Flight of the Buffalo
A NEW LEADERSHIP ETHIC
FROM TWO LEADING BUSINESS INNOVATORS
leaders act like head buffalos, giving orders and making decisions.
Everyone else is a member of the herd, following instructions.
Hard-driving head buffalos and their well-intentioned herd followers
suffer the same fate as the buffalo on the plains: consistently
outmaneuvered by more nimble, quick-thinking competitors.
with Ralph Stayer, CEO of Johnsonville Foods, we offer a new leadership role: leading the journey
focused on delivering Great Performance that delights customers. Rather
than a following herd, people learn and grow to become a self directed,
inter-dependent flock of geese. Everyone knows the common direction,
assumes leadership when necessary, and rearranges the structure to best
meet customer demands. We've done it and we show you in Buffalo how
to: set value-added prices, identify and dominate profitable niche
markets, anticipate and prepare for the future, measure performance in
even the most ambiguous situations and establish bonus plans that really
book offers step-by-step advice on how to "Lead The Journey"
from a herd of dependent, standing-around-waiting-for-instructions buffalo
to a flock of inter-dependent, leadership seeking geese - all focused on
Stayer is a courageous, pioneering CEO and the hero of Tom Peters
best-selling video "The Leadership Alliance." He's earned "CEO of
The Year Award" and leads what's been called "The Most Advanced
Employee Self-Managed Organization in America." His organization,
Johnsonville Foods, is the most frequently cited example of unleashing the
power of learning and growing people to create outstanding business results. He
consults with such organizations as: AT&T, Frito-Lay, BMW, and McDonnell