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

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Sick of managers and colleagues swooping in, stealing credit, and leaving behind steaming deposits of you-know-what? In this fun, illuminating parable, we follow Charlie the Seagull as he learns that the secret to being successful boss lies in a deeper understanding of what management really is and how our actions are perceived by those around us. 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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"If you want to understand how to turn seagull managers around, read Travis Bradberry's Squawk!" KEN BLANCHARD, New York Times Bestselling Coauthor of The One Minute Manager(R) and The One Minute Entrepreneur "I started reading Squawk! thinking it would help me work with a seagull manager of my own, but soon came to recognize my own flight paths in Charlie's. There are several powerful leadership messages woven into this entertaining and memorable parable - teaching me when I was least prepared (and most ready) for it. I have a list of ten colleagues who will be getting a most-unexpected gift." -KENNETH FORSTER, Group Director, Global Customer Strategy, Coca-Cola Company "Companies are losing their top talent every day, and many of those departing do so on entrepreneurial wings. If you want to prevent this and learn to keep your flock together in friendlier skies, read this little fable and take its big lessons to heart!" -MICHAEL E. GERBER, New York Times Bestselling Author of The E-Myth and Awakening The Entrepreneur Within "Squawk! offers leaders and subordinates an indispensable rock for their leadership rucksack. It teaches how to self examine your leadership style, and know how to give clear mission-type orders while allowing subordinates the freedom to figure out how to get the mission done. As a military advisor in Iraq, I have seen first hand how useful this book's Three Virtues are to leaders, even in grave situations where life and limb are at stake. I recommend Squawk! wholeheartedly-you'll never look at seagulls (birds or human) the same way again!" - COLONEL FRANCIS (FRANK) B. BURNS, U.S. Army "Squawk! is simple, yet powerful, and very entertaining. It provides a valuable illustration of how to get more from your team, and I was able to get through it in just one flight." --DENNIS SADLOWSKI, President and CEO, Siemens Energy and Automation

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DR. TRAVIS BRADBERRY is president and cofounder of TalentSmart, a global consultancy dedicated to the scientific study of personal excellence and company performance. Dr. Bradberry holds a dual PhD in clinical and industrial-organizational psychology, has coauthored assessments with Ken Blanchard and Jerry Porras. Dr. Bradberry lives in San Diego, California.

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