Flight of the Buffalo: Soaring to Excellence, Learning to Let Employees Lead

Flight of the Buffalo Soaring to Excellence Learning to Let Employees Lead A hardcover bestseller now in paperback presents a management program that encourages employee leadership which today s companies must have of if they are to survive the coming decades

  • Title: Flight of the Buffalo: Soaring to Excellence, Learning to Let Employees Lead
  • Author: James A. Belasco Ralph C. Stayer
  • ISBN: 9780446670081
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
  • A hardcover bestseller now in paperback presents a management program that encourages employee leadership which today s companies must have of if they are to survive the coming decades.

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    • Mike Gunderloy says:

      I read this one at roughly the same time as Pflaeging's ORGANIZE FOR COMPLEXITY, and it wasn't long before I got an eerie "separated at birth" notion. Those who think this agile decentralized stuff is all new might want to dip into FLIGHT OF THE BUFFALO, now 25 years old. The central theme: that you get better leadership by helping your people grow into a flock of self-organizing geese than you do by being the lead buffalo who does everything (and thereby becomes the indispensable bottleneck to [...]

    • Ray Kelly says:

      Flight of the Buffalo is one of the best books I have read on organizational culture. It is particularly useful if you want to learn more about empowering your employees through self-managed teams. Written by James Belasco and Ralph Stayer, the book demonstrates that modern leaders need to learn to relinquish more control, and trust their coworkers to share in the responsibilities of the organization. I was fortunate to have been able to work directly with James Belasco in 1995 for the implement [...]

    • Troy Swinehart says:

      Reading this as part of a leader mentoring program through my current company.Back in college we would yell "Buffalo!" when we would catch one of our drinking buddies not following the made up steps of our ritual drinking game. They would then be forced to chug the balance of their beer right on the spot while we made jokes at their expense.Wouldn't it be great if we could do the same thing when we caught one of our co-workers "waiting for the lead buffalo" to make a decision or light the way. " [...]

    • Adrian Camacho says:

      Character: I rate the characters a four. the characters were described pretty good. The story didn't describe the actual characteristics of them, but focused on their success. I really enjoyed the characters because they gave off a personal connection due to their interest in business. the characters are very believable because they are very knowledgeable about what they are talking about. This gives off a very believable act because they know what they are talking about. He also shows his own s [...]

    • Troy Patti says:

      I realized right away when reading this book that as a manager I've been working harder not smarter. This book walks you through years of leadership/management experience where the author illustrates how to "teach men to fish" by empowering employees and transferring ownership for success. Using the Metaphor of how a Buffalo (managerial capitalism) lead by Command, Control, Hierarchy, One Leader, One Voice, VERSUS the teamwork metaphor of GEESE (intellectual capitalism) in flight Transferring ow [...]

    • Bernard says:

      One of the best business books I've ever read. Explains why self-organization is so vital for companies who want to succeed in the information age. The book uses anecdotes from companies in several industries including IT to explain why the command-and-control model is outdated and not the most effective way of running an organization. The key to success is allowing each company member to be a leader in the organization rather than have employees who just follow orders. In essence, rather than a [...]

    • Dustin McQuay says:

      I read this a while ago and I don't remember a lot. What that says to me is that it didn't focus on key points enough. However, I do remember some good insight on letting go as a manager/leader so that people can be great on their own. If people are told what to do they don't practice thinking for themselves. So then, instead of having tons of people in a company sharing and pooling their expertise and applying it themselves, close to the problem, avoiding the clunkiness of typical corporate pro [...]

    • Michael says:

      Of the different books I have read about how businesses operate, this is one of the best I have read. I tend to believe that CEO's are overvalued in the US perception of a companies success and that businesses are only as good as their employees. As a consequence, this is a good book for a guy like me to read.

    • Kc says:

      Favorite takeaways:Leadership is making it possible for others to follow by thinking strategically and focusing on the right direction, removing the obstacles, developing ownership and taking self-directed actions.The person who does the job must own responsibility for doing it correctly.People perform what they measure.An organization is a reflection of what is accepted.

    • Debie Orrell says:

      Great book on management. Learn to look at yourself as being the problem, then look to your team for the solutions. They will usually come up with more extensive goals than you can. Remember the customer knows what he needs, all you need to do is ask and you will have the answers.

    • Kate says:

      What a wild concept. Treat your employees like they have brains in their heads. Let them work together to solve problems. Wow. Some managers understand this, and when they do, a lot more work gets done.

    • Brandon W. says:

      The book that started me on my journey of leadership and ultimately becoming an author myself. Outstanding read that has influenced me for the past 20 years.

    • Jason says:

      Good book on organizational structures. Good business reading.

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