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Praise for SURVIVING YOUR SERENGETI "One of a kind. You'll actually know more about yourself after you read this book."--KEN BLANCHARD coauthor of The One Minute Manager(R) and Leading at a Higher Level "Beautifully illustrates nature's basic survival strategies--and how they help you create a sense of meaning and purpose."--SUSAN SCOTT New York Times bestselling coauthor of Praise for SURVIVING YOUR SERENGETI "One of a kind. You'll actually know more about yourself after you read this book."--KEN BLANCHARD coauthor of The One Minute Manager(R) and Leading at a Higher Level "Beautifully illustrates nature's basic survival strategies--and how they help you create a sense of meaning and purpose."--SUSAN SCOTT New York Times bestselling coauthor of Fierce Conversations 7 Questions This Book Tackles 1. Are you experiencing a challenge that you wish to overcome? 2. Do you want to discover your hidden survival skills? 3. Do you have a goal you have yet to achieve? 4. Would you like to discover your instinctive strengths? 5. Can you benefit from problem-solving thinking? 6. Do you know someone who has potential to excel? 7. Are you looking for a positive message to share?


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Praise for SURVIVING YOUR SERENGETI "One of a kind. You'll actually know more about yourself after you read this book."--KEN BLANCHARD coauthor of The One Minute Manager(R) and Leading at a Higher Level "Beautifully illustrates nature's basic survival strategies--and how they help you create a sense of meaning and purpose."--SUSAN SCOTT New York Times bestselling coauthor of Praise for SURVIVING YOUR SERENGETI "One of a kind. You'll actually know more about yourself after you read this book."--KEN BLANCHARD coauthor of The One Minute Manager(R) and Leading at a Higher Level "Beautifully illustrates nature's basic survival strategies--and how they help you create a sense of meaning and purpose."--SUSAN SCOTT New York Times bestselling coauthor of Fierce Conversations 7 Questions This Book Tackles 1. Are you experiencing a challenge that you wish to overcome? 2. Do you want to discover your hidden survival skills? 3. Do you have a goal you have yet to achieve? 4. Would you like to discover your instinctive strengths? 5. Can you benefit from problem-solving thinking? 6. Do you know someone who has potential to excel? 7. Are you looking for a positive message to share?

30 review for Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life: A Fable of Self-Discovery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    Sometimes business self help books can be a little preachy and will turn me off before I even get to the meat of the story. Surviving Your Serengeti is the exception. This “fable of self-discovery” does not seek to bore you with a twenty step plan toward business success. It limits the lessons to seven, in fact. The seven are presented in story format relating the seven skills of enduring, strategizing, enterprising, being graceful, being efficient, taking risks, and communicating to those skill Sometimes business self help books can be a little preachy and will turn me off before I even get to the meat of the story. Surviving Your Serengeti is the exception. This “fable of self-discovery” does not seek to bore you with a twenty step plan toward business success. It limits the lessons to seven, in fact. The seven are presented in story format relating the seven skills of enduring, strategizing, enterprising, being graceful, being efficient, taking risks, and communicating to those skills demonstrated by animals in the wild Serengeti of Africa. By using a traveling American businessman as the main character who is learning about the link between nature and skills essential to leading a successful business, the lessons are easy to relate to and offer concrete action steps for recognizing and improving these skills in the workplace. The support website listed at the back of the book provides an opportunity to take a short quiz to help readers discover their own dominant skill and offers tips for maximizing that skill and pitfalls to watch out for when doing so. This book was an excellent narrative and I look forward to reading more from Stefan Swanepoel.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Thousands of books have been published promising readers to help them master their inner potential so they can become the person they were meant to be. It's a cottage industry. And it's a thriving one. 'Surviving Your Serengeti' is another book in this long, long, long line that offers some quick take-a-ways for the reader and many lucrative conference speaking gigs for its author. I have always been drawn to psychology and what makes personalities tick. I was up for a break from my typical readi Thousands of books have been published promising readers to help them master their inner potential so they can become the person they were meant to be. It's a cottage industry. And it's a thriving one. 'Surviving Your Serengeti' is another book in this long, long, long line that offers some quick take-a-ways for the reader and many lucrative conference speaking gigs for its author. I have always been drawn to psychology and what makes personalities tick. I was up for a break from my typical reading so I snatched this title up from my local library. This book offered a unique premise: It takes basic survival skills on the Serengeti and offers readers insights into identifying and cultivating these traits for themselves. 'Surviving Your Serengeti' stands out in its genre in that the author uses a narrative approach as opposed to a how-to-manual in sharing these insights. The story revolves around a California couple's trip to the Serengeti and their encounter with a animal behavior expert who shows them seven survival skills. With this approach, the book starts out well but quickly collapses under the weight of a pedestrian writing style, a "golly-gee-willikers" dialogue that was - at times - hard to take stomach, and more than a few moments where the author really stretches to make a point. 'Surviving Your Serengeti' reminded me of those cheesy after-school specials from the 1980s. You know... The very special episode about the plain, forgettable girl in high school who decides to sacrifice her virginity for popularity only to end up pregnant and alone. The acting is poor, the plot is weak but there is still merit in the message. That's how I feel about 'Surviving Your Serengeti'. You will discover some insights but you will have to wade through lots of amateur writing to get to it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brent

