BJ Gallagher Hateley and Warren H. Schmidt
2006, 172 pages
I know the title may make you smile and giggle. I did too when it was introduced to me as a gift when I was studying for my master’s degree in psychology in 2001. And what a gift! I am since happily involved in human resources for a law firm employing over 600 people, including 250 lawyers. Over 600 very different human beings with very different ways of thinking, but 600 very different human beings all living for the same purpose: make the best out of everything life gave to each and everyone of them – creativity and courage – and on top of all, their will to team work, TOGETHER. Hence the analogy of the peacock evolving with penguins.
This book was first on the market in 1991, and exclusively destined for “corporate purposes”. It soon became internationally acclaimed by many major companies, and was reedited for the public in 1995, 1997, 2001 and 2006. It is definitely one of the few reference works I constantly rely to, to find solutions to untie delicate situations involving internal relational disagreements. An average of 9 out of 10 gets settled with smiling hand shakes. For me, it was and still is a “mind opener” and an “anti-waste” of positive energy. Something I deeply believe is the key we need to succeed in team-working, despite all our differences, by heightening each individual’s self-esteem, and ultimately make frustrations die behind us. Good human relations always begin with a smile, and this book helps me do my job … almost perfectly!
If you still have doubts, the universally credible Amazon describes it like this: “A Peacock in the Land of Penguins brings new insight to an important topic - workforce diversity. Written in a charming, engaging style, it is a contemporary "corporate fable" - a tale for our times. This story echoes one that is unfolding each and every day in organizations all across the country - how to manage the increasing diversity of the workforce and capture the talent, energy, and commitment of all employees.” Since you are now aware of what this simple and beautiful 172-page book with the funny title is all about, maybe you will be interested in buying it. I bet you this will be one of your most interesting investments.
A great fan friend of mine once wisely quoted: “There's so much more to life than we calculate to know. Popularity is a speck in the field of theories of what life is about. Nevertheless, life is about something, the name of the game is staying afloat in the sea of truths and lies...” I made this comment to his: “I could not say it better than this. We all have to be born and we all have to die, but what's in between is for us to create”. And he answered this to it: “Yes, there is truth in what you say, that's also what makes it sad. Look at the world as it is today, chaos, murder, terror, rape. We have the power to create what's in between and this is what we created?”
What I found in this book became one of my tools to help me create a better world around me in between birth and death.
I was once asked to name one book I’ve read that really changed my perspective of reality? Mission accomplished.