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 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.