So begins the story of Farmer Able. Everyone on his farm -- people and animals alike -- are downright downtrodden by him. He's overbearing and compulsively obsessed with profits and productivity. He's a typical top-down, power-based manager, forever tallying production numbers in his well-worn ledgers. But the more he pushes the hoofs and horns and humans, the more they dig in their heels. That is until one day when he hears a mysterious wind that whispers: "It's not all about me." Can he turn things around and begin attending to the needs of those on his farm, thus improving their attitudes and productivity?
Farmer Able is an engaging parable that entertains as it enlightens. It reveals a profound truth about the dysfunction in organizations and how dramatic improvements can be made when leaders liberate employees to operate at their fullest potential and discover the significance in their work.
If you're looking to develop a new and profoundly satisfying leadership style, one that advocates serving others and creating ethical, engaging workplaces and innovative environments, this book will set you on your way. If you are tired of "business as usual," this lively story will get you thinking about how to inspire your employees and produce better results.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Art Barter has crafted this entertaining parable that inspires us to seek the way of the servant; to find the courageous leader in all of us. This imaginative fable is stacked with humorous characters to engage us and to safely see ourselves while allowing fantasy to come to life with a profoundly powerful, yet simple message—serve first. Put all that together in this tale of life and work and you will find an inspirational read you can't put down!
The story is uplifting and inspirational and left me with joy and hope that we can change and make ourselves, our families, our businesses and all who we come into contact with better. I had come to the end of the story before I realized that you had masterfully distilled an extensive body of academic literature on servant leadership, organizational development, motivation, and quality management to its essence and presented it in a way that may be used by followers, leaders, individuals, and families, from the smallest most remote undertaking to the largest global enterprises to improve their circumstances and outcomes.