Forget Japanese management (if you haven't already) and the lessons of the Samurai. There's a new source of ancient management lore: the native American Indian. Just don your mental moccasins, run headlong into the ancestral woods and master the Spirit of the Squirrel, the Way of the Beaver and the Gift of the Goose. According to Ken Blanchard (co-author of The One-Minute Manager, Fontana, £5.99), the Spirit, the Way and the Gift are the secrets of Gung Ho! management. The Squirrel fulfils God's plan for the forest, the Beaver fulfils God's plan for himself (ie, dam building), while the gift of the flying geese is cheering others on.
Loosely translated, this means give people worthwhile work, give them control over achieving the goal, and provide some encouragement. No doubt the wisdom sounds even wiser in native American.