach as ironically negative and rigid as the attitude it seeks to challenge.
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By Mrs I Careless on 20 Sep 2014
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My team loved it!!! My favourite work book :-) thank you Adrian
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Goodwill on 18 July 2010
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Written in a style that is growing in popularity, easy to read and tongue in cheek, this book promises much but, for me consistently failed to deliver. Full of catchy nicknames and ridiculing titles for types of people, it never really explains the types or the reason for the names. From "head treads" to "neg ferrets" and beyond, there are just too many shallow characters in a confusing morass of apparent in-jokes.
I found this book cynical, the humour obscure and not even funny. The author pointlessly invents dozens of nicknames and acronyms, which add nothing to the message. It does dip into lots of useful concepts around goal setting, self motivation and assertiveness. However, these are covered very superficially - fine if you know the theory, otherwise confusing and frustrating.
This may (possibly) work as an aide-memoire if you have attended a training session with the author, otherwise a waste of time and money. There is a link to a very clever website, but that is also just a teaser to book on the training.
Not sure who it is aimed at - no depth and nothing really new except a lot of glib invented jargon.
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