Reconciling assholes for nearly a decade.

Has anyone read Gung-Ho?

It's a management/motivation book. Sounds good so far.

Will post more about it later...
Permalink I am Jack's lunch lit. 
March 3rd, 2005
Does it involve fixed bayonets and attacking the Hill?
Permalink Simon Lucy 
March 3rd, 2005
Or Michael Keaton teaching American an work ethic to the Japanese and v.v.?
Permalink MarkTAW 
March 3rd, 2005
Gung-Ho?

Chinese or what?
Permalink Rick Tang 
March 3rd, 2005
Chinese indeed. To qoute the SOED
---------"gung-ho /gV<ng>"h<schwa>U/ a.M20. [Chin. gongh&#233;, taken as <nfasp>work together&#8217;, adopted as a slogan in the war of 1939&#8211;45 by the US Marines.] Enthusiastic, eager."-------

Actually it tends to have the meaning of do what we want and damm the consequences. Full steam ahead towards the iceberg and anybody talking about lifeboats is a pansy.

The book
"recounts an organizational turnaround based on three Native American lessons. In "The Spirit of the Squirrel," the lesson is one of the power of worthwhile work. In "The Way of the Beaver," the lesson is accomplished through empowerment. In "The Gift of the Goose," the lesson is the exponential factor of motivation."

All we need now is some mice and cheese and we've got the perfect nursery wallpaper. No bisiness guru even went broke underestimating the infantility of the manager class.
Permalink Stephen Jones 
March 3rd, 2005
I'll take my Chang-Tze. Thanks.
Permalink Rick Tang 
March 3rd, 2005
"The Way of the Beaver" - it sounds like the title of a particularly pretentious porn film...
Permalink a cynic writes... 
March 4th, 2005
It's really not a bad book. I've only hit the parts about the spirit of the squirrel so far. One thing cited is one of the authors' lack of feeling like dishwashing for the college cafeteria was worthwhile.

It is different if you look at it from the perspective that if those students were eating off of bacteria laden china then we may have lost someone who now fills a position that is more obviously worthwhile, like a doctor.
Permalink I am Jack's squirrely spirit 
March 4th, 2005
So is the moral of the squirrel that s/he hides their nuts when its very cold or that they forget where they put them and entire copses of woods spring up in their tracks?
Permalink Simon Lucy 
March 4th, 2005
The moral is that the squirrels work is worthwhile because they are storing the nuts for survival purposes. If they fail, they _really_ fail. In most people's work, they do not see any real impact to the people around them good or bad. Most measures of success are in units and billable hours with little thought to th actual positive/negative impacts.
Permalink I am Jack's squirrel sense 
March 4th, 2005
> I am Jack's squirrel sense

Way to summarise!

What are, similarly, "The Way of the Beaver" and "The Gift of the Goose"?
Permalink Christopher Wells 
March 4th, 2005
I've not red that far, but I am guessing from what I know of geese that their gift is the way they honk at each other when they do stuff. The honks are like 'attaboys'.

I'll tell more after I actually read about it all. It's a well-written easy read so I should finish it easily by Sunday. I think I have to give the book back to my boss (they have all employees read it) on Monday so...
Permalink I am Jack's honk hint 
March 4th, 2005
Yesterday I saw two geese take off in different directions (scattered by a pedestrian) ... then one turned around and flew after the other, honking. So honks may be like 'where are you'?
Permalink Christopher Wells 
March 4th, 2005
The world will never know. There was a thing on discovery sometime that showed them honking in different ways for different things.

Going off on a small tangent about birds I saw something really cool the other day about the whooping cranes this guy is 'training' to migrate using a lightweight glideplane. He shows them the route once, and they seem to follow it and pass it on to their offspring. He's trained something like 20% of the entire existing whooping crane population. Pretty worthwhile squirrel spirit stuff there. Well, if you think whooping cranes and endangered species are worthwhile anyway...
Permalink I am Jack's common crane 
March 4th, 2005
Ok, I've finished the book....

E=mc^2

Enthusiasm = motivation * (cash * congratulations)

Motivation = Spirit of the Squirrel (worthwhile work, shared goals and values, and shared goal setting)

Way of the Beaver = doing your work in ways you find most efficient rather than being told exactly how you will accomplish it.

Way of the beaver and spirit of the squirrel work in tandem to produce an environment where employees "get" to work rather than "have" to work.

Cash and congratulations are Gifts of the Goose. (Geese honk encouragement at one another). Cash is recognized as the biggest motivator which said to me that this is not just another feel-good management text. Also, it recognizes and explains passive and active encouragement.

I highly recommend this book. If more organizations got into this philosophy, the world would be a better place.

The people the story was about found themselves in the rose garden meeting the president due to the outstanding productivity the philosophy produced.
Permalink I am Jack's motivational musings 
March 8th, 2005

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