Engage The Fox: A Business Fable About Thinking Critically And Motivating Your Team by Jen LawrenceEngage The Fox: A Business Fable About Thinking Critically And Motivating Your Team by Jen Lawrence

Engage The Fox: A Business Fable About Thinking Critically And Motivating Your Team

byJen Lawrence, Larry Chester

Hardcover | October 7, 2014

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A more-than-memorable allegory that will teach you to embrace change, develop superior critical-thinking skills, and solve any problem that comes your way by using teamwork. 

Engage the Fox is a charismatic business fable set at a newspaper run by publisher Hedgehog,  and his executive team of woodland creatures. When met with a difficult decision regarding where the newspaper industry is headed, as well as pressure to give discounts to their top advertisers, Hedgehog engages consultant Thaddeus P. Fox to teach the team at The Toad Hollow Gazette how to make important decisions. By thinking critically and utilizing the different personality types present in the office, the team learns to see the big picture and tap the energy and imagination of everyone. The animals portrayed here, by their very nature, represent different aspects of the human personality as illustrated in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Sensing sales manager Squirrel is adept at gathering information; feeling Animal relations director Dog is keen on seeking agreement amongst the pack; thinking finance director Owl needs to know the entirety of a situation before settling on a decision; and intuitive consultant Fox can think up an endless amount of ideas for solving problems. 

The authors base their book on Lawrence Chester’s popular course in critical thinking that helps participants identify the cause of problems large and small and generate better, more implementable solutions. That process incorporates four key critical thinking skills that businesspeople can develop to help them evaluate their options as they learn how to manage complex, messy issues in a systematic way that ensures stakeholder buy-in and increases their success rate. 

Lawrence and Chester have created an entertaining imaginary world where the memorable management team that has lived and breathed their industry for decades “engages the fox” as they undergo a strategic shift. They recognize the need to involve someone with an outside perspective who is adept at navigating change. Enter the hero, for, as is often quoted in management and political theory, “The fox knows many things; the hedgehog one big thing.” Literally and figuratively, it seems. 

Jen Lawrence is a principal at Process Design Consultants Inc., with expertise in issues management, critical thinking skills, and change management. She has worked for a Big 4 consulting firm and has run the training department for a Fortune 500 company’s Canadian subsidiary, where she developed a 360-degree performance review system ...
Title:Engage The Fox: A Business Fable About Thinking Critically And Motivating Your TeamFormat:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:October 7, 2014Publisher:Greenleaf Book Group PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1626341230

ISBN - 13:9781626341234

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Business Book that I enjoyed reading I read a lot of business books, well, a HALF of a lot of business books. They tend to get dry and redundant in the middle and get shelved. This book was different. I was interested in reading the story while also taking away some very consumable ideas on how to structure decision making and get buy in. Definitely worth a read.
Date published: 2014-10-10