Kingdomality: An Ingenious New Way to Triumph in Management - Vendido!
By Sheldon Bowles, Richard Silvano, Susan Silavano
Hyperion, Hardcover January 2005
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From the publisher of Fish! and the bestselling author of Gung Ho! and Raving Fans -- a business parable that will transform your workplace.
Kingdomality is a revolutionary, effective, and entertaining way of managing people in any work environment.
Kingdomality will change the way you work -- forever. By pinpointing 12 types of employees -- and recognizing their strengths and weaknesses -- Kingdomality offers practical business improvement tools to help managers to flourish in kingdoms large and small.
Using a medieval kingdom as a parable for a business environment, Kingdomality provides an engaging and useful tool for analyzing and improving the workplace.
Heres an example of how this parable works: King Harold runs the most disorganized, unproductive kingdom in the land. Tired of not getting results, he turns to veteran management consultant Lady Elizabeth, who guides him through the concept of Kingdomality. Following King Harold, the reader will meet 12 medieval characters. Each character will have likes and dislikes; environments where they flourish and where they falter. By the end of the journey, King Harold knows exactly how to assign tasks to each of his subjects and transform his floundering kingdom to a flourishing country. And with the help of Kingdomality, any business manager will be able to do the same.
Lessons of the kingdom:
The kingdom cant function properly unless all points of view are present.
Different issues are at different times best served by different types of people.
No one role is best suited to ruling the kingdom. Anyone can take the lead.
Ways to determine the types of people you work with in the kingdom, such as: Ask someone how much time they have to meet with you about an upcoming project.
Maintainers will offer "as much time as needed."
Explorers will want to know more before answering.
Challengers will give you "x" minutes.
Learn the secrets of a KING:
Know yourself. Know others.
Identify the issues.
Name your team.
Get goals and get going.
For more information, please visit Kingdomality.com
By nature, by instinct, by personality, people react differently and use different techniques and ways of dealing with a situation. Success in the future will come to those who see people as unique individuals with unique talents. Rather than just selecting people with the right skills, winning organizations will focus on selecting people with the right skills who are also suited by temperament to successfully complete the task." --from the Foreword by Ken Blanchard
Kingdomality involves the story of a mythical king presiding over a chaotic kingdom in which nothing seems to get done because the subjects are unhappy, unreliable, and in constant conflict. Much like many nonperforming workers today, they have been assigned tasks that they are completely unsuited for. A visiting wizard grants the king one wish to straighten the whole mess out, delivering management consultant Lady Elizabeth, who introduces the books theory on 12 personality types and the jobs that make them happy. To participate in the fun, readers are invited to take an online test at http://www.kindomality.com and discover their personality types. The results may be quite revealing and not necessarily what you might expect!
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About the authors:
Sheldon Bowles is president of Ode to Joy Ltd., a diversified holding and management company, and founding president of Domo Gasoline Corporation, which he built into a $75 million company. He is the bestselling author of Raving Fans, High Five, and Gung Ho! He lectures throughout North America and Europe, serves on several boards, and lives in Winnipeg, Canada.
Richard Silvano and Susan Silvano, who built their Human Resources consulting firm, Career Management International, into a multi-million dollar company which provides services to Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies and educational institutions. They live in Houston.