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The Wisdom of the Flying Pig: Guidance and Inspiration for Managers and Leaders [Kindle Edition]

Jack Hayhow , Carol Talley
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Book Description

Word for word, we intend for this little book to be the most productive business reading you’ve ever done.

Stashed between these whimsical covers, you’ll discover principles and practices that can propel your company and your career. There’s guidance. Much of it, startlingly simple. Some of it, wrenchingly difficult. All of it worth thinking about.

There’s inspiration. Stories and ideas and really big questions. As you think about what’s written on these pages, you might find your way to the very heart of management—or come face to face with the profound responsibilities of leadership.

Perhaps you’re looking for straight answers to pressing, pragmatic problems: How do I motivate my direct reports? What can I do to increase productivity? Is there a way to keep my best people? Why don’t people do what I want them to do? How can I possibly get my own work done when someone always needs something from me?

Bad news—there is no panacea. Good news—there is hope. And there are realistic approaches—sometimes even a solution lurking about. You’ll find many of them in this book.

Editorial Reviews

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Jack Hayhow has written a clear, concise, easy to read and understand book... it has real value. --Barnett Helzberg, Former CEO - Helzberg Diamonds and Author, What I Learned Before I Sold to Warren Buffet

Hayhow shares breezy and brilliant business lessons he's learned about being a better manager and leader. All businesspeople, no matter their position, will benefit from reading The Wisdom of the Flying Pig. --John Moore, Founder - Brand Autopsy Marketing Practice

Jack's astute observations about how people work and the nature of relationships is inspiring and the stories he tells as illustrations of principles are valid for a multitude of uses.

This is a powerful little book that is easily read in one sitting, or enjoyed whenever you have a spare moment. --Ardath Albee - Marketing Interactions

About the Author

Jack Hayhow is founder and president of Opus - a company dedicated to creating training people LIKE to take. Since 1990, Opus has broken the mold of typical corporate training with products that are as entertaining as they are effective. Today, Opus traning programs are used in tens of thousands of businesses and approximately 25 percent of all public schools. Jack has been described as a chronic learner and is compelled by his passion for helping people get better at their business. He is the author of dozens of training programs including The Foundation of Management, Reward and Recognition, Time Management for Managers, Coaching for Performance, and To Be a Leader.

Product Details

  • File Size: 80 KB
  • Print Length: 103 pages
  • Publisher: ReallyEasyHR, LLC (September 15, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MYH1SO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,905,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
There are books that tell a story. There are books that lay out carefully developed arguments and well thought out management theories. The Wisdom of the Flying Pig is nothing like that.

Then, there are books that are filled with wisdom and fun to dip into. The Wisdom of the Flying Pig is a book like that.

I have a few books like this on my shelf. A favorite is Roger Fulton's Common Sense Supervision. The great thing about them is that you can spend a minute or an hour with the book and come away with something that will make your work or your life better.

I actually have a problem with the title. For me "The Flying Pig" will always be the name that Maurice's Barbecue gave to its overnight delivery option. That flying pig has introduced friends faraway to the wonder of mustard-based Southern barbecue. But I digress.

I could tell you all the little things I don't like about the book. I wish the pages weren't slick and I wish the typeface was different. But none of that really matters.

The book is practical. If you're a working manager you'll find examples and advice you can use.

The book is fun to read. It's peppered with quotes and rich with examples.

If you're looking for a book that will provide you with bits of management wisdom, seasoned with good humor, this book is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart Pig! August 24, 2008
Format:Paperback
Managers need to be reminded of what their job really is -- some more frequently than others! This book does just that. It provides snippets of management and leadership wisdom followed by brief explanations of each. Some favorites of this reviewer are...

o Managers don't get paid for what they do, they get paid for what their people do.
o Great managers provide the information and resources to do the job right.
o Caring isn't about how you feel -- but it IS about how they feel.
o People will invest their effort and commitment in direct proportion to their belief in the leader.

Jack Hayhow pulls together the essence of leadership and management in a neat little package that can be read (and re-read) in under an hour. As the principles of management and leadership are universal, it is beneficial to managers of all levels.

Nick McCormick, Author, Lead Well and Prosper: 15 Successful Strategies for Becoming a Good Manager
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hayhow knows something about leadership March 28, 2008
Format:Paperback
Jack Hayhow, the author of The Wisdom of the Flying Pig, is bright, funny, and most importantly, he knows something about leadership. This book is honest and direct. It is a deceptively quick read. You will find yourself smiling and nodding your head as you see the logic of his lessons. However, don't be deceived by its lively paced narrative, if you honestly reflect on his observations and make a sincere effort to implement his suggestions, you will be a better leader and your organization will be more successful. If you want to improve the productivity of your company or organization, buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny title, great wisdom. March 27, 2008
Format:Paperback
I wish I had a copy of this little book when I was starting out in my business career. Although there probably isn't anything particularly new in this book, it is well organized, peppered with helpful quotes from great people and is centered around good common sense about excelling in management and leadership. Hayhow focuses on the people aspects of business, which is what it's all about in being successful.
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More About the Author

Jack Hayhow lives and breathes small business. Throughout his career, he has produced training and tools to help leaders and managers succeed. Jack has been described as a "chronic learner" and is compelled by his passion for helping people and companies improve performance where it matters most. He is the author of dozens of training programs including: The Foundation of Management, Reward and Recognition, Time Management for Managers, Coaching for Performance, and To Be a Leader. His books, The Wisdom of the Flying Pig: Guidance and Inspiration for Managers and Leaders and Breaking Through the Barrier: What Companies That Grow Do Differently have received acclaim from business leaders and academics alike.

From the speaker's platform Jack inspires outstanding performance through the presentation of practical, actionable ideas and methods. Jack's workshops are unique and engaging, drawing on a vast library of video components and extensive audience interaction.

Jack began his career in the advertising agency business, serving clients such as McDonald's Restaurants, Wendy's Old- Fashioned Hamburgers, Westin Hotels and Lee Jeans. In 1980 he founded Broadcast Marketing Group, providing audience building and sales promotion services to the radio station industry. Under Jack's leadership, BMG became the premier radio station marketing company in the country. In 1990, Jack founded Opus Communications, a company dedicated to creating training people like to take. Today, Opus training programs are used in tens of thousands of businesses in a wide variety of industries.

A life-long resident of the Kansas City area, Jack lives in Leawood, Kansas with his wife, Joyce.

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