    It's not very often that you read a "business" book that is this much "fun" to read. (Right, business books are not supposed to be "fun" to read.) But that's what Surviving Your Serengeti is, fun. But it's more than that. Beneath it's relatively simplistic fable of a young couple visiting the Serengeti for the first time, lies a book with some amazing business -- and life -- lessons. The author does an amazing job of relating the survival skills of seven wild animals trying to survive the challen It's not very often that you read a "business" book that is this much "fun" to read. (Right, business books are not supposed to be "fun" to read.) But that's what Surviving Your Serengeti is, fun. But it's more than that. Beneath it's relatively simplistic fable of a young couple visiting the Serengeti for the first time, lies a book with some amazing business -- and life -- lessons. The author does an amazing job of relating the survival skills of seven wild animals trying to survive the challenges of the African Serengeti to our own life skills and our own challenge to survive our personal Serengeti. The parallels are startling! If you are interested in a quick, entertaining and informative read that also offers some sound and practical business advice, I highly recommend this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Book Him Danno

    2 1/2 stars. It was a good try. Very much another book on how to be a better person in life and in business. Nothing Earth shattering or really that new. The story around the different animal strengths felt a bit forced. I liked the idea of adding grave to everyday life, but I think the author really stretched the whole idea and pushed things that really don't exist. What animal are you? check out their web page at whatanimalami.com or go to his book site and take it there. There are better motiv 2 1/2 stars. It was a good try. Very much another book on how to be a better person in life and in business. Nothing Earth shattering or really that new. The story around the different animal strengths felt a bit forced. I liked the idea of adding grave to everyday life, but I think the author really stretched the whole idea and pushed things that really don't exist. What animal are you? check out their web page at whatanimalami.com or go to his book site and take it there. There are better motivational books out there and this one was a bit of a disappointment. I'm a giraffe.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicki Conroy

    I haven't sat down and read a book from cover to cover in ages. Usually when I do, the book is what all would consider fluff, chick lit. Surviving Your Serengeti is not fluff. It is not chick lit. It is amazing, though. Life skills and lessons in fable format. Descriptions that make you feel like you are on the Serengeti. See my full review at http://nickisnook.net/2011/03/01/surv... I haven't sat down and read a book from cover to cover in ages. Usually when I do, the book is what all would consider fluff, chick lit. Surviving Your Serengeti is not fluff. It is not chick lit. It is amazing, though. Life skills and lessons in fable format. Descriptions that make you feel like you are on the Serengeti. See my full review at http://nickisnook.net/2011/03/01/surv...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Hiester

    Surviving Your Serengeti 7 Skills to Master Business and Life discusses seven Serengeti animals and the survival skills they possess that help them to not only survive but thrive. These skills are also necessary assets that each of us as humans can possess but often don't know we have or else we never fully develop. I had some trouble associating some of the animal behaviors to human abilities but overall the book was useful and I can use some of the techniques in real life situations. 3 Stars Surviving Your Serengeti 7 Skills to Master Business and Life discusses seven Serengeti animals and the survival skills they possess that help them to not only survive but thrive. These skills are also necessary assets that each of us as humans can possess but often don't know we have or else we never fully develop. I had some trouble associating some of the animal behaviors to human abilities but overall the book was useful and I can use some of the techniques in real life situations. 3 Stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    Endre Barath

