Ubuntu!: An Inspiring Story About an African Tradition of Teamwork and Collaboration

Ubuntu!: An Inspiring Story About an African Tradition of Teamwork and Collaboration

by Bob Nelson, Stephen Lundin


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A powerful story about the African philosophy of teamwork and collaboration that has the power to reshape our workplaces, our relationships with our coworkers, and our personal lives, written by the bestselling coauthor of Fish! and the bestselling author of 1001 Ways to Reward Employees.

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 stays behind to help him—a young man who came to America from a small village in Africa—he 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307587886
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/30/2010
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 525,674
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

DR. STEPHEN LUNDIN, an international speaker, writer, and entrepreneur, is the lead coauthor of the mega bestselling Fish!, Fish! Sticks, and Fish! Tales. He lives in South Florida.
DR. BOB NELSON is a leading authority on employee motivation, a popular keynote presenter, and author of the multi-million-copy bestseller 1001 Ways to Reward Employees.  He lives in San Diego.

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melsareadin More than 1 year ago
I was vaguely familiar with the term Ubuntu but this book gave me a better understanding and appreciation for the concept. Having worked in human services for 15 years I thought I had heard it all about team work but this book helped me to move to another level of understanding. I recommend that everyone read this book!
The-LOOP-Guy More than 1 year ago
The classic cliche "There is no I in team" is the essence of UBUNTU. Great businesses, great sports teams, great organizations are all great because the individuals within the group understand the meaning of working for the greater good. Steve and Bob have captured this concept in their easy to read story featuring John Peterson, credit manager of a big box store who learns the lessons of UBUNTU and successfully applies them in his quest for improvement. I first heard the term UBUNTU several years back when Doc Rivers led the Boston Celtics to their most recent NBA title. Doc's approach was to ask the players to subordinate their egos to the greater good of winning the title. He used the term UBUNTU to embrace this concept. It worked and the great individual players on the Celtics became great team players thus creating and unbeatable team. The concept applies to all businesses, families and organizations alike. It is a big concept and big idea. It was a pleasure to read and we have included it in our own small biz success program curriculum at www.loops4biz.com. Enjoy the book.