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Move Your Bus
- An Extraordinary New Approach to Accelerating Success in Work and Life
- By: Ron Clark
- Narrated by: Ron Clark
- Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
In the tradition of Who Moved My Cheese? and Fish!, Move Your Bus is an accessible and uplifting business parable that illustrates Clark's expert strategies to maximize the performance of each member of a team. These easy to implement techniques will inspire employees and team leaders alike to work harder and smarter and drive the organization to succeed.
- By Colleen on 12-30-18
Couldn't get past author's sense of superiority.
From the author's reading, you can tell he is a positive, high energy person, and it's easy to see how he could be a very engaging teacher or leader. He seems like he'd be fun to be around. But in this book he brags a lot. The first chapter is entirely dedicated to this, and the rest of the book saturated. It starts obnoxiously. And ends painfully. Perhaps he's hoping to build credibility, but the effect is opposite. It projects a major character flaw which colors the whole book, making the reader hesitant to let the author be the role model he's trying to be.
The main analogy describes 4 classes of worker, ranging linearly from high performers to deadweights. The author makes good points about how the actions of an individual can help or hurt the team as a whole. It does inspire one to want to be a high achiever, and gives an assortment of tips and suggestions for ways to do so, backed up with many interesting anecdotes.
Unfortunately, one can probably guess how the narcissism of the author interacts with a one-dimensional classification system of people. The book is filled with disparaging remarks toward the lower classes. You can hear the genuine disbelief and shock at people who don't share his strengths and abilities. These low performers are imbued with every negative trait possible in a coworker. And what's worse is the classes are prescriptive as much as descriptive. Low performers just are the way they are (bless their hearts). They may improve a little bit, but not much. As a leader you should invest in the people who already doing well; the rest are a waste of your time. At one point he actually presents a cringeworthy plea to these "low performers" to get out of the way, and maybe pick up some grunt work, so that the high performers can excel.
Overall, I cannot recommend the book, because it encourages an elitist attitude toward "the successful", and a condescending attitude toward everyone else.
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