    Stefan Swanepoel, wrote a great book. Is it about Animals? Is it about People? The comparisons are amazing. A must read for all.It is a beautiful three day journey in Africa. It took me one siting to read it. So you can not give the excuse "no time". Once you start you will not be able to put it down. Take the quizz and let me know what animal are you? Stefan Swanepoel, wrote a great book. Is it about Animals? Is it about People? The comparisons are amazing. A must read for all.It is a beautiful three day journey in Africa. It took me one siting to read it. So you can not give the excuse "no time". Once you start you will not be able to put it down. Take the quizz and let me know what animal are you?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gerard Deboey

    A short read, took me about 3 hours. The book is inspirational as most of these types of book are, but the story that is attached to the lesson is a fairly good one that keeps you engaged and leaves you pondering your position in life, what you are, as well as who you are. I recommend it to everybody.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Surviving Your Serengeti-What kind of animal are you? I am "The Enduring Wildebeest". A fast interesting read for business and for life. Surviving Your Serengeti-What kind of animal are you? I am "The Enduring Wildebeest". A fast interesting read for business and for life.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Gromer

    I was given this book by the very man that wrote it. That’s right! So this book was personal and very helpful in seeing some of the natural qualities humans posses that assist us in accomplishing feats in life whether it’s mere survival or thriving! I turned out to be the “Efficient Cheetah” which makes sense and encourages me to foster that attitude to “do the most with the least.” Other points from the different animals were eye opening and helpful. Thanks, Mr. Swanepoel!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nithina Maria

    Quite an interesting book, unlike the usual self help books which are boring. The author is able to make the readers realise the skills required to excel in business and life using examples of animals and their behaviour. This book helps one to realise what his inner strengths are and how to use those effectively.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karen Briscoe

    This tale is about your personal Serengeti which is the environment. The strengths and potential go beyond survival to thrival! Entwined throughout are 7 skills to master business and life! Karen Briscoe, author and podcast host 5 Minute Success

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anita Perlikiewicz-Homco

    Certainly more interesting than your typical business book, a lotta “no duh” tips, but nice that they cover home life applications too.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cham Cuartero

    It's been a while since I last posted a book review for BookSneeze® ... Blame it on my... oh well, blame it on NOTHING! It just happened that when the book came in the mail, I had already began reading another book. So off it went to my already-too-tall, yet still growing To-Read Pile... Yes, I'm a hoarder. Haha Stefan Swanepoel's "SURVIVING YOUR SERENGETI" is my newest book from BookSneeze®. It's a fictional story which aims to teach its readers about the seven skills that every individual shoul It's been a while since I last posted a book review for BookSneeze® ... Blame it on my... oh well, blame it on NOTHING! It just happened that when the book came in the mail, I had already began reading another book. So off it went to my already-too-tall, yet still growing To-Read Pile... Yes, I'm a hoarder. Haha Stefan Swanepoel's "SURVIVING YOUR SERENGETI" is my newest book from BookSneeze®. It's a fictional story which aims to teach its readers about the seven skills that every individual should master in order to succeed in any aspect of his/her life - school, work, business, family life, etc. The story happened in the plains of Serengeti in Africa during a couple's short vacation there, where they meet an old friend who shares some life lessons with them. What's a Fable Again? So... my take on the book. I finished reading it last night and had since been contemplating on how I can express my thoughts on the book in a constructive and matured way. Gee, you must be wondering what I'm blabbering about right now. You're probably saying "Hey Banana Girl, chillax... It's just a book. Why.So.Serious? Well, here goes... I have bit of an issue on it being called a "Fable"... I mean, correct me if I'm wrong but ever since we were little kids, it's been taught in school that fables are stories in which animals or other inanimate objects are given human-like traits and characteristics, even including the ability to speak, in order to convey a moral or lesson. I asked our dear friend, Wikipedia to tell me what the word really means and he says: Fable is a literary genre. A fable is a succinct fictional story, in prose or verse, that features animals, mythical creatures, plants, inanimate objects or forces of nature which are anthropomorphized (given human qualities such as verbal communication), and that illustrates or leads to an interpretation of a moral lesson (a "moral"), which may at the end be added explicitly in a pithy maxim. Or maybe I took that very limited gradeschool definition too seriously. Surviving Your Serengeti indeed made use of animals in order to describe each skill but hey, none of them really "spoke". I'm a bit disappointed because of this because it's one of the main reasons why I chose this book. I love animals and I love stories which are mainly about them. The Story The [human] storyline is pretty much unrealistic. Why? Here are some of my reasons: 1. Zachariah is a bit creepy. What is it exactly that he does for a living? As in REALLY. Just arranging tours in Africa? 2. It's been thirty years since the last time Sean and Zach met. And they weren't even that close, although they became roomies for one term back in college. Will you really hop onto a car with someone you don't know very well, in the middle of nowhere, when you have your wife with you? 3. The "guessing games" that they had played. Uhm, after being given a few clues, is it really natural of a person to just blurt out that a crocodile is "enterprising"? Those exchanges of lines sounded a lot like a "Dora The Explorer" episode to me. 4. While Sean and Ashley were with Zachariah, learning a lot, what were the other guests doing? I don't think they got much from their tour. I think I have a few more comments but I'd rather not prolong this review with those. My point is, these little irregularities and not-so-realistic lines and scenes distracted me from absorbing the book's lessons, which, on the other hand, are commendable. It's a very simple set of skills which are really very helpful. Unfortunately, I don't think these had been "packaged" well into the story. I wish the story was just focused on the animals themselves - making them talk, interact with each other, and display the skills which they are known for. Surviving Your Serengeti is a good book to use as a resource material for leadership seminars and team building conferences. The seven skills taught are pretty much applicable to all people, of all walks of life. The seven skills must be shared with participants, never mind the story. Perhaps video clips of each animal displaying each skill can be shown, with a simple narration. But if participants in the seminar/training are tweens, then maybe letting them read the book is OK. They would appreciate it more, without much prejudice... yet.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Skuplik

