- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: Black Lake Press (July 19, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982444656
- ISBN-13: 978-0982444658
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,677,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Think or Sink: A Parable of Collaboration Paperback – July 19, 2010
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From the Inside Flap
Collaboration is becoming a lost art in business. In Think or Sink, John Canfield uses three learning styles (parable, reflection and tools & techniques) to draw the reader into the essential team capability: collaboration. Pay attention to Chuck, the collaborative manager, who skillfully supports his team as they think, converse and work through the project. Make note of the tools he employs. There's a lot to learn in this small book.
Charlotte Roberts, PhD - Executive Consultant
Author (with Peter Senge et al) The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook and The Dance of Change
About the Author
John Canfield is an expert at helping teams develop effective collaboration skills, building both great decisions and great buy-in. His primary strategy to improve an organization's performance is to improve thinking skills. John's Think or Sink - A Parable of Collaboration introduces his Good Thinking Curriculum. John has earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from Williams College. Prior to 1990 John was a Senior Engineering Manager for Intel Corporation and later Director of Corporate Quality and Design Research for Herman Miller.
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The hypothetical corporate leadership characters presented are so representative of the style of real life characters, that the reader is lead to the feeling that "I know that person".
My wife and I enjoyed this book. It reads like a novel, and we identified with the characters, the way they were presented, and the realisitic corporate settings.
A good read.
Paul I. Doyle
President / CEO GHSP, Inc.
Paul W Prins,Retired Dean
College of Professional and Technological Studies
Ferris State University
The real value of the book in my opinion is not simply the entertaining tale about the characters (if you are like me you'll wind up rooting for one and against two) and their efforts. The value in my opinion is in stopping at the end of each chapter, reflecting upon the questions posed by the author and then thinking about how to improve your own style of leadership and collaboration. Unfortunately there is simply a shortage of talented leaders in most organizations and we can all learn from the reflection process in this book.
I had the fortune of meeting the author about 15 years ago when he helped the company I was working at embark upon a large quality improvement effort that required immense cross functional collaboration in what was a fairly dysfunctional group of leaders. John's coaching help got the team on track and helped enable it to achieve its goal which was a quality improvement to near six sigma levels of performance long before that term ever started being thrown around.
So I know from personal experience Mr. Canfield's thoughts on leadership and collaboration are spot on and this book helps crystallize thinking on that topic. I look forward to the follow up titles mentioned in the "Good Thinking" series.
When the fiction has reached its conclusion, Canfield draws from his rich knowledge to explain how successful managers, people, and teams can use a portfolio tools to organize their own thinking and that of their teams and organizations. As I read through the final chapters, I quickly saw how I can start applying these tools to organize my own thinking, and guide the my work with colleagues and partners, and Board of Directors. I highly recommend Think or Sink to any one who works in any size organization. Applying a few of the thinking tools offered in Canfield's Good Thinking Series will move your career forward and improve your organization. In fact, every CEO should buy a copy for all of the managers and then lead the organization in applying the tools of good thinking.
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