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A Peacock in the Land of Penguins echoes the dilemma facing businesses across the country — how to manage the increasing diversity of the workforce and how to capture the talent, creativity, energy, and commitment of all employees. Written in a charming, engaging style, the book is a fable about a peacock who struggles to be itself while surrounded by penguins. Can these seemingly opposite birds work productively together? This new, expanded edition of the international bestseller will help managers understand ...

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A Peacock in the Land of Penguins: A Fable about Creativity and Courage

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Overview

A Peacock in the Land of Penguins echoes the dilemma facing businesses across the country — how to manage the increasing diversity of the workforce and how to capture the talent, creativity, energy, and commitment of all employees. Written in a charming, engaging style, the book is a fable about a peacock who struggles to be itself while surrounded by penguins. Can these seemingly opposite birds work productively together? This new, expanded edition of the international bestseller will help managers understand and maximize the potential of their workforce.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576751732
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 303,640
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Hateley is an accomplished management consultant and workshop leader who has worked with many corporate clients as well as professional associations, nonprofit groups, and government agencies.

Schmidt, as chairman of the World Heritage Foundation, he is currently helping to produce a series of TV documentary films on UNESCO. He also teaches an occasional course at USC and continues to speak, consult, and conduct seminars through his little company, Chrysalis, Inc.

Ken Blanchard is the Chief Spiritual Officer of the Ken Blanchard Companies. He is the coauthor of "The One Minute Manager", "Raving Fans" and many other international bestsellers. His books have combined sales of more than eighteen million copies in more than twenty-seven languages.

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Table of Contents

Dedication iii
A Note from the Authors About this Expanded Edition vi
Foreword vii
Part I A Peacock in the Land of Penguins
The Story 3
Part II Tips and Tools for Feathered Friends
Are You a Peacock (or Other Type of Exotic Bird)? 114
Survival Strategies for Peacocks Who Want to Stay Put 115
Tips for Peacocks Who Want to Fly the Coop 116
Strategies for Birds of a Different Feather 117
Positive Penguinship: What Peacocks Can Learn from Penguins 122
There's a Little Bit of Penguin in All of Us 123
Part III Ideas and Examples for Teaching Penguins to Fly
How You Can Tell If You Work in the Land of Penguins 126
Recognizing the "Quack" (Common Phrases from Penguins) 128
Tips for Penguins Who Want to Change Themselves 129
Tips for Penguins Who Want to Change Their Organizations 130
Preventing Penguin Paralysis 131
The Care and Feeding of Peacocks: A Penguin's Guide 132
Reports from the Field 134
Part IV Additional Resources for Peacocks and for Penguins
Training Materials 143
Merchandise 145
Keynote Speeches, Training, and Consulting Services 147
The Story Behind the Story 149
About the Authors 152
Acknowledgments 158
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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Catchy Title But...

    did not buy this book. It was given to me by an associate as an `idea' for a corporate-wide human resources conference.

    As a corporate director, I was flabbergasted by the simpleton tone of this book. Some pages only contained 6 to 10 words while others may contain more words but made little sense. The theory behind this book is that people are different and we should allow diversity to flourish in order to make the company and the employee happy. This is an idea that any thinking manager caught up with a couple of generations ago.

    It is no wonder that our creativity and abilities to sustain long term profitability - not to mention our adaptability and flexibility - is going down the drain. It is not only this book but others I have seen that are very similar. They start by developing a catchy theme and then building a one-trick pony system around the theme. It is a cartoonish way to manage but I suppose in this twitter world anything with heft is dealt out of the deck. It is so sad to see people traveling down this path.

    I did find value in the book by giving it to my grandchildren to read. They enjoyed it.

    If you wish to really explore this topic, I would highly recommend Don't Bring It to Work: Breaking the Family Patterns That Limit Success.

    I hope you find this review helpful.

    Michael L. Gooch, SPHR

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2002

    Great reverse psychology

    This book helped me greatly to determine what was happening in my life at a particular time in my office and its personnel structure. It takes you trhought the characters on a journey of office environments and the typical personalities found therein. I do not have anything but praise for this title. A great read, jovial, and humorous it is a definite buy.

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    Posted January 26, 2011

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