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Gung Ho! Turn On the People in Any Organization Hardcover – October 8, 1997
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Another book, with a foreword by Ken Blanchard, that I have just finished is also destined to be a classic alongside GUNG HO! I highly recommend everyone - not just people in leadership positions - read WINNING WAYS: FOUR SECRETS FOR GETTING GREAT RESULTS BY WORKING WELL WITH PEOPLE, by Dick Lyles. Dr. Lyles is a protégé of Blanchard and Bowles and this book proves that he, also, has mastered the art of parable writing. This book contains tips that will help anyone be more powerful and charismatic in their dealings with other people.
Gung Ho! is one of the best management books that I have read. Anyone that supervises others should read this book and practice using the techniques on a daily basis. The co-authors, Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles tell a story that is basically common sense and easy to understand. The principles could be used in your personal life as well as your professional life. In the prologue, Peggy Sinclair was faced with the task of telling the Gung Ho story, a promise she made to her friend Andy Longclaw, before he passed away. As she was walking away from the hospital, Peggy was wondering how she was going to keep her promise. After hearing a conversation that two men were having, something one man said to the other came through loud and clear. "The Buddhists say when the student is ready the teacher would appear." Gung Ho! is a tale of a new general manager challenged with turning a failing business at Walton Works #2 into a success. Old man Morris thought for sure he would use Peggy Sinclair for a scapegoat. After figuring this out, she was out to prove him wrong. This book teaches management personnel how to motivate and improve performance of those they direct. The three simple techniques, "The Spirit of the Squirrel," "The Way of the Beaver" and "The Gift of the Goose" stand for worthwhile work, in control of achieving a goal, and cheer each other on respectively, are excellent tools to motivate others, though a lot of people do not utilize these tools or feel that a word of praise is necessary. I have presented my manager with these same ideas, before I ever read this book; only to be told "They get a paycheck, don't they? That should be all they need.Read more ›
The squirrel and beaver were absolutely fascinating in their tasks, but my hands-down favorite was the geese. I am now going to buy some beanie baby geese or something to begin passing out to people to "honk" on a job well done.
I love the method employed to tell a great truth, quite similar to the fables of old.
Well written, a must-read for anyone operating within today's organizational cultures.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read it years ago during graduate school and am re-reading it now. easy read, nice story, and good principles I still rely on today.Published 2 months ago by meep
I read a review that stated the book is packed with common sense and stated that as a positive. I would agree it is packed with common sense. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jerry B
I had to read this so I could get money from my boss. It was ok but I don't care about the secret of the squirell.Published 4 months ago by Wayne
Good read. This book held my attention cover to cover. It's a nice addition to my personal libraryPublished 4 months ago by Alejandro R.
I was introduced to Gung Ho and Ken Blanchard Leadership in 1999 and have continued to go back to the basic principles found in this book since. Is it a cure for all company woes? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Christopher Kurtz