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Overview The story of how two managers saved a failing company and turned in record profits with record productivity reveals a surefire way to boost employee enthusiasm, productivity, and performance. 200,000 first printing.
Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles, co-authors of the New York Times business bestseller Raving Fans, are back with Gung Ho Here is an invaluable management tool that outlines foolproof ways to increase productivity by fostering excellent morale in the workplace. It is a must-read for everyone who wants to stay on top in today's ultra-competitive business world.
Raving Fans taught managers how to turn customers into full-fledged fans. Now, Gung Ho brings the same magic to employees. Through the inspirational story of business leaders Peggy Sinclair and Andy Longclaw, Blanchard and Bowles reveal the secret of Gung Ho--a revolutionary technique to boost enthusiasm and performance and usher in astonishing results for any organization. The three principles of Gung Ho are:
The Spirit of the SquirrelThe Way of the BeaverThe Gift of the Goose
These three cornerstones of Gung Ho are surprisingly simple and yet amazingly powerful. Whether your organization consists of one or is listed in the Fortune 500, this book ensures Gung Ho employees committed to success.
Gung Ho also includes a clear game plan with a step-by-step outline for instituting these groundbreaking ideas. Destined to become a classic, Gung Ho is a rare and wonderful business book that is packed with invaluable information as well as a compelling, page-turning story. Management legend Ken Blanchard and master entrepreneur Sheldon Bowles are back with Gung Ho , revealing a surefire way to boost employee enthusiasm, productivity, and performance and usher in astonishing results for any organization.
Raving Fans brilliantly schooled managers on how to turn customers into raving fans. Gung Ho now brings the same magic to employees. Here is the story of how two managers saved a failing company and turned in record profits with record productivity. The three core ideas of Gung Ho are surprisingly simple: worthwhile work guided by goals and values; putting workers in control of their production; and cheering one another on. Their principles are so powerful that business leaders, reviewing the manuscript for Ken and Sheldon, have written to say, "Sorry. Ignored instructions. Have photocopied for everyone. I promise to buy books, but can't wait. We need now " Like Raving Fans, Gung Ho delivers.
Citations And Professional Reviews Gung Ho!: Turn on the People in Any Organization by Ken Blanchard has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Booklist - 10/01/1997 page 293
Publishers Weekly - 09/01/1997 page 90
Library Journal - 10/01/1997 page 96
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Studio: William Morrow
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Oct 8, 1997
Publisher William Morrow
ISBN 068815428X ISBN13 9780688154288 UPC 099455020008
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More About Ken Blanchard
Few people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A prominent, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Dr. Blanchard is universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate individuals in business today. Ken is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world and is respected for his years of groundbreaking work in the fields of leadership and management.
Ken Blanchard is an international bestselling author and motivational speaker whose books, including "The One Minute", and "Leading Manager"(R), "The One Minute Entrepreneur"(TM), and "Leading at a Higher Level", have sold more than eighteen million copies in thirty languages. He lives in San Diego, California
SPANISH BIO: Ken Blanchard es coautor y autor de varios libros exitos de libreria con ventas de mas de 18 millones, entre ellos se encuentra, Factor Generosidad. Ademas de ser un cotizado conferenciante y asesor, es socio fundador de las 'Empresas Ken Blanchard', las cuales ensenan principios de liderazgo y directiva a companias Fortune 500 alrededor del mundo.
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A Good Startng Point! Jun 2, 2008
Gung Ho! Turn on the People in Any Organization is an interesting mix of management principles and personal narrative (as related to the reader utilizing allegory) with the express purpose of motivating and inspiring the reader to become "turned on" about the work they do...and to, in turn, "infect" others with that same spirit and motivation. The author's talk about three guiding principles (The Spirit of the Squirrel, The Way of the Beaver, and The Gift of the Goose) which are on the surface, quite simple and are, basically, common sense. Digging deeper, if one really thinks about these guiding principles; how they should be applied, what impact they have, or explores them through discussion with co-workers (or peers), one finds that they are indeed profound and can have an incredible impact on both individuals and businesses.
The main drawback to this book, well, the story is so simplified and, well too corny to be fully believable. The characters are all basically caricatures...overly simplified and way too pleasant. This story is either entirely untrue or has been overly distilled, leaving only a syrupy sweet outer shell which gives one a bad aftertaste. I was left with the feeling that the reader was supposed to get to the end and have eyes brimming with tears (HOORAY, they did it) AND a big, cheesy grin on one's face (awwwwwwwww, they did it). All in all, Peggy's narrative had a very "after-school special" feel to it (everything works out just so perfectly that it becomes unbelievable when compared to normal everyday life, there is even a tragically overacted death scene) which was not, in the end, entirely enjoyable or believable.
Overall, Gung Ho! would certainly be an excellent start to any reading an individual might undertake to improve (or learn) management techniques, but it is not a one stop solution to all one's management needs (even discounting the simplicity of the story as it's told). It's lacking in several areas that most other books on management cover...namely, conflict resolution (it's all well and good to infect people with enthusiasm, creativity, and encourage productivity but there is nothing here on how to deal with problem employees over the long haul). This book would (and likely has) make an ideal selection for discussion groups or as a tool for introspection. I give Gung Ho! 4 stars and would readily recommend it for its intended purpose, while it's not without flaws, it is an excellent resource.
Simple Leadership More Management Information Mar 31, 2008
We went GUNG HO at work. This was easy to read with clear concise examples on how to put this common sense advice to use. Peggy Sinclair and Andy Longclaw attempt to change their organization in order to save the company and town they live in. The story is a simple parable about how to motivate people to be productive, encourage leadership and increase customer service. The Spirit of the Squirrel, The Way of the Beaver and The Gift of the Goose discuss various ways to make employees feel important and provide positive reinforcement for work well done.
I definitely recommend this book for managers/leaders that may be stuck in a rut and looking for motivation. If you are a student of leadership, this will be a 45-minute read and much will be review. Small business owners can use these techniques when dealing with their employees...I did.
Gung Ho! Book. Jan 2, 2008
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Keep It Simple Stupid Jul 10, 2007
The anti-cliche corporate example used as the basis for this book and its powerful message prove again that the best ideas are the simplest ones. The brilliance of the author's writing is its quick and easy-to-read format. An author with a larger ego could have easily mired this message in excessive wordiness to lengthen the page count, but why? The concepts are logical and straight-forward. Blanchard is to be commended for presenting them in a similar format.
As for the message itself, the three basic lessons are gifts that keep giving. They can be applied to nearly any work environment, of any size, in any industry, by any manager. The message is particularly powerful for managers who are either constrained in their abilities to provide powerful financial incentives for employees, OR are surrounded by Gen X and Y employees who may only be marginally motivated by money in the first place. By actively incorporating these philosophies in day-to-day operations, managers are likely to not only see productivity improvements, but to see employee retention and motivation gains as well. The book is a roadmap to creating an environment that will nurture Gen Y's endless craving to work in a team-based atmosphere flush with positive feedback.
Overall, a highly relevant read for anyone in management or aspiring to be so.
Gung Ho!- Is AWESOME!!!!!!! Jun 1, 2007
Ken Blanchard knocked this one out of the park with Gung HO! This book is a simple read that takes no time to read. The cool thing about this book it is not broken up into chapters. It is just one story from start to finish. This book is well worth the money and will get you pumped up to tackle the world.