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The Recipe: A fable for leaders and teams Hardcover – May 1, 2010
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The Recipe is a gem of a book. It offers important and easily actionable lessons on leadership and team-building for both your professional and personal life---and it does so in the most delightful, whimsical way. --- Monica Crowley, Panelist, The McLaughlin Group; News Analyst, Fox News Channel, and Nationally Syndicated Radio Host. --Amilya.com
Book Review: The Recipe: A Fable for Leaders and Teams by Amilya Antonetti -----Review by: Diane Danielson/ Entrepreneur - The Daily Dose ----- Headed to the beach? Here's one business book you can toss into your beach bag and enjoy reading by the ocean or the pool. It's a light one with a big message. Generally, I'm not into fables because they tend to be "one concept" books. However, The Recipe: A Fable for Leaders and Teams by Amilya Antonetti is not a one concept fable. It's much meatier than Who Moved My Cheese? and has a pretty good Tips and Exercises section at the end. I also found it to be useful for both individuals (which of these characters is me?) as well as for team leaders (which of these characters are my employees?). The story involves sons of the Givvantake family who inherit a bakery from their deceased parents. As it often happens in real life, each of the brothers brings their own special talents, bad habits, and familial history with them into this new task of running the bakery. While women may initially balk at the absence of a sister,... no worries, the level-headed female guide through the book more than makes up for all the testosterone. For managers, it would be interesting to see if not only you, but your team could recognize themselves in any of the characters. I personally saw bits of my own bad habits in a couple of the characters and there were some I definitely identified better with than others. What it boils down to is that there are potentially six types of team members:
It's a leader's job to get these different personalities to work together as a team by providing them tools and directions. Antonetti's book provides guidance on this via the fable itself as well as in tips section at the end. Realistically, not many managers will be able to watch employees try and fail patiently as the female "guide" does during the fable. But chances are, by the time you pick up this book, you've already observed your team for a while. I actually think that if you are leading a team through difficult times, you should put both The Recipe and Chip and Dan Heath's Switch into your beach bag. Between the two of these books, you should be able to get your team moving in the right direction. One final thing I liked about The Recipe was that it acknowledges the fact that many of us bring our personal baggage with us into the office. In this case, birth order and interfamily issues helped create some of the problems for the brothers. It also shows the difficulty of working in a family business when the family can't separate your professional self from the self you were when you were five years old. One side note, I couldn't help but wonder what would have happen if Antonetti upped the drama by throwing in one more character - maybe a surprise half-sister named Ivana Takeandtake, and made her a narcissist, borderline or other high conflict personality? Now that would really stir this pot (or perhaps be too realistic to be a fable!). --Entrepreneur - The Daily Dose
A secret to your success is making the most of family, leadership and teamwork. The Recipe has the ingredients of all three. --- John Assaraf, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Answer and Having It All. --Amilya.com
About the Author
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That battle to save her son's life led to not only a wondrous solution but also to the launch of Amilya's Soapworks. A decade later, not only had she moved her natural products into the major grocery chains across the USA and Canada, she helped to redefine the cleaning aisle and usher in the "human and earth friendly" movement which consumers are embracing in waves today.
A popular personality on television and radio, Amilya has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, as a regular guest on The BIG Idea with Donny Deutsch, FOX Business, MSNBC's Your Business, CBS This Morning, Extra, and countless international radio and television shows.
Her story of Amilya's Soapworks has appeared in books, newspapers, magazines such as Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneurial Soul, People, Working Mother, First for Woman, Smart Money, Inc., Time, and her "Smart Choice Mom" lifestyle and organization tips can be read in Parent and Child and Family Circle Magazines.
Amilya has received numerous entrepreneurial awards and been lauded by her peers. Her first book, Why David Hated Tuesdays, has continued to make her a much sought after guest and public speaker. Amilya has addressed audiences alongside the greatest speakers of our generation, including Tony Robbins, Zig Zigler, Oliver North, Katie Couric and Hillary Clinton.
With the sale of Soapworks, she has moved on to the helm of AMA Enterprises and, through Amilya.com, delivers real world information, products and services to help 21st century consumers make smarter, healthier lifestyle choices.
Amilya is living her life doing what she loves: speaking, writing and illuminating the pathway for others. But as busy as she is Amilya never forgets her most important job, which is to be a great mother to her son David and her young daughter. They remain, and will always be, her purpose in life as well as key passion.
Top Customer Reviews
Yes, I've learned a lot so far at the age of 42 from reading and living.
And yes, I've been touched by "The Recipe" far more than I could ever imagine I could or would!
