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Wingtips with Spurs (Lessons from the Ranch)

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Product Details

  • Series: Lessons from the Ranch
  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Multi-Media Publications Inc. (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897326882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897326886
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,756,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Growing up in isolated rural Arkansas, Michael, like his father, developed a love affair with the written word. A combination of extensive reading and an over-active imagination combined to create the need to write. Most of his life was focused on family and career but he eventually found the time to express his passion. As an author of both business books and fiction novels, he displays a wide range of knowledge and interests.

Michael is the former Corporate Director of Human Resources for a fortune 50 company. Prior to this, he worked in a variety of human resources positions at several locations for Pilgrim's Pride Company, ConAgra Foods and most recently, Perdue Farms. Michael has also held managerial positions in Ladish Company, Armco Steel, Morton, Del Monte USA, RJR, Tiffany Furniture and Prescolite. In addition to operating an independent consulting practice, Mr. Gooch previously held a consulting position for Traveler's Insurance.

Through the years, Michael has won numerous eminent industry and governmental awards in leadership, teamwork, and safety. Michael has authored articles on a variety of management topics and is the author of the 2008 book Wingtips with Spurs in the Lessons from the Ranch series. This work was published by Multi Media Publication. In 2012, he entered the fiction arena with the Amazon Kindle publication of Voodoo Fever.

You can contact him at michaellgooch@hotmail.com

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Although the author sometimes goes a little too far into the libertarian philosophy and uses a bit too much religion, in every other way I am in complete agreement with him. When not engaged in his primary job as a director of human resources for a major corporation, Gooch owns and operates a cattle ranch. As someone who once had a hobby farm and raised cattle, I can deeply empathize with his statements about raising cattle.
The theme of the book is to relate the problems of the modern corporate culture to the "simplicity" of herding cattle on a drive. Using analogies between the various components of each area, Gooch describes his philosophy of managing people, loving hard work and having respect for your underlings, whether they are people or cattle. While this may sound demeaning, no one who has ever raised cattle will question the validity of the comparison.
The way to get cattle to do what you want is to engage in gentle persuasion, anticipate their needs and to introduce change reasonably slowly. That philosophy works with people as well. You must understand that they have fears, concerns and feelings and that many of the negative things such as poor performance and lay-offs are the responsibility of management. Cattle have personalities and are not interchangeable parts although eventually you must replace even the best due to sagging performance.
Sound management advice can be packaged in many ways; in this case it is presented with a western flair and a virtual cowboy intonation. Plain speaking, respect and honesty are always the best long term management strategies, as the trail to success is a long one and sometimes you step in what the cattle leave behind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terry Barnhill on July 29, 2008
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Having spent over 25 years in Human Resources as an HR Director with Fortune 500 companies, I have read a lot of management books on managing people over the years. Most contained valuable information and insight but were written in a style that tended to put you to sleep after the first few pages.

I received Wingtips with Spurs a few days ago and have to admit it's one of the most enjoyable, refreshing, down to earth books on people management I have ever read. It's a virtual encyclopedia of information on a host of issues that we have all dealt with not only in the business world but everyday life as well. It blends wit and humor (Cowboy Wisdom) into real life situations that keeps you turning the pages.

The author has an uncanny knack for getting to the core of an issue and then providing his own unique insight from his experiences professionally and from life on the ranch. You may not agree with everything the author has to say regarding a particular subject but I will wager you will thoroughly enjoy your journey through this book. I certainly did.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone who manages people at any level of an organization but it would be on my list as a must read for anyone new or just getting started in management. If you're an HR Director, you should buy copies for your management team. You will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vicki A. Duvall on March 30, 2008
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My copy of Wingtips with Spurs: Lessons from the Ranch arrived on a Friday and I had read it cover to cover by Sunday. While I was initially intrigued by the title, it was the book's content that I found to be so fantastic. It is truly the first "management" book I have read that offers insightful, real-life advice that I can apply to all areas of my career. Other books of this genre tend to be boring and just focus on a single theme. Wingtips made me laugh and cry--something I didn't think a "business book" was capable of. I would recommend it to anyone in the business of people management. It is ideal for small business owners and corporate leadership alike and I give it my highest rating.
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