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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (85 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob Nelson, Stephen C. Lundin Narrator: Dominic Hoffman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9780307707628
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John Peterson, a new manager in the credit department at a major big-box retailer, is struggling in his job. The people under him are not working as well or effectively as they need to, and his department is falling behind in meeting its goals. His only solution is to take on more work himself, burning the midnight oil and coming in most weekends to pick up the slack and keep his department above water.

When one of the employees, a young man who came to America from a small village in Africa, stays behind to help him, John learns of the ancient wisdom and hidden power of the African philosophy of Ubuntu. Before long, it begins to change the way he thinks about the people he works with, about himself, and about how he runs his department and his life.

In an engaging and completely fresh narrative that holds a unique message for today’s business world, Ubuntu! shows us a way to overcome our fears, insecurities, and the “me-ism” that so often permeates our workplaces, and replace it with a culture of genuine respect and collaboration. It promises to take its place alongside Fish! and other business parables as the next bestselling classic in the business category.

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  • The teachings in Ubuntu! can not only help us improve our relationships with others.  These teachings can help us make peace with ourselves and be proud of the way we are living our lives. from the foreword by Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times bestsellers MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mitzi Moore | 1/20/2014

    " An interesting philosophy in a tedious book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andre Harmse | 12/30/2013

    " It was a good story explaining Ubuntu, but the philosophy of Ubuntu is repeated over and over almost painfully so. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 12/30/2013

    " Ubuntu itself is an interesting concept, but the book? Meh. The "plot" is so contrived with needless highlights for the truly clueless. It is a book like "Who Moved My Cheese?" -- totally geared to inspire mindless HR people to put in the Corporate's "library" in hopes of motivating the drones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 12/10/2013

    " Rather a simplified writing style, but still an interesting concept. Has to do with Organizational Behavior and how to incorporate the African community concept of ubuntu within a corporation, in particular as a management style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie Kropp | 11/28/2013

    " Story bad. Ideas amazing. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 10/6/2013

    " A way to teach good manners and respect without using the bible? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renny | 9/22/2013

    " I am because we are "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 7/15/2013

    " Ideas are extremely valuable. Story felt a bit forced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 2/19/2013

    " A nice motivating story for employees that emphasizes the value of treating co-workers with respect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Creatingalan Black | 2/8/2013

    " enjoyed reading this fictional story about what can happen to super employees when they are made supervisors and provide absolutely no training. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 11/8/2012

    " Light reading - good ideas for business but nothing really new here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aubrey | 6/30/2012

    " It was okay. It was a quick read but I've read business books and uplifting books that were 10 times better. The book BEANS now that's an amazing book in this genre! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shujuan | 3/26/2012

    " A good book for managers to give to employees about the importance of team work. About the African philosophy of Ubuntu. Written in story form. short, sweet and to the point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fayette | 2/20/2012

    " Hard to argue with the concepts, but probably could have been explained concisely in about 10 pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex Morales | 12/1/2011

    " The Ubuntu philosophy gave me something about which to think. However the story used to convey the philosophy was fictional, yet based on real-life experiences of the authors (as stated by the authors in the preface), and as a result, the many of the situations did come across as contrived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lukman Haris | 10/18/2011

    " The fact that most of the time is spent for working make me think that maybe working life can bring us happiness. Ubuntu is the philosophy that can help us finding some energy and hidden happiness inside every people we meet at work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason Divosevic | 8/30/2011

    " Ubuntu! was a quick read about a fascinating African ethical philosophy. The book does a good job of explaining the concept at a high level, however the fictional story used to relate the concept to the American workplace seemed more suited for a children's book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruby | 6/7/2011

    " It is a very relevant book for any teams. Most of the book speaks simply and effectively about Team work and collaboration but some parts do become a little didactic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aubrey | 4/13/2011

    " It was okay. It was a quick read but I've read business books and uplifting books that were 10 times better. The book BEANS now that's an amazing book in this genre! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 10/27/2010

    " A nice motivating story for employees that emphasizes the value of treating co-workers with respect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 8/31/2010

    " Ideas are extremely valuable. Story felt a bit forced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 7/22/2010

    " A way to teach good manners and respect without using the bible? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 5/17/2010

    " Ubuntu! was a quick read about a fascinating African ethical philosophy. The book does a good job of explaining the concept at a high level, however the fictional story used to relate the concept to the American workplace seemed more suited for a children's book. "

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