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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 ...
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.
|A Note from the Authors About this Expanded Edition||vi|
|Part I||A Peacock in the Land of Penguins|
|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|
|Keynote Speeches, Training, and Consulting Services||147|
|The Story Behind the Story||149|
|About the Authors||152|
Posted August 1, 2009
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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
Posted April 15, 2002
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 26, 2011
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