- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (Oct. 8 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 068815428X
- ISBN-13: 978-0688154288
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gung Ho! Hardcover – Oct 8 1997
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In these days where the computer reigns supreme and management thought is presented in complicated models, there is something refreshing about management principles taught by allegory. Blanchard (The One Minute Manager, LJ 3/1/84), along with coauthor Bowles (Raving Fans, Morrow, 1993) recounts an organizational turnaround based on three Native American lessons. In "The Spirit of the Squirrel," the lesson is one of the power of worthwhile work. In "The Way of the Beaver," the lesson is accomplished through empowerment. In "The Gift of the Goose," the lesson is the exponential factor of motivation. The problem inherent in the principles in this work, or any change program from weight-loss diets on up, is that there needs to be constant focus; success, if it is not continually renewed, is dissipated over time. Although new, this work makes a good preface and companion to Eliyahu Goldratt and Jeff Cox's The Goal (North River, 1992. 2d ed.).?Steven Silkunas, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority, Philadelphia
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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"See all Product description
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The book also goes beyond drawing inferences from the moral of the stories. There is also a perfect setting to put them in action - Walton Works # 2, about to be closed down due to low productivity and accumulating losses. This would not be what a thousand and five hundred families who depend on this facility for a living be looking for.
Peggy Sinclair, is brought in from head office as the new General Manager to set things right or probably to preside over the liquidation of Walton Works # 2. Her first impression is that head office was right in its assessment to close down the plant and it is unfortunate that she would be at its helm when it would actually happen. She is assisted by a group of eighteen Divisional Managers whose lack of managerial capability is evident from day one and one of them gets promptly fired. She sees no hope to revive the morale and productivity of a bunch of lethargic and de-motivated team. Then comes our hero from the finishing department - Andy Longclaw. The motor bike riding Indian, who has the most productive department with an excellent team bubbling with enthusiasm - Gung-ho. Peggy and Andy meet each other by accident and the rest of the book is about their joint efforts to Gung-ho Walton Works #2.
A simple and powerful message for managers at all levels, I read this book whenever I feel a little low. Thanks Andy for handing down the wisdom of your Grandpa. Thanks Peggy for putting it in action and telling us this wonderful story. Gung-ho friends.
Now, finally, a couple of unapologetic capitalists have taken into consideration the socialist critique, and expounded an appropriate leadership philosophy. Blanchard, Bowles, and Sinclair urge us to treat employees with all of the respect due to any human being, not because it is the decent thing to do, but because it is the road to success. Happy, motivated, informed, involved, empowered, and encouraged team members simply produce better than over-controlled, whipped serfs.
This is not another management text. It is a leadership manual. ...and because this is about leadership, rather than management, it won't fit those managers too petty or frightened to lead. However, for those with the courage to lead, this will prove to be an extraordinary book to which they will return over and over again.
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