Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Farmer Able

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Review - Farmer Able

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About the Book
The pigs are running the farm. So begins the story of Farmer Able. Everyone on his farm -- people and animals alike -- are downright downtrodden by him. He's overbearing and compulsively obsessed with profits and productivity. He's a typical top-down, power-based manager, forever tallying production numbers in his well-worn ledgers. But the more he pushes the hoofs and horns and humans, the more they dig in their heels. That is until one day when he hears a mysterious wind that whispers: "It's not all about me." Can he turn things around and begin attending to the needs of those on his farm, thus improving their attitudes and productivity? Farmer Able is an engaging parable that entertains as it enlightens. It reveals a profound truth about the dysfunction in organizations and how dramatic improvements can be made when leaders liberate employees to operate at their fullest potential and discover the significance in their work. If you're looking to develop a new and profoundly satisfying leadership style, one that advocates serving others and creating ethical, engaging workplaces and innovative environments, this book will set you on your way. If you are tired of "business as usual," this lively story will get you thinking about how to inspire your employees and produce better results.

My Take on the Book

I love to read books that place leadership into a whole new light and this author has done just that, Through a book surrounded with a parable that you can relate to, you will find that you will be inspired and motivated to make changes in your own life. While the concepts that are explored are serious and important, the author also has interjected humor in the guise of characters and text. The message that was shared was powerful and the examples used practical. In the end the the book talks to you about the importance of serving others, which is a message I have been trying to teach my own daughters! The parable shared is memorable and the messages are long lasting too.

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