    Surviving 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 Surviving 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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie G

    Stepping out of the Cessna, onto the plains of the Serengeti, Sean makes a shocking discovery -- his Blackberry has no bars. Cut off from his California company, there is no choice but to adapt. Ashley, his wife and the winner of their three-day trip to Africa, is already enthralled. It is the time of the great migration. Led by the wildebeest, millions of animals cross the Serengeti each year in search of water and food. They struggle to survive the unforgiving climate and the predators that tra Stepping out of the Cessna, onto the plains of the Serengeti, Sean makes a shocking discovery -- his Blackberry has no bars. Cut off from his California company, there is no choice but to adapt. Ashley, his wife and the winner of their three-day trip to Africa, is already enthralled. It is the time of the great migration. Led by the wildebeest, millions of animals cross the Serengeti each year in search of water and food. They struggle to survive the unforgiving climate and the predators that travel with them; struggle to survive long enough to simply turn around and migrate back. Sean and Ashley have no idea how much those animals are about to teach them. One of the travelers in their camp, Zachariah, is an old friend of Sean's and, I suspect, the author's alter ego. He shares the story of his work: studying the survival skills of the animals of the Serengeti and how those skills can be applied in our lives. There are seven animals and seven types of skills: the strategic lion, enterprising crocodile, efficient cheetah, enduring wildebeest, risk-taking mongoose, communicating elephant, and graceful giraffe. Each of us, in our daily lives, instinctively responds to problems and challenges - to threats to our survival - with a skill set that matches one of these animal's. Which one are you? Which skills would you like to master? ***** I must admit, I didn't expect to enjoy this book. Self-improvement tomes always seem dry, preachy, and pushy. Not to mention, five minutes after I finish them, I've forgotten what they said. Happily, Surviving Your Serengeti was none of those things. And, because the messages were attached to and surrounded by incredible mental images, they stayed with me long after I flipped the last page. Admittedly, the story portion of the book is a little rough. It was, obviously, not written by a novelist. But it is, nonetheless, engaging. This is a book that you'll need to read twice. Simply because, the first time through, you'll be too busy sightseeing your way across the Serengeti to notice the message. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cordelia Whitfield

