Unfortunately, we've all been there. You and your team are facing a problem. Yet rather than working with you to come up with a solution, your manager swoops in squawking like a seagull, dumps orders riddled with formulaic advice, then takes off, leaving everyone else to clean up the mess. Or-let's be honest-there's been a time (or two) when all of us have been guilty of this very behavior.
The truth is, seagull managers live in every workplace-but it doesn't have to be that way. In Squawk! Travis Bradberry, Ph.D., reveals the three virtues that will help listeners deal with seagull managers in the workplace and, more important, avoid becoming seagulls themselves. Told through the story of Charlie, a well-intentioned seagull manager who doesn't understand how his actions hold back his flock, this entertaining and illuminating fable will help make us all less prone to depositing messes on the heads of those around us.
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"Lloyd James's narrative skills and youthful tone are well matched to this optimistic management lesson. Reading Bradberry's fable almost as a children's tale, he provides a lightness and energy that will tap into listeners' innate curiosity. The fable is about how a seagull manager takes his fellow scavengers to greater success at their regular eating spot, an outdoor food court. He has been leading just by squawking and occasionally swooping in to deposit a big mess, but then he learns three simple practices that get amazing results: set clear expectations, fine-tune communication for each member of the team, and pay consistent attention to results. The production is a reminder that most employees are more disengaged than we think and a snappy lesson on how to get more out of underperforming people. T.W. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"