GUNG HO - Book Review

gung ho book review summary

"Gung Ho" is a captivating business book written by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles.

Blanchard, in his book, speaks about three essential points in management.

Setting goalsinvolving people, and providing meaningful work.

That has resonated well with me and my company. One of my executives even gave me a squirrel figure as a gift.

Subsequently, there have been initiatives to explain the purpose behind the employee's work and make them understand what their work means to customers.

The term "Gung Ho" is derived from a Chinese phrase meaning "work together." The book introduces the Gung Ho method through three core principles: the spirit of the squirrel, the way of the beaver, and the gift of the goose. Each principle represents a key aspect of building a successful and motivated workforce.

The Spirit of the Squirrel:

This principle emphasizes the importance of knowing and sharing the company's goal or mission. In nature, squirrels work tirelessly to gather nuts for the winter, driven by their instinct to survive.

Similarly, employees need to understand the purpose and direction of their work to stay motivated. Leaders play a crucial role in communicating the company's vision and goals clearly and consistently, inspiring employees to work towards a common objective.

The Way of the Beaver:

The beaver is known for its industriousness and teamwork in building dams. This principle focuses on creating a supportive and collaborative work environment where employees can contribute their skills and talents effectively.

Just as beavers work together to achieve a common goal, teams in the workplace need to collaborate, communicate, and support each other to accomplish tasks efficiently. Leaders must foster a culture of trust, respect, and cooperation among team members to unleash their collective potential.

The Gift of the Goose:

Geese flying in a V formation demonstrate the power of encouragement and shared leadership. The lead goose takes the brunt of the wind resistance, making it easier for the rest of the flock to follow. When the lead goose gets tired, another goose takes its place, ensuring continuous progress towards the destination.

This principle highlights the importance of recognition, appreciation, and mutual support in the workplace. Leaders should acknowledge and celebrate employees' contributions, provide constructive feedback, and empower them to take on leadership roles when needed.

In a nutshell, the book is a visual explanation that easily helps to communicate essential management topics.

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What needs to be considered?

The concept is not self-sufficient. Just because you give out the book doesn't mean you have implemented the insights.

Therefore, I see the book more as a process - a tool to bring these management topics closer to the employees in the company. As a leader, it is important to continuously accompany the change process.

The content of the book does not cover everything.
Introducing the topics of goalspurpose, and feedback is important and meaningful. But other areas are missing - for example, it lacks the topics of strategy, marketing, or lean management.

Nevertheless, I highly recommend the book and implementing its underlying concepts in the workplace.

Enjoy reading!

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About the Author

As an industrial laundry owner and business consultant at LeanLaundry, I focus on helping textile service entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level and succeed in a competitive market.

With over 25 years of management experience in the textile service industry, I have extensive knowledge and skills in lean management, strategy and marketing, UHF-RFID technology, M&A and controlling, and project management.As a business consultant at LeanLaundry in the industrial laundry industry, I focus on helping textile service entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level and succeed in a competitive market.

With over 25 years of management experience in the textile service industry, I have extensive knowledge and skills in lean management, strategy and marketing, UHF-RFID technology, M&A and controlling, and project management.

My mission is to help my clients overcome the challenges and seize the opportunities that arise after the crisis.
 

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