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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (782 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Blanchard Narrator: Tony Roberts Publisher: Simon & Schuster Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN:
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What do employees and coworkers have in common with a five-ton killer whale? A whole lot more than you think, according to the mega-best-selling author Ken Blanchard and his coauthors from SeaWorld.

Whales respond best to positive reinforcement. So do humans. In this moving and inspirational audiobook, Blanchard explains how using the techniques of animal trainers - specifically those responsible for the killer whales of SeaWorld - can supercharge your effectiveness at work and at home.

When gruff business manager and family man Wes Kingsley visited SeaWorld, he marveled at the ability of the trainers to lead huge killer whales in performing acrobatic leaps and dives. Later, talking to the chief trainer, he learned their techniques of building trust, accentuating the positive, and redirecting negative behavior - all of which make these extraordinary performances possible. Kingsley took a hard look at his own often accusatory management style and recognized how some of his shortcomings as a manager, spouse, and father actually diminish trust and damage relationships. He began to see the difference between GOTcha (catching people doing things wrong) and Whale Done! (catching people doing things right).

In Whale Done!, Ken Blanchard shows how positive reinforcement and redirection can help increase productivity. These techniques are remarkably easy to master and can be applied equally well at home, allowing listeners to become better parents and more committed spouses and have happier personal lives.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Coley | 2/18/2014

    " Great book that helps in the work place as a leader as well as at home. Good study of how pointing out the positives in someone reinforces that behavior while redirecting the negative will teach in a more positive way than the traditional method of criticizing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hung Nguyen | 2/7/2014

    " What a great book on the power of positive relationship. It's just short and concise. We can apply the philosophy and take it into practice with not only in the workplace but in our daily life, our beloved family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 1/31/2014

    " Pithy, but clever, and just a bit cheesy, but the simple truths provided can't be argued--though how to achieve them were downplayed. I'm not a big fan of allegory or metaphor, but if we teachers, parents, and managers want to train our people to be like the Seaworld employees who train Shamu (or vice versa), then this is the book for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mamoon Staya | 1/31/2014

    " easy read and great book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Hartman | 1/30/2014

    " Good for leadership and parenting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Miller | 1/29/2014

    " This book totally changed my perspective of relationships. AWESOME book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista Heard | 1/20/2014

    " This book is great.. I had to read it as a motivational/leadership book for Lionette Officer tryouts, and I'm really glad I did. It shows you the importance and "power" of positive relationships and ways to react positively to good or bad situations. Very nice. I recommend it to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank S | 1/4/2014

    " More of the same. Didn't make as much of an impact with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Garza | 12/23/2013

    " Easy to read and full of great principles! I fully plan to implement the Whale Done approach wherever I go! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 arun | 12/22/2013

    " Great read so far. Blanchard puts the simple but often overlooked truths in a fascinating way :) I loved the bits on "redirection" where we focus on positive things, and turn a not-so-good result to a learning exercise that doesn't put people off track. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy Barber | 12/15/2013

    " Nice quick read and awesome advice for life! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jqk Art | 11/27/2013

    " read something for fun :P "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelly | 9/23/2013

    " This is one of those books that provides some interesting information that can be helpful to a supervisor when they need to recognize their employees or others for work done "whale" (well.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 7/24/2012

    " This is a good book to read. It definitely focuses on the positives in life and harnessing your good qualities and using them as strengths to further your career and motivate others rather than focusing on the negative things people do. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alisha | 7/16/2012

    " Good principles, hokey story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberlee | 7/8/2012

    " This is a quick read. It is really interesting and makes a lot of sense. I think this would apply to raising children as well as managing people in the work place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 2/19/2012

    " This book is a great reminder of how we should treat one another. We received them at school to help us with building good relationships with kids, but it works in all facets of life! I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saurabh Verma | 1/20/2012

    " Good book, we all have trained our minds to point out mistakes. This book is all about looking at the things done well and reinforcing them as the other model does not work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/16/2012

    " Quick read that is fun and applicable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 12/26/2011

    " Everything you need to learn in this tail is presented in the first two chapters. Great techniques, an easy read - but I feel like the story is just fluff and distracts from the lesson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara Meachum | 6/29/2011

    " Another easy read. I'm a dentist and use the pearls in this book nearly every day with my staff. We even bought little stuffed whales to throw at each other when we catch someone doing something right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rochelle | 6/8/2011

    " A really good book not just for personal, intimate relationships, but any relationship you are engaged in: work, friendship, parent-child. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 4/15/2011

    " I read this book on the recommendation of my manager at work. Some parts were cute, but it was pretty much common sense / psychology 101. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 4/9/2011

    " This book is great.. I had to read it as a motivational/leadership book for Lionette Officer tryouts, and I'm really glad I did. It shows you the importance and "power" of positive relationships and ways to react positively to good or bad situations. Very nice. I recommend it to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saurabh | 4/3/2011

    " Good book, we all have trained our minds to point out mistakes. This book is all about looking at the things done well and reinforcing them as the other model does not work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arun | 3/30/2011

    " Great read so far. Blanchard puts the simple but often overlooked truths in a fascinating way :) I loved the bits on "redirection" where we focus on positive things, and turn a not-so-good result to a learning exercise that doesn't put people off track. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 1/26/2011

    " Everything you need to learn in this tail is presented in the first two chapters. Great techniques, an easy read - but I feel like the story is just fluff and distracts from the lesson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haytham | 12/9/2010

    " easy-to-read, entertaining, full of practical tips, and fun.. what more can you ask for? Get it and read it and Enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 10/1/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. It is a quick read and very easy to translate into life. I tried it out with my son who has been struggling with homework for weeks. He just beamed as I gave him a "Whale Done"! Will definitely read this again soon to remind myself what I should be doing!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camilla | 7/29/2010

    " Excellent - everyone should read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/27/2010

    " I had to read this as part of my new job orientation. Very interesting on how positive reenforcement promotes positive results. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberlee | 4/23/2009

    " This is a quick read. It is really interesting and makes a lot of sense. I think this would apply to raising children as well as managing people in the work place. "

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About the Author

Kenneth Blanchard is a distinguished speaker and author. Known for his groundbreaking work in the fields of leadership and management, he is the cofounder and chief spiritual officer of the Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm. He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The One Minute Manager and has written numerous bestselling books, including Raving Fans, Gung Ho!, and Whale Done! He has received numerous awards for his work and has been inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top twenty-five bestselling authors of all time.

About the Narrator

Tony Roberts is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has had roles in numerous films, many by Woody Allen, as well as his starring roles on Broadway in Arsenic and Old Lace; Promises, Promises; and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.