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Whale Done!: The Power of Positive Relationships

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,511 ratings  ·  118 reviews
What do your people at work and your spouse and kids at home have in common with a five-ton killer whale? Probably a whole lot more than you think, according to top business consultant and mega-bestselling author Ken Blanchard and his coauthors from SeaWorld. In this moving and inspirational new book, Blanchard explains that both whales and people perform better when you a ...more
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Published February 3rd 2003 by Free Press (first published 2000)
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Gina Harper
I picked up this book because all the managers at work had to read it. It looked like an easy read and, hey, I like killer whales :)

The book started off like most "power of positive persuasion" books, but as I read on, this one became a little different for me. While it definitely had good ideas for the workplace, half the work was about using positive methods to better your marriage and relationship with your children. I really enjoyed the book.....now if only I can get my husband to read it!
Hung Nguyen
What a great book on the power of positive relationship. It's just short and concise. We can apply the philosophy and take it into practice with not only in the workplace but in our daily life, our beloved family.
Kristin
I read this for the Women's SIG Online Book Club (the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy). They like to select short books, since the members are busy. I was skeptical from the start because I have a bias against fictional short stories where the author uses the characters to introduce "principles" that they've discovered to be true in their personal experience. I prefer a more evidence based approach.

There's nothing wrong with the advice given, really. Accentuate the positive. Praise
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Melissa Sonntag
I really enjoyed this book! It has inspired me and helped me realize how much power I have to affect those around me. I am currently reading the Parenting version and I am beginning to implement these things with my family. I think one of the biggest things I am learning is the importance of setting up success! People may never meet our expectations if they are not clear on what those expectations are. Finding positive things to praise is not always easy, but makes all of us much happier and mor ...more
Viet Hung Nguyen
Apr 09, 2012 Viet Hung Nguyen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Positive relationship is the key to open and turn all of the difficult situations. Why? In a nutshell, it is human being and only human being to build and develop or destroy this world. This short book inspires and reminds this through the experience with how to train a whale, the "monster" of the sea. The principle is exactly the same to build positive relationship with all people around you, including your co-workers, your friends, your parents, your kids, your relatives. Once you can do that ...more
Kelsey
My boss wants me to give a little blurb on this book for our next staff meeting. It's a super quick read on how to improve relationships at work, in marriage and with children.

I honestly liked reading it. I thought I'd worn out from reading marketing/business strategy books, but this one renewed my desire to keep focusing on rewarding progress rather than using and practicing negative attention; this of course comes easier to most of us.
Becca
I picked this book up because I had previously read "Raving Fans" and found it cheesy, but valuable. I feel similarly about this book. It's short and an easy read. It's cheesy. And it has some really good basic concepts and tools that can be put into use to make a difference in your communication and effectiveness.
Mayank Garg
Jan 24, 2015 Mayank Garg rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mayank by: Preeta Pradhan
Today I have completed reading one more book. This time, the book is "Whale Done!”. In this book Ken Blanchard, the writer, has explained how trainers of Whale (or Dolphin) Show, train the whales for their performances on the show by focusing on the positive and not the negative. How they ignore the mistakes and redirect their behavior. Ken also explained how the same thing can be applied to humans for improving their performance in work and also to improve their relationship with family and fri ...more
LeikHong Leow
my latest reading, on Ken Blanchard's Whale Done!

I really like how the authors related managing human relation with training killer whale in Sea World. There are no much of different between both.

Seriously how the animal trainer at Sea World able to get 2 tons weight killer whale to jump one feet high hitting a hanging ball.

The gems of the secret is to praise and reward the killer whale on doing the right things; this is the same with human. We often spend our attention spotting at people on the
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Alisha
Good principles, hokey story.
Hana Osman
It takes a long time to build trust & friendship with whales which is also applies on human beings.
The book talk about ‘How to build trust’ at work & with family, by directing your energy in accentuate the positive, ignore what the whales / or the person did wrong, by redirecting their mistakes.
Very smart method which I can’t wait to start applying in my personal & professional life.
The book thought me the main 3 ABC, that I should start to apply in my life:
1- Activator = Setting Goa
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Allan Elder
As a behaviorist myself, the book Whale Done is a good introduction to the topic for those with no background in the topic. Basically, behaviorism is the result of B. F. Skinner's work to explain why we do what we do. The argument is normally held between internal motivators and external motivators. Skinner claimed we do things because they are reinforced. While psychologists love to denigrate the idea of behaviorism, product managers have long known its power.

If you are positively reinforced,
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Cathy Allen
I like how-to books, especially when they are fun little fables. Blanchard's story can be read in an hour, but the lessons are likely to last a lifetime.