    Which animal are you? An enduring wildebeest, a strategic lion, or a risk-taking mongoose? Perhaps a gracious giraffe, a communicating elephant, an enterprising crocodile, or an efficient cheetah? Take a trip to the Serengeti Plains of East Africa and find out. Stefan Swanepoel's “Surviving Your Serengeti” is an excellent read providing 7 key skills essential to personal and professional life. The story is told through a couple's experience, Sean and Ashley, who have won a three day guided trip i Which animal are you? An enduring wildebeest, a strategic lion, or a risk-taking mongoose? Perhaps a gracious giraffe, a communicating elephant, an enterprising crocodile, or an efficient cheetah? Take a trip to the Serengeti Plains of East Africa and find out. Stefan Swanepoel's “Surviving Your Serengeti” is an excellent read providing 7 key skills essential to personal and professional life. The story is told through a couple's experience, Sean and Ashley, who have won a three day guided trip in Africa. Shortly after arriving in the Serengeti Plains, on their way to a campsite, they have their first experience with an animal from the Plains, thousands of wildebeests. Not too long after arriving at the campsite, Sean and Ashley meet an old college roommate of Sean's, Zacharia, who is staying at the campsite while studying unique skills of various animals. In an attempt to describe what he does, Zacharia tells them about the wildebeest primary skill of survival. Along their trip, Sean and Ashley come to learn about 6 more animals and their skills. The Serengeti and annual migration of the animals are symbolic of our lives and the challenges faced. The animals' methods of survival represent skills needed to survive and lead a more fulfilling, enriched life. The style of storytelling is reminiscent of 'The Celestine Prophecy'. Although the messages of the two books are somewhat different, the overall idea is the same...finding your way through this sometimes difficult world. A chapter is devoted to each animal and understanding of the animal's primary survival skill. At the end of each chapter a brief summary of the skill is provided, examples of the skill in use, and ways to develop the skill. The author creates a feeling of being there with each animal through his ownexperience in the Plains and descriptive use of words. I found the book to be quite enjoyable and enlightening. I was a bit saddened when I came to the end of the book as I felt I was saying 'Good-bye' to characters who had become friends. This is one book I plan on keeping and adding to my personal library. BookSneeze® has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. This is an honest review, and just my two cents (and first book review). ;-)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dee Bibb

    Title: Surviving the Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life Author: Stefan Swanepoel Publisher: Wiley Publishing Looking back, I'm not quite sure what I expected when I agreed to review "Surviving your Serengeti: 7 skills to Master Business and Life." It bills itself as "A Fable of Self-Discovery," that teaches seven skills to business and life and who doesn’t want to learn more and better way to master life? This book is a story of a couple caught up in today's economy crisis with job loss Title: Surviving the Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life Author: Stefan Swanepoel Publisher: Wiley Publishing Looking back, I'm not quite sure what I expected when I agreed to review "Surviving your Serengeti: 7 skills to Master Business and Life." It bills itself as "A Fable of Self-Discovery," that teaches seven skills to business and life and who doesn’t want to learn more and better way to master life? This book is a story of a couple caught up in today's economy crisis with job losses and business failures. The wife has won a trip through her employer and chooses the Serengeti as their destination. The husband reluctantly accompanies her but his mind is on his failing business back home. Once they have reached the Serengeti and the husband realizes there is no he accepts that he should enjoy the time away and forget about the troubles back home. During the book the husband meets an old college roommate, who is one of the owners of the camp, and he becomes engaged with the environment, the animals, and his college roommate who leads him into some self-evaluation by observing the animals of the Serengeti. I was disappointed that the other two couples introduced in the first chapter turned out to be nothing more than the laying of background for the author. We didn’t see those two couples again until the end of the book where they seemed to be used as a sounding board for the two main characters. The book discusses seven Serengeti animals and the survival skill(s) they posses that help them to not only survive but thrive. These skills are also necessary qualities that each of us as humans can possess but often don't know we have or else we never fully develop. I had some trouble equating some of the animal behaviors to human qualities. Overall, the analogies really didn’t work well in my mind, at least not for me. I was provided this book by the publisher through BookSneeze for an honest and unbiased review. The opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lynnda Ell

