Posts Tagged ‘Kenneth Blanchard’

Gung Ho – Book Review

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Got a chance to read ‘Gung Ho – Turn On The People In Any Organization’ by Kenneth Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles. I guess I am becoming a fan of Ken Blanchard as I have already read The One Minute Manager  and had loved it.

Gung Ho by Ken Blanchard and  Sheldon Bowles

Gung Ho by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles


Gung Ho is yet another book by Ken, that follows his unique style of story telling (I was amazed when I read the one minute manager) and hence I knew what to expect when Gung Ho started with this lady Peggy Sinclair goes to manage a new location and meets this manager, Andy Longclaw, and falls in love with his management style.

Andy Longclaw, the hero of our story, is a manager who follows three distinct philosophies in life to get his team to be motivated in the right direction. The names he gives these concepts are very interesting:

  • The Spirit Of The Squirrel
  • The Way of the Beaver
  • The Gift of The Goose

Each one of these philosophies revolve around a unique way in which nature works and Andy narrates how he has learnt from them and used them in his team successfully.

The book shows Peggy’s interpretation of these philosophies and how she realizes that she is able to use them effectively.

I highly recommend this book to any manager who is interested in motivating their teams.


The One Minute Manager – Book Review

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Got a chance to grab a copy of ‘The One Minute Manager’ by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson. I feel this is one of the best books that I have read, which is written using words and terms that are easily understandable by the common man.

This book recommends three simple One Minute principles

  1. One Minute Goals
  2. One Minute Praises and
  3. One Minute Reprimands

The style of writing in this book leads you into a story telling mode where the story is around a Manager who follows the above mentioned rules and successfully runs an organization. This reminded me of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, which also uses a similar style of story telling.