High Five! starts with otherwise exemplary exec Alan Foster losing his job because--you guessed it--he isn't a team player. Unemployed, bored, and demoralized, he decides to coach his fifth-grade son's failing hockey team into better shape. But it's not until he enlists the help of Miss Weatherby, an aging African-American retired teacher and champion girls' basketball coach that things really start to turn around. As we follow the struggle of the increasingly well-oiled Warriors machine as they drill, strategize, and bond their way through the season, we learn some of the fundamental lessons of what makes good teams--and good team-building by coaches and managers. Among them are "repeated reward and repetition," the guiding notion that "none of us is as smart as all of us," and four key traits that shall here remain undisclosed (hint: their acronym spells PUCK).
As fiction goes, don't expect high literature here. But to its credit, the book's ending isn't 100 percent happy, either. If you worry that the aged but whip-smart Weatherby might die at the end, don't--instead, she becomes perhaps the world's first octogenarian, black female management consultant. As books on teamwork go, Blanchard's latest is on the lighter side, but it still packs a fair share of commonsense wisdom when it comes to putting together, motivating, and sustaining work teams worthy of the Stanley Cup. And it may even have inaugurated a new fiction genre: the organizational tearjerker. --Timothy Murphy
I really recommend this book to people in charge, coaching or leading teams. It is written in an easy reading language, and with a great message.Published 10 months ago by Ramon Santiago
You know what you'll get from a Blanchard/Bowles book before you even open the cover: a read-in-one-sitting fable to convey timeless business principles. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Shaun Heneghan
You can read it in a week, The strategies to work together are very easy to implement in my team.Published 20 months ago by Ana Hernandez
Just received the book and already reading it and taking notes.
This book is a easy read and so far full of good information.
Required reading while in college for working adults. Good motivational book. Be great if everyone could see this as an opportunity.Published 22 months ago by Cindy Stickel
Another great leadership book by Ken Blanchard. Easy to follow and to read. Gives you easy points to follow to create your own High Five Team. Read morePublished on December 21, 2011 by Sheri Goodlet
This is another great management lesson from Ken Blanchard about team participation. Great story. My boss gave this to all of the supervisors and we will be using the concepts... Read morePublished on December 18, 2011 by ER