    What do I have in common with the African lion? According to Stefan Swanepoel, author of Surviving Your Serengeti, the answer is we are strategic. Both the lion and I map out a plan to succeed in reaching our goals. Then we use teamwork to achieve those goals. The lion is just one of seven animals Mr. Swanepoel uses to embody skills necessary to succeed in life. The other six are the wildebeest, crocodile, cheetah, giraffe, mongoose and elephant. Each animal plays its part in the story of East A What do I have in common with the African lion? According to Stefan Swanepoel, author of Surviving Your Serengeti, the answer is we are strategic. Both the lion and I map out a plan to succeed in reaching our goals. Then we use teamwork to achieve those goals. The lion is just one of seven animals Mr. Swanepoel uses to embody skills necessary to succeed in life. The other six are the wildebeest, crocodile, cheetah, giraffe, mongoose and elephant. Each animal plays its part in the story of East Africa’s great migration. Each animal’s primary skill perfectly fits it into the ecology of wild Africa. Surviving Your Serengeti uses the 1,000 mile-long journey that almost two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles annually run as a metaphor to describe the skills needed to succeed in business and in personal life. The animals who journey across the Serengeti experience hunger, thirst, predators and exhaustion. To get a feel for this great migration, view one of the videos at http://www.kenya.com/great_migration_.... Our lives may not be at stake every time we set off to the office, but the skills used by various animals to survive and balance the ecology are useful in identifying the skills we need to succeed. Mr. Swanepoel masterfully tells a story of one couple’s safari to East Africa in order to put these skills in context of both African wild life and American corporate life. My advice is to read the book, take the test at http://www.serengetibook.com/your-saf... (to confirm which animal embodies your strongest skill) and then listen to Perpetuum Jazzile’s version of the song Africa at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjbpwl.... The lyrics in Africa speak of one young man who didn’t like what he had become. If that describes where you are now, perhaps Surviving Your Serengeti will show you a way across your Serengeti.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Larsen

    Ummmmm, nah. I'm not sure how to put this nicely, but this seems like a seminar that someone wanted to publish. While it appeals to people on one level, that being the mystery of discovering which animal one best corresponds to, I felt the narrative was a bit of a stretch. Some of the concepts didn't even make sense to me. The Grace of the Giraffe are you serious? I get that giraffes are graceful in movement, but the statement that grace is professionalism was too far a leap for me where the ani Ummmmm, nah. I'm not sure how to put this nicely, but this seems like a seminar that someone wanted to publish. While it appeals to people on one level, that being the mystery of discovering which animal one best corresponds to, I felt the narrative was a bit of a stretch. Some of the concepts didn't even make sense to me. The Grace of the Giraffe are you serious? I get that giraffes are graceful in movement, but the statement that grace is professionalism was too far a leap for me where the animal or narrative itself was concerned. I just couldn't get there. It felt more like a nod to the giraffe as one of the "big five" so it was forced to be incorporated in some way. The cheetah chapter I found the most applicable. The rest worked fine for me other than the way the principles were delivered. Using this generic couple and their wise long lost friend of a guide was superficial at best. It felt like the author had things he wanted to say and so created these 3 characters to say them in a conversational way. However, there was never a believable conversation for me. Not between husband and wife, not between guide and safari goers, never. I felt like it was one person's ideas never that there were more characters. The story part of it ruined it for me. Now, if this were simply a seminar one attends listening to one person tell of their ideas for helping you in your business, that I could see working. As a self help book or even an inspirational one, it was ruined by the attempt at the story to deliver the message. The message itself would have been fine.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    The book up for review is “Surviving Your Serengeti” by Stefan Swanepoel According to the cover this book made the New York Times Bestseller List. I am not sure why. The only redeeming quality about this read was the fact I didn't have to actually pay for it. My main problem with the book was the fact it was unoriginal and quite frankly bland and was like every other novel in its genre. While it had some good points, it was still just an OK book. By the time I had read to page 20 I was thinking i The book up for review is “Surviving Your Serengeti” by Stefan Swanepoel According to the cover this book made the New York Times Bestseller List. I am not sure why. The only redeeming quality about this read was the fact I didn't have to actually pay for it. My main problem with the book was the fact it was unoriginal and quite frankly bland and was like every other novel in its genre. While it had some good points, it was still just an OK book. By the time I had read to page 20 I was thinking it was a joke. How could there be a novel this poorly written let alone mind numbing and painful to sit through? By page 40, I was pondering if reading this untamed mess could be considered cruel and unusual punishment, but this was a book for review so I was required to finish it. I am a huge reader of self-help books. However this book seemed to be a combination of 2 ideas self-help and fiction. Fiction has no place in a self-help book, this is not a wizard world. Self help books only need to be in reality. When the two were meshed together what one got was a book that did not keep my attention. The flow and transition were not there. Slow glue running down a window sill had more flow then this book. If this books works for others, more power to you, it did not work for me. Honestly I sat back wondering if this is New Yorks idea of a best seller, glad I'm a small town gal. I received this book for free in exchange for 2 honest reviews.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Raine