Leadership skills, motivation and life lessons all wrapped into a skillfully written, fun to read book that will be passed down through generations to come.
And yes - I am reading it more than once because it is truly enjoyable and I am learning things to apply both in my business and personal life, with a smile on my face from discovering such a rare gem of a book.
Generally, I'm not into one concept books where I can guess where it's going. However, this was not a one concept fable and did capture my interest more than expected. I definitely see it as a useful tool for organizations and new leaders. Perhaps because at times it's a bit more realistic than most fables.
The story involves sons who inherit a bakery from their deceased parents. As in real life, each of the brothers brings their familial history with them into this new task of running the bakery. While women may initially balk at the absence of a sister, no worries, the level-headed female guide through the book more than makes up for all the testosterone.
For managers, it would be interesting to see if your team could recognize themselves in any of the characters. I personally saw bits of myself in a couple of the characters (thank goodness I've matured since then).
I'm sure if I was a fan of fables, I would be giving this 5 stars. It's much meatier than Who Moved My Cheese, and has a useful Tips and Exercises section at the end. I would definitely recommend The Recipe to Managers and HR execs who are having difficulty building strong, cohesive teams.
One side note, what would happen if Antonetti threw in one more character - maybe a half sister named Ivana Takeandtake, and made her a narcissist, borderline or other high conflict personality? Now that would really stir this pot (or perhaps be too realistic to be a fable!).
When she took on the world's largest consumer products companies most everyone she knew told her to quit. Her refusal to give up has helped change the way consumers shop forever.
When she sat down one on one with Oprah to speak about her success after years of naysayers telling her she would never beat the odds, she smiled.
When she published her first book Why David Hated Tuesday's in spite of the many who told her it was impossible for a first time author to gain the attention of a major publisher, she simply kept writing.
Amilya is a remarkable leader, revealing in people the dormant passion that fuels them and igniting it with her spark. She builds teams by consensus and instinct, naturally attracting highly skilled people who believe in her mission and rewarding them with the trust and confidence needed to be successful. She is the living embodiment of the proverbial `can do' story, no matter the odds, no matter the obstacles, Amilya finds a way to come out on top. While others dream, Amilya does.
I have had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of The Recipe and it is all Amilya. A lighthearted, sincere, funny and poignant story that moves you to recognize how simple success can be when you add the right ingredients, follow the right steps, mix well and have the patience to let it all come together.
I highly recommend The Recipe to everyone.Read more ›
Are you looking to make a HUGE step function improvement in your results/LIFE without it taking years to do so?
If so, this book is for YOU!
Amilya gives her secret RECIPE for making the shift and improvement we all desire in a very understandable and easy to implement way.
Being a young professional and desiring a step function change in both my professional career and life as a whole; this book had practical, insightful knowledge Amilya learned/experienced from her endeavors that anyone can immediately apply (given they still have a heartbeat... a burning desire and action would compliment just a little better :)
I've been fortunate to have been mentored by some truly great people (Bob Proctor, T. Harv Ekar to name a few...)and read some absolutely great books. Amilya without question has marked her place in the history books. You won't find anyone with more passion, heart, and love for what she does. It clearly comes out in this book and will inspire you to do the same.
Make/create/take that step!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I read a book, sometimes I have to decide whether to wear my "entrepreneur" hat or my "academic" hat -- there are books that are good for both audiences ** . Read morePublished on June 12, 2010 by Norris Krueger
Amilya has used her creativity to present ideas for leadership development without getting bogged down on cliches and professional terminology. Read morePublished on June 1, 2010 by Alan Stewart
The Recipe is a wonderful story that on the surface appears to be about six brothers who inherit the family bakery. Read morePublished on May 31, 2010 by Joseph L. Williams Jr.
(full disclosure: my company did a product giveaway and sponsorship with this book and the author. We got such great response we'll do another! Read morePublished on May 26, 2010 by Eric Keosky-smith
Amilya did an excellent job writing this book. The book is well organized. It provides guidelines on how to be a great leader. Read morePublished on May 22, 2010 by Wilson Lukang
This book is just absolutely one of a kind. I'm on my second read--the idea of a fable is just astoundingly more useful to me than all the other business-minded books I have lining... Read morePublished on May 18, 2010 by A. Schechter
Amelia has proven herself over and over again as a leader in entrepreneurship and business. In "The Recipe" she shares her expertise through an endearing yet thought provoking... Read morePublished on May 10, 2010 by Vanessa Alfano
In The Recipe, Amilya has helped me to reevaluate my skill sets and determine how to better work with the resources around me instead of always trying to do it all myself. Read morePublished on May 6, 2010 by C. Smith