A PEACOCK IN THE LAND OF PENGUINS:
A Fable About Creativity and Courage
This is the book that started it all! The story of Perry the Peacock
and his adventures in the Land of Penguins has reached the hearts
and minds of readers everywhere. First published in 1995, and now
published in 23 languages around the world, this corporate fable
explores what it means to be "different" in a world that
values conformity, stability, and tradition. The book includes a
quiz to see if you are a Peacock in the Land of Penguins, as well
as survival tips and strategies for birds of all types.
"Every once in a while a small book comes along that deals
with a profound subject in a very simple, elegant way. A Peacock
in the Land of Penguins is such a book."
Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One
Minute Manager and Raving Fans and Gung Ho!
"The beauty of metaphor is that it communicates meaning, not
just information, which is why I learned so much from this book
about diversity, corporate culture, and organizational transformation.
I also learned a lot about 'peacocks and penguins' -- lessons I
will never forget."
Warren Bennis, author of Leaders
and Organizing Genius
[View Video - A Peacock in the Land of Penguins: Creativity & Courage]
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN
The title of this new book says it all: It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been. Inspired by George Eliot's famous quote, BJ Gallagher has written a simple, straightforward, upbeat and effective guidebook to getting the life you've always wanted. The author asks: "What are your passions and talents? Do you have gifts to share with the world? Have you ever deferred your dream because it seemed impractical? Do you long to pick up that dream again?" If your answer to any of those questions is "yes," then this is the book for you!
You only go around once in this life, so why not live a life you love? Start now. Live now. Love now. Laugh now. Give full expression to who you really are. Go for that deferred dream - whether it's a new career, a new love, a new sport, or making yourself wealthy. You were put on this earth to be the best YOU that you can be. If you don't do it, nobody else can.
Whether you've lost your job, recently graduated from college, or reached the point where you want to start a new chapter in your life, this book is the perfect guidebook. It's a wonderful combination of practical advice, step-by-step guidelines, and pure inspiration. Don't just seize the day - seize the rest of your life!
BEING BUDDHA AT WORK:
101 Ancient Truths on Change, Stress, Money, and Success
Buddhism has for thousands of years provided a spiritual foundation
for the daily lives of millions around the world. But does Buddhism
have anything to offer us—Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike—in
today’s world of work? Metcalf and Gallagher think it does,
and they offer it in this book. Spiritual wisdom, Western or Eastern,
inspires and instructs us in living a good life. And that's just
as true at work as at home.
Buddha mind – a source of calm, compassion and insight –
exists within each of us, not just the historical Buddha. Being
Buddha at Work shows how to embody that mind in the stress and clamor
of the workplace – how to tap into the Buddha consciousness
so we can relieve daily tensions and greet challenges with awareness,
equanimity and good humor.
The book is divided into three sections. The first, “Becoming
a Mindful Worker,” covers Buddha’s wisdom for our own
work; the second, “Cultivating Mindful Work Relationships,”
focuses on how to work with other people; the third, “Creating
a Mindful Workplace,” deals with broader organizational topics.
Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
[View Video - Two minutes of mindfulness
LIVES IN THE LAND OF NO
Everywhere we turn, our world is full of NOs. Our efforts to pursue
our dreams, initiate new projects, and win approval from others
are often met with rejection, rebuffs, and resistance. Wet blankets
dampen our enthusiasm. Nay-sayers encourage us to "quit rocking
the boat." What should you do when you're excited about an idea
but meet with nothing but negativity?? How can you get others to
say YES when it seems easier for them to say NO?
This wise, insightful parable follows our hero who ventures into
the Land of NO in search of YES. He watches positive characters
flounder and fail - characters like Wynot Now, Seymour Sales, Ima
Newheer, and N. Thusiasm. They are full of energy, enthusiasm and
good ideas but fail because they do not effectively deal with the
obstacles they face...becoming discouraged and disillusioned by
their encounters with such sorrowful souls as Hugh Kant, Don Rock
de'Boat, Noway Jose, Nomo Money, and May B. Later. By watching these
interactions, our hero learns how to persevere despite myriad NOs...ultimately
succeeding in finding the YES he seeks.
The second half of the book takes you from parable to practice-with
proven tips, tools, and strategies to help you persevere, develop
tenacity, persist in the face of rejection, and overcome the inertia
of the status quo. Together, the two parts of this book provide
a complete package for those seeking to become effective at finding
more YESes in their personal and professional lives.
THE BEST WAY OUT IS ALWAYS THROUGH – THE POWER OF PERSEVERANCE
Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States, wrote:
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
We couldn't have said it better ourselves! This inspirational gift book is the perfect antidote to today's tough times. Whether you're dealing with job loss, home foreclosure, financial struggles, or family problems, this book of inspiration and instruction will enable you to survive ..... perhaps even thrive!
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful
people with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan, “Press on,” has solved, and always will solve,
the problems of the human race."
WORKING TOGETHER: Producing Synergy by Honoring
This is a wonderful diversity anthology, edited by Angeles Arrien,
with contributions by a wide range of authors, including Mikhail
Gorbachev, Norman Lear, John O'Neil, Riane Eisler, as well as BJ
Gallagher and Warren Schmidt, and others. The Gallagher/Schmidt chapter,
entitled "Ruffled Feathers in the Land of Penguins" is
the story of a group of VIP's (Very Important Penguins) who participate
in an executive retreat designed to help them discover how to best
handle the wide range of diversity among the various birds working
in the Land of Penguins. Designed to help readers understand different
perspective on the "diversity dilemma," this charming
parable represents the authors' third story in their "Penguin
"The marvelous anthology before you literally swells with
insight and wisdom as some of today's top minds come together in
the common cause of unity and hope -- that a world so diverse can
learn to truly value and embrace its differences."
Stephen R. Covey, author of The
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People