    I found this book to be very interesting. The author takes us on a journey where he compares the animals traveling across the Serengeti to those who own businesses and are trying to keep the business going- each is basically trying to stay alive. He shows us what we can learn from the animals and gives us fresh ideas to apply to our own businesses. I thought the book might be hard to read or just give me the same old information that other business books have done in the past. I found instead tha I found this book to be very interesting. The author takes us on a journey where he compares the animals traveling across the Serengeti to those who own businesses and are trying to keep the business going- each is basically trying to stay alive. He shows us what we can learn from the animals and gives us fresh ideas to apply to our own businesses. I thought the book might be hard to read or just give me the same old information that other business books have done in the past. I found instead that it was a lighter read, kept me interested, had information that I can apply to business as well as life. He tells the information as a story but at the end of each chapter he sums things all up for us by telling us just what we need to know. The Strategic Lion for example, how to go about getting it all into perspective, characteristics you will see in yourself if you are the Lion and how to maximize that skill. If you do not know what animal you are by reading the book there is a section on how to figure out what animal you are. There is also information on the African Wildlife Federation, a percentage of each book sale goes right to AWF. I found that a very noble thing to do, as I am a animal lover myself. If you go all the way to the back of the book, on the dustcover there is a website that you can sign up for a free Business eNewsletter. I would suggest this book be read by anyone that wants to be a winner, survivor, a champion in their personal or professional life.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life By Stefan Swanepoel Synopsis Praise for SURVIVING YOUR SERENGETI "One of a kind. You'll actually know more about yourself after you read this book."—KEN BLANCHARD coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level "Beautifully illustrates nature's basic survival strategies—and how they help you create a sense of meaning and purpose."—SUSAN SCOTT New York Times bestselling coauthor of Fierce Conversations 7 Questions This Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life By Stefan Swanepoel Synopsis Praise for SURVIVING YOUR SERENGETI "One of a kind. You'll actually know more about yourself after you read this book."—KEN BLANCHARD coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level "Beautifully illustrates nature's basic survival strategies—and how they help you create a sense of meaning and purpose."—SUSAN SCOTT New York Times bestselling coauthor of Fierce Conversations 7 Questions This Book Tackles 1. Are you experiencing a challenge that you wish to overcome? 2. Do you want to discover your hidden survival skills? 3. Do you have a goal you have yet to achieve? 4. Would you like to discover your instinctive strengths? 5. Can you benefit from problem-solving thinking? 6. Do you know someone who has potential to excel? 7. Are you looking for a positive message to share? My Review I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Stefan Swanepoel wrote a wonderful and insightful book. His writing draws you in and make you feel like your in Africa. You learn about the animals of the serengeti while learning about yourself {strenghts and weeknesses}. It was a fast read but one that you want to reread. What animal are you? I would be a mongoose.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life is a pretty quick read. The story takes the strengths and weaknesses of various animals found in the Serengeti and compares them to strategies in the workplace. These strategies not only help with running a business, but they also are great guides for how to live our daily lives. Seven animals are confronted in the fabel; The Enduring Wildebeest, The Strategic Lion, The Enterprising Crocodile, The Efficient Cheetah, The Graceful Gira Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life is a pretty quick read. The story takes the strengths and weaknesses of various animals found in the Serengeti and compares them to strategies in the workplace. These strategies not only help with running a business, but they also are great guides for how to live our daily lives. Seven animals are confronted in the fabel; The Enduring Wildebeest, The Strategic Lion, The Enterprising Crocodile, The Efficient Cheetah, The Graceful Giraffe, The Risk-Taking Mongoose, and The Communicating Elephant. There are always examples of animals surviving in the wild that we can incorporate into our lives. Taking these ideas about how each animal survives and applying them not only to business but also to life can help with discovering yourself. I've read this book through a few times and as enjoyable as it was, it's not my favorite. I'm not really a business minded type of person, but if I were I would have found this book invaluable. The writing style is very simple, making it an easy read. The story flows well in some places but then seems as if it hits a wall in others. As a reader you also have to have a great interest in corporate industry to find this book exciting.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Stefan Swanepoel helps readers identify which unique skills they possess through a fable that takes place in the African Serengeti. The fable revolves around the personal struggles of Sean and Ashley, a married couple who come to Africa and meet others who are struggling just as they are, but in different ways. Through exploring the surrounding landscape, witnessing the great migration of animals, and listening to a guide and friend's insights on animals, each person on safari discovers their uni Stefan Swanepoel helps readers identify which unique skills they possess through a fable that takes place in the African Serengeti. The fable revolves around the personal struggles of Sean and Ashley, a married couple who come to Africa and meet others who are struggling just as they are, but in different ways. Through exploring the surrounding landscape, witnessing the great migration of animals, and listening to a guide and friend's insights on animals, each person on safari discovers their unique strengths or skills related to one of seven animals: •Wildebeest: Endurance •Lion: Strategy •Crocodile: Enterprising •Cheetah: Efficiency •Giraffe: Grace •Mongoose: Risk Taking •Elephant: Communication A skills summary at the end of each chapter gives insight on how to utilize the skill sets of each, and how to maximize the skill in everyday life and in business. A unique book on how to identify a skill set, it also offers tips on how to identify which one you are. I liked that it shows obstacles for some traits, and how to overcome them. The fictional story set in the heart of Africa doesn't make the book seem like a business goals or personal growth book, and makes the skillsets more tangible with examples.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    At first, I wasn't sure if I would like this book. It seems geared towards those in management/business, and since that does not apply to me, I wasn't sure I'd be able to relate. However, it didn't take me long to get into the story. I enjoyed how the characteristics of each animal were used to illustrate the things that help people to succeed in life, not just in their business ventures. I still feel that this book is most appropriate for those in business, but it was an enjoyable read. Disclosure At first, I wasn't sure if I would like this book. It seems geared towards those in management/business, and since that does not apply to me, I wasn't sure I'd be able to relate. However, it didn't take me long to get into the story. I enjoyed how the characteristics of each animal were used to illustrate the things that help people to succeed in life, not just in their business ventures. I still feel that this book is most appropriate for those in business, but it was an enjoyable read. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linda Walters

