Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 skills to Master Business and Life compares the behavior of 7 chosen animals to that of the characteristics of business owSurviving Your Serengeti: 7 skills to Master Business and Life compares the behavior of 7 chosen animals to that of the characteristics of business owners (who are all trying to survive). Using the animals as examples, the book makes analogies and lessons we can learn from each of the animals (survival skills), depending on which one we identify with the most: Lion, wildebeest, crocodile, cheetah, giraffe, mongoose and elephant.
It is a fable of a couple who goes on a Serengeti tour and meets an animal behavior expert who shows them 7 survival skills based on the 7 animals. According the the blurb on the book:
"As a brutal business environment meets a soft economy, business leaders and managers are looking for sources of both inspiration and survival. This compelling new fable offers a riveting tale of life in Africa’s Serengeti and what lessons it holds for today’s beleaguered business people and struggling society. The 1.5 million wildebeest rely on stubborn endurance and support from the herd to survive; the crocodile is opportunistic; the cheetah ruthlessly effective; the giraffe embodies grace, the lion a master strategist, the mongoose is a risk-taker, the elephant is an excellent communicator.
So what animal are you?"
The concept of this book was intriguing, and although the author was obviously well intentioned, I thought that he fell a little short in the way the book was written. At times the book was a little "too much" in terms of "cheesiness" of the dialogue, and in trying to make its point. A more subtle approach would have gotten the message through in a more meaningful manner.
I did like the lessons the book (and animals) presented, since they are relevant and applicable regardless of if you are a business owner or not.
If you are unsure of which animal you are, there is a section to help you discover which animal you embody, as well as a quiz on his website you can take-- apparently, I am the Communicating Elephant, which has the following characteristics: They’re skilled at both listening to and actually hearing other people, and take time to comprehend the details in their message. They are interested in advancing the discussion beyond just a series of shared monologues and into a true dialogue. They realize that taking a positive approach can make others feel more confident, and in turn, more likely to cooperate.
This is definitely a neat way of presenting key survival skills and presenting what tends to be repetitive and rote self-help skills which flood the shelves at our local bookstores. It is an easy read and although doesn't present any staggering new groundbreaking information, it is definitely something we can all benefit from....more
I think that like most other readers of this book, I was looking for and expecting a fun, light read,and a personal take on the porn industry from theI think that like most other readers of this book, I was looking for and expecting a fun, light read,and a personal take on the porn industry from the inside--some juicy details and "secret behind the scene" recollections. There seems to be such a fascination with this industry, with many people wondering "how could they do that", while curiosity gets the best of us. What I got was a much more raw, honest, and personal story of what many consider to be the "Queen of Mainstream Pornography". This book is much more about Jenna Jameson, her life growing up, and the effects it had on her, than the "behind the scenes" commentary I was expecting. It seemed to be an attempt to figure out who she is and make sense of her past and current life. Of course, she is no longer married to Jay (as the book ends off), and depending on which sources you believe, she is either separated from Tito Ortiz, or happily in bliss. Her craving for motherhood is made clear throughout the book with her early first sexual experiences and yearning to have a true "parent" figure in her life. She takes you through her drug addictions, some photo shoots, the making of her movies, many of her sexual trysts--straight or otherwise, her career, her family drama, and her past. The book is rather long; filled with glossy photos and many black and white pictures from her childhood to present day. I would like to see her write a followup to she where she is in her 'head space' now. Her constant searching for approval, belonging, acceptance, and love is clear throughout, and manifests itself in many different ways (sex, drugs, attention seeking behavior, codependent relationships). I hope she has been able to find a bit of closure now that she has a family and has settled down and found some peace. This was definitely a fun book to read--very easy to read and surprisingly a fast read as well. The pictures are explicit (as a warning to those who are not comfortable with overt nudity but definitely add to the book. The book is punctuated by several diary entrees throughout her life, which if real, is a neat way to see the chronic issues and insecurities that have plagued her from childhood and sadly followed her to adulthood. This book is not for everyone, but it is definitely interesting!...more