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19 Apr, 2009

Book review – WHALE DONE! The Power of Positive Relationships

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Book review - WHALE DONE! The Power of Positive RelationshipsWHALE DONE! The Power of Positive Relationships
By Ken Blanchard
Free Press, 2002

I have long been a fan of the One Minute Manager series that Ken Blanchard is most famous for, and am rather disappointed that Whale Done dishes up a refried version of Blanchard’s now famous wisdom.

This time our narrator is Wes Kingsley, and Blanchard uses training Sea World animals as the theme, drawing the comparison between co-workers and family in the analogy.

The essence of the book is about channelling misdirection and reframing misguided energy more creatively, explaining the difference between Gotcha! and Whale Done! (the former being catching people doing the wrong thing, the latter catching people doing the right thing).

The book describes fundamental tenets of building rapport and supporting change behaviour. College training covers the points raised in more depth and with more eloquence. The book’s use for coaching practice I would then suggest is limited.

Ken’s style is catchy, and despite the fundamental principles being covered in his other books, the book is a good read, and a strong reminder of how to encourage change.

Having had the book passed on to me, I have continued the chain and have given my copy to a friend, whose family behaves much like the analogous family in the book. Hopefully, she will take the bait!


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