    While the book was enjoyable to read; at times I just wished he’d get to the point and quit beating around the bush. Having said that, I also recognize that I usually look for and enjoy a “meaty” story, with a fair amount of study. This is a different style, one of the story teller, who told his story well. His job was to start you on the journey and that’s what he did. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to wr While the book was enjoyable to read; at times I just wished he’d get to the point and quit beating around the bush. Having said that, I also recognize that I usually look for and enjoy a “meaty” story, with a fair amount of study. This is a different style, one of the story teller, who told his story well. His job was to start you on the journey and that’s what he did. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Quick, easy read written as a story (busy business executive learns about the ways of the wild while on safari in the Serengeti) which describes seven "personality" skills (strategic, resourceful, tenacious, gracious, opportunistic, risk-taking, communicative) and how they can lead to success in personal and business life. While the points made were interesting, I did't like the "written as a story" format; the author could have described the traits in about 50 pages rather than ~200. Quick, easy read written as a story (busy business executive learns about the ways of the wild while on safari in the Serengeti) which describes seven "personality" skills (strategic, resourceful, tenacious, gracious, opportunistic, risk-taking, communicative) and how they can lead to success in personal and business life. While the points made were interesting, I did't like the "written as a story" format; the author could have described the traits in about 50 pages rather than ~200.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mike Vardy

    It’s not often that fables are used to teach lessons. (Well, not since Aesop died.) Swanepoel has however put together a story that I admire on several levels. The metaphors, the having-to-read-between-the-lines subtext and the brevity of this book make it worth picking up. If you’re looking for a way to amp up your business and your life and want a resource that goes against the grain of traditional business books, Surviving Your Serengeti is for you.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Knowlton

    Fast, easy, fun read. I've wanted to read this book for a long time. Shocked to find out I'm a Graceful Giraffe. Helped to find out that "Grace" is code for "professional" in this setting. I liked it a lot. Fast, easy, fun read. I've wanted to read this book for a long time. Shocked to find out I'm a Graceful Giraffe. Helped to find out that "Grace" is code for "professional" in this setting. I liked it a lot.

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