It's time to let the CATS out of the bag . . . Curiosity might have killed the proverbial cat, but without it very real achievements would never occur. With this book as your guide, you’ll learn how to spark your innate curiosity, pounce on problems in ways you never imagined, and enjoy greater success and satisfaction at work—and in your personal life. Playful, profound, and positively upbeat, CATS provides what you need to tap into your power of innovation—and then unleash it in every member of your organization. While most business thinkers view this challenge from the top down, Stephen Lundin sees the subject from a CAT's-eye view, explaining how to get every employee--no matter what level--to think and act in innovative ways. Inside, he examines the four challenges to innovation and offers practical measures aimed at conquering them. You'll learn how to: Be brave ('fraidy cats never innovate) Stop being “normal” (make your own rules!) Embrace failure (it's the only way to learn) Foster creativity (don't be a control freak) Lundin then describes the Nine Lives of Innovation, each of which is a step toward realizing your inner CAT and becoming a fully contributing member of an innovative organization. Prowling inside every employee is a questioner, a creator, an innovator--claws out and ready to pounce. Become a CAT and you may fi nd yourself springing on ideas in a way that surprises you—and everyone around you.
Published by McGraw Hill Professional on 01/14/2009
Book details: 192 pages.
We all sell something for a living--whether it's a brand, a vision, an education, a direction, or a service. We might even be selling a set of numbers to a board meeting, learning to a student, or cereal to an infant. This eye-opening parable is about harnessing natural energy--yours and that of those around you--in order to take your sales, and your satisfaction to the next level of success. In Top Performer, you'll meet Jim, a disciplined but uninspired sales manager. In London on vacation--his first in years--he meets a gentleman named Top Hat. In an engrossing conversation, Top Hat tells him about a legendary Dublin busker/street performer called the Rat Catcher, who engages his audience and effortlessly charms them into parting easily with their change. Top Hat then gives Jim an envelope to bring to the Rat Catcher as a form of introduction. Jim is incredulous, and even a bit suspicious. But after a trip back home, he's willing to do anything to break out of his rut of good-to-average sales and dogged but unfulfilling perseverance. Jim travels to Dublin, where the Rat Catcher tells--and shows--him some surprising secrets of his work ethic and his selling style. Jim ultimately realizes that he needs to Claim the Pitch, Mine the Mess, Choose the Close, and, most importantly, Juice the Jam. When Jim returns home, he's re-energized, having learned how to Build a Circle and Pass the Hat where it really counts--in his life, his relationships, and his workplace. Full of action-packed and sometimes hilarious descriptions of the real like adventures of street performer, this engaging metaphor will appeal to anyone in any position--and in any field, from banking to baking to busking. In the tradition of the bestselling Fish! series this is a deceptively simple story that contains profound advice--advice that will help make readers into Top Performer themselves.
Published by Hachette Books on 01/02/2007
Book details: 176 pages.
The 'o-FISH!-al' follow-up to the phenomenal bestselling Fish! and Fish! Tales, Fish! Sticks is a stand-alone business parable that shows you how to come up with a vision for your business and how to keep it alive, vital, and renewed through tough times, such as turnover in management and staff or a troubled economy. Using the example of a hugely successful, fictional sushi restaurant as a model for a vision of continual renewal, Fish! Sticks employs the same kind of easy-to-read story that was used in Fish! to illustrate its three major principals of continued success: Commit, Be It, and Coach It. When Stephanie, a new manager, takes over from a wildly popular and now promoted boss, she is faced with the problem of how to keep spirits up in a corporate unit that has, frankly, started to get bored and cranky and revert to its old ways. But then she visits the amazing Taka Sushi (formerly Taka Teriyaki), with its lines of customers cheerfully waiting for hours to get in. Soon, she realizes that the way to keep her employees motivated and her customers delighted can be learned from a bunch of waiters who teach one another everything they need to know. And when she finds out just how the owner of Taka knew to switch her main bill of fare from teriyaki to sushi long before anyone else, what she really discovers is the secret of keeping your work fresh.
Published by Hachette Books on 02/01/2003
Book details: 142 pages.
Fish! told the story of a fictional company which transformed itself by applying lessons learned from Seattles famous Pike Place Fish market. Now, with Fish! Tales, readers can learn how real-life businesses and individuals energized their workplaces--and their lives--by implementing the lessons from Fish! Best of all, the book stands on its own for newcomers to the Fish! philosophy. Fish! Tales focuses on diverse companies, such as a bustling Sprint regional customer service center, a quiet neuro-surgical unit at a major hospital, and a brilliant car dealership. It features dozens of short takesquick and easy ways to apply the Fish! philosophy right now. And it includes a detailed program with specific steps and action plans.