Any manager or supervisor (or teacher or parent) who seeks to promote new behaviors in others, or train people how to do a task well, can apply the Whale Done! method. In a nutshell, rather than getting after someone for doing something wrong, praise them for what they do right. If they are learning a new skill, give an "Atta Girl" for their pr
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Amy
I am currently reading this book..HOWEVER, goodreads is not giving me the option of putting it in currently reading. Thus far the book has talked about the positive reinforcement used to train Shamu the whale and how one should not put all their energy in negative reinforcement. Mainly, what it is telling me thus far when someone is doing good praise them or give them "treats" but when it is something bad...you address it and move on. Do not waste energy fighting over the bad. I will keep you po ...more
Kim
This is an interesting read very similar to "What Shamu Taught Me About Love, Life and Marriage." The main point is to focus on behavior modification through positive reinforcement. It is certainly a simple concept that should be used much more. Ken Blanchard is a very well respected author on managerial topics. The book follows the story of a family man who uses the WHALE DONE technique. If you just take the concepts early, it is more helpful then following a seemingly perfect set of conversati ...more
Mead Z
I boyfriend's boss gave him this book. He loves working under her constructive and friendly supervising atmosphere and she recognized that he also tries to find ways to make his students successful at what they can do.
When I was asking a co-worker about advice on running meetings an how she works with her team she recommended the same author.
So it seemed it was time to read the book :)
I liked this book very much. It is easy to read and reiterates the methods in family and work situations.
The who
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Krisanne Stewart
My husband loaned this book to me to read and I knocked it out today inbetween my son's basketball games. I enjoyed it! The premise is, that the killer whales at Sea World do what their human friends ask them to because the humans take the time to develop good relationships with the whales. Funny, but the whales are considered the "teachers" in the relationship. I loved the simplicity of this book, and the story of a man who tries out the "Whale Done" strategy back at his office that he learned ...more
Lori
Super cheesy. I agree with the vaguely Dr. Phil-esque message of 'you find what you look for' and the goal to accentuate the positive. I sadly find myself being a 'gotcha' type parent and paying a lot of attention to what is going wrong. So the message was a good reminder, the vehicle it was delivered in was hard to get through. At least it was a short quick read!
Becky
I didn't enjoy "Whale Done" as much as I did "Raving Fans." I appreciate and understand the concept of rewarding positive behavior and redirecting negative behavior, but the entire method of illustrating the concept (relating it to training killer whales like Shamu at Sea World) fell very flat and was disappointing. I recently saw the documentary "Blackfish" and thus I know that the whales aren't happy performing shows and being trained by humans.

It's difficult to take a story that was written b
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Imti
I have read d book. its ausumn work of explaining basics of behaviour managament. the easyest technques to motivate people and improve productivity. special recommendation for d newly managers and d team leaders. Good Job.
Dave Applegate
-Well thought out, short, easy read about about the power of positive relationships and positive reinforcement.
-The book hits a little too hard on inspiration and not enough on the piratical application of the principles.
Holly
While I wait for my book on hold at the library I continue to purge my shelves of the books I need to take to Bookman's (used book store) or Goodwill. We got this signed copy as part of a white elephant gift a few years ago (Mindy, are you out there?), and I have a hard time throwing a book away without reading it first. Anyway, it had a good message about accentuating the positive in work and personal relationships, but I couldn't stand the way the author used a corny hypothetical story to get ...more
Mim
Aug 30, 2011 Mim rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mim by: TEAM
I believe accentuating the positive in are relationships really does work. It's already made an impact as I make an effort to focus on the positive instead of the negative with my children and my husband. "catch them doing things better, if not exactly right, and praise progress. That way, you set them up for success and build from there." p. 37

As Orrin Woodward put it, "Be a good finder."

"A lot of us often do things exactly backwards. We focus our attention on poor performance rather than on g
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Lisa
A quick read- with a powerful message. I loved the concept and everyone needs to read this simple book. It will remind you of what is truly important in life!!!!
Ellen
I had to read this one for a training session I'm doing at work. While it's hard to argue with the principles, the story itself is a bit weak and dare I say, hokey.
Rob Lever
I first heard about Whale Done a year ago when reference to it passed through a company email. At first, I snickered, thinking the sender had one of those amazing typing moments where he/she couldn't remember how to spell well. I asked about it, jokingly and was told about the Whale Book management style and accompanying book. Fast forward a year, the text was recommended to me as I transitioned into a new position. Very short, but very deep text about changing the style of day-to-day business a ...more
Avinash Patwardhan
It is really a different view of the Whales training. Application to human nature is very good. Accentuating positive in ant person is really a good idea.
Semota
This book is indispensable for everyone: not only the managers, but also who lives, works and interact with the society
Cindy
On December 27, 2010 we adopted a six month old puppy. On December 28, 2010 I was enrolling her in puppy class! Maybe that was an exageration, but I needed not bother. All one really needs is a whale! Yes, I learned to train my dog from a whale. Do you ever wonder why some people can get others to do things they need and others are just hopeless? If you would like to know the big secret you should read this book. I might enjoy reading self-help books or inspirational titles, but I think the way ...more
Jontanner
Very quick read that summarizes good parenting and positive reinforcement techniques. It's a good reminder for me.
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