Whale Done!

The Power of Positive Relationships
Narrated by: Tony Roberts
Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (348 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2002 Kenneth Blanchard (P)2002 Simon & Schuster

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What did you learn from Whale Done! that you would use in your daily life?

I have read this book and listen to it on tape or audiobook more than three times each. Each time I appreciate it more more. It helps me to focus on what's right and positive with the people in my life and the situations in my life.

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Great info

Great topics presented in an easy way to understand. Enjoyed this short and easy listen.

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Must read for proper relationships!

What did you love best about Whale Done!?

How well it was read even though it is an educational book!

What did you like best about this story?

The keys are here to help people build relationships to prosper at home and at work.

What about Tony Roberts’s performance did you like?

Made it interesting to listen to an educational topic. Felt more like hearing a story instead of getting basics for building relationships.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

That positive will over come negative and give you the results that you are seeking.

Any additional comments?

Pastors, teachers, people thinking of getting married, managers, and people with children should be required to read this book!

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A very positive book.

If you could sum up Whale Done! in three words, what would they be?

Love is blind.The reason I used those three words is because when you first fall in love, you focus on the positive. You don't notice that your new boyfriend/girlfriend chews with his/her mouth open. You focus only on the positive. It's an excellent example used in the book to explain how positive reinforcement makes a difference in relationships.

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This book offers very valuable advice on parenting! It's worth the time. I actually plan on listening again, just to make sure I don't forget the importance of positive reinforcement.

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Inspiration for life

This book might be a little cheesy and repetitive but the content and premise is life changing. I will never manage, parent, or do marriage the way I used to and the credit goes to the leasons learned in this gem of a book!

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Great!!

A must read!! This book is for everyone from business to home! Great positive experience!!

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Awesome. Great storyline

Message is so important at time & the workplace, and this book presented the fix in a pleasant, convincing and actionable way.

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Eye Opening!

This book brings to light an obvious approach to management and life that is often overlooked. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Good content, but condescending narrative style

The information is really useful and much needed but unfortunately, I believe the condescending narrative presentation of the book (and quite possibly the narrator himself) limits the audience. It may be more easy to stomach if you reduce the quantity of cheese hitting you from these two angles by reading it to yourself... I believe there is some really useful information here that simplifies a complicated subject, but I found myself getting bored halfway through partially due to the lack of intellectual challenge, and partially due to the repetition. The content is still worth the time if you are prepared for what you're getting into... either be prepared to only listen to as much as you can handle each day before the gag reflex is triggered, or just buy a hard copy and read it.

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Wonderful Refresher on Positive Reinforcement

As a teacher, I have learned a lot about the power of positive reinforcement. This book was a wonderful refresher and helped me generalize positive reinforcement to all areas of my life. My boyfriend suggested it to me and it has been doing wonders in our relationship. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It was an easy and enjoyable listen.