Published by Hachette Books on 06/01/2002
Book details: 176 pages.
There's a new FISH! in the pond! Here's a brilliant parable for everyone who wants to lead a fuller, happier life illions of business people have already used the bestselling FISH! books to improve the way they work. Now, the authors turn their attention to life's daily personal challenges, helping readers deal with them simply and effectively. By applying the FISH! principles of Play, Make Their Day, Choose Your Attitude, and Be Present, FISH! for Life shows readers how to confront life's issues and to reach their full potential. With advice on such life issues as weight loss, personal finance, and relationships, the book is a road map for achieving personal happiness and well-being in all areas of life. After all, life shouldn't be work.
Published by Hachette Books on 01/07/2004
Book details: 164 pages.
A business parable inspired by the African philosophy of cooperative teamwork explains how to foster success and personal fulfillment by creating working environments where people look out for one another and avoid self-promoting behaviors.
Published by Crown Business on 07/17/2019
Book details: 144 pages.
Why do some small businesses succeed while others fail? That is the question one young entrepreneur faces in this illuminating business parable for our times. Loops reveals the soul-searching story of Tony, a business student who doesn’t understand why he can’t quit school and work in the family business. Then his professor surprises him with an unusual final exam— a twelve-week, summer-long study of the small businesses in his local area. This simple real-world assignment opens Tony’s eyes to the most important lessons an entrepreneur can learn, such as how to: Manage “experience zones” Build strong customer relations through “vision moments” Standardize key processes for employees Innovate, improve, and maintain quality Accomplish real results by “closing the loops” As you follow Tony’s journey, you’ll receive a week-by-week crash course on the seven essential loops for small business. You will learn how to distinguish yourself from the competition, improve your operations, and close the loops. Best of all, you’ll discover innovative ways to apply the loops concept to every challenge you face, with every endeavor, in any economy. When you close the loops, you open the door—to limitless opportunities.
Published by McGraw Hill Professional on 08/21/2009
Book details: 144 pages.
From the acclaimed author of the Malazan series comes Steven Erikson's This River Awakens. In the spring of 1971, Owen Brand and his family move to the riverside town of Middlecross in a renewed attempt to escape poverty. For twelve-year-old Owen, it's the opportunity for a new life and an end to his family's isolation. He quickly falls in with a gang of three local boys and forms a strong bond with Jennifer, the rebellious daughter of a violent, alcoholic father. As summer brings release from school, two figures preside over the boys' activities: Walter Gribbs, a benign old watchman at the yacht club, and Hodgson Fisk, a vindictive farmer tormented by his past. Then the boys stumble on a body washed up on the riverbank—a discovery whose reverberations will result, as the year comes full circle, in a cataclysm that envelops them all.... At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Published by Tor Books on 07/09/2013
Book details: 432 pages.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Moved My Cheese?, a brilliant new parable that shows readers how to stay calm and successful, even in the most challenging of environments. A young man lives unhappily in a valley. One day he meets an old man who lives on a mountain peak. At first the young man doesn’t realize that he is talking to one of the most peaceful and successful people in the world. But in the course of further encounters and conversations, the young man comes to understand that he can apply the old man’s remarkable principles and practical tools to his own life to change it for the better. Spencer Johnson knows how to tell a deceptively simple story that teaches deep lessons. The One Minute Manager (co-written with Ken Blanchard) sold 15 million copies and stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for more than twenty years. Since it was published a decade ago, Who Moved My Cheese? has sold more than 25 million copies. In fact there are more than 46 million copies of Spencer Johnson’s books in print, in forty-seven languages—and with today’s economic uncertainty, his new book could not be more relevant. Pithy, wise, and empowering, Peaks and Valleys is clearly destined to becomeanother Spencer Johnson classic.
Published by Simon and Schuster on 04/03/2010
Book details: 112 pages.
Admittedly, this book pushes the picture to the extremes. Here in the American corporate culture, we don't eat each other. We don't have shamans. Our CEOs don't eat too much out of the common pie, do they?If you are a wise person, you will find a lot of sound advice on how to be a successful manager. Then again, if you are wise, why would you want to be a manager in the first place?If you are smart and have a sense of humor, you will have fun, and the advice in this book will aid your success as well.If you don't have a sense of humor and you are not a manager, you will satisfy your grudge against them.And if you have no sense of humor and you are a manager Well, maybe you should not read this book. Just continue to do whatever you do, and let the rest of us have fun watching you.Disclaimer: If you choose to follow this book to build your management career, we strongly advise against following it literally.
Published by iUniverse on 08/01/2003
Book details: 160 pages.