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Title:
Sync or swim : a fable about workplace communication and coming together in a crisis
Author:
Chapman, Gary D., 1938- , author.
Publication Information:
Chicago : Northfield Publishing, [2014]
Physical Description:
100 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary:
"The workplace is stressful these days. When people are stressed, they have a harder time learning and applying helpful information. Fortunately, stories are one of the most powerful ways to communicate truths effectively. Fables cut through complexity to reveal simple, crucial wisdom. Sync or Swim is [an] ... illustrated story of a sheepdog and a puffin that helps us to solve a frustrating mystery: why do morale-building programs often hurt morale, and why does communicating appreciation too often result in cynical reactions?"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780802412232
Format :
Book

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Summary

Working with a discouraged, disorganized, cynical team? Learn how to turn it around.

Sync or Swim is a small tale with enormous insight on ways you can empower, engage, and energize employees or volunteers facing discouragement or cynicism.

Sam, the new CEO, was ready to hit the ground running. But his team members--and Mother Nature--had other plans. An ambitious yet naïve sheepdog is called upon to lead Monarch Enterprises, a troubled organization on a beautiful isle. Confronted with broken systems and challenging personality types, Sam must learn how to marshal his team before the imminent storm washes everything away. Along the way, he gleans valuable lessons from an unlikely mentor: a wise, old puffin.

This delightful, quick read will:

Teach you communication techniques that enhance teamwork and productivity Bring to life the principles used by hundreds of successful organizations Provide relevant, practical insights based on real-world experiences Stimulate lively and positive interaction (discussion guide included)

Based on the principles successfully used by major corporations, health organizations, over 250 colleges and universities, government agencies, churches, and non-profits


Author Notes

Relationship counselor, pastor, and author Gary Chapman graduated from Moody Bible Institute, received a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University respectively, completed graduate work in education at Duke University and the University of North Carolina, and earned his Ph.D. in Adult Education and Master's of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Chapman has discussed his five love language theory in numerous books and video programs, and he has also written many works of guidance on the topics of marriage, parenting, and in-law relationships. The director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc., Chapman has also been the senior associate pastor at Winston-Salem, North Carolina's Calvary Baptist Church since 1971. He has spoken internationally and domestically on relationships and received the Platinum Book Award from the Evangelical Publishers Association for The Five Love Languages. He also made The New York Times Best Seller List with The Five Love Languages of Children in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Introduction: Why We Wrote Sync or Swimp. 9
The Story
Sam Comes to Paradisep. 13
The Bear on the Mountainp. 19
Tia's Complaintsp. 23
Sam Throws a Partyp. 26
Briana Tells the Truthp. 29
Seawall Wisdomp. 33
Listening to Tiap. 38
Glimmers of Hopep. 42
Jackson's Warningp. 47
The Money Gamep. 51
Brisk Winds and a Red Enginep. 56
The Cat Who Spatp. 59
The Wind Picks Upp. 63
Storm!p. 67
In The Shelterp. 69
The Frisco Attitudep. 71
The Dancep. 75
Leaders' Insights from Sync or Swimp. 79
Questions for Reflection and Discussionp. 91
The FableÆs Core Principlesp. 94
Resourcesp. 97
Acknowledgmentsp. 99
About the Authorsp. 100

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