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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One book you can not afford to miss!
This book was very well written and got the message across about positive relationships through a short story. I have read many books along the same lines as this before and was expecting another boring book, but i was hooked on it within the first few pages and had to keep reading. It taught me how to treat people as i wish to be treated, not to shout and scream at...
Published on 21 Sep 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars Covers old ground
There is nothing really new in here, which hasn't been covered in other Blanchard books. As a standalone book it's good, but if you've read the One Minute Manager books then you won't get much from this.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One book you can not afford to miss!, 21 Sep 2002
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This book was very well written and got the message across about positive relationships through a short story. I have read many books along the same lines as this before and was expecting another boring book, but i was hooked on it within the first few pages and had to keep reading. It taught me how to treat people as i wish to be treated, not to shout and scream at people when they had done something wrong but to "re-direct" them. It also teaches you how to praise people when they had made progress and developed not matter how small the improvement. This book is for anyone who wishes to change how they think and re-act to situations. It will not only help your working life but your home life too! You won't regret reading it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read!, 7 Jun 2004
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Rolf Dobelli "getAbstract" (Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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Ken Blanchard of One-Minute Manager fame draws on the positive training techniques that SeaWorld whale trainers use to get their whales to want to perform. Although using whale training as a teaching model is a unique twist on the literature about training and motivating employees, the material itself is not nearly as exotic. Much of it draws upon traditional principles for getting along with others, such as building trust, emphasizing the positive and redirecting undesired actions into more productive channels. If you've read Blanchard's previous book about being aware when people do something right so you can praise them, some of this content will seem familiar, though he says this is his "most important" book. The story line tracks mythical businessman Wes Kingley's discussions with whale trainers who reveal what they do to train their creatures, gradually, carefully and with real warmth. These conversations blow some very basic points up to whale-size, but Blanchard writes with charm. We recommend this splashy manual, the first course in Whale Psyc 101.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read!, 16 Oct 2003
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Rolf Dobelli "getAbstract" (Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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Ken Blanchard of One-Minute Manager fame draws on the positive training techniques that SeaWorld whale trainers use to get their whales to want to perform. Although using whale training as a teaching model is a unique twist on the literature about training and motivating employees, the material itself is not nearly as exotic. Much of it draws upon traditional principles for getting along with others, such as building trust, emphasizing the positive and redirecting undesired actions into more productive channels. If you've read Blanchard's previous book about being aware when people do something right so you can praise them, some of this content will seem familiar, though he says this is his "most important" book. The story line tracks mythical businessman Wes Kingley's discussions with whale trainers who reveal what they do to train their creatures, gradually, carefully and with real warmth. These conversations blow some very basic points up to whale-size, but Blanchard writes with charm. We recommend this splashy manual, the first course in Whale Psyc 101.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eyes opener, 10 Aug 2011
This review is from: Whale Done!: The Power of Positive Relationships (Paperback)
I enjoyed the book head to tail. relate type so is very easier to read and easier to implement in regular situations. I definetly recommend it to any management position or anyone really.
Is common sense, but well that one is the less common of all senses.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to a sarcasm free zone, 3 Jan 2004
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Ms H. M. Conner "where Mary Poppins meets Att... (downwind of Bournville) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Whale Done!: The Power of Positive Relationships (Paperback)
There's a lot of information here about how mammals react to each other. It's very clearly presented, and will pretty much jump off the page like a killer whale, straight into your life.
Enthusiasm is a gift. Give this to yourself, and then find someone to pass it on to.
Like all books on the joy of co-operation, it's going to be read with a certain amount of scepticism by people who were raised on the 'fun' of competition.
Win-win looks boring until you've actually tried games where you all win together, or you all fall over in a giggling heap.
Win-lose feels better than lose-win, and if those are the only two you've ever tried, then 'aloof' is the safe option if you feel you're about to start consorting with - well, what? A bunch of people who want you to win at the same time that they do? A bunch of people who don't want to 'beat' anyone, and therefore by your definition must be automatically losers?
If you're addicted to sarcasm, you should still read this book, and then stop and ask yourself - when did clever get more important to me than kind? And why? And what effect is it having on the people close to me?
Don't read this in spite of the hokiness. Wake up to the fact that 'hoky' is code for 'sarcasm-free' - and then read it because of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book, really gives you a new perspective of how to handle tricky situations, 22 Nov 2013
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Excellent! It is easy to read, in about 2 hours you can finish it and start applying what they propose
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3.0 out of 5 stars Covers old ground, 3 July 2014
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There is nothing really new in here, which hasn't been covered in other Blanchard books. As a standalone book it's good, but if you've read the One Minute Manager books then you won't get much from this.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 2 July 2014
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would not recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Positive empowerment always! leads to better results., 27 Jan 2014
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Highly recommended!

This book was recommended by a colleague in Sweden (Thanks Per-Anders!) and is one of these books you read and that confirms what you know and practice in daily life.

For many years I believe that emphasising the positive is more motivating than anything else. Trust, responsibility and accountability are the necessary ingredients for a great team.

Are you trusting your team members?
Are you prepared to apologise for your own mistakes?
Are you empowering your team?
Are you rewarding your people for the good things they do?
Do you believe that money is often not the best motivator?

This book will bring you through the steps to do this. And you will be surprised about the impact!

I say again; comes highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 10 April 2013
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Really enjoyed this book and found myself eager to put the ideas into practice.
An easy read but lots to think about.
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