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Overview

Unite the Tribes: Ending Turf Wars for Career and Business Success shows the imaginary lines that divide companies into separate "tribes," with each fighting the other in small or petty disputes. From this new perspective, you'll see how such internal divisiveness weakens businesses and makes employees vulnerable to competitors in the marketplace. Most of all, this book demonstrates how important the health and well-being of a company is to each individual who works there.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590592403
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 11/21/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Founder of Practical Strategy Consulting, Christopher Duncan is the bestselling author of Unite the Tribes and The Career Programmer. He's been a frequent guest on radio shows across the country, his monthly columns have been read by hundreds of thousands worldwide, and he is widely acclaimed for his immensely practical approach to success in the real world where self interest and office politics are often more prevalent than common sense.

This keen insight does not come by accident. Christopher has an unusually diverse background which includes a career in sales consulting, life as a professional musician, and experience fighting deadlines as a cubicle-dwelling software developer. He's also performed mind-numbing factory work, labored on construction sites, and built components for guided missiles. Currently, he writes, speaks and mentors professionals on career and business strategies. He understands the problems and goals of your people, from the lowest-paid workers to the executive elite, because he's been there himself and lived to tell the tale.

Whether he's talking about the job-related anxieties of the night watchman's attack chihuahua or explaining the relationship between bunny slippers and corporate productivity, his humor and light-hearted antics will entertain your audience as he shares his vision of success through the pursuit of American excellence.

Lively, expressive, and a consummate professional with three decades of stage experience, Christopher delivers an exciting and practical message to your people, inspiring them to reach for their very best and showing them how to get there in the real world, where things don't always go according to plan. Most importantly, he makes sure that everyone has a little fun in the process.

He can be reached at www.PracticalStrategyConsulting.com.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Who Should Read This Book
The Lay of the Land
The Problem 3
The Empire 11
The People 33
The Solution 51
The Pillars of the Empire
I Vision 69
II Leadership 93
III Organization 115
IV Mobility 137
V Competitiveness 159
VI Persuasion 181
VII Strategy 203
VIII Brilliance 225
IX Morale 249
X Unite! 271
Making It Work
Your Field Manual 297
Index 315
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2005

    useful but unoriginal

    Duncan uses throughout his book the metaphor of medieval warface. Specifically how a company is analogous to a kingdom of tribes that faces enemies who wish to destroy it. This stark comparison is of course scarcely original. He chooses it to inculcate in the reader a sense of danger and how a company's people need to face the ugly reality of ferocious competition. The suggestions he offers make sense, even if some are a little trite, and even if most are unoriginal. Perhaps the most amusing remark was that he considers a company's mission statement to be virtually useless. It is irrelevant to the day to day activities of most employees and it is often totally vacuous. Companies that push the mission statements often risk only engendering cynicism.

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