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Animals, Inc.: A Business Parable for the 21st Century
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446530492, Hardcover)With its previous bestsellers - First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths - The Gallup Organization rewrote the book on great management. Now Gallup finally makes its classic, hilarious parable, ANIMALS, INC., available to the general public. A story that has proven effective and popular with Gallup clients for over thirty years, this tale introduces you to a group of unforgettable barnyard animals trying to run a successful business. Deciding that education is the key, the members of Animals, Inc. conduct employee surveys, evaluate competencies, and set up training classes. Filled with the excitement and hope that accompany any new project, they work hard to overcome their natural shortcomings. The workhorse tries to operate the computer, the shy sheep makes sales calls, the scarecrow attempts to lay eggs. What results will seem uncannily familiar to the human reader. As revelatory as Who Moved My Cheese? and as funny as Fish!, ANIMALS, INC. will have you laughing and learning at the same time. Recharge your thinking with invaluable practical insights. Get an edge in the business world you won?t discover anywhere else. And discover the key to effective management, reenergized morale, and super-heightened performance. Just listen to the animals.
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In the tradition of Who moved my cheese? and the Fish! series comes an entertaining and time-tested parable about how to maximize a business career around one's strengths. A group of animals with self-perceived shortcomings but great aspirations decides to attend school to become more well-rounded. But as the rabbit tries to swim, the pig tries to climb trees, and the others try to improve their "weaknesses," they end up frustrated and unhappy with each other. Animals, Inc. is a simple but powerful parable explaining a basic but vital business lesson: executives, managers, and employees need to focus on their strengths rather than spending too much time concentrating on their weaknesses. Gallup tells listeners how.
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