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The Way of the Tiger
The Way of the Tiger: Gentle Wisdom for Turbulent Times
by Lance H.K. Secretan
Buy NowIn 1988, during a drive to a ski resort, Dr. Lance Secretan and his wife brainstormed ideas for his next book. Then, as now, there seemed to be an over-supply of management, leadership and self-help books, many saying the same thing, and looking very much alike. How could a new message be written to stand out in the crowded marketplace? What about a fable? Care Bears and Gummy Bears and penguins were all the rage at the time—even the animal domain was crowded!
And so the idea materialized of setting the entire story as a private journey among the animals at a zoo. Secretan obtained unprecedented access to the Metro Toronto Zoo, spending six months researching, interviewing zoo executives, animal experts, handlers and keepers, visiting zoos around the world and gathering rare data about species, their habits and history.
The central premise of the book is that we all achieve fulfillment and become inspiring leaders by practicing three values:
A ghost tiger named Moose teaches Tamias, a chipmunk, these three values. Nemesis, a snake, thinly disguised as bureaucracy and company politics, pops up in different guises attempting to thwart the breakthrough thinking of Moose, Tamias and their zoo-pals. Through his brilliant storytelling, Secretan raises the business of leading work and life to a personal art.
The Way of the Tiger: Gentle Wisdom for Turbulent Times became a world-wide smash, and is often referred to by readers as their first encounter with Secretan’s work. First published in 1989, and since reprinted nine times and translated into many languages, this is the book that birthed the renowned idea of Values-centered Leadership®, which has since become a legendary practice within organizations worldwide.
The book, together with resources found on this website, offers a comprehensive system for raising the level of inspiration in any organization.
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Quotes from The Way of the Tiger
Corporate culture should celebrate the idea of "You", the Customer who is the heart of the organization. Everything starts with You, depends on You and requires me to collaborate with You! You are the Customer! I am on Your payroll! You are the reason for our organization! You are entitled to respect!
Hire "can-do" attitude and intelligence first; skills second. You can teach the latter but not the former.
Know Your strengths intimately, and then fulfill their potential by using and exploiting them vigorously; do the job for which You are trained and built.
An excess of policies, procedures and rules will inhibit flexibility and, therefore, innovation and creativity.
The solution of problems is facilitated when organizational culture recognizes that every organization will have problems. Only then may a system be created that fosters the freedom to identify, acknowledge, and effectively solve them.
Kaizen results in the gradual revision, upgrading and improvement of the status quo.
There are four key links in the chain of Mastery: Constant practice; the best equipment; a deep understanding of the meaning of the task, and simplicity.
Effective presentations or discussions are best commenced with a statement of the meeting's purpose and a description of the agenda that will achieve that objective. Effective meetings also include an opportunity for group contribution and brainstorming.
The easy, well-trodden path rarely leads to innovation and change. Automatic reversion to them should therefore be discouraged. Where Chemistry and bonding are weak, the urge to revert to the old ways of doing things may become irresistible.
Avoid the use of catch phrases and cliché-laden conversation; insincerity is easily detected. This is because today's communicators are more sophisticated, more discerning and more sensitive to communications in our modern environment.