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Animals Inc. : A Business Parable for the 21st Century
by Kenneth A. Tucker and K. A. Tucker and Vandana Allman

Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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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  • ISBN-13: 9780446530491
  • ISBN-10: 0446530492
  • Publisher: Business Plus
  • Publish Date: February 2004
  • Page Count: 160


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Chief Executive Animals

While there's simply no comparison to the classic Animal Farm, Kenneth A. Tucker and Vandana Allman's Animals, Inc. is full of clever wordplay and funny, lovable characters. The team that created the bestsellers First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths tells the story of what happens on the farm after Farmer Goode moves on to Greener Pasture Retirement. After considering relocating to a petting zoo, the animals decide to take a stab at running the farm themselves and elect Mo the pig Chief Executive Animal.

Mo reads the latest and greatest business books (except, of course, Bringing Home the Bacon), but his well-meaning attempts at adopting competency exams, stock options and extensive employee training fail dismally. After rule #5 "Everyone should be well rounded" is painted on the side of the barn, the Scarecrow is promoted to laying eggs in the henhouse while the crow is put in charge of protecting the fields.

The moral is clear: Put people in jobs that make the most of their strengths, then give them support and recognition. It's a simple concept, and the animals make it easy to see and understand the importance of managing a diversity of skills and talents.

 
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