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Gung Ho! Turn On the People in Any Organization Hardcover – October 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
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
""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"
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The story is a simple one, but if that is all you take away from Gung Ho, you will have missed the wisdom in the simplicity. GHF - Chris
While the story has some typical stereotypes and kitschy components, the message is a powerful one - and an easy one to grasp. Employees want to do something that matters, they want to understand why they're doing what they do. They want to have a positive impact, and they want to feel appreciated. We, as managers, often forget these very basic components. Blanchard's book is a great and easy to read reminder of how to build enthusiasm. It is a simple concept, but challenging to consistently implement. If you read and succeed in the implementation of the principles contained in the book, you will have a productive and motivated team.
I work in a food manufacturing plant and instilled the Gung Ho! principles on one production line as a plant pilot project and in just months there was an increase of productivity and a decrease in line waste, employee absenteeism and negative behavior. The line management on the remaining production lines begged to have Gung Ho for their line employees. I would recommend everyone to look past the parable story and focus on the facts of the principles themselves.
Oh and for those of you who rated this book negatively, you probably need Gung Ho more than you even realize.
I would rate it 10 stars if I could