Once in a while we all need a bit of motivation to go to work. That’s why this book is great.
Adrian Webster is a motivational business speakerÂ who came and presented a motivational talk at an ‘away day’ with work. Our management was so impressed that they ended up buying a copy for each staff member on our floor – which was very nice of them I thought! I was particularly grateful as I missed the away day due to being abroad so was very happy to have the opportunity to be motivated by Adrian, whom I’ve heard so many good things about.
Polar Bear Pirates Review
Polar Bear Pirates is actually Adrian’s second motivational book, so at the very beginning he gives the reader a recap on the characters and ideas that he uses to describe his scenarios and teachings. The main concepts that stuck to my mind are…
These are the people do there job fine, but don’t take that extra step and never achieve the extra ordinary. They go through working life without wanting to do any more.
This is the place where everyone wants to work their way up to – it’s “where winners live.”
Also known as ‘Head Treads’, Â these are the people who will do anything to stop you getting to Fat City.
Key Points from Polar Bear Pirates
There are a few key points I’ve taken from the book; such as being yourself and thinking beyond the ordinary, how to grow into a great manager and how even the smallest things can make a big (and memorable) difference.
I think the main point that Adrian forces onto the reader is to weary of ‘planet complacency’, where you become a person who does there job but doesn’t go beyond that – basically, a sleepwalker. He motivates you to get out of the box, to take that step beyond the ordinary and to think more and more about how you can improve yourself, set yourself goals and be more confident as well as proud of what you do.
For much of the book, Adrian also teaches how best to motivate your own team. Through fun stories and personal learnings, he is able to present that to grow people in a team you should create a sort of ‘family envrionment’. This is where there is trust, clear goals and most importantly fun. Fun is very important in any office Adrian says as where people are most relaxed they can think clearer and better and actually want to work harder, which I totally agree with.
I think it’s interesting that the writer also suggests that you shouldn’t be the perfect manager… simply ‘dont do perfect’ as the people who work under you won’t be able to relate. This is interesting as it makes sense that workers don’t look for perfect, they look for a figure they can not only trust but help too – it shouldn’t be all just one way, if that makes sense?
One of my most favourite concepts within the book though was the ‘TNT sticky bombs.’ I feel like I’ve tried to do this throughout my life a lot without realising it. Basically, it’s simply something or an event that’s significantly memorable because it’s happened after someone took that extra step. Once again, Adrian uses interesting stories to explain what he means, for example he tells us how a Lexus salesman went beyond his job to help this man who bought a Mercedes when his radio broke on the first day when it wasn’t in his remit to do so. However, as he did this it made it memorable and possibly even persuaded the man to buy a Lexus in the future! So, Adrian describes a TNT as a “dazzling, world class customer service” which is significant andÂ memorable and one to which people are sure to return to.
I personally think that the book is great. It certainly motivated me and have recommended others to read it to0 – especially those who are currently unhappy in their roles (which are a couple of people I know unfortunately).
If you’re looking to step beyond the ordinary and to make a difference, even in the role that you’re doing currently, have a read of this book and, trust me, you’ll be sure to wake up a completely changed, positive and motivated person.