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Gung Ho!: Turn On the People in Any Organization

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  • Posted November 10, 2009

    Gung ho!

    Authors Blanchard and Bowles have written a pleasantly readable account of some ideas that managers can use to motivate their employees. Rather than giving a detailed how-to plan for implementing a workplace motivation program, Gung Ho Is more of an outline that presents a possible approach to increasing the enthusiasm and productivity of the employees in an organization. The dialog between the main characters in the book explores some of the psychological factors connecting people's emotions and how they view and perform their work. Additionally, the authors show how this motivational approach fits into the larger picture of moving an organization toward increased productivity, higher profits, and greater value to the community. An obvious crucial part to the success of any such motivational program is the total commitment of top management, and this requirement is brought out throughout the book. Overall, Gung Ho Is an entertaining, touching, informative, and valuable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2008

    The Key To Keeping A Buisness Going

    Gung Ho(By Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles)is a novel that consist of a special ritual that can help a company called Walton Works number 2,become back in buisness again.'If you're not lead dog the scenery never changes'. In other words if the main character who is given the position as General Manager does not take his new role and put it to use he may not ever see Walton Works making money again.'People have to understand how what they do contributes to the well-being of humankind-makes a difference in their own patch of forest'. This quote is stating that the characters choice of actions take part in what they do whether its helping the buisness or not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2004

    Worth reading

    Gung Ho! is another typical Ken Blanchard book. It is a quick read and contains some very useful information, but falls short in giving managers the full picture. Some readers will find the format cheesy, but I didn't take it that way. The book is broken down into three areas: 1. The Spirit of the Squirrel (which discusses the importance of making employees feel that their work is important) 2. The Way of the Beaver (which talks about how managers should tell employees what they want and define the boundaries, but within those boundaries allow employees to figure out solutions in their own way) 3. The Gift of the Goose (which goes over the importance of using positive reinforcement when employees do a good job) These are three very powerful ideas that every manager should embrace. However, there are numerous issues that the book doesn't cover. To give just one example, what should a manager do is one of her employees comes to work every day late and is totally unproductive while he is there? Obviously, The Gift of the Goose (i.e. praising employees) isn't the answer since that will just reinforce the negative behavior. Despite the book's shortcomings, I think it's worth reading if you like management books since it does contain some useful information. But if you want one book that going to cover the subject more dynamically from many more angles, then you should probably look elsewhere. Greg Blencoe Author, The Ten Commandments for Managers

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