Gung Ho!: How To Motivate People In Any Organization (The One Minute Manager) Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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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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Through the inspirational story of business leaders Peggy Sinclair and Andy Longclaw, Blanchard and Bowles reveal the secret of Gung Ho - a revolutionary technique to boost enthusiasm and performance and usher in astonishing results for any organization. The three principles of Gung Ho are the spirit of the Squirrel, the Way of the Beaver, and the Gift of the Goose. These three cornerstones of Gung Ho are surprisingly simple and yet amazingly powerful. Whether your organization consists of one or is listed in the Fortune 500, this book ensures Gung Ho employees committed to success. Gung Ho! also includes a clear game plan with a step-by-step outline for instituting these groundbreaking ideas. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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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.
It tells the story of how Peggy Sinclair and Andy Longclaw (an American Indian), that is a new plant manager and the manager of one department regarded as troublesome saved the plant from threatened closure by making the work force Gung Ho!
It is written as a true story but I have my doubts and there is a sentimentality in the book that I found hard to take. It starts with the deathbed scene as Peggy promises to share the secrets with the world after Andy dies.
The book presents the three secrets to turning a business Gung Ho and while it is a short book, it still seemed padded out to me and could have been told more precisely.
The three secrets can be found in nature - hence the American Indian in the story:
1 - The Spirit of the Squirrel - basically the idea that people work best when they know they are doing worthwhile work.
2 - The Way of the Beaver - give your employees control over how they achieve the goals
3 - The Gift of the Goose - cheer each other on as work improves and the business becomes more successful.
As normal with the Ken Blanchard / One Minute Manager books, it is easy to read (once you can stomach the sentimentality) and while the main messages are not brought out in the text so you can quickly scan for them, there is a two page summary of each way to Gung Ho at the end of the book.
I am a Ken Blanchard fan of the "common-sense lessons" told in a simple story form but I was disappointed by this book. The basic ideas of are sound and the link to nature has interest to me but I found myself thinking "is that it?" when I'd finished.
About my book reviews - My goal is to help you to find the best business advice. I aim to be a tough reviewer because the main cost of a book is not the money to buy it but the time needed to read it and absorb the key messages. 3 stars is worthwhile.
Paul Simister, business coach
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