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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:
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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

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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About the Author

Bob Nelson, PhD, is president of Nelson Motivation, Inc., a founding board member of the National Association for Employee Recognition (NAER), and bestselling author, including the 1001 Ways series and Managing for Dummies. He lives and works in San Diego, California.