An Inspiring Story about an African Tradition of Teamwork and Collaboration
Crown Business, Hardcover, 9780307587886, 144pp.
Publication Date: March 30, 2010
John Peterson, a new manager in the credit department at a major big-box retailer, is struggling in his job. The people under him are not working as well or effectively as they need to, and his department is falling behind in meeting its goals. His only solution is to take on more work himself, burning the midnight oil and coming in most weekends to pick up the slack and keep his department above water.
When one of the employees stays behind to help him a young man who came to America from a small village in Africa he learns of the ancient wisdom and hidden power of the African philosophy of Ubuntu. Before long, it begins to change the way he thinks about the people he works with, about himself, and about how he runs his department and his life.
In an engaging and completely fresh narrative that holds a unique message for today's business world, Ubuntu shows us a way to overcome our fears, insecurities, and the me-ism that so often permeates our workplaces, and replace it with a culture of genuine respect and collaboration. It promises to take its place alongside Fish and other business parables as the next bestselling classic in the business category.
“The teachings in Ubuntu! can not only help us improve our relationships with others. These teachings can help us make peace with ourselves and be proud of the way we are living our lives.”
—from the foreword by Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times bestsellers MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There