A Peacock in the Land of Penguins 4th Edition 9781626562431

A Fable About Creativity and Courage

A Peacock in the Land of Penguins
  • Classic bestseller: With over 375,000 copies sold and translated into twenty-three languages, it is the bestselling diversity book in the world!
  • New content: This new edition includes a bonus parable featuring Perry the Peacock being interviewed by Anderson Cockatoo of BNN (Bird News Network) in addition to significant new material, such as "Who Cares about Diversity-and Why?" and more.

"This is a book for everyone who wishes to contribute their unique gifts to the world."

-Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate

This brand new edition of a classic, international bestseller continues to bring keen insight to an important topic-workforce diversity. Written in a charming, engaging style, it is a contemporary corporate fable-a tale for our times. This special 20th anniversary edition includes many new tips, tools, and strategies for peacocks and penguins alike-as well as an entirely new bonus parable.

Through the story of Perry the Peacock and his fine feathered friends, authors Gallagher and Schmidtbring to life the challenges of birds of different feathers who struggle to be successful in the conformity-minded Land of Penguins. Their travails illuminate the challenges of creating a pluralistic corporate culture in which the talent, energy, and commitment of all employees are fully engaged.

People who have new ideas that differ from business as usual are often ignored or criticized for the very thing that makes them valuable: their originality and creativity. This unique book helps organizations break out of "penguin thinking" in order to tap into and leverage the creativity of diversity. Learn how to cultivate an organizational culture in which new ideas can flourish and innovation can take flight.

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  • Classic bestseller: With over 375,000 copies sold and translated into twenty-three languages, it is the bestselling diversity book in the world!
  • New content: This new edition includes a bonus parable featuring Perry the Peacock being interviewed by Anderson Cockatoo of BNN (Bird News Network) in addition to significant new material, such as "Who Cares about Diversity-and Why?" and more.

"This is a book for everyone who wishes to contribute their unique gifts to the world."

-Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate

This brand new edition of a classic, international bestseller continues to bring keen insight to an important topic-workforce diversity. Written in a charming, engaging style, it is a contemporary corporate fable-a tale for our times. This special 20th anniversary edition includes many new tips, tools, and strategies for peacocks and penguins alike-as well as an entirely new bonus parable.

Through the story of Perry the Peacock and his fine feathered friends, authors Gallagher and Schmidtbring to life the challenges of birds of different feathers who struggle to be successful in the conformity-minded Land of Penguins. Their travails illuminate the challenges of creating a pluralistic corporate culture in which the talent, energy, and commitment of all employees are fully engaged.

People who have new ideas that differ from business as usual are often ignored or criticized for the very thing that makes them valuable: their originality and creativity. This unique book helps organizations break out of "penguin thinking" in order to tap into and leverage the creativity of diversity. Learn how to cultivate an organizational culture in which new ideas can flourish and innovation can take flight.

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Meet the Authors


Visit Author Page - BJ Gallagher

BJ Gallagher is a dynamic workshop leader and charismatic keynote speaker, as well as a much-published, bestselling author. She conducts seminars for women's groups, as well as professional organizations and corporations. Her topics include: leadership skills for women, male/female communication styles, how to manage your boss, thriving on change, and tapping into the creativity of diversity. BJ writes business books, women's books, and gift books.

BJ's other business books include: Being Buddha at Work: 108 Ancient Truths on Change, Stress, Money and Success (Berrett-Koehler) and YES Lives in the Land of NO: A Tale of Triumph Over Negativity (Berrett-Koehler). Her latest career book is It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been (Viva Editions).



Visit Author Page - Warren Schmidt


Warren H. Schmidt is president of Chrysalis, Inc. a management training and consulting company. He is a professor emeritus at both the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. He is coauthor, with BJ Gallagher, of A Peacock in the Land of Penguins: A Tale of Diversity and Discovery.


Schmidt is also coauthor of The Race Without a Finish Line and TQManager, and has written numerous educational and management films, including the Academy-Award-winning Is It Always Right to Be Right?

Dr. Schmidt's teaching, writing, and consulting activities are designed to apply social science knowledge to the problems of managing and working in public and private organizations.

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By Berrett-Koehler Staff , December 30, 2014

Bestseller on diversity.

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Dedication
A Note from the Authors
Foreword by Ken Blanchard

Part One: A Peacock in the Land of Penguins

The Story

Part Two: Tips and Tools for Feathered Friends
Are you a Peacock (or Other Type of Exotic Bird)?
Survival Strategies for Peacocks Who Want to Stay Put
Tips for Peacocks Who Want to Fly the Coop
Strategies for Birds of a Different Feather
Positive Penguinship: What Peacocks Can Learn from Penguins
There’s a Little bit of Penguin in All of Us

Part Three: Ideas and Examples for Teaching Penguins to Fly
How You Can Tell If You Work in the Land of Penguins
Recognizing the ‘Quack’ (Common Phrases from Penguins)
Tips for Penguins Who Want to Change Themselves
Tips for Penguins Who Want to Change Their Organizations
Preventing Penguin Paralysis
The Care and Feeding of Peacocks: A Penguin’s Guide
Reports from the Field

Part Four: Additional Resources for Peacocks and for Penguins

Training Materials
Merchandise
Keynote Speeches, Training, and Consulting Services
The Story Behind the Story
About the Authors
Acknowledgments

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Endorsements




"Every once in a while a small book comes along that deals with a profound subject in a very simple, elegant way. A Peacock in the Land of Penguins is such a book."

—Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager and Empowerment Takes More Than a Minute

"Is there anyone among us who has not felt the pain and frustration of not being appreciated for who they really are? A Peacock in the Land of Penguins, a powerful message, simply told, speaks to the spirit in each of us that yearns to fly high and free."

—Laurie Beth Jones, author of Jesus, CEO and The Path

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