• Whale Done!

  • The Power of Positive Relationships
  • By: Ken Blanchard
  • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (476 ratings)

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Whale Done!

By: Ken Blanchard
Narrated by: Tony Roberts
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Publisher's Summary

What do employees and coworkers have in common with a five-ton killer whale? A whole lot more than you think, according to the mega-best-selling author Ken Blanchard and his coauthors from SeaWorld.

Whales respond best to positive reinforcement. So do humans. In this moving and inspirational audiobook, Blanchard explains how using the techniques of animal trainers - specifically those responsible for the killer whales of SeaWorld - can supercharge your effectiveness at work and at home.

When gruff business manager and family man Wes Kingsley visited SeaWorld, he marveled at the ability of the trainers to lead huge killer whales in performing acrobatic leaps and dives. Later, talking to the chief trainer, he learned their techniques of building trust, accentuating the positive, and redirecting negative behavior - all of which make these extraordinary performances possible. Kingsley took a hard look at his own often accusatory management style and recognized how some of his shortcomings as a manager, spouse, and father actually diminish trust and damage relationships. He began to see the difference between "GOTcha" (catching people doing things wrong) and "Whale Done!" (catching people doing things right).

In Whale Done!, Ken Blanchard shows how positive reinforcement and redirection can help increase productivity. These techniques are remarkably easy to master and can be applied equally well at home, allowing listeners to become better parents and more committed spouses and have happier personal lives.

©2002 Kenneth Blanchard (P)2002 Simon & Schuster

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Timeless

What did you learn from Whale Done! that you would use in your daily life?

I have read this book and listen to it on tape or audiobook more than three times each. Each time I appreciate it more more. It helps me to focus on what's right and positive with the people in my life and the situations in my life.

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Great info

Great topics presented in an easy way to understand. Enjoyed this short and easy listen.

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Must read for proper relationships!

What did you love best about Whale Done!?

How well it was read even though it is an educational book!

What did you like best about this story?

The keys are here to help people build relationships to prosper at home and at work.

What about Tony Roberts’s performance did you like?

Made it interesting to listen to an educational topic. Felt more like hearing a story instead of getting basics for building relationships.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

That positive will over come negative and give you the results that you are seeking.

Any additional comments?

Pastors, teachers, people thinking of getting married, managers, and people with children should be required to read this book!

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A very positive book.

If you could sum up Whale Done! in three words, what would they be?

Love is blind.The reason I used those three words is because when you first fall in love, you focus on the positive. You don't notice that your new boyfriend/girlfriend chews with his/her mouth open. You focus only on the positive. It's an excellent example used in the book to explain how positive reinforcement makes a difference in relationships.

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This book offers very valuable advice on parenting! It's worth the time. I actually plan on listening again, just to make sure I don't forget the importance of positive reinforcement.

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Good Message However Somewhat Discomforting

The narrator did a great job, and I can tell this book has the best of intentions. Its overall message of looking for the good things people do has me reflecting on my own life and hoping to implement change. That being said, the book gives extremely high praise to Seaworld and its trainers. With recent news of the whales being drugged, starved, sick, and participating in self-harm, it is unsettling to listen to these praises. Since the book came out many years before these allegations, I'm willing to overlook these statements; however, I would caution anyone who listens to take Seaworld's portrayal with a grain of salt. Regardless of that, the audiobook was quick and informative.

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A Whale of a story

I plan to use this in my life. this was very enlightening. I recommend it to all persons.

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Great advice for building great relationships.

The story of how they improved their broken relationships personally and professionally is an excellent lesson with specific tools. The value in this book can change lives.

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Well Done!!

This story was excellent as are the other books by this author. A must read.

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interesting and insightful story

loved this book, I actually saw instances of it portrayed in my life and agree with everything in it. suffice to say it's a great listen or read and highly recommend it. the production of this book was whale done.

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Great concept - Sea World makes me uncomfortable

I have to admit, this was really tough for me to listen to. I had a fellow supervisor recommend I listen to it. I really enjoy the concept so much and have even started to implement it in my marriage and have seen a difference in me & my husband. I really wish it wasn’t about sea world though. Makes me uncomfortable to listen them talking about Shamu. I’ll come up with my own name for this concept.

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  • 08-10-21

its ok

Although the audio performance is consistent, the book takes a long to explain a fairly simplistic motivational theory. After the treatment by Seaworld of its animals has come to light in recent, the use of killer whales as a plot point is in poor taste in my opinion.