Squawk! : How to Stop Making Noise and Start Getting Results

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Unfortunately, we've all seen it happen. When faced with a problem, rather than working cooperatively to come up with a solution, your manager or colleagues come swooping in, squawking loudly, dump orders riddled with formulaic advice, and then take off, leaving you and everyone else to clean up the mess. Or--let's be honest: there may have been a time (or three) when you have been guilty of doing that very thing yourself. While this happens in every workplace worldwide more frequently than ever, it doesn't have to. Through the story of Charlie, a seagull who doesn't understand how his management actions are holding back his flock, Travis Bradberry, Ph.D., reveals the three virtues of great leadership that he has used to help thousands of people and organizations deal with seagull managers in the workplace and, just as important, to avoid being one themselves. Charlie the seagull is a well-intentioned manager who, when faced with new challenges after previously leading his flock to success, fails to understand how his management style is holding back, rather than helping, his team. Through our bird's-eye view of Charlie, overconfident Scott, quiet Maya, practical Yufan, and skinny, shy Alfred, we see them and the rest of the flock struggle to solve their problems while absorbing the three virtues of great leadership and teamwork along the way. This entertaining and illuminating fable will help make us all more productive, less prone to depositing messes on the heads of those around us, and more able to work effectively with those who continue to squawk at us every day.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 20.32mm | 204.12g
  • Collins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0061562343
  • 9780061562341

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"Squawk! is as profound as it is fun! A must-read for every manager."--Ron McMillan, bestselling coauthor of Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations, and Influencer
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When 50% of people hate their jobs-and two-thirds are actively considering other employment-it's clear that something has gone fowl in the workplace. Ask people and they're likely to tell you that it's their boss. Seagull managers are an increasingly common phenomenon, hovering inside every workplace. They swoop in, squawk orders riddled with formulaic advice, and leave behind steaming deposits of you-know-what on the heads of those around them. They fall short in helping their employees to solve problems, work productively, and feel valued. Seagull managers inflate turnover, reduce productivity and kill job satisfaction.Now there's a solution...With Squawk!, Dr. Travis Bradberry provides a tasty morsel that's as easy to digest and apply as it is to read. This is the lively and entertaining story of Charlie - a seagull who doesn't see how his management style is the limiting factor in his flock's ability to forage the food court of a marine theme-park. Through this parable, readers discover The Three Virtues of Great Leadership, a cohesive method that ensures we stop depositing messes on the heads